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Heerten's Farm, EN02av61

Latitude Longitude
42.881798 -99.944368
Map Location Near city of Springview, Keya Paha County, NE, Altitude 2316
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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
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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
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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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