the t-hunt report for February 24-25, 2017.
Glenn, AB6PA, and Scott,
N6MI, planned a very fine hide for someplace else ("Site Z").
But N6MI came down with a cold and the weather was
We hid a closer "start
anywhere, start anytime" hunt in Riverside County, California.
hid two transmitters on Little Thomas Mountain (north of
Anza). N6MI hid three transmitters on Black Mountain (south of
Hemet and southwest of Menifee and west of the AB6PA
see Site Z on a another hide.
T1 AB6PA and T2 AB6PA was a challenge. T1 used two
batteries. One overweight 12-volt battery was used for
the radio and another multipurpose 12-volt battery was used
for the cigarette lighter, light, jumper cable clamps,
compressor, and USB port to run the Arduino controller. I
could have used the overweight battery for both, but it was
convenient to use the USB port on the lightweight battery to
power the Arduino.
audio on AB6PA T1 was quite low, but readable (with hearing
aids). T1 was programmed to come on randomly somewhere
between 55 and 75 seconds between start times. T1 was running
50 watts into a horizontally polarized three element N6ZHZ
sniffer antenna aimed toward San Diego. N6MI reported
that the transmitter could be heard from the Pathfinder
starting point in Los Angeles County at 100 degrees true.
overweight battery was a challenge to get from the car to the
hiding place between the trees. Except for the tripod,
mast and antenna, the gear was wrapped in a huge baggie to
keep the equipment dry if it rained before picked it
up. I’m still working on the audio level.
(which died before anyone found it) was programmed to come on
every 40 seconds. It was about Â½ mile from T1. I
did a little hiking to hide it. I’m guessing about 0.1
miles from the road (uphill). It was running milliwatts
into a vertical rubber duck.
were both on the air by 1500 Friday February 24.
I discussed it and decided to take the Ts down before the
rains (and possibly snow) arrived late Saturday night or early
Sunday morning. It was cold at 6500’ at 10:00 P.M.
Saturday night. But I retrieved both before 11:00 P.M.
T1 AB6PA 33Â°37'29.72"N,
T2 AB6PA 33Â°37'35.30"N,
Hunters that found T1
Here is N6MI's report.
three transmitters. The theme was "no trespassing" signs.
one transmitter along Black Mountain Road, clearly visible
about 15 feet behind a no trespassing sign. Since there was an
animal trail between signs and perhaps some ambiguity about
the angle of the sign, I accepted telephone or radio check
ins. This transmitter sent "N6MI" about once every 45 seconds.
The transmitter ran 25 watts to a 5/8 wave whip. Snow-covered
San Jacinto Peak and the entire Big Bear range were clearly
visible. The foothills provided some attenuation and confusion
as the teams circled in. WA6RJN, AB6PA(!), KF6GQ/KD6LAJ,
N6EKS/N6AIN, and K6VCR found this transmitter. Don’t be
confused by any purported photo with hunters signing into the
transmitter behind a no trespassing sign; this must be a
was a KF6GQ design box, running about 50 milliwatts into a 5/8
whip. This transmitter was strapped to a pole on a fence which
said "no trespassing." The fence was at the dead end of Bit
Edit road, not too far from the big N6MI box on Black Mountain
Road. WA6RJN, KF6GQ/KD6LAJ, N6EKS/N6AIN, AB6PA, and K6VCR also
found this transmitter (in that order).
was at the end of Hidden Valley road, northwest of the other
transmitters and off the map. A neighbor, Tom, was very
friendly. This transmitter ran 170 watts into a log periodic
on a fence with a (you guessed it) "no trespassing" sign. The
antenna was aimed at San Jacinto Peak. The transmitter battery
and the amplifier batteries both failed (ran out of juice) on
Saturday afternoon. No one found this transmitter. (The
transmitter was running less power on the bench, but I made a
silly power adjustment in the field.)
a possible tie, I asked hunters to share bearings. The best
bearing would be a tiebreaker. Here is what they posted:
* * *
three. AB6PA with weak audio is the strongest (FM S-9). N6MI
is next and then there is one that just breaks the squelch.
hears 3 transmitters from Grossmont College in El Cajon: AB6PA
T-1 low audio; N6MI; N6MI T-22. All 28 degrees true.
Points right at Chloride Arizona.
4:55 pm Friday. I am at PV start point. I hear a AB6PA T1.
64Â°. Very low audio.
and WA6RJN each found three transmitters. But I cannot
distinguish between them from the posted bearings. (RJN's
Chloride reference does not have a starting point. GQ/LAJ did
not post a bearing.)
thought about declaring WB6JPI as the winner because he spent
the day fixing a hose in his front yard an
complaining about his health. But, in the end, we declared
KF6GQ and KD6LAJ as the winners because they completed the
circuit from the first to the last transmitter more quickly
than WA6RJN. Doug was 14 minutes slower.
you for coming out.
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