a bright and sunny morning, oh wait! That's Jippy's story start.
able to get all my hide junk together (also it was nice to have a four
weekend). At 6:00am I was off to pick up Steve (my co-hider). We then
house at about 6:45am on the way to Mountain Center, up in the southern
of San Bernardino National Forest.
Idea was to set up a simplex
site that would be able to be heard from the start, and then have the
of hidden T's be re-broadcast from there. Well when getting to get the
be able to hear the T, we had to go to high power (3Watts). The antenna
J-pole set up vertical (all T's were vertical). Beause of the extra
wasn't sure of the life of the battery, so I set the squelch to full
that the repeator T wasn't on all the time (we were hoping that more
one T was being re-brodcast), but it seems that only the T (T1) which
12' away from the repeator was being brodcast! Lucky you guys on the
near the Repeat site we had one other T (T2) "Snake T", just off the
side of the road. It seems that N6AIN and KD6LSE, who came up the back
way to the
signed into the Snake T and passed the other two, till later.
other T's down in the valley (Garner Valley). We hid one T3 Iding as T3
Fobes Ranch Rd. about 3 miles into the hills.
The other two were on the north side of Mountain center about 4
a cutoff from 243 at cooridinates N33.724550, W116.721588. This was a
50mw voice T (T5) anouncing "Meathead
Hunt". Then T4 Iding as T9 was a
converted AF6O box running just about 2 watts to a ELK beam, pointed
the Garner valley.
T didn't go in as expected, we had to change
coax on T4, when we got about .5 miles away, and the signal was not
to go back and replace the coax, when we figured out what the problem
Garner Valley T was replaced, becaused the 5 mw T that was supposed to
didn't get into the repeator (neither did the replacement T, running
watts!). We then realized that the squelch had been set too high!
the Mile High Cafe. The food was just okay,
there was no soap in the bathroom! After lunch we went down to the
Campground store to wait beside the road for the hunters to pass.
to do some 40 or 20 meter contacts, but the electrical noise was so bad
to leave the area and went back to Thomas Mt. road, to wait there. As
waiting N6AIN and KG6LSE snuck up behind us, coming down the dirt road
repeator site. They told us of their adventures so far, and we
hinted that maybe he would
return up there again, before giving up the hunt. They left to see what
other T's they could find.
we saw Doug WA6RJN, who had enought adventure to
till next hunt! It seems he came in from the North via route 243 so He
T's 4 and 5 and then instead of comingback to the highway, he continued
the dirt road, which shows on the map, of having two gates, one on the
entrance, and the other on the south side, as it comes out onto Hwy 74.
you guess it, it was open on the top, and locked on the south side.
road was sooo bad coming down into the valley, there was no way he was
go back! So he took the time to dis assembled the gate on the hinge
through, and re-assembled it back together again, before continuing on.
he sends in the photos.
after talking with him for awhile, N6AIN/KG6LSE comes back
with two more T's found, I remember counting there should be three more
down here! They are heading back up the hill to the repeator site, to
the ones they missed. I called Jippy on the phone, and both he and Paul
are at the repeater site. So we follow all the
vehicles back up to the top.
we get there, we see Jippy
is all bloody from bushwacking through the undergrowth! Hey Jippy, it's
necessary to go in that way! Well he found the repeator but hadn't
(iding as T3), so back up he goes. All the hunters now were looking for
the remaining T's up at the repeator site.
two lost items, Jippy
come back to find his Blue tooth, and Paul had lost his glasses. All
found, all Jippy had to do was to go back through all the mess he went
before, getting bloodied once again! Peter,KG6LSE, had found Paul's
were returned to him. Now everybody was happy, and started to head back
the last T's that each team needed to finish.
the three transmitters that were up there, then heading back down the
to pick up the rest as they wer found. After all T's had been located,
everybody was ready to return home, we met down in Hemet for a Chinese
to end the Meathead Festivites.
We thank al that came out, we had a good time, expecially after hearing the stories, and it seems all felt it was a good day.
Till next time KF6GQ and KD6LAJ
The winner is..... WA6RJN Doug. He found all 6 Ts with the least miles 109.1
Second was N6AIN, Deryl and KG6LSE Peter. They found all 6 Ts with 144.2 miles.
Third was WB6JPI Bob. He found 5 Ts
WB6HPW Paul and son Peter were unofficial and found 5 Ts.