July 23rd 2011
Hider: Doug WA6RJN
I had planned a hunt in
another area. Things looked good until I discovered that
the road I was going to used was closed. Fortunately I
found this out the week before. I looked for other hiding
areas. I came up with two and decided on Figueroa Mountain
which is north of Los Olivos. My son David, KG6KZF, came
along and we decided to make a camping trip out of it.
In order to have a
Start-Anywhere/Anytime hunt, we packed up and left on
Friday. The traffic was terrible and by the time we
arrived at the camp site it was about 6 PM. I originally
had planned to hide two main Ts to ensure having a signal
in the LA area. Unfortunately, there was no suitable site
around Ranger Peak to the east. After spending more time
than I wanted, we headed up to Figueroa Mtn and set up the
main T near the old lookout tower. This was a 4 watt
transmitter feed into a 25 watt amp. The battery voltages
and the SWR of the 15 element beam (laying in a bush)
checked out and it was on the air about 8:15PM.
At 6 AM were up and found
the T could not be heard anymore. A few minutes later we
arrived at the T to find the transmitter battery was 10.75
volts (odd - I had tested the battery the week before).
Another battery was clip leaded into place and the power
output was restored. Just for fun, the antenna SWR was
checked and found to be about 5:1. The coax was changed
with no affect. Finally the antenna was raised up out of
the bush and the SWR was closer to 1:1 with 24 watts out.
Just after this, we received word from N6MI that he heard
the signal and had a bearing.
After breakfast back at
camp, we hid the remaining 5 Ts, all were 50 mW. The
eastern most one was originally a 1/2 watt T but the IDer
failed before we left the area. A another T was
substituted (T5). Now we just had to wait for the hunters.
While monitoring 146.565,
N6AIN wanted to know what happened to T1. We left the
campground and arrived at T1. In seems one of the clip
leads used to jumper in the replacement battery had
failed. A new clip lead was installed and the T was once
again on the air.
N6AIN and N6MI (our
radio/TV celebrity) arrive around 12:30 - 1:00 PM. WB6PJI
had gone to Cajon Pass looking for the signal and
proceeded down the 138, up the 5, and over the 166. After
explorer a rather long dirt road, he had lunch in Santa
Maria he headed home. WB6HPW and son arrived about 6 PM
and found the main T before heading home.
The Ts were packed up and
after another night in the campground we headed home.
Since this was a
Start-Anywhere/Anytime hunt, the winner will be the hunter
finding the most Ts in the least amount of time between
the first and last T found. The winner, N6AIN, may
then choose to hide the November hunt or designate another
hunter to hide in their place from any hunter excluding
the hider (me).
Checked out future hiding areas
T10 T4 Total
2:33 3:09 2:28
T6 T5 T9
T4 Total Time