Paul Simmonds (VK5PAS)

Many of you may not know Paul Simmonds (VK5PAS), but he is passionate about activating Parks all around Australia, specifically those in his home state of South Australia. Here is one of his recent blog posts, where he talks about his activation of Penola Conservation Park.

Paul is the Awards Manager for the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award, and the Australian co-ordinator for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.

To top it all off, he is a top bloke, and somehow manages to log huge numbers of QSOs per activation, whilst still putting in the effort to have a decent QSO with Amateurs he’s worked before. Additionally, he always takes the time to explain what he is doing and why, and is the guy to talk to if you’re interested in the aforementioned programs.


My final park for the 6 days was the Penola Conservation Park which is located about 12 km west of Penola on the northern side of the Robe-Penola Road.  This was another unique park for me for both the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award and the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the park.  Map courtesy of

The park was gazetted on the 10th day of September 1970 and covers an area of around 226 hectares.  Vegetation within the park consists of woodland of brown stringybark, river red gums, swamp gum, and rough barked manna gums.  The park contains two large wetland areas including Green Swamp.

I drove into the park along the main track which leads to a beautiful little campground area.  There was a wooden table and benches here which made a perfect shack.  Again for this activation I…

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