I’ve been trying to find a place to do this park (VKFF-0417) for quite some time. The problem was that the sites I was looking at either required a 4WD or a nice long walk.
I found this spot with the aid of Google Earth (see the planning images).
I parked on the Old Pacific Highway just outside the gate and went for a walk.
There was a magnificent spot just beyond the park sign which would have likely given me a lovely ground wave on 40m in to Sydney. Unfortunately it was also outside the actual park boundary. I’ve learned that lesson before about trusting the park sign.
So, I went for a bit of a walk down the track to the north, ending up in a nice cleared area (which is apparently where the high pressure gas main for the area runs).
I set the pole up just near some large stones that worked well as a table, running the active side of the linked dipole West of South-West and the other side down the other trail to the South-East.
I should mention at this point that when throwing my rope up through a tree on the active side, I managed to get it and the bit of wood I was using to weight it (no-where near heavy enough) stuck. It took me quite some time to get it to the point the I could pull on it to raise the dipole. I ended up velcro-ing a stick to the end of a tent pole and managing to wrap the rope around it and pull.
Unfortunately there was no tree close enough to tie off the South East end, so I resorted to velcro-ing the tent pole to a 45cm star picket.
In hind-sight (isn’t it always hind-sight?) I realised that I should have walked up to the top of the hill to the south-west, where I would likely have got a much better take off to Sydney.
It was a slow day. I managed no contacts on 20m & 30m. There was an hour between 3:30 and 4:30 (5:30-6:30 UTC) when I had nothing at all.
With seven contacts required I was starting to be concerned that I’d have to pack up before I got there, as I was approaching sunset and had no decent lantern.
Fortunately we had a few more chasers and a couple of AM contacts as well on 80m to get over the line about 25 minutes after sunset.
A quick pack up saw me back at the car just as it would have been too dark to walk out without light.
Stats for the day
Modes AM: 3 SSB: 41 Parks 0 park contacts - 0 unique Bands 40M: 25 80M: 19 44 unique contacts (0 duplicates)