VKFF Road Trip Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd Feb
Planning a trip to 8 different National Parks this weekend as part of the World Wide Flora & Fauna & VK Flora & Fauna program for Amateur Radio operators. The activity involves setting up a portable shortwave radio station and trying to make contacts with other radio operators around the world.
The parks I will be visiting are located around Inverell, NSW, in the Granite belt. The area is well known gem & mineral producing area with Sapphire being the main gemstone found, along with Diamonds, Gold & Tin.
The planned trip will be around 600 km long with two overnight stays, the first at Kings Plains National Park on friday night, visiting a few smaller parks along the way.
Saturday night will be at Kwiambal National Park ( pronounced Kigh-am-bal ) located at the junction of the MacIntyre & Severn Rivers. Sunday will include a visit to some more parks before heading home.
The parks that I am planning to activate are:
- VKFF – 593 Gwydir NP
- VKFF – 450 Single NP
- VKFF – 265 Kings Plains NP
- VKFF – 602 Nullamanna NP
- VKFF – 274 Kwiambal NP
- VKFF – 532 Gunyerwarildi NP
- VKFF – 580 Bullala NP
- VKFF – 613 Warialda NP
I have not visited these parks before so I am unsure if I will be able to access them except for Kings Plains & Kwiambal which have camping and amenities.
One park shown on the image above in red, VKFF – 242 Indwara, looks to be inaccessible as I have not been able to find any roads into the park on my maps or on Google Earth. I might have a quick drive up and have a look on the way past.
The parks in green on the map are VKFF – 353 Mt Kaputar NP , VKFF – 594 Horton Falls NP & VKFF – 518 Warrabah NP which I have worked from previously. These parks i visit quiet often as they are reasonably close to home.
Weather forecast for the area is for 10 – 50 mm of rain with possible thunderstorms. Temps ranging from 10 – 30 degrees C over the weekend. Might get a bit damp.
Leaving home around 8:00 am Friday morning & should be home around 9:00 pm Sunday. Hopefull I will have time to stop for a few photo`s along the way. Should be a good a trip.
I will have APRS going on the phone if you would like to keep track. Not sure of phone service, but will post a spot on parksnpeaks if possible.
For full details of the parks and activation times see parksnpeaks
73`s for now.