Sunday, 1 April 2018

WWFF Wanniassa Hill Nature Reserve VKFF-0865

Easter Sunday the weather was quite warm so decided to head outdoors and do another park activation, this time to a local park I have not activated before, Wanniassa Hill Nature Reserve, VKFF-0865.

Looking at Google maps and street view looked like there was an access gate into the park off Long Gully Rd, close to the Erindale Dr turnoff, so made my way there and parked next to the gate.

Map of the park near the gate

Set up the 40/20 m linked dipole off the squid pole attached to the park sign, tying the ends to a couple of nearby trees.

Map of my operating spot, from Protected Planet website.

Shack on the table near the sign.

Got on 40 m. As usual grabbed the parks already on air first for park to park contacts.

VK4SMA/p Mark in VKFF-0679 Geham National Park
VK2XSE/p Liz with VK2KNV/p Peter in VKFF-0536 Willandra National Park

Then spotted myself on ParksnPeaks to work some park hunters

VK3FRAB Damien
VK3YE/P   Peter
VK7JON    Jonathon

Another Park to Park with VK3TKK/p Peter in VKFF-2047 Big Tottington Nature Conservation Reserve

Then a heap more park hunters

VK2YW John
VK7QP Linda
VK3PF Peter
VK2AET Scott
VK7ME Mark
VK5HSX/3 Stef
VK5HS Ivan
VK2IO Gerard
VK7KR Kevin
VK4TJ John
VK4/AC8WN John
VK4/VE6XT John
VK2CDS David
VK2FF George
VK3FSPG    Steve
VK3MPR     Steve
VK3OAK     Malcolm

Saw a spot for another activation on 7.144 Mhz, so called in to work VK3LT, Victoria and VK3CU, John in VKFF-2118 Jilpanger Nature Conservation Reserve. Both good S9 signals.

Some more park hunters, band quite good.

VK3SQ    Geoff
VK3UP Terry
VK4AAV Peter
VK3BCM Brian

Decided to give 20 m a try. It was almost dead... After a few calls made a weak contact with ZL3RIK Rick. This was contact 44 so had qualified the park.

Returned to 40 m, to grab one more contact, VK5XG/p Graham, not in a park but just off camping for the Easter weekend. Had a bit of a chat about portable operating.

As qualified the park and 40 m getting noisy with strong high powered EU stations, gave it away and headed home.

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