Baudin Conservation Park, 15th May 2014

Baudin Conservation Park, like Scott Creek Conservation Park in the Adelaide Hills, had an earlier life. It was a farm from 1861 to 2001. The farming family was called Bates and there are some preserved areas in the Park that commemorate their lives. The Ironstone Hill hike takes walkers past the various relics of the past related to the family.

We wanted to visit this park because it is a home to the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo, called the Glossies, but we did not see any! There are estimated to be about 300 birds left on the Island.  The land was created a Park to give the Glossies a greater chance of survival as their Sheoak trees grow there. They must have been visiting elsewhere! The Park is just two kilometres from Penneshaw. For an amateur who wants to visit the Island and activate the park there is a market day on the first Sunday of the month (from 0900 to 1300 hours). You leave your car on the mainland and catch the ferry to Penneshaw. Just a two kilometre (hilly) walk and you can be on the air! The cost is just $40. What a great training ground for a potential SOTA activation!

The Park is named after Nicolas Baudin (17th February 1754 to 16th September 1803). He died in 1803, at 49 years of age,  of tuberculosis, often referred to in literature by its older name of consumption. In 1802 Matthew Flinders met Nicolas Baudin at Encounter Bay near the modern day Victor Harbor. Many French names are used on Kangaroo Island because of Baudin’s exploration of that area.

Eight contacts were enjoyed: VK5GJ, Greg; VK3AMB, Bernard; VK5KGP, Graham; VK5GI, Norm; VK3UT, Greg; VK3BHR, Phil; VK3PF, Peter and, finally, VK5ZGY, Greg.

Today I finished digitising my log and uploading 119 contacts from Kangaroo Island to Logbook of the World. Thanks to all those amateurs who shared something of this wonderful island with me as we travelled around the various parks.

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Dudley Conservation Park, 15th May 2014

Dudley Conservation Park

Dudley Conservation Park

Dudley Conservation Park is on the Dudley Peninsula. The Park was created by notice in 1970 and it conserves the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee. The Parks brochure indicates that there is a track around the park which can be used by walkers. We took the main East – West Road which passes through the Park and found a track to an old road which makes up part of the walking trail. It was not far off the main road and was a great place to set up.

Sixteen contacts were made from Dudley Conservation Park: at 03:01 VK5ZAR, Arno; VK5GJ, Greg; VK3AMB, Bernard; VK5FPAC, Bob at 03:25 5 and 7 and 3 and 4; and at 03:25 VK5FPAC, Bob with 5 and 7 both ways, a much better result; VK5LG, Greg; VK5GJ, Greg; VK3PF, Peter; VK3BHR, Phil; VK5NFB, Don at Williamstown; VK5HCF, Col; VK5HS, Ivan; VK3LY, Bill; VK5HCF, Col now at the SERG club-rooms with less noise at his end; VK5XGY, Greg and VK5DJ, John.

Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park, 15th May 2014

Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park

Greg's signal (VK5ZGY) at Pelican Point Conservation Park

Greg’s signal (VK5ZGY) at Pelican Point Conservation Park

We visited this Park as a field trip on Sunday and enjoyed a wonderful presentation on research involving Echidnas, Rosenberg’s Goannas and Tiger Snakes: all species studied at a nearby research centre. It has been a conservation park since 1967.

Eleven contacts were made from Pelican Lagoon. Beginning at 00:28 UTC, VK3UP, Terry; VK5GJ, Greg; VK5LY/P3, Larry in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park; VK5WG, Nev; VK5HS, Ivan; VK3FQSO, Amanda; VK5KGP, Graham; VK5ZGY, Greg; VK5ZAR, Arno; VK5HS/M5, Ivan and VK7VDL, Ron near Dodge’s Ferry. After working 11 stations on 40 metres I changed over to 20m and heard a number of loud stations. I gave a few calls but it was probably too late in the morning, especially for five watts!