May 24th 2003
All Night Hunt
Hiders: Pete WA6TQQ and Wayne KC6TNJ
Location: Indian Wells Canyon area west of Ridgecrest California
Don's KF6GQ and Steve KD6LAJ's Story
Deryl and Steve N6XFC's Story
David's and Melanie's Story
More from other hunter as they show up..........I hope!
Well this it, the long awaited results of the May All Night T hunt.
7 teams were at the start at 10:00 AM.
WA6JPI odo 570.x
N6XFC / N6AIN odo 803.x
N6IDF / KF6GWB odo 618.x
N6MI / KE6VCR odo 871.2
WA6RJN / KA6KZF odo 024.x
KF6GQ / KA6LAJ odo 000.0
KA6KZZ & son no odo ( I Think he was late to SP )
There were 8 hidden transmitters north and west of the 14 freeway
and there were 4 hidden transmitters south and east of the 14 freeway
which if found would deduct 1 Crenshaw unit from the total elapsed
mileage. They didnít need to be found, the idea was to allow some of
hunters who though the had poor mileage to maybe improve there
standing. 1 Crenshaw unit deducted for each of the 4 Tís found that
were south and east of the 14 freeway.
The 8 Tís that counted towards the mileage were all around or off Indian
Wells Canyon road. The main T was at the end of Indian Wells canyon rd.
in a big rock out cropping, in my ( TQQís ) truck using TNJís 14 element beam
aimed at Big Bear. The Idea was to bounce off Big Bear and Into the start
point, I guess that it worked but with a marginal signal. We had placed a T
on a timer on 147.585 at the top of Butler peak, if we could not make the
bounce work, we were going to have you QSY to .585 and hunt that and when
you got to the T at Butler you would most defiantly hear T 1. It turned out that
the bounce worked, so the Butler T became one of the donít count Tís.
The other donít count Ts were, well one was on 178 at two water tanks between
Inyo-Kern and Ridgecrest, then one was in the parking lot of the Motel that we
were staying the night at. Then there was one across the road from AF6Oís new house
in Pinion Hills.
The winner is the team of N6MI and KE6VCR having found all 8 transmitters north and
west of the 14. N6XFC thought that sense they didnít find all the Tís before daybreak
that it shouldnít count, I took this under advisement, but decided that they were the only
team that stayed around to find all the Tís and there being no real precedent to the contrary
that indeed they were the winners. The team of N6AIN and N6XFC were second with a
total of 5 Tís (1,2,3,4&8), WA6JPI was 3rd in the ranking, RJN was 4th and GQ were 5th.
N6IDF / KF6GWB and KA6KZZ & son were both DNF. N6IDF and KF6GWB bailed
because of illness and I have no info on KA6KZZ.
I should tell you all that we took down the main T because I was going to try and go to Loma
Linda Hospital, and Wayneís car was having ďweird mechanical problemsĒ due to different
tire sizes, so we want to take my truck.
The reason for this was my partner Ron had walked into the propeller on, I thought at the time
our Gyro Copter, and I was Envisioning missing parts of Ron. It turned out that all the parts were
there, and it wasnít my Gyro Copter but our instructors, smaller motor and prop. Ron was cut on
the shoulder forearm and fingers. The most serious problem seem to be that his index finger on
left hand is broken and Ron is doing well and back to work. We actually never maid it to Loma
Linda that night, I decided that after TNJ broke his window and his right side view mirror that it
was best to go to Ridgecrest and go to bed before anything else happened.
So that's the story. I would be interested in any comments on our idea about the ďdonít
count TísĒ and if you like the idea or think it a bad idea. I always try to add a little
something new nowadays, something to get more hunters involved.
By the way I drove all the roads in 2 wheel drive without a problem, Wayne was also able
to do so, until the flat tire by T no. 3, it seems Wayneís spare was bigger and having one tire
bigger confused the automatic 4 wheel drive and it wanted to be in 4 wheel all the time, when
a bigger tire was purchased so that we had two bigís on the back and two smalls on the front
it made the truck not want to work at all at speeds above 50mph. We had to remove the
fuse and deactivate the electricís that operated the 4X4 system on the truck so Wayne could
Wayne is now in Galveston TX or on his way to New Orleans on a vacation, with ultimate
destination of Florida.
That's it from the ďHuntmastersĒ WA6TQQ & KC6TNJ