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Roxy Ann Peak, OR | Dec-2012

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Voice Cellular Coverage: 
Good, very usable
Data Cellular Coverage: 
Good, very usable
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APRS Coverage: 
Good digi echos

UPDATE Nov 2022 -

Roxy Ann Peak is a short 1.5 mile 700 foot gain hike just east of Medford surrounded by Prescott Park.

From downtown Medford, take E McAndrews Road east 4.0 miles and continue on Hillcrest Road for another 1.4 miles. Turn left on Roxy Ann Rd where there is a sign for Prescott Park. Continue up Roxy Ann Rd for about 1.4 miles to the second gate. Note that the first gate is closed every day seasonally.

Tower Road is about 1.5 miles to the summit.

There was about two inches of snow on the ground and temperatures near 35F I’d guess and there were still half a dozen people walking the road on a weekday afternoon – in the summer it is very popular.

According to the first activator of Roxy Ann, Ken, K7NIB, immediately south of the picnic table (about 100 “horizontal” yards) is a “large flat bouldered area ” located less than 80 vertical feet below the peak. It provides a clear SOTA operating location open to a southern viewing angle of roughly 135 degrees. That is where he operated and found that during summer there is plenty of room to SOTA-operate without bothering other hikers.

I was happy to have a new record eleven 40m QSOs (all the way to Missouri) and another six on 20m but then I had to get out of there before the gate was locked. I did have some intermittent s8 powerline noise on 20m but no problems with that on 40m. It was a little chilly but dry, and a nice day for so close to the Solstice.


Roxy Ann Peak from just past the gate