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Potential VHF rover sites in Washington's grid DN17. Be careful.
This grid square spans two states. See also Idaho DN17.
DN17 dimensions are 93.4 by 69.2 miles.
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Lamont Microwave, DN17be25

Latitude Longitude
47.188083 -117.897167
Map Location Near city of Lamont, Whitman County, WA, Altitude 2220
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2008-12-28
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations DN17
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

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Microwave tower site southeast of the town of Lamont on Highway 23. Turnoff from I-90 at Sprague.

It is easy to get to from hiway 23 and offers good exposure in all directions. There is a large microwave installation there, but it is easy to move around to get the path you want. RF does not seem to be a problem.

June 12, 2002 update! KF7CN attempted to get to this site during the June VHF contest and found that they had installed a gate about 100 yards from the top.

Driving directions: Go to Lamont on Highway 23.
- Turn east on 9th street.
- After 1/4 mile the road turns to gravel.
- Look for the towers.

Mt Spokane, DN17kw61

Latitude Longitude
47.921200 -117.114100
Map Location Near city of Spokane, Spokane County, WA, Altitude 5867
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-06-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

This is a popular ski area northeast of Spokane. The locals report that Mt Spokane summit is driveable in the summer with pavement to the top. It has gates but they are generally open. On the way up to the peak, you will pass Beauty Mountain (5206') and Bald Knob (5108').

Driving directions: Highway 2 north from Spokane
- Turn right onto WA-206 East (Mt Spokane Park Drive)
- Take left onto N Summit Road

Steptoe Butte, DN17ia47

Latitude Longitude
47.032167 -117.296500
Map Location Near city of Steptoe, Whitman County, WA, Altitude 3612
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-06-10
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations DN17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This site is on an 1100' butte NE of the town of Steptoe on state highway 195, south of Spokane. The average terrain is about 2000' and you can see 200 miles on a clear day. There are no gates on this location.

There was a small hotel located in Steptoe that also has an RV park behind it. As of 8/2001, their rates are $35 for a single, and $39 for a double (two double beds). A full RV hookup, complete with cable TV costs $15, and $18 for a pull through site. (Wheel Inn, Inc. P.O. Box 18, Steptoe, WA 99174. (509)397-9195. 1-(888)397-3195. hartleys@colfax.com)

This is an ideal location to start or end a rover operation. You CANNOT BELIEVE the shot in all directions from the top of the butte. There are no obstructions other than some microwave towers that are easy to work around. The RF levels are low and cause no problems. Expect a lot of traffic - people drive up there just to see the view. Per the signs at the top of the butte, some looney built a hotel on top of the butte back around 1900. It gives a guy fantasies about running a mountaintop operation - complete with room service!

Steptoe Butte, DN17ia47

Latitude Longitude
47.032167 -117.296500
Map Location Near city of Steptoe, Whitman County, WA, Altitude 3612
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-08-07
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Steptoe Butte is an isolated cone with excellent views in all directions. It is wonderful operating location and a favorite of many. (And it's not just the bathroom-with-a-view!) See also KF7CN on Steptoe Butte for the September 2004 VHF Contest.

Easy radio access to Spokane and much of eastern Washington. DN17ia is near the southern edge of the same grid as Spokane, so it's not rare, but you can make up for it with the number of contacts.

This location requires a Discover Pass from the state. Buy it before you go, because it did not offer a signup box anywhere in the park.

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