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45-90 Confluence, EN55aa00

Latitude, Longitude
45.000000, -90.000000
Map Location Near city of Rietbrock, Marathon County, WI, Altitude 1400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-06-20
Comments by: John W9JN

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This is the confluence of EN44-45-54-55. The 45°N - 90°W Geographic Marker is located in northwest Marathon County in the Town of Rietbrock.

A quarter-mile pathway will lead you to the point that is the exact center of the Northwest Hemisphere where the 45th Parallel of Latitude intersects the 90th Meridian of Longitude.

There are only four 45° - 90° locations in the world. Two of these are located in oceans, one is located on a mountainous portion of China and one is located here in Central Wisconsin. Marathon County’s location is the only conveniently accessible marker in the world. There is a perceived significance that this geographical location is responsible for the prevalence and high quality of ginseng in Marathon County.

Anyone who visits the marker is encouraged to stop at the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention and visitors Bureau in downtown Wausau to sign the official 45°N - 90°W Club Registration Book and receive a commemorative coin.

On June 20, 2021, John W9JN and his team activated this 45-90 degree spot. Operators were Jacob K9TVG, Gene N9GEP, Rick WX9M, Dave K9DRO and myself John W9JN.

Fort Wilkins Campground, EN67bl61

Latitude, Longitude
47.466319, -87.858681
Map Location Near city of Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, MI, Altitude 600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-02-23
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park offers East and West campgrounds with numerous campsites for tents, trailers, RVs and mini cabins. Located between Lake Superior and tiny Lake Fanny Hooe, it's a destination for outdoorsmen.

Campground reservations are accepted online up to 6 months in advance. Camp Sites/Fees: (159) $25 (20/30 amp); $29 (50 amp) or $20/$24 off-season.

Pick as far east as you can go, to reduce affect of Brockway Mtn about 1.75 miles away. If you pick a slot with 20/30-amp outlets then you won't need to run a generator.

High Rock Bay, EN67dk42

Latitude, Longitude
47.426562, -87.713889
Map Location Near city of Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, MI, Altitude 600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-02-23
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Takes an hour from US-41 on very rough unpaved road. Est 7.5 miles. TripAdvisor review. No water, no toilet. Dangerous roads. Don’t attempt after a heavy rain. Public, state forest, free. Street view shows a tent camper.

This is an empty promonitory along the water at the end of a long road toward the eastern tip. Expect less traffic and fewer day-trip visitors. Open exposure to south and east. Heading to Seattle is 257 degrees and goes through Brockway Mtn.

State Forest land camping permits are required and can be applied for online. Pathfinder, Keweenaw Traveler.

Brockway Mtn, EN67al31

Latitude, Longitude
47.464063, -87.969444
Map Location Near city of Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, MI, Altitude 1240
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-02-23
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Brockway Mtn Drive is a terrific E-W ridge along the highest point of the EN67 grid. However, it is also part of the James H. Klipfel Memorial Nature Sanctuary and the John J. Helstrom Nature Sanctuary. Utmost care is required to maintain the sensitive bird migration area.

No services. 200 cars/day. Written permit required from Eagle Harbor Township.

Black River Campground, EN46xp39

Latitude, Longitude
46.665451, -90.052083
Map Location Near city of Bessemer, Gogebic County, MI, Altitude 760
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-02-25
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Black River NFCG is a nice campground alongside the southern shore of Lake Superior in the Ottowa National Forest. It has an open horizon with an especially clear path toward the Pacific NW.

There are 40 campsites; seventeen are first-come first-served, and twenty three can be reserved in advance. See US Forest service website.

Craig K9CT, EN50bp28

Latitude, Longitude
40.662306, -89.894307
Map Location Near city of Trivoli, Peoria County, IL, Altitude 2000
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2019-06-23
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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I had pizza lunch with Roger W9FF and Craig K9CT. Both are avid grid-chasers in Illinois, with whom we worked hard to complete contacts a week earlier when I was back on Gold Mtn in DN08 Okanogan, WA. We succeeded with Roger W9FF but the propagation didn't work out with Craig K9CT. Regardless, Craig bought us lunch and invited us for a shack tour. Imagine my surprise when I saw the scale of Craig's contest station which features many of the top devices and software currently available. For more, see www.k9ct.us

Heerten's Farm, EN02av61

Latitude, Longitude
42.881798, -99.944368
Map Location Near city of Springview, Keya Paha County, NE, Altitude 2316
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2018-06-27
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Hilltopping in Nebraska is about the same everywhere, since there are so few hills. However, there are valleys for the rivers so our activity might better named "valley topping." My intention was to visit the Springview Cemetary about five miles further north but the overnight rains made these roads very slippery.

I used this convenient pull-off north of Springview, NE, in June 2018. It worked great and made many meteor scatter and FT8 contacts. There were no houses or power lines nearby and background noise was non-existent.

There is very little traffic, but anyone that passed did stop to chat and see what I'm doing, including a reporter from the Springview Herald local paper.

Lost Creek Cemetary, EN02aw47

Latitude, Longitude
42.948759, -99.964465
Map Location Near city of Springview, Keya Paha County, NE, Altitude 2400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2019-06-22
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Lost Creek Cemetary is a lonely spot near the northwest corner of EN02. It has a slight (20 feet?) rise above local terrain, but you might as well be anywhere at all on the Nebraska plains. A few feet doesn't make any difference to propagation. Frankly, there's no such thing as "hilltopping" in Nebraska; however they do have valleys, so we should rename this hobby as "valley topping."

This cemetary is mostly unmaintained and there will be lots of tall grass that's probably wet with dew all day.

I found this spot while searching around EN02 but the next day, on my return, the clay roads were slick with mud so I cut my return drive short and stopped a few miles further south at Heerten's Farm.

Driving directions: From Springview, drive west on Hwy 12 for 11.2 miles, following it around the gentle righthand bend to go north.
Turn right (42.861304, -99.925141) in order to continue driving north.
Go north 1.9 miles; at Tee intersection (42.939653, -99.925203) turn left.
Go west 0.6 miles and turn right.
Follow driveway and continue straight north into unmaintained path to cemetary. Do not turn right into farmhouse driveway.

Neligh, EN02xd62

Latitude, Longitude
42.135792, -98.030464
Map Location Near city of Neligh, Antelope County, NE, Altitude 1820
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2019-06-23
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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I needed a quick stop in southeast EN02 to get as close as possible (200 miles) to a ham in EM29cp. Neligh is a town on a mild hill before the highway descends slightly into lower ground. This parking lot by NAPA Auto Parts offers lots of room where I wouldn't bother anybody. Besides, it has a cool track racer on a post.

Driving directions: 1199 N Street, Neligh, NE 68756

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