March 26th 2011
All Day Transmitter Hunt
Hiders: Scott N6MI and Wayne
On March 25 (Friday), N6MI and KB6NYW hid two transmitters for the
March 26 (Saturday) hunt.
The first transmitter was placed at the end of Cactus Drive (near Corta
Way) in Twenty-nine Palms. We turned this transmitter on at 10:00 a.m.
on Friday. The transmitter ran two watts on 146.565 MHz to a three
element quad on a four foot metal post in the ground (about 300 feet
above the radio site at the end of the road). The quad was aimed due
west at the snowy Big Bear mountains. The transmitter identified N6MI
in fast, closely spaced CW letters. WB6JPI heard this transmitter from
Fontana and posted a bearing.
In the desert to the northeast, we placed a small KF6GQ box identifying
KG6GQ T8. This was unofficial; we wanted to return the transmitter to
Don. The sandy area allowed KF6GQ and KD6LAJ to test their driving and
The second official transmitter was placed at a microwave site about
four miles south of Ludlow, California (about a mile northeast from the
intersection of Bagdad Chase Road and a gas pipeline access road). We
turned on this transmitter around 4:00 p.m. on Friday. It ran 23 watts
to a long yagi on a short mast. The yagi was aimed back to Palos Verdes
(240 degrees). The transmitter identified N6MI in slow CW; there was
extra space (quiet) between the letters. This transmitter could be
heard all over the desert, but with a lot of QSB due to the wind and
At the Ludlow site, you could hear a weak signal from the first
transmitter -- at about 175 degrees (almost south). Everyone also
visited the local earthquake monitoring station.
At the Ludlow site, N6MI and KB6NYW set up a four band operation for
the CQ WPX SSB contest. We worked about 200 stations with 100 watts
before the high winds forced us to break down the installation on
Saturday afternoon. We worked Morocco with 5 watts on 20 meters. The
sunspots are back.
This was a start anywhere (and anytime) hunt. The results follow.
WA6RJN, 11:00 a.m.
N6AIN, 11:56 a.m.
KF6GQ/KD6LAJ, 1:35 p.m.
WB6JPI, 2:40 p.m.
WB6HPW and Peter, 12:40 p.m.
N6AIN, 3:11 p.m.
KF6GQ/KD6LAJ, 3:49 p.m. (plus the KF6GQ T8 bonus transmitter)
WB6JPI, afternoon (saw the quad and sent an e-mail)
The rules of this special hunt allowed the hunters to vote for the
winner. After learning that WB6HPW and Peter spent the afternoon
exploring mines in the neighborhood of Twenty-nine Palms, the vote was
unanimous: this was the winning team. WB6HPW and Peter will hide on
August 27, 2011.
Thank you for coming out.
N6MI and KB6NYW