February 28th 2015
All Night
Transmitter Hunt

Hiders: Scott N6MI and Tom K6VCR

On February 28, 2015, N6MI (Scott) and K6VCR (Tom) hid 10 transmitters on 146.565 MHz for the Southern California all day transmitter hunt near Lenwood, California. It was windy and cool, with clouds and a chance of snow at the 3500 foot level. This dictated an easier hunt, closer to home.

A map, showing all transmitters, is attached.

 N6MI T9 (low power, CW, short whip, in a bag) was fastened to a metal railroad bridge at Quarry Road over the 15 freeway. WB6JPI (7:44 a.m.), KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (10:57 a.m.), and WA6RJN (3:55 p.m.) found the transmitter. The hunters said, “Cool wind, cold, windy.”

 K6VCR T-42 (low power, two voices, small plastic case, orange dipole) was in a bush along Sorrell Trail (about 100 yards to the southeast of the Wild Wash Road exit). WB6JPI (8:31 a.m.), KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (11:07 a.m.), N6AIN/N6EKS (2:55 p.m.), and WA6RJN (5:08 p.m.) found this transmitter.

 N6MI T-17 (low power, high duty cycle, CW, small pill box, orange dipole) was 20 yards to the south of K6VCR T-42. WB6JPI and KF6GQ/KD6LAJ found this transmitter before the battery died.

N6MI (30 watts, CW, low duty cycle, four element yagi on a dead yucca stump) was a west of the Lenlow outlets exit, about 10 yards up a hill to the north of Sidewinder Road. This transmitter was heard clearly throughout the greater Los Angeles basin. N6AIN/N6EKS (1:40 p.m.), KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (2:02 p.m.), WA6RJN (2:30 p.m.), and WB6JPI (3:07 p.m.) found this transmitter. The hunters said, “Duty cycle -- no bueno.”

 N6MI HIDDEN T (low power, robot voice, whip, in a plastic bag, in the crack in a rock on the ground) was on a hill, west of the Lenlow outlets exit, less than a mile from the freeway. KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (11:55 a.m., “almost drove over it”), N6AIN/N6EKS (1:15 p.m.), WA6RJN (1:50 p.m.), and WB6JPI (2:35 p.m.) found this transmitter.

 N6MI T3 (low power, CW, whip, attached to an end-of-road sign) was on the end of Arbuckle (dirt) street, 10 feet east of the 15 freeway, south of Lenlow. A video of the N6AIN/N6EKS team hunting (and finding) N6MI T3 is available at http://youtu.be/crMigVrdW20 (2:25 p.m.). The transmitter was also found by KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (3:30 p.m.), WB6JPI (3:55 p.m.), and WA6RJN (6:15 p.m.).

 K6VCR T11 (low power, small whip, metal box, on a brick, on a berm) was at the end of the dirt intersection of Morton Street and Corning Avenue south of Lenlow. WA6RJN (1:40 p.m.), N6AIN/N6EKS (2:07 p.m.), WB6JPI (3:33 p.m.), and KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (3:37 p.m.) found this transmitter.

N6MI T22 (30 watts, CW quad, mounted on a wooden pole in the middle of the road) was on Hillview Truck Trail (to the southeast of Iron Mountain), not far from old Route 66. WA6RJN (11:09 a.m., “hard to find”), WB6JPI (12:26 p.m., “went by it 3X”), KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (1:32 p.m., “I would have [gone by] but Steve is sharp eyed”) found this transmitter.

 K6VCR T53 (low power, voice, black case, orange dipole) was in a bush on a hill a mile or so north of T22. WA6RJN (11:00 a.m.), WB6JPI (12:12 p.m.), and KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (1:20 p.m., “nice spot for t and view”) found this transmitter.

 N6MI T1 (low power, CW, sitting on ground, metal whip in bush) was at the end of Iron Mountain Road, near the foundation of an old house. WB6JPI (12:45 p.m.) and KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (2:00 p.m., “bush blowing in wind, antenna changes position, illegal”) found this transmitter.

 All transmitters, except N6MI T-17, were still going strong when they were collected on Saturday night.

 N6AIN/N6EKS found five transmitters.

 WA6RJN found 8 transmitters.

 KF6GQ/KD6LAJ found 10 transmitters.

 WB6JPI also found 10 transmitters. WB6JPI is declared the winner because, well, we have to ask someone to hide the July 2015 hunt and because KF6GQ/KD6LAJ registered a complaint about T1.


N6MI and K6VCR

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