I had planned to hide in California City as one of my future
hides. California City is the 3rd largest city by area in
California (40th in the U.S.). The transmitters could be
hidden just off the street. Of course, this part of the city
had very few actual residences.
I had through of staying in the area the night before but
decided to drive up in the morning (5:30AM). When I
arrived in the area, I found a curious sign on many of the
I’m guessing that it means you can only drive on the dirt
roads in the middle of the night. I inquired at Borax
Bills information center as to what this sign means and to
my surprise no one had ever seen it before.
California City has other interesting sites, like a lamp
post in the middle of nowhere.
Or a street sign and electrical transformer.
Or even a main transmitter, T1 running 5W.
I hid the bug T (T8) on the way up to the main T location.
I arrived, set up the beam (it had been resoldered),
connected the transmitter (the coax had been fixed),
connected the power amp (it had a brand new battery), and
turned it on. Hmmm, only 2 watts. This time it might be
the amp. I connected the T directly and turned it on.
There was a good signal at the starting point – guess I
didn’t need the amp after all. I hid the other 5 Ts.
N6MI had an APRS radio with him and I was able to track
him on aprs.fi.
The last T was picked up at dusk after which Scott (N6MI)
and I headed for pizza in California City (yes, there is a
pizza place there – actually 3 of them!).