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Radio Functions Better On Top of West Mountain Over Hot Springs, AR

Tyler and I drove up West Mountain to get a good view of the city and to test a handheld radio from Hot Springs National Park.



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Captured a couple radio operators talking about cooking greens with sugar, at 146.940 MHz. From home, at a lower elevation, I rarely hear anything on this frequency, but upon West Mountain, I heard a clear conversation. Being up on a mountain allows us to listen better to the radio waves. Imagine how much better reception of radio communications might be from satellites in position above the earth!

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From the mountain we could see some of the city of Hot Springs and a water tower.

We received waves with a portable radio (Yaesu VX-8R) from upon West Mountain in Garland County, in the city of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

We heard workers at a gambling location, the Oaklawn Race Track, talking on their radios at 152.350 MHz. This frequency I can also receive down at home, so it is nothing special to hear this station from upon the mountain.

My time was short on this mountain. I would like to return to West Mountain and try transmitting.

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GPS Coordinates: 34.50839557497323,-93.06844711303711
Map of trails on West Mountain (from www.nps.gov/hosp/planyourvisit/upload/westmtn_trails.pdf)

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