Searching for Salt Water — State Park

Yesterday, I posted about finding a county park that could be used for contesting with verticals over salt water. There are some significant limitations with using the site; specifically, the county park is for daylight use only.

But, in Washington State, we have State parks as well. One of the State parks is an old fort site, used to defend the Puget Sound from any attacks via the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The State park site has a big limitation as well: camping from March 1st through the end of October only. That leaves out some good contests.

Here’s a picture of the high tide beach level:

High Tide Beach level

This picture shows the amount of dirt needed to get to the beach from the campsite:

Campsite to beach

In the background, you can see the camp sight with the RV’s in view.

Here’s the RV’s themselves:

Beach to RV’s

This site runs up against the 200-foot personal limitation for a site for the coax to reach the beach. Plus, when you can camp.

But, for the ARRL Contest, CQ WW RTTY Contest and a few others, this might be the ticket. At least you have hookups and have permission to camp.

Scot, K9JY

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