I believe Duffey likes Capulin Volcano in that area, at least for
looking south. I haven't been there myself, only quite a bit
further east in DM86. I will say that it can be a bit too quiet
in that area unless you get a good opening. I typically gravitate
toward areas with horizons of about 1 degree or less all around,
but finding a spot with a negative horizon to at least one
population center could be a better strategy.
At the risk of losing my Black Belt In Procrastination [*],
I am toying with the idea of including DM86 in my Rover route
in the June, and probably July, VHF contests.
So I am soliciting suggestions and comments from those of
you in The Land Of Enchantment -- who might have experience
with the location I natter on about below.
In going over paper maps and Google Maps, it looks like a
good choice for a site would be south of Branson, Colo. on CO
389 -- which becomes NM 551 at the border. Specifically, it is
a Good DM86 Site for me to get to from Pueblo AND also include
the other S.E. Colorado Grids I want to activate. (i.e., my
If you zoom in once, you'll see where the railroad and the
highway cross the border is called Emory Gap. A "gap" does NOT
sound like a Great Place for a Rover location.
Zooming back out once and you see a place called "Negro
Mesa" to the ESE. . I believe it may be the "butte" I see from
the roadside - below:
It's definitely ranch country -- I see cattle in some of
the zoomed views I've done.
Surprisingly there is a "Google Street View" Actually 2:
one from 2008 and one from 2012.
At MM 6 on NM 551 I see steel gates at dirt tracks on both
the east and west side -- probably both padlocked with a
chain. That's what the little sign said: "6". But it can't be
even a mile south of the border -- and. in the other
direction, it must be over 10 miles from the junction of NM
456. (Maybe miles are "different" in NM. HI!HI!)
The best spot I could locate by driving "street view" seems
to be a little futher south at:
... if I park up on the bank next to the road -- by the
fence -- I would seen to have an acceptable horizon
After operating at the north edge of DM86, I would pull
back over the edge of DM87 and attempt to hand out that grid
to the NMVHF contesters -- and whoever else... Then I would
trek on up towards the 4 corners of DM87-DM88-DM77-DM78 and
contest as Rover for the rest of the weekend(s) from there.
And, yes, I know the Colorado/New Mexico border is not
necessarily located exactly on the 37th parallel from Kansas
Comments? Even something like, "DON'T GO THERE!" would be
I don't actually HAVE the black belt for procrastination.
The ceremony keeps being postponed...