*FIELD DAY NEWS* 43DA/FD-079, Mt Nebo, Active Soon

On September 19-20, 2020, 43DA392 Graeme, 43DA1112 Leonie, 43DA001 Darren and friends will be active in the field from Mt Nebo for the inaugural 11m & PMR Field Day.

The callsign allocated by Field Day organisers is 43DA/FD-079.

According to the international event’s special website, “The 11m and PMR Field Day aims to bring together operators driven by the same passion, around activation days outdoors, in portable conditions…”

Furthermore, “it’s an opportunity to meet on the ground, to go out to the barbecues, to exchange, to measure each other by establishing a maximum of contacts, to laugh, in short to have a good time in a good mood and this, no matter which group we come from…”

Situated in the picturesque D’Aguilar National Park, Mt Nebo is roughly 18 km North West of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland.

Research indicates that it’s part of the spectacular D’Aguilar Range which includes other mountains such as Mount Pleasant, Mount Glorious and Mount Mee.

Recent reconnaissance undertaken by 43DA392 Graeme indicates that the most ideal site for a portable station in this pristine area is ‘Jolly’s Lookout’.

“There’s ample space at this QTH”, says Graeme, “for the erection of a number of sizable vertical and horizontal antennas…”

Importantly, expansive views of Moreton Island, the Glasshouse Mountains and the Brisbane Valley in the distance indicate amazing short-path take offs across the Pacific Ocean also.

According to 43DA392 Graeme, Jolly’s Lookout also features a large picnic area with tables — ideal for housing radio equipment for the field station— barbeques, toilets and shade.

This activity will be valid for FD Hunters in the 11m and PMR Field Day and is one of only a handful of Australia based field stations active in this year’s event.

An added attraction is that it will also qualify as a ‘Flora & Fauna’ activity.

Reputedly the largest tract of bushland near an Australian state capital, the  D’Aguilar National Park, home to Mount Nebo, has been allocated the reference VKFF-0129 in accordance with the World Wide Flora & Fauna (WWFF).

More than 240 species of birds have been recorded in the park, including the noisy pitta, southern logrunner, paradise riflebird, regent bowerbird, satin bowerbird, brush-turkey, laughing kookaburra, pied currawong, red goshawk, marbled frogmouth, bush-hen, black-breasted button quail, white-bellied sea eagle, comb-crested jacana and cotton pygmy goose.

66 mammal species have been recorded in the park also, including the echidna (Pictured right), platypus, red-necked pademelon, short-eared possum, common ringtail possum, northern brown bandicoot, long-nosed bandicoot, Long-nosed potoroo, insectivorous bats, fruit bats, several species of gliding possums and small numbers of koalas and kangaroos.

There are a variety of reptile species in the park too — including the tree goanna/lace monitor, a large monitor lizard, and the land mullet, which is a large, shiny black skink.

As far as flora goes, woodlands and dry eucalypt forests predominate on the drier, shallower soils of the park’s foothills; spotted Gum and Narrow-leaved Ironbark are two of the main species.

Small areas of heath and ridges dominated by grass trees are also found here and pockets of lowland rainforest occur in the valleys along some of the watercourses.

For all the information on this exciting Field Day activity, including specific location data, station details, QSL Manager, dates and times, links, and more, please click HERE.