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Gracie Point, WA - north of Selah | June 2021

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Voice Cellular Coverage: 
Don't know
Data Cellular Coverage: 
Good, very usable
Cellular Provider: 
APRS Coverage: 
Some stations received, but no digi echos

Today I dragged my Dad, my kids and their cousins up to Gracie Point summit.

I had read about the southern approach, from James WA7JNJ, which was listed as 5 or so miles one way and a rather steep hike.  I figured that was a bit much for my crew so we went around back to the northern approach.  Starting on N Wenas Rd turning north onto Sheep Company Road.  

NOTE: A Washington DNR Discovery Pass is required. These can be ordered online the same day, if you forgot yours.

Turns out with an Expedition (or other 4WD vehicle) you can drive/bounce slowly all the way to the summit.

We passed a pair of does and a 4-5pt buck.

There is plenty of space to setup antennas, though the summit is barren except for a few fence posts to which I tied my SpiderBeam and hoisted j-pole and EFHW and worked up to 7 contacts (only one of which was 2m from PDX).

QRM/QRN was brutal but there were no obvious sources of nearby RFI.

There is an antenna installation across the Yakima River Canyon.