Rare Grid Rove Around
The Olympic Peninsula is in the far corner of the Pacific Northwest and contains a huge area of remote, isolated and largely undeveloped wilderness. The peninsula has but one single main road, Highway 101, which gives access to the distant coastline. Although most of it is within a hundred miles of the densely populated greater Seattle area, the tall peaks in the Olympic Mountain range will block radio propagation from the coastline and winter weather blocks access to ridges and peaks. These conditions made it a challenge that we couldn’t resist. Rod, WE7X, joined me for a driving adventure to activate rare grid squares on the Olympic Peninsula coastline during the ARRL January 2012 VHF Contest.