Rover Location Database

Grid Square CN95

13 locations - Holter Road - Mt Defiance - Maryhill Microwave - Roosevelt - Bonneville Dam - Mt Hood Lodge Rd - Hale Ridge - CN95-DN05 - Oxhead Ridge - Grass Valley Cemetery - Shaniko - CN94-95 Grid Line - Mount Defiance

Potential VHF rover sites in Washington and Oregon grid CN95. Be careful.
CN95 dimensions are 96.9 by 69.2 miles.
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Holter Road, CN95qu85

Latitude, Longitude
45.856076, -120.593403
Map Location Near city of Goldendale, Klickitat County, WA, Altitude 2100
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Last update: 2012-09-20
Comments by: Doug K7EVI

200 Holter Road, Goldendale, WA 98620

Our location is registered as 'Pleasant Valley Victory Through Faith Center' where one of the charity functions is teaching ham radio, so ham visitors are welcome. The property layout is pretty clear from satellite images.

Mountains are Simcoes to the north, Cascades 70 miles west, Goodnoe hills 7 miles south, but the distances provide good take-off angles in all directions. I can see the lights glow from Yakima and Sunnyside and sometimes Tri Cities. Unobstructed view of the Clark Belt from horizon to horizon.

VHF propagation is good. I have worked Hermiston, Bend, Salem, Yakima, Portland and Goldendale repeaters with just a handie-talkie and rubber duckie whip. There is very little local ham activity on 2 meters. This is location is remote and off-grid so it's very radio quiet and a great location for HF and contests such as Salmon Run. An existing vertical or dipole may be available if I'm not operating. - Doug K7EVI

Driving directions: Best route is Bickleton Highway to Old Mountain Road to Holter Road.
Badger Gulch Road is okay but it destroys tires.
Do not use Box Canyon Road since it's impassable. Don't let your GPS take you to Box Canyon Rd.

Restrictions: Get prior permission from Doug K7EVI for private property access.
No hunting, alcohol, drugs, open fires, no smoking.

Mt Defiance, CN95dp35

Latitude, Longitude
45.648500, -121.722600
Map Location Near city of Cascade Locks, Hood River County, OR, Altitude 4800
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2006-07-01
Comments by: Mary Anne KE7CGZ

There are radio towers at this location including the Mt Defiance ham repeater.

Maryhill Microwave, CN95nq78

Latitude, Longitude
45.703508, -120.854831
Map Location Near city of Maryhill, Klickitat County, WA, Altitude 2050
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Last update: 2012-04-28
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Along Washington's southern border near Goldendale, the bluffs above the Columbia River offer good bare operating locations. One site in particular is a former AT&T microwave site among the Windy Flats (good name) wind farm, high above the crossing between Maryhill and Biggs Junction. This is a prime candidate for activating the WA side of CN95.

A hilltop site directly north of the Biggs Junction Columbia River Bridge on the WA side. It's an old AT&T microwave site on the bluff overlooking the river, with a great view to the south and east.

The facility itself is gated but a convenient parking pull-out is right there. The road has open public access to here but it is signposted "private" immediately beyond. This spot is surrounded by numerous wind generators and a cellphone tower is very close.

Roosevelt, CN95vr47

Latitude, Longitude
45.738500, -120.212833
Map Location Near city of Roosevelt, Skamania County, WA, Altitude 280
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Last update: 2011-08-06
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Very poor radio propagation in all directions.

My hope was to shoot east along the river into the Tri-Cities from the far side of the CN95 - DN05 grid line border. And I was hoping some sort of signal path to Portland could be made, but to no avail. You really need explore the nearby bluffs for altitude and good takeoff angles.

Roosevelt is on the Washington side of the river. There is a lovely green park nearby, a favorite spot for sailboard and kite surfers on the constantly windy river gorge.

Bonneville Dam, CN95ap76

Latitude, Longitude
45.651167, -121.939670
Map Location Near city of North Bonneville, Skamania County, WA, Altitude 60
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Last update: 2011-08-06
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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A very scenic location with very poor radio propagation and considerable noise from power lines.

This location is at the CN85 - CN95 grid line. I hoped to reach Portland using the Columbia River gorge valley, but no contacts were made.

However, the consolation prize is to watch osprey and turkey vultures fishing for salmon in the outflow. This is an incredible spot for bird watching.

Mt Hood Lodge Rd, CN95dh46

Latitude, Longitude
45.319161, -121.710080
Map Location Near city of Government Camp, Hood River County, OR, Altitude 5226
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Last update: 2021-08-08
Comments by: Mark N7NWP

This road goes up to the Lodge at the base of the mountain. There are pull outs along this paved road and parking on top by the lodge. The horizon is open and great to the E- W- S but tough going N through Mt Hood which rises to 11,260'.

Hale Ridge, CN95xg93

Latitude, Longitude
45.265493, -120.000020
Map Location Near city of Condon, Morrow County, OR, Altitude 2700
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Last update: 2020-10-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Here's another spot on the CN95-DN05 grid line with an open horizon. Scouting is needed.

CN95-DN05, CN95xb99

Latitude, Longitude
45.081669, -120.000020
Map Location Near city of Fossil, Gilliam County, OR, Altitude 4200
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Last update: 2020-10-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

This is a remote spot on the CN95-DN05 grid line with some altitude and open horizon with no trees. Scouting is needed.

Oxhead Ridge, CN95xa94

Latitude, Longitude
45.017044, -120.000155
Map Location Near city of Fossil, Wheeler County, OR, Altitude 4600
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Last update: 2020-10-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Oxhead Ridge is right on the CN95-DN05 grid line with good altitude and open horizon to the W-N-E. Some scouting is needed to see if you can drive a few hundred yards south to the highest point at 4800' for the completely open horizon.

Grass Valley Cemetery, CN95oj41

Latitude, Longitude
45.380880, -120.792410
Map Location Near city of Grass Valley, Sherman County, OR, Altitude 2425
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Last update: 2015-09-07
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Grass Valley Cemetery is not in a valley at all. This is a high point with quick access from Hwy 97. It's south of Goldendale and north of Madras and Bend, OR.

Shaniko, CN95na96

Latitude, Longitude
45.025860, -120.837020
Map Location Near city of Maupin, Marion County, OR, Altitude 3650
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Last update: 2014-04-07
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Hwy 97 passes through the city of Shaniko, a local high point for many miles around. The views are stupendous. This is a great place to pull off and find a place to operate. Rod WE7X and I visited the radio compound and got excellent signals into Portland and Seattle. This is gated so you do need to know someone to get in; however there is lots of open range around too.

Driving directions: Take Hwy 97. Find a spot somewhere south of Shaniko.

Restrictions: The radio complex is gated.

CN94-95 Grid Line, CN95oa20

Latitude, Longitude
45.000020, -120.813721
Map Location Near city of Madras, Wasco County, OR, Altitude 3600
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Last update: 2014-04-07
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

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Take hwy 97 until you see the 45th parallel sign NE of Shaniko Junction. There is plenty of room to pull off the road. This is a good park and sleep location there is nothing around but buzzards and truckers.

Note that Hwy 97 does not run north and south here so watch the GPS for accuracy.

Mount Defiance, CN95dp35

Latitude, Longitude
45.648500, -121.722600
Map Location Near city of Cascade Locks, Hood River County, OR, Altitude 4960
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Last update: 2014-04-07
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

There are radio towers at this location including the Mount Defiance ham repeater.

Driving directions: Allow one hour or more from I-84 turnoff.
I tried a route past the Hood River Golf Course and then up Binns Hill Rd but failed.
The following directions from Bing maps are untested but try this:
- From I-84 along the Columbia River, take exit 64.
- Turn south onto US-30 / OR_35 / White Salmon Hwy
- 6.4 mi, bear right onto OR-282 / Davis Dr
- 1.2 mi, bear right, and then bear right onto OR-282 / Odell Hwy
- 0.4 mi, turn left onto Summit Dr
- 2.0 mi, keep straight onto OR-281 / Dee Hwy
- 4.1 mi, keep straight onto Lost Lake Rd
- 0.2 mi, bear right onto Punchbowl Rd
- 1.5 mi, keep left onto unpaved Dead Point Rd / NF-2820
- 2.8 mi, turn right to stay on Dead Point Rd / NF-2820
- 4.9 mi, turn right onto NF-2821
- 1.8 mi, keep left to stay on NF-2821
- 0.8 mi, bear left onto unpaved road
- 0.7 mi, arrive at Mount Defiance, OR
- If you reach NF-2820 again you've gone too far

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