If you really want to reach out and touch someone, along the I-25 corridor from Pueblo and south it is possible for the mobile operator to hit the repeater on Sierra Grande mountain in northeastern New Mexico. New Mexico's version of the Colorado Connection is the Mega Link system. Headquartered in Albuquerque, the Mega Link system connects all of New Mexico, western Texas, western Oklahoma, eastern Arizona, and southern Colorado. The repeater callsign is NM5ML. Sierra Grande's frequency is 147.28 with a positive shift and a 100 offset. As the crow flies, it is about 150 miles from Pueblo to Sierra Grande.
Nice to know for the op traveling south on Interstate 25.
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