Rover Location Database

Grid Field EM

9 locations - Cheaha Mountain - Mount Oglethorpe - Buck Bald - Woody Gap - Griswoldville Industrial Blvd - Joe W0FY - Pine Mtn - Morris Gap - Koomer Ridge

Potential VHF rover sites in grid EM. Be careful.
EM dimensions are 1655.8 by 1623.5 miles.
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Cheaha Mountain, EM73cl26

Latitude, Longitude
33.485257, -85.808430
Map Location Near city of Oxford, Clay County, AL, Altitude 2408
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-09-25
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

Cheaha Mountain 1

Cheaha mountain is the highest point in Alabama and the peak is in Cheaha State park. Camping, a Lodge, Cabins, a park store, and a restaurant are there.

Driving directions: From I-20 exit at US-431 and go south to AL-281.

Restrictions: Park access fee is required. I think you can get into the park any time if you already have the pass. The pass can be purchased at the park store. The store is only open during the day.

Mount Oglethorpe, EM74ul06

Latitude, Longitude
34.485990, -84.331317
Map Location Near city of Jasper, Pickens County, GA, Altitude 3286
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-09-25
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

Mount Oglethorpe 1

Eagles Rest Park on top of Mount Oglethorpe sits out in front of a lot of the north Georgia mountains. It isn't the highest around but it works ok and you can drive to the summit.

Driving directions:
From Jasper take Burnt Mountain Rd to GA-136.
Turn right on GA-136 to Monument Rd.
Turn right onto Monument Rd. Continue to the end.

Restrictions: Daylight hours only.

Buck Bald, EM75ue19

Latitude, Longitude
35.203422, -84.323674
Map Location Near city of Tellico Plains, Polk County, TN, Altitude 2316
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-09-25
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

Buck Bald 1

Buck Bald Mtn Scenic Area is a drive-up summit in eastern Tennessee, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It doesn't look super when looking at in HeyWhatsThat. It worked surprisingly well though. Best direction is NNW to N. Radio line of sight in those directions is 55 to 90 miles.

Jeff WB8LYJ was here for the 2020 222-and-up contest. He made 222 FT8 contacts into northern IL and TX, and contacts using 432 contacts into IL, MO, AR.

Driving directions:
From Telleco Plains, go south on TN-68 and take Buck Bald Rd (Old State Hwy 68).
The road is rough with large rocks and some ruts. Accessible by car with some caution.
I drove up at 3am and I think I hit every rock and rut in that road.
Coming down in daylight it was much easier to miss all the hazards.

Woody Gap, EM74xq92

Latitude, Longitude
34.677472, -84.000042
Map Location Near city of Dahlonega, Union County, GA, Altitude 3200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-09-20
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

Woody Gap 1 Woody Gap 2 Woody Gap 3

Woody Gap offers the EM74-EM84 grid line, and nifty access to the Appalachian Trail for hikers and picnics. There are two parking lots; the south side of the road has the best view.

The eastern two parking places are in EM84aq and the rest to the west are in EM74xq. The north parking lot is all in EM84. You could probably get on the grid like to activate both grids. This wouldn't be useful for contests though since they require you to move the station 100m. There isn't that much space to do that.

Since Woody Gap sits between two mountains, the field of view is only open to the south. There, the radio horizon stretches out 50 to 70 miles. Radio is excellent in that direction.

Driving directions:
From Dahlonega, take US-19 north 8.4 miles to where GA-60 splits.
At traffic circle, take 2nd exit onto GA-60.
Follow GA-60 for 5.4 miles to Woody Gap. Watch for the Woody Gap sign.

Restrictions: There is a vault toilet. No water. More info at Woody Gap Trailhead.

Griswoldville Industrial Blvd, EM82fu97

Latitude, Longitude
32.865803, -83.508165
Map Location Near city of Macon, Jones County, GA, Altitude 607
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-08-31
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

Griswoldville Industrial Blvd 1

A cul-de-sac at the end of an industrial street. There is only one industry on the road about 0.6 miles away.

This is a standard spot for me; I go there often. I've used it in the VHF contests and to do grid activations on 6m, 2m, 1.25m, and 70cm.

This spot sits at the end of a ridge. The terrain drops off everywhere except south. There is a clear view west and south west. There are trees in the other directions but elevation drops off quickly. The south end of the street is about 20' higher so that's probably the worst direction.

Driving directions: East of Macon on GA 57

Restrictions:
I have been here all hours of the day and night and never seen anyone.

Joe W0FY, EM48rp78

Latitude, Longitude
38.660553, -90.524152
Map Location Near city of Chesterfield, St. Louis County, MO, Altitude 600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

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

Joe W0FY 1 Joe W0FY 2 Joe W0FY 3 Joe W0FY 4

I worked Joe Fleagle W9FY a week earlier from Gold Mtn Lookout in DN08. This was his second-to-last grid needed toward the FFMA award. So, as long as I was driving by anyway, I simply had to stop in and have lunch together. Here is his modest basement station. It's very well organized and well equipped with quality gear, tools and an excellent operator.

Pine Mtn, EM87ob39

Latitude, Longitude
37.080290, -82.803520
Map Location Near city of Whitesburg, Letcher County, KY, Altitude 2750
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2018-08-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Pine Mtn 1 Pine Mtn 2 Pine Mtn 3 Pine Mtn 4 Pine Mtn 5 Pine Mtn 6 Pine Mtn 7 Pine Mtn 8 Pine Mtn 9 Pine Mtn 10 Pine Mtn 11

Pine Mtn is a long knife-edge ridge with radio towers at either end. Great operating positions can be found halfway between the towers, with open horizon through the trees in almost all directions. This worked great for me on meteor scatter and a long 6m opening in the 2018 June VHF Contest. I even worked Germany from here.

Morris Gap, EM87bv58

Latitude, Longitude
37.908910, -83.869670
Map Location Near city of Morris Creek, Montgomery County, KY, Altitude 1100
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

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

Morris Gap 1 Morris Gap 2 Morris Gap 3

Don't go. This highway over the mountains is gated off. I was searching for an operating spot in EM87 and this was the easiest to try as I entered the grid square, but you can't get very near to the top.

Koomer Ridge, EM87es38

Latitude, Longitude
37.784458, -83.636230
Map Location Near city of Pine Ridge, Wolfe County, KY, Altitude 2500
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2018-06-23
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Koomer Ridge 1

Koomer Ridge is favored with a campground and hiking trails in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of Kentucky. This is heavily forested and, when I visited in mid-June, very thickly populated with biting flies. A sign warns of venomous snakes. I moved along without getting out of my car.

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