Results of February 22, 1997 All Day

The Hider Was Bob WB6JPI

The February all-day consisted of three transmitters located along the San Sevine Truck Trail (1N34) in the San Bernardino Forest. This road? runs along the southern face of the "foothills" beneath Cucamunga peak. >From gate-to-gate it is 26 miles long. The gate at Sapphire (in Alta Loma) was open and the gate at Lytle Creek was quite locked. (they are in two different forestry control regions, that apparently don't talk, or at least don't agree). This road is a classic in frustration and challenge. It starts with some shallow moguls which manage to enlarge themselves in full 3 ft whoopies, which swallow small cars like my zook. But they only last for a few hundred yards and then the road becomes a virtual freeway. If not for the rocks (at least on in the middle of the road is 3 ft in diameter), the washouts and two full fledged landslides (one at Deer Creek and one at Day Canyon), the several four foot "humps" wouldn't even be noticed. The HA transmitter (it repeated HA over and over) was a "throw out" leaning on a tree, about 10 ft off of the road (and about 4 ft beneath it) at 34 deg 12.01', 117 deg 34.242'. It was no big deal although it was still running on Monday afternoon, some 50 hours. The transmitter was making about 2.5 watts about 7 KHz low into a piece of #14 house wire. The HO transmitter was also a "throw-out", but it was located on top of a hill about 200 ft off of a small even more difficult road about 1/4 mile from the San Savine. (34 deg 12.734', 117 deg 32.142'). It was 2.17 miles from HA, but took about an hour to get there. It too, was a 3 watt AF6O transmitter with a 20 inch #14 house wire stuck in its connector. It was the first one on (There was some kinda RACES net starting on 146.565 at about 9:15. I transmitted from near the HO site to inform them of the impending T-hunt and they quite happily QSYed. But this transmission was heard by those hunters not eating breakfast and I'm sure that they got bearings. In an attempt at equality, I turned on HO a half hour early, at 9:30.) This transmitter was heard all over the place and was the one that was on for the first hour or so. This was done on purpose to draw the hunters as far east as I could so they would try the locked gate at Lytle Creek before they went to the nearer Sapphire end. I know I got Don, KF6GQ and I saw Deryl and a white van going west along 19th street in Rancho Cucamonga from somewhere off in that direction. In between these two transmitters was HI. This was the real transmitter of the hunt. It was located in the middle of the Joe Elliot Campground (34 deg 04.519', 117 deg 25.254'). You could drive and park on top of the transmitter. It was a AF6O box feeding a 30 watt Radio Shack amplifier into a switch box that selected one of eight antennas spaced over an area of about 200 x 200 feet. The antennas were #30 green magnet wire that came out of the ground and tangled into some convienient bush or tree trunk. The antennas were switched at 1.25 Hz or about .75 sec each. As the 12 second transmission would get each signal at each antenna about 1-1/2 times every 40 seconds. The antennas were just not visible, even if you knew where to look. I don't know of any sniffer equipment that would respond to this short duration signal with the very low actual duty-cycle. If anyone really found an antenna without pulling up the coax, please let me know. It was my intention that some hunters would camp here (it is a really pretty place) but the running around to Lytle Creek and creeping up the terrible road put timing such that no one stayed there. (at least I dont think they did). Don, KF6GQ in a private Email claimed it took him 6 hours to go up and back down. After my five trips, I got it down to 4:30 hrs. It helps if you know you can do it without falling off the cliff. The HI transmitter was 58.5 miles (air) from the start and the initial bearing to HO should have been 57 degrees. The sign-in paper from HA must blew away as it was nowhere in sight and the wind was kicking up about 50 mph on Monday when I pulled the transmitters. As it was surely found by all, it probably didn't matter in any scoring. If the mileages on the sign-in sheets for HI and HO are traveled distances, then The Winner can be determined from the data below. If there are starting odometer readings and the numbers below are ending odometer readings then I need to know this. Three teams kept going through it all and they must be respected for this insanity. The view was dramatic. A person from my work helped bury the 800 ft of coax at HI. On the ride up there he stated that this ride demanded an "E" ticket. At HO, (the farthest and counting T) KD6LAJ/KF6GQ 109 miles 17:00 N6MJN/N6XFC none 17:35 WA6TQQ/KC6TNJ 95.7 miles 17:37 I declare WA6TQQ/KC6TNJ the winners. (Luckly, I dont win very many hunts or none of us would have any vehicles or equipment left.) Jippy