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Monday, November 29, 2010

Monitoring at Eagle Nest

The Eagle Nest picnic ground is one of my favourite monitoring sites, located deep in the Olinda Forest, Dandenong Ranges
National Park, 45 km east of central Melbourne.
In years gone by it was a potato farm, but no trace remains.
It was the first noise-free monitoring site I discovered some years ago, and is reached by following the unsealed Silvan Rd, not far from the Silvan Reservoir, then a turnoff to the picnic area.
The gates are closed at 6pm in summer, or 4 pm in winter - Parks Victoria rangers check if there is anyone there before they shut the gates!
On Sunday November 29, I went to Eagle Nest, which was the starting point for a 3 km hike along the Hermon Track in the Lyrebird Creek gully.
The Eton E5 with 3 m of random antenna produced some interesting 11 MHz signals in the period 0330 to 0430, mainly longpath from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and shortpath from Asia - these are some of my entries:
11590 EGYPT R. Cairo, Arabic
11620 INDIA AIR Hindi, Urdu, co-channel with CHINA
11780 GERMANY VOA-Lampertheim, Somali *0330-0430*
11785 SEYCHELLES BBC, Swahili to 0430*
11840 INDIA AIR Urdu to 0415*
11860 SEYCHELLES BBC English
12015 ABU DHABI BBC-Dhabbaya, Somali to 0430*
12035 CYPRUS BBC English
Bob Padula
Map of location

Bridge on Lyrebird Creek

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