Hider: Doug WA6RJN
Where: About 12 miles south west of Newberry Springs
south of the 40.
N6AIN had asked if I would hide this hunt so he wouldn't
have to hide two months in a row. I was determined not
to have equipment failure this time. I check the
batteries, IDers, coax, etc. I had picked an area that
would be tolerant of winter weather. Little did I know
that there wouldn't be any winter this year and that
N6AIN would hide the month before in an area near by.
I planned to load up on Friday and be in the area about
noon. And then Friday came..... I left late then
had to return home again to get a forgotten item. I
arrive in the area about 3:30. I had used several maps
including Google maps with satellite to look for sites.
I started up Ord Mtn to see what it looked like at the
top. The road was rocky and I decided just to put a
30-second T a short distance up the hill. After coming
down I decided to change it to a 1-minute T, back up the
I proceeded to the main site down Camp Rock Road. It
would have been a great site if it wasn't for the locked
gate and No Trespassing signs. None of the maps
indicated gates. Time for plan B - Ord Mtn. I returned
to Ord and started up the mountain but shortly after
passing the only T I had hidden so far there was another
locked gate. Time for plan C. Time to invent plan C. I
had one other site in mind but that area had been hidden
in a few times. I decided to take down the 1-min T and
replace it with the main T.
I had concerns that the signal may not cover the LA area
very well, but the sun was going down and I need to get
set up. I aimed the 11-element beam toward the starting
point and turned on T1 running 38 watts.
I had constructed a couple of hexbeams (see
http://www.karinya.net/g3txq/hexbeam/broadband/ ) and
wanted to see how they would perform. Hexbeams are
compact 2-element antennas. I hid T10, a 50 mW T, using
a hexbeam a short distance down a road.
I hid two Ts (T3, 1/2W & T4, 50 mW) to the west. To
the north I hid T5, a 50 mW, and T9. The 50 mW T9 was
fed into another horizontal hexbeam. T1 was just to the
south and T10 to the east.
At the intersection of all these roads I hid T6, the
"Bug" T iding with "Don't let this T bug you". This made
a total of7 Ts.
Now, if only the hunters in LA could hear T1. I dropped
a few suggestions (note: suggestions, not clues) on the
email group that the main T might be heard at Summit
(Oak Hill) on I15. A couple of hunters did hear T1 in
the LA area.
Five teams showed up and found the Ts. Things went well
until the IDer on T3 went crazy and started identifying
at 100+ WPM.
The formula for determining the winner was posted on the
web site. I plugged in the call signs, T numbers,
distance between Ts, wattage, Murphy's Fudge Factor, and
the time found. When the formula is analyzed, it
indicates the most Ts found in the least amount of time.
The N6MI/KJ6SSY team found all 7 Ts in one hour and 28
minutes. As the winners, they are elected to hide or may
pick another team. Results: WB6JPI
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