2014-04-20 Worimi National Park (VKFF-0614)

So after qualifying Worimi Regional Park (VKFF-1788), I went for bite to eat at McDonalds Williamtown and then on to Worimi National Park.

APRS

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This is the same image from the pervious park as I only turned on APRS on leaving VKFF-1788.

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The McDonalds was on Lavis lane just to te east of Cabbage Tree Rd. Then headed up Nelson By Rd.

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Until I got to Boyces Trail. Unfortunately, there is a locked gate here so I had to park just outside it and carry everything in.

Google Earth

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This gives an overview of all of the parks in the area. Given how quick I had finished the previous I was starting to wonder if I’d manage another one of these (perhaps Medowie?). Things did not turn out that way.

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Another option would be to activate Great Lakes Marine park by being within 100m of the water. There are a number of opportunities for this along Nelson Bay Rd.

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Definitely inside the park.

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That’s pretty close to where I set up the pole.  There was a tree about 30 away from the gate that I could string the antenna to.

The Activation

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Remembered to snap a picture of the park sign.

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The locked gate. I moved the car over to the right in case someone with a key actually wanted to access the trail (they didn’t).

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The inactive side of the dipole was tied to tis tree which is te one just to the left of the gate.

dsc_0013Looking at where I set the pole up.

I ended up with the table just to teh camera side of the pole. Unfortunately I forgot t take more photos.

The activation started a lot more slowly than the previous park and I did start to get concerned that I might not make it (silly me).

Worked on a number of bands (80, 40, 30, 20 & 18). I didn’t manage any contacts on 20 & 18.

As I saw it getting closer to sunset (about an hour) I had six to get and was really getting concerned about not getting there, when 40m opened up to Europe.

Now, I normally run only 6 watts so Europe is something I generally don’t get. Today, however, I still had a bit of the 12H battery left and an untouched 7AH battery so I cranked up the linear amplified to 100W.

Oh my.

I was getting European stations calling me! This was a brand new and exciting experience.

I managed to get decent contacts in ON4, IK8, EA2, ON4, DL8 & G3; all SSB, which was a completely new experience for me.

Dropped to 80m to grab a couple more, as I had mentioned that I’d do 80m and had not got there.

Started packing up just on sunset and completed in full dark.

Had fun explaining what I was doing o a few families who were bushwalking down this trail. How much more exciting would it have sounded if they had come past after the DX.

The Stats

Modes
 CW: 7
SSB: 57

Parks
 VKFF-0884: 1
 VKFF-0623: 1
 VKFF-2706: 1
 VKFF-2484: 1
 VKFF-0360: 1
 VKFF-2039: 1
 VKFF-2166: 1
7 park contacts - 7 unique

Bands
 40M: 59
 80M: 5

64 unique contacts (0 duplicates)

64 log entries

All in all I had a marvellous day and qualified two more parks.

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