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
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.)