Hider: Doug WA6RJN
Jan 27, 2018
The area I picked was Barstow east to Pisgah. There is a
microwave facility north of I-40 around Pisgah where I once
hid. It has a commanding view of the valley below. However,
that might cause some hunters to cross the desert from
Hesperia to get there. To help the hunters out, I planned to
hide a T around Barstow to lead them the easier way. To
around out the fun, I planned some addition sites.
Starting out the day of the hide I overslept putting me over
an hour behind. Then things continued to go down hill from
I hid an on-the-way T3 between Victorville and Barstow at
Wild Wash Rd. As I left, the signal seemed to fade
much faster than I expected. After turning around I re-hid
the T3 in a higher location and changed the antenna.
Precious minutes were passing.
The first site in Barstow for the second main T (T2) did not
pan out and I used my second choice (north of Barstow on
Irwin Rd) which turned out to be a real life saver. I
dropped a 6-element coat hanger beam on a bush that was only
a couple of feet high. This was driven by a 3 watt T.
I drove to the main T site that was on a power line road
that comes of Pisgah road where I-40 crosses over the
railroad tracks. Then the real fun began. Hiding T1 was a
real Murphy experience.
First, I got up late making me an hour behind in getting to
the site (it was 9:55).
Second, I discovered a locked gate half way up to the
microwave site – I had to find another place to hide! A
little farther down the power line road was a short access
road to a power tower. Over a rise I had a place that had a
clear shot toward the starting point.
Third: When I pulled out the 11-element beam I discovered
that it had broken between the coax connector and the
matching network. I had to pull out the old soldering gun
and resolder it.
Fourth: At about 10:30 I had assembled T1, the power amp,
and the 11-element antenna. I switched it on and heard a
weird buzzing sound that was coming from the power amp.
Turns out the amp battery was dead. I removed the power amp
and connected the T directly to the antenna. With the T lid
open I checked the SWR and power. I had a low SWR and 4.5
watts. I closed the lid and left to hide other Ts.
The signal in the valley below was weak – much too little
for a 4 watt with an 11-element beam.
Five: Later when I returned to check T1 I found no output
power. When I opened the lid I had 4 watts! My guess is that
when I closed the lid and left the first time a coax shield
strand shorted against the center conductor. I fiddled with
the coax, closed the lid and still had 4 watts out. I
finally had the main T on the air!
To play it safe I added a 4-watt T7 with a vertical whip on
top of the little hill the power tower was on.
Meanwhile the hunters had heard a very weak T2 signal from
Barstow and were already on the move. T2 turned out to be my
life saver in getting the hunt under way.
Another site for a light-weight T was at the Pisgah Carter.
However, when I got there, I found no place to hide that
wasn’t in plain view (just lava rock). I back tracked on the
road and found a small hill on which I place T9, the Marie
Calendar T. It had a pie tin for a radiating base.
I planned to hide a T in north east Newberry Springs but
when I got off the freeway at Cady Rd I found there
was no railroad crossing. It was getting too late to go
around. Instead I hid a T on Hector Rd at the closed
railroad crossing. I also gave up hiding the T that was
planned on the south side of the freeway in Newberry Springs
and yet another east of Pisgah.
N6MI / K6VCR T3 T2 T4 T1 T7 T9
Winner 1:24 2:13 4:12 5:00 5:00 6:15
79 103 167 175 175 182
N6AIN / N6EKS T3 T2 T1 T7 T9
1:24 2:11 2:54 2:56 4:33
77 101 156 156 164
WB6HPW / Peter T3 T2 T7 T1
12:28 2:42 6:10 6:28
57 93 185 186
The winners are the team of Scott N6MI and Tom K6VCR