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Round Butte, OR | May 2022

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Voice Cellular Coverage: 
Good, very usable
Data Cellular Coverage: 
Good, very usable
Cellular Provider: 
APRS Coverage: 
Don't know

On a recent trip over to eastern Oregon, I had the opportunity to stop in Madras and a nearby summit Round Butte (W7O/CN-074) beckoned.  The directions from Google Maps led me up the approach from the north which turns onto a dirt road.  It is drivable in good, dry conditions but if you are at all worried there is another approach by continuing on west and around which finally climbs from the south.  That road is paved all the way to the top.  The paving is crumbling in places but still drivable.

I set up my mast and EFHW on the only tree at the top and proceeded to make 25 QSOs in fairly short order.  2m was a different story with only one contact.  This is also a POTA site (K-7482).  Wrapping up I paused to enjoy the beautiful view in 360 degrees.

On the way down, I followed the paved road around back into town.