Mini-All Day T-Hunt
April 28, 2007
Hider: Bob, WB6JPI
It was a fine day. Temperature in the low 90s. Sky clear and fire danger
The plan was to hide 6 transmitters close in as gas prices are in the $3.50
range and yet get an 8+ hour hunt under 200 miles. It was done with the
following concepts ("tricks"):
Concept 1: Hide T7 (30 watts 10 el wide spaced beam, Hpol) behind a
mountain and aimed away from the start illuminating the Crestline area to the
east and away from the start. Found a nice little powerline road, not on any map
and was washed away about 5 miles in before connecting with anything in Lyttle
creek. You could get into it from the south side (Rancho Cucamonga) and the
little road went around the mountain to the east. Where I found an entrance was
a non obvious fence opening. Come Saturday morning, this opening was gated. I
went further west about 1.5 miles snaked around in back of a new housing
development and with a little cross country, got on the road. Wow this is even
better. Of course, I completely overlooked a rather big opening and what soon
would be a lot of off road folk. Oh well. This transmitter was found by all
although it was the first for two teams (N6AIN, KF6GQ) and the third for WA6RJN.
N6MI/W6VCR seemed to wander back and forth with this most westerly transmitter
in the middle.
Concept 2: A second transmitter, T9 running an AF6O box with 3 watts and a
3 el vertically polarized beam pointed at T7 to the west, was placed at the
most westerly wiggle of the Cloudland Truck trail that goes from Devils Canyon
Road in Devore on the south to Hwy 18, passing by Marshall Peak,. The location
was about halfway along this gnarly dirt road so it didn't matter much which way
you went. This transmitter could be heard all over the inland empire and for
sure at T7. From this transmitter you can also hear T6, the wabbit T and T5 the
talking T. and be inspired to go up to Cedar Pines Park using Hwy 18. My
thinking was that you would take the Cloudland Truck trail from Devore to Hwy 18
and proceed up the hill. I don't think anyone did this.
Concept 3, 4, 5, and 6:
Hwy 18 has a mean hairpin. Four lanes make a 25 MPH turn after and before a
50 MPH straight. You enter going SW and exit going E all while going up hill.
The main part of the turn is cantilevered with a metal facing going about 25-30
ft vertical out over a deep canyon facing SW. The four lanes are separated by a
double-double yellow line which in California means a "wall". Making any
crossing of this painted barrier is a moving violation for both cars and people.
To turn around requires going up about 2 miles or down about 1 mile. T5, a
talking T was hung about 20 ft over the edge of the road on the downhill side
and up against the metal. It was heard all over the place. I did not try to hunt
it but would like to hear what those who did have to say. There was no place to
triangulate it at all. You could get a bearing up the canyon from down in San
Bernardino and from Cloudland Road, but I don't think you could get a bearing
from Hwy 18. It was safe to pull off Hwy 18 going downhill into a little road
just before the T. Everyone found this T but it took a while and some were in
50 ft east of T5 and across Hwy 18 I hid T1 and micro T clipped to a bush
and vertically polarized. You could park just past the T on the uphill side in a
kinda wide sorta-shoulder. It would have been very dangerous to try to run
across Hwy 18 as your visibility was very poor only about 50 ft in either
direction and traffic was fairy dense. It was my devious thinking that you would
pick off T1 on your way up the hill to T6 from Cloudland Truck Trail and get T5
on your way back down and going home on Hwy 18. No one found T1 so that didn't
Concept 7: T6 was hidden on top of Playland Road. This formerly closed
road is open to allow extensive lumber removal and cleanup of the pine tree mess
in the area. It doesn't look open as it passes through the park but it is. T6
was a talking T worrying about Wabbits in the area. I had forgotten to change
the battery from my last Hemet hide and the Transmitter died something around
8PM. I don't know if anyone was looking for it but no one found
Concept 8: This transmitter was to be on or near Monument Peak that you
could access from a 5 mile bone jarring road out of Sawpit Canyon. I didn't put
it there as I believe it would tend to bring folk into the Cajon pass and up
through Cleghorn and miss the fun to the south.
I brought 9 transmitters with me, hid 5 and three were
Everyone found all three of those found.
WA6RJN 122.2 miles-10+ hours (winner)
N6AIN 132.2 miles-10 Hours
N6MI/W6VCR 155.5 miles-9 Hours
KF6GQ Lots of miles-9+ hours with a cooling issue
P.S. From a hunter:
Unbeknownst to Jippy, the only hunters on the hunt were the teams of
N6MI / K6VCR, KF6GQ, and N6AIN. Also, KF6GQ's vehicle breakdown before
he got to his first T. He never got it back on the road.
WA6RJN was never on the hunt. N6AIN found T9 early in the
afternoon and spent most of the rest of the day trying to find out
where T5 was. He gave up about 5:30 pm and went home. It seems
someone (N6MI) was falsely signing people in to the Ts.
It would appear, that with this information, the team of N6MI / K6VCR could be the winner's.
P.P. S. From the Hider:
Another interesting quirk of this hunt.
I picked up the transmitters Sunday. All went well and all were found and
brought home. Today (Tuesday, 050107) I not only found the 4Runner had a flat
tire, but while I was unloading the hiding antennas etc, I noticed that I was
missing the two sniffer antennas and a three element beam and most significat
the Austrailian Sniffer box. Careful recollection and some soul searching
brought out that I had removed these rather delicate items from the 4Runner as
part of loading in the antenna and battery of T7. I left them propped up on the
side of the vehicle while I was loading and drove off and left them. Not good as
it is now three days later.
I pumped up the flat tire, loaded in a small pump and a can of compressed
air and set off once again up that hard to find little power line road. I
arrived at the hide spot and lo-and-behold there laying in the middle of the
road was my three antennas and the sniff box. They were undamaged with no sign
of being run over or moved or even touched. This really is a little used dirt