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EL PASO, TEXAS

 

As stated earlier; The West Texas Repeater Association is located in the Northwest corner of Texas, bordering old Mexico.  Our sites are located at some interesting places, so maybe a bit of background information is in order.

The Franklin Mountains of El Paso, Texas

Rising over 3280 ft (1000 m) above the surrounding basins, the Franklin Mountains dominate the skyline of the city of El Paso. The range begins within the El Paso City limits in the south and extends northward across the New Mexico border for a distance of about 15 mi (24 km). The Franklins are the southernmost extension of an almost continuous series of north-south trending ranges that extend over 99 mi (160 km). The ranges include, from north to south: the San Andres, San Augustine, Organ, North Franklin, and Franklin ranges.

The continuous north-south ridge line of the Franklin and North Franklin mountains is separated by Anthony Gap approximately 0.5 mi (0.8 km) north of the New Mexico state line and the north park boundary. The 7 mi (11 km) long North Franklin Mountains are separated from the Organ Mountains by the 4.5 mi (7.2 km) Fillmore Pass (4210 ft, 1284 m). The ancestral Rio Grande flowed, prior to the erosional event that led to the stream piracy that has formed the current channel of the Rio Grande at Paso del Norte (Pass of the North) on the southwestern flank of the Franklin Mountains. The highest Peak in the North Franklins is North Anthony's Nose (5388 ft, 1643 m).

The major Franklin peaks, north to south, are: Anthony's Nose, North Mount Franklin, South Mount Franklin, Mount Franklin, and at the southern end of the Mount Franklin ridge Ranger and Comanche peaks. The major canyons of the range from north to south are Hitt, Fusselman, and McKelligon on the eastern side and Vinton, Avispa, and Fusselman on the western side. All of these canyons drain either east or west with the exception McKelligon that drains south-southeast out of the southeastern part of the range. The lowest elevation within park boundaries is approximately 4150 ft (1265 m). The highest elevation recorded in the range and the park is at North Franklin Mountain 7192 ft (2193 m) which is also the highest structural point in Texas.

No permanent surface water exists in the Franklin Mountains. However, a number of springs and seeps will flow for most, if not all, of the year. The majority of the water, however, is discharged beneath the surface in rock-filled stream channels. Significant springs in the park include East Cottonwood, West Cottonwood, and Mundy. Several dams have been constructed in canyons and arroyos but these do not retain permanent pools of water.


 

Now sitting on top of North Franklin Mountain 7192 ft (2193 m) which is also the highest structural point in Texas is our World Famous 146.88 Solar Powered Pride and Joy.  Written up in the January 1978 QST Magazine.  When it was on Comanche Peak.
   

And now to some pictures at our 146.880 Solar Powered Repeater on North Mount Franklin:  HERE

   

Here are some pictures at our 146.700 Repeater site on South Comanche Peak:  HERE

   
Here are some pictures from the 10-25-2008 Maintenance Trip on South Comanche Peak:  HERE  
   
Here are some pictures from the 2009 Annual Labor Day Weekend trip to Benson Ridge:  HERE  
   
Here are some pictures from the 10-31-2009 Maintenance Trip to the MRE Site on Mount Franklin:  HERE  
   

 

 

                

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