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  1. #21

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    I'd love to DX from Sunset Lake in Wilkeson, but likely won't have time to do so. I also suspect I would be too close to Mt. Rainier to get anything interesting. If I were a serious hiker, I might try that one you were talking about Crain. That sounds interesting. I've heard the main 105.7 many times, and several of Bill's other translators, but never that one.

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    I would love to put up a long beverage at Pacific Beach State Park. There's a group of DXers who go to Grayland every year and usually get lots of exotic MW DX from Asia and Oceania.
    Looking at Google Earth, I see Coos Bay at 265 miles from Pacific Beach is also a 99% water path, like Lincoln City. But I haven't had luck getting those stations yet. Maybe I should go to the ocean when the tropo is hot.
    This is that 7,350 ft mountain - https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/bear-creek-mountain - it won't open up until at least July. The first 60% of the hike is nice with a lot of flowers and meadows, even a small lake. It's the scramble that makes it difficult. But at the top the horizon is open for dozens of miles and that's why the dial is amazing up there.
    757 AM's in the log, 656 FMs (250 from Western WA), That's a DXer!
    FM, AM and SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!
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    The coast is an excellent place to DX AM, and is better than rest of Western Washington for FM during the NW Coast’s summer (mid July-late September).

    Since the OP is not from round these here parts, I should point out the weather on the Washington coast is a lot different than the Puget Sound metropolis. A beautiful clear 80 degree sunny July day in Seattle could be a 60 degree brisk day starting with sprinkles on the coast. If you’re used to the East Coast or Southern California beaches, you will be amazed at how undeveloped and remote the NW coast is in comparison—that lack of electrical interference combined with the salt water makes it incredible for AM DX. FM does get some E-skip on the coast unlike most of the Puget Sound

    I tell people who aren’t from here that the weather everybody thinks Seattle has (it rains all the time) is more like the NW coast..it only rains half the time here!
    As we used to say down in ol' Mexico City...A.M.F.!

  4. #24
    In addition to the reduction in electrical noise, the Washington Coast is the perfect place to go if you're looking for open FM frequencies. One of my favourite things to do when I'm heading down for a vacation is set my car radio to scan the FM band.

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    When is the peak of DXing in the Northwest? It looks like I'm coming up in mid-August.

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    I've had the best luck in early to mid-July.

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    June and July are peak times for FM eskip and tropo. Albeit Es in August isn't uncommon, but the tropo is common. I've had days in late summer where KINK and KKCW were like locals in the Seattle area, albeit several years ago. And whenever KDUK-104.7 in Eugene comes in on a portable in the Seattle metro, the tropo is red-hot to Oregon. I just wish there wasn't mountains in the way between Eugene and the CA border. Medford is practically impossible via Tr in WA.
    757 AM's in the log, 656 FMs (250 from Western WA), That's a DXer!
    FM, AM and SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!
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    Last New AM Log: 1100 WTAM Cleveland, OH; 2/9/18

  8. #28
    Looks like I may be staying with a friend for a bit in Bremerton. Cougar and Tiger signals hit pretty well over there I take it, but how about those from the north, south and west sides of the Sound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksradiogeek View Post
    Looks like I may be staying with a friend for a bit in Bremerton. Cougar and Tiger signals hit pretty well over there I take it, but how about those from the north, south and west sides of the Sound?
    With a good radio, west side usually gets KPQ 102.1 out of Wenatchee, but then gets drowned out at the same time when you cross the bridges to the east side by KSWW. Victoria stations do particularly well on hills. A couple times during good tropo I got KITI 95.1 Centralia on the east side of Bremerton. 92.3, 101.1, and 101.9 from Portland comes in at times as well. And there were rare times when tropo was REALLY good, I got 102.3 from Eugene.
    DX'er, and former master control operator at KBTC-TV and KCPQ-TV.

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