Opening of 31.10.02

My first contacts into South Australia (VK5), very exciting stuff.
The Crafters Adelaide repeater (147.000) started drifting in at around 1500z or 2am local time. Eventually it became strong enough for me to get back into and speak to some locals including VK5MM Rob, VK5ANP Ian and VK5THA Greg. Further on into the morning I was able to work a number of other VK5 Repeaters including ones near Barossa Valley, Port Lincoln (1019.3km), Port Pirrie and also Swan Hill in VK3. Around 2000z conditions disappeared. Using the Duct Data it appeared the duct was still present even at Esperance W.A. A distance of 2304km.