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Grid Square DN42

This page - China Hat - Blackfoot Reservoir - Soda Point - Baldy Mtn - Cow Camp Rd - Threemile Knoll

Potential VHF rover sites in Idaho's grid DN42. Be careful.
This grid square spans two states. Only hilltops in Idaho (not Montana) are included.
DN42 dimensions are 101.9 by 69.2 miles.
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China Hat, DN42es88

Latitude Longitude
42.786220 -111.597090
Map Location Near city of Soda Springs, Caribou County, ID, Altitude 6280
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Last update: 2018-06-14
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This spot is a field access road near a sharp bend on the way to the Blackfoot Resevoir recreation area. The actual China Hat is a pointed hill nearby in sight of this parking spot. I stopped here before reaching Blackfoot Reservoir because it had wide open sky and far-away hills. Basically this is one of many flat valleys in southern Idaho surrounded by high ridges. This is one of the wider valleys with more open sky than most others.

There is a KOA Kampground in Soda Springs.

Driving directions: From Soda Spring, go north on Hwy 34 for 22 miles.
Turn left (west) on China Camp Road, drive 1.7 miles.
Look for good turnouts; if you turn right (north) on Government Dam Road, you've gone too far.

Restrictions: If it has rained recently, be wary of slick mud.

Blackfoot Reservoir, DN42ev42

Latitude Longitude
42.885180 -111.632100
Map Location Near city of Soda Springs, Caribou County, ID, Altitude 6280
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Last update: 2018-06-05
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Blackfoot Resevoir is forty minutes north of Soda Springs. There is a park and boat ramp at the south end but the spot chosen here might be a bit more secluded with a better chance of horizons to the east and southeast.

There is a KOA Kampground in Soda Springs.

Driving directions: From Soda Spring, go north on Hwy 34 for 22 miles.
Turn left (west) on China Camp Road, drive 4.1 miles.
Turn right (north) onto Government Dam Road, drive 5.0 miles.
Turn right (east) onto unpaved loop road.

Soda Point, DN42dp53

Latitude Longitude
42.641640 -111.702299
Map Location Near city of Soda Springs, Caribou County, ID, Altitude 6600
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Last update: 2018-02-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Baldy Mtn, DN42an61

Latitude Longitude
42.548354 -111.947672
Map Location Near city of Lava Hot Springs, Bannock County, ID, Altitude 8200
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Last update: 2018-02-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Might be some likely VHF spots along the ridge line south of Lava Hot Springs.

Cow Camp Rd, DN42cv13

Latitude Longitude
42.891526 -111.822490
Map Location Near city of Bancroft, Caribou County, ID, Altitude 7200
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Last update: 2018-02-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Dirt road along N-S ridge. Look for a good spot starting here.

Threemile Knoll, DN42bh98

Latitude Longitude
42.325163 -111.837117
Map Location Near city of Dubois, Caribou County, ID, Altitude 6000
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Last update: 2018-02-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Hill with an access road through a sand pit.

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