It was a sunny day. But I didn’t
notice until long after I started placing transmitters. I
got up at , long before I was awake and set
off to hide 6 transmitters. The problem was that I had a
meeting I really wanted to attend at . The Hunt was to start at so all the transmitters had to be
hid and I had to get to the meeting in
The plan was to place 3 transmitters
on the east side of the El Toro Marine Base and three on the
west side. It is a nice messy trip between the two sides of
about 60 miles although the transmitters are only 10-20
miles apart. I wanted to “guide” the hunters to come south
on either side but use the connection via HWY 76 in
I got to the Tower site and hid two transmitters there. I had used this place before and knew it was good for a bounce off of Baldy into Pathfinder. When I went to assemble the 13 element beam I found I had not brought the correct sections and nothing would go together. I have a 9 element wide-spaced and the 13 element (and a couple of 11s I didn’t bring) but nothing fit together properly. I used black tape and stuck something together for T1 (iding T6), 20 watt Byon box. It was pointed at Baldy.
I hid T2 (1 watt Baofeng into a circular antenna hung on a tree by its coax iding T1, T2, T3 and T4.) about 25 ft from T1.
These two transmitters were found by four hunters, but T1 was missed by Paul, WB6HPW at , I suspect that its battery had died because there is no way a hunter could miss T1 if you were at the much weaker T2
T3 (1 watt Iding T9) Was located on a hill about 5 miles from T1 and 2 into a Ringo on a fence post.
The next transmitter, T4 (1 watt iding T6), was hidden at the southbound rest stop on I5 just south of San Onofre. This is a wonderful spot. Coupled with the rest stop on the north going side you have to go 7 miles south and 26 miles north to get between them. I would have hid in both stops but I was already late for my meeting. I had got lost a couple times getting through Fallbrook. No one found this transmitter so I guess Paul went over 74 to the east side instead of going south. Phooey!
I have my Garmin GPS routing me to my meeting as it will predict the arrival time and I have found this to be fairly accurate. It has traffic and recent mapping. It was running since I left my house and I had the sound turned off so I wouldn’t have to listen the “off Route, recalculating” messaging constantly as I was placing the transmitters. But it gave the arrival time from where ever I was.
T5 (Iding T10) was a 30 watt
transmitter pointed at the start point and located in
T6 (Iding T2 voice) was near the beach at Dana point and was placed so if you were there you should be able to hear T4 at the rest stop and you could hear T2 from T5. No one found this T.
I was an hour late to my meeting!!
The transmitters were located at:
T1 N33 29.605 W117 20.718 (nee T6)
T2 N33 29.582 W117 20.688 (nee T1,2,3,4)
T3 N33 29.998 W117 16.539 (nee T9)
T4 N33 16.393 W117 26.700 (nee T9)
T5 N33 29.260 W117 38.904 (nee T10)
T6 N33 27.885 W117 42.497 (nee T2 voice)
T1 MILES TIME
WB6HPW 102.6 1725
Four hunt teams found 3. One found 2. The lowest mileage for
the four was 83.3 by WA6RJN but KF6GQ/KD6LAS had 85.4 less than 3% so fight it out.