July 28th 2018
Mini All Day
Hider: Scott N6MI and Tom K6VCR
This is the official report on the July 27-28, 2018 all day
(start anywhere, start anytime) transmitter hunt from N6MI.
Route 4N32 is a 17 mile per hour dirt/oil/paved road. The
road can be reached off Aliso Canyon, near Acton,
California. The road runs 3.7 miles to an open pit mine of
white powder. The road goes another two miles or so past the
mine, to Perspiration Point at a locked gate.
The first transmitter was placed on a power line road, just
off 4N32, about two miles to the west from Aliso Canyon.
This transmitter sent “N6MI” in Morse Code, once a minute.
The transmitter usually ran 30 watts (but sometimes just 10
watts) into a three element quad about 6 feet above the
ground. The quad was pointed southeast, into Mt. Gleason. I
was hoping for a knife edge into the San Gabriel Valley, but
the transmitter could only be heard at a single hot spot in
Duarte (reported to be 292 degrees, true). This transmitter
was shielded from the 14 freeway by a hill to the north. The
power lines picked up the signal, according to one team.
The second transmitter was placed at Perspiration Point,
near a locked gate, at the very end of 4N32. This 8 watt
transmitter sent “N6MI T22” every 40 seconds. The
transmitter fed a four element yagi in a bush, pointed
toward Mt. Pinos.
Some hunters experienced frustrating reflections during the
hunt. The WA6RJN/KG6KZF team went toward the Hungry Valley
area, then along the 138 toward Palmdale. N6ZHZ/KD6CYG
started on Friday night; they went up and down Interstate 5,
ending up at Pyramid Lake; they visited Vasquez Rocks (not
close!) four separate times; they were almost in an accident
in a roundabout; and they needed a clue to find a
The N6MI transmitter ran continuously. Everyone found this
transmitter: KF6GQ/KD6LAJ at 11:13 a.m.; N6AIN at 2:53 p.m.;
WA6CYY at 4:25 p.m.; WA6RJN/KG6KZF at 6:10 p.m.;
N6ZHZ/KD6CYG at 6:35 p.m.
The N6MI T-22 transmitter failed on Saturday afternoon. When
I came home, I discovered that my charger cable was broken.
The “green” light on the charger was a false indication, and
the T-22 battery ran down in the field. (Sorry.) However,
two teams found N6MI T-22: KF6GQ/KD6LAJ at 12:55 p.m.; N6AIN
at 3:48 p.m.
I declare KF6GQ/KD6LAJ to be the winner. They drove right to
the area and found two transmitters before noon. Dang. These
guys are good. N6AIN made a controlled second place finish
and gets lots of glory.
Thank you for coming out.
Scott N6MI and Tom K6VCR
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