SOTA W4V/SH-007: Hogback Mountain

We saved the easiest peak for last during this visit to Shenandoah National Park, and tackled Hogback after Compton Peak and North Marshall. Park at Hogback overlook (38.762N, 78.2742W) and walk back northward along Skyline Drive about 500m to a chained-off gravel service road that ascends towards a commercial antenna installation. From the road to the top, it’s about a 40m rise, easy-peasy.

The top of the hill is dominated by a microwave tower and there are a few other smaller masts nearby as well as two support buildings, one of which appears dilapidated but still in service. Just a bit north of the buildings and still on the summit, there are some reasonably tall trees and nice boulders to sit on, so that became the operating position.

Despite all the RF installations, I did not experience interference on 20m or 40m; I did not attempt VHF/UHF, so I can’t remark on those bands. From where I was operating, there were trees in every direction, so I did not think it would be a great spot for the higher bands.

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