May 2017 trip to VK5

Whilst planning a family trip to Eyre Peninsula I was looking for suitable sota summits to activate.

One summit stood out, the unnamed vk5/sw-039 this summit is located within the Lincoln National Park VKFF 0286, but behind the lock gate that allows access to Memory Cove.

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Gate to Memory Cove

This gate needs a key and a deposit of $50 both of which can be sorted via the Port Lincoln Visitor centre.

Like other coastal area of the Eyre Peninsula, the scenery is stunning from the summit, although not much protection from strong winds. Adequate phone coverage allowed me to self spot and in the end worked 8 on cw and a couple of ssb stations to make the 10 for the VKFF aspect of the WWFF program.

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Squid Pole with Doublet looking over the Great Australian Bight

Once finished on the summit we headed down to Memory Cove itself, this Cove was named by Mathew Flinders after the loss of some crew who had been sent ashore to look for fresh water and did not return.

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Information sign at Memory Cove camping area

Memory Cove Wilderness Area VKFF 1727 is a separate WWFF reference which had not previously been activated, so whilst eating lunch I strung up the antenna. There is no phone coverage from the Cove, so it was fortunate I had let a couple of regular chasers know my plans before leaving the summit, I worked 11 from here with 10 on cw and the one of phone.

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Just one of the stunning views

There are 5 camping sites at Memory Cove and it’s sheltered bay would make a top spot to spend a few days relaxing.

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