Brisbane Ranges National Park, VKFF-055, 1st January 2015

The Park

I thought the Park was magnificent. I have tried to capture some of the vegetation in the photo of my activation spot. This Park, is regarded as the best place in Victoria for wild flowers, according to the Park brochure. It would be a great spot for a walk and I am sorry we were not able to spend longer in the Park. My xyl (wife) has decided to add value to her time in Parks by joining the National Bird Atlasing Project. See

So the longer I take, the happier she is!


We stayed in Ballarat for two nights. Access to the Park was achieved by taking the Freeway to Ballan and then travelling South to Wallace and then taking the track into the Park. We chose Boar Gully as it is the closest access point to Ballarat. We inspected the camp ground and it was almost empty: just two or three camps on the property at this time. It would be empty today as campers would be required to leave because of the Total Fire Ban day. The camp site is right on the boundary of the Park.

Boar Gully Camp - I was about 1 k from here

Boar Gully Camp – I was about 1 k from here

Old Thompson Track

Old Thompson Track

My operating position at Brisbane Ranges NP - only footprints left

My operating position at Brisbane Ranges NP – only footprints left


I had 29 contacts beginning at 22:53 hours UTC and finishing at 00:20 hours. There was no mobile phone contact at Brisbane Ranges National Park where I established my station so I could not add a spot. Stations were worked in VK1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. I was operating my FT897 at 10 watts, although I increased power to 20 watts to work VK3MRG/P3, Marshall at VK3/VC-029.

All my contacts have been up-loaded to LOTW and HRDLOG.

Thanks to all operators who gave me a call. It was great fun and all calls are greatly appreciated.

3 thoughts on “Brisbane Ranges National Park, VKFF-055, 1st January 2015

  1. Hi John,
    Great to have a chat whilst you were in Brisbane Ranges NP. I was on the top of Mt Bryan, in the Mid North. Your signal was very strong to me. At times over the S9 mark.
    HNY 2015 & safe journeys,

  2. Hi Paul,
    Congratulations on the fine score from Mount Bryan. A great effort and I am delighted to have you in the log before and after UTC roll-over. I had fun with my two activations as well.

    John D

    • Hi John,

      It is great to see the interest in park activations increasing. It is certainly easier on the hamstrings than climbing summits.

      As for the number of contacts at Mt Bryan. The UTC rollover helps as you know, because all the desperados call back once that clock clicks over.

      Cheers & enjoy the rest of your trip,


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