One of my favorite Ham Radio related events is the annual North Carolina QSO Party, which takes place the last Sunday in February.
The goal of this contest is for ham radio operators within the state of NC to activate as many of the 100 counties as possible. Most NC participants operate from home, but others take their stations to roads less traveled in order to activate the rarer counties.
During this contest, NC stations work stations throughout the USA, Canada, and the world, while stations outside of NC are specifically trying to contact as many NC counties as possible.
For NCQP 2017, I decided to return to one of my favorite places, the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, parts of which encompass large areas of Dare and Hyde Counties. I surveyed the refuge the day prior to the contest in order to assess the possibility of a DAR/HYD County line operation. The access road below is typical of the many miles of gravel roads within the refuge.
Typical gravel road within the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge