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8 locations - US-158 Rest Area - NC-39 Pullout - Domino's Pizza - Currituck Recreation - Federal Point Boat Launch - Gull Rock Game Lands - Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry - Cisco Campground

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US-158 Rest Area, FM26ah83

Latitude, Longitude
36.305279, -75.930734
Map Location Near city of Kitty Hawk, Currituck County, NC, Altitude 16
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Last update: 2021-09-20
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

US-158 Rest Area 1

A nice small rest area along US-158. It is fairly rural and well away for the built up mess of Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. On the air, it's pretty quiet except to the north. There are some power lines that direction which is probably the source of the noise.

This was a handy spot along my route. Other than the noise to the north, there didn't seem any direction was better than another. Jeff WB8LYJ was here in August 2021.

Restrictions: None

NC-39 Pullout, FM05uu77

Latitude, Longitude
35.864174, -78.267771
Map Location Near city of Zebulon, Franklin County, NC, Altitude 276
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

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

This is a generously-sized dirt pullout on NC-39 near US-64. There is a gated road to a cell tower here. Jeff WB8LYJ visited in August 2021

Driving directions: From the junction of US-64 and NC-39, go north on '39 for 0.1 miles.

Domino's Pizza, FM06uc10

Latitude, Longitude
36.085567, -78.317828
Map Location Near city of Louisburg, Franklin County, NC, Altitude 325
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Last update: 2021-09-20
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

A short dead end stub of "Retail Way" by Domino's Pizza and across from Walmart. I tucked myself in the corner to stay out of the way. Not the greatest place but it worked.

Currituck Recreation, FM16xj83

Latitude, Longitude
36.391563, -76.014782
Map Location Near city of Elizabeth City, Currituck County, NC, Altitude 26
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Last update: 2021-09-20
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

This is a large YMCA recreation complex near the Currituck Co Regional Airport with several big parking lots to choose from.

Propagation was really bad the morning I was going to stop here. I skipped it and moved on. The terrain doesn't vary much in the area so that probably didn't affect propagation. Scouted in August 2021.

Driving directions:
From Elizabeth City, head east on US-158 and go 17 miles.
This is 7 miles from the FM26ah spot.

Federal Point Boat Launch, FM13ax70

Latitude, Longitude
33.959520, -77.941260
Map Location Near city of Kure Beach, New Hanover County, NC, Altitude 5
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Last update: 2021-09-19
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

Federal Point Boat Launch 1 Federal Point Boat Launch 2

This is the parking area near the boat launch. It's just about the only place you can operate after dark in FM13 unless you rent a house in the FM13 part of Kure Beach.

It's a bit busy with people visiting the beach during the day, but it clears out after dark.

From here to the west is all over water for 1-3 miles. It is a real quiet site with just a little noise at times when pointed at the ferry terminal to the north. Most contacts will be made to the west. Jeff WB8LYJ was last there 8/9/2021 for the Perseids meteor shower.

Driving directions:
From Kure Beach, NC follow US-421 south until it ends.
The road is paved all the way to the end.

Restrictions: There are no special fees, permits, or restricted hours. At the ramp, the parking is for vehicles with trailers only. There is single vehicle parking along the road just before the boat ramp.

Gull Rock Game Lands, FM15wi66

Latitude, Longitude
35.361581, -76.110790
Map Location Near city of Swanquarter, Hyde County, NC, Altitude 5
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-09-18
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

Gull Rock Game Lands 1 Gull Rock Game Lands 2

This spot is in Gull Rock Game Land. There is an unimproved boat launch there.

Propagation worked well from here. It is 7 or 8 miles from the nearest power pole so it it very radio quiet. This coastal area is all low and elevation doesn't vary much. From northeast through east, and south to west southwest all paths are over water across Pamlico sound. I was here in August 2021 during the Perseids meteor shower.

Driving directions:
This spot is at the end of a good dirt road about 8 or 9 miles south off of US-264.
The road is easily passible in a passenger car, pickup, or van. No 4WD needed.

Restrictions: There are no particular fees, permissions or hours. I was there starting at dusk for most of the night. Possibly this may not be a good spot during hunting season but this is just a guess.

Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry, FM25cq77

Latitude, Longitude
35.699459, -75.770871
Map Location Near city of Manns Harbor, Dare County, NC, Altitude 5
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-09-18
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

This is on a short road off of US-264 to the emergency ferry. There are a couple of marine-related businesses and one house close by. The road to the (normally unused) ferry has an extra full width lane that's perfect for setting up. The ferry is only active when it is necessary to evacuate the Outer Banks.

Driving directions:
From US-264, go east on Log Storage Rd.
There is a sign on US-264 for the Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry.
Go about 100 yds and you're there.

Cisco Campground, FM25ef76

Latitude, Longitude
35.237244, -75.605696
Map Location Near city of Buxton, Dare County, NC, Altitude 40
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Last update: 2021-09-18
Comments by: Jeff Townsend WB8LYJ

Cisco Campground 1 Cisco Campground 2

Cisco Campground is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The only power here is in the bathrooms. Most of the other campers were here to bicycle, paddle board, kayak, or fish. There weren't large motorhomes and all the related radio noise they generate.

The campground was only partially full in July. I picked a spot on a ridge at the back of the campground. I was in site P064 but P066 and P059 were also good.

This is a very quiet spot. The biggest noise source was someone's ignition when they started their car.

On the air, it worked really well. We are surrounded by miles of salt water in all directions. I was here specifically for 6m and worked a bunch of E-skip and Q65 to Arizona, New Mexico, and California. I also did some 2m and 1.25m operating and it worked well on those bands, too.

Driving directions:
US-64 to the Outer Banks and NC-12 south for 53 miles to Park Rd.
There is also a ferry from Hatteras.

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