12012019 – VKFF-2233

12012019 – (VKFF-2233) Winter Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve

Working through local parks . This one is in Ballarat itself.

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The KMZ file (VKFF-2233) shows the site clearly. Access from the north is more challanging than expected. The Skipton Rail trail is of no value.

There is a gate and walking track from Blink Creek Road which is off the new bypass. The gate is locked but does allow for people access. It was hot so I was looking to operate as close to the car as possible if not from the car so decided to try from Lucas Lane.

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Lucas Lane is off Remembrance Drive. Down the service road and in behind the caravan park. This brings you to a car park within the boundary of the park. The sign has been vandalised but position clear.

Operated from the car hiding from the heat. Using FT891 into vertical. Rewarded with 4 CW contacts with the highlight being VK3WRL on CW from VK3/VG-011 in VKFF-0619. Two Park to Park contacts with VK4HNS at VKFF-0065 and VK6MB in VKFF-0164.

Nice clean activation on a hot day.

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