surroundings to the loop (30 miles in most any direction) are most
for radio and hunting. The
Tehachapi is famous
for two things. Besides the railroad loop it has the cement plant. This
was built around 1900 to provide concrete for the Los Angles aqueduct
OK, you have the
foundation. Now the plan. I would hide a transmitter at the railroad
another north of the concrete plant. I had fears that these could not
at the start. I did research on previous hides and didn’t find any
help. So I
decided to place a transmitter south of the
I went out a couple
weeks before the hide and found two good places near the LA aqueduct on
south side of the mountains. I couldn’t make up my mind so I placed a
transmitter in each one.
T1, the main
transmitter was a 30 watt PicCon into a 14 element horizontal beam
Mt Baldy. This should not only be heard at the start but should be
some light bulbs in Palmdale. It was located up about 10 miles of bumpy
sedanable dirt road at (34 55.1671 -118 29.9517) and 3799
transmitter south of the mountains was T3. (don’t get too excited about
T2, it will come up later, BTW, all but T3 were PicCon boxes with my
timing and voices and were iding as T 6, T 7, T 8 and T 9.
T3 was a AF6O box iding as T10. T3 was on the
aqueduct just short of a locked gate on a little rise about 10 ft
above the dirt road but out of sight (34 52.361 -118 27.876, 3184 ft). You could access this spot by a low place in
the cut just west of the spot and walking up the edge of the road cut
50 ft. I walked this numerous times as the first transmitter I put
there was a
squawkbox that somehow lost it’s audio, the second time was to replace
audio which wouldn’t, the third time was to haul my spare AF6O box and
up there which seemed to work. 1t watt into a 3 element vertical
pointed at Palmdale which could be seen in the distance.
Over the mountains in
to Tehachapi on the Willow Springs to Tehachapi road and up Sand Canyon
little very potholed rd called Tranquility (35 9.2269 -118 21.0441 4526
Here I hid T2, 20 watt into a 4 element horizontal beam at 20 ft
pointed at the
Tehachapi peak sorta directly at T1 on the other side of the mountain. I could hear T1 with the 4 el on the car so I
assume you could hear T2 at T1. This spot was directly north of the
plant by about 3 miles but the roads shown on the maps were all gated
one off of Sand Canyon quite a bit east of the cement plant.
T4 was hid at the loop (35 12.0650 -118 32.5110, 2947 ft). This is about 15 miles west of T2 and quite a bit lower. The spot I chose was right where you could see the west bound train emerging from the tunnel while the rest of the train was in the loop over the tunnel. It ran one watt into 12 elements horizontal, leaning on a fence and pointed west at the canyon wall.I went back to Tehachapi for lunch and found you couldn’t hear T4 in town. I decided to place another transmitter between Tehachapi and T4 to be sure that the hunters could get to the loop.
Transmitter T5 was
located along the Woodford Tehachapi Road (35 10.623 -118 30.060, 3899
was a 1 watt PicCon into a horizontal “huntKit” 3 element beam mounted
plastic road marker pointed east toward Tehachapi.
I called and called
everybody I knew and didn’t raise anyone at the start. I started
anyway. I was
in dire silence until about when Don, KF6GQ/Steve,
KD6LAJ called on the cell and said they were in
west Palmdale. I was relieved at least
it was heard at the start. Bad news. They were the only ones at the
Don, Kf6GQ/ Steve,
KD6LAJ found T1 at and 123.9
Two ghosts signed in, Milt, WA6FAT Said he hid here in 1972 and Doug, WA6RJN said he hunted Milt there in 1972.Don and Steve found T3 at some 3 hours after T1 with 131.5 miles. That 7 miles went by at 3 MPH.
Don and Steve then went over the 35 miles to Tehachapi and found T2 at and 187.5 miles.Don and Steve never got to the loop or found the other two transmitters.
They are the winner
after a careful application of the Crenshaw factor.
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