Hiders: Bob N6ZHZ and Cathy KD6CYG
Where: Near Castle Butte, North of 58, near California City, about 17
or 18 miles east of Mojave.
The Hiders Story:
summer, we really didn't want to hide out in the desert, but we
figured we'd go for it anyway, as Cathy KD6CYG wanted to look for good
rocks. As there were plenty of those out in the Castle Butte area
north of Edwards AFB, and there were lots of eternally long dirt roads,
we decided to plant our Ts there.
T1 was a 13 elephant (element!) beam pointed at Mt. Wilson. We
noticed after planting the Froggy T that it's power was dismally weak,
so it was placed on a nearby hilltop beside the road so the hunters
would actually hear it. T3 started out as an N6ZHZ voice T.
It became clear when KF6GQ, KD6LAJ and N6AIN went to hunt it, that it
had fallen from its taped position on the creosote branches and it too
was very weak.
In order for hunters to hear the Froggy T, Bob decided to shorten the
voice ID on T3. Just as he started recording a simple "N6ZHZ,"
everyone else present chimed in. The results were a whining,
screaming N6LAKD6CYGQ pile-up that irritated the remainder of the
hiders for the rest of the hunt.
We spent the time waiting for the hunters by having homemade turkey and
roast beef sandwiches, using our mister bottle to cool off, and
checking out the local agate, jasper and bloodstone. The
thermometer in Bob's truck had its register sitting next to the engine
compartment, said engine which had been idling all day to keep the AC
running and cool. The resultant photo of 138°F is how it felt
out there at times, but it really only got up to 105°F around 3:00
KC6TNJ and WA6TQQ had a fine time hunting, and WB6JPI cheerfully showed
up, as did WA6RJN and N6MI and K6VCR -- after being lured to Ridgecrest
and Inyokern by the belief that we were WaaaaaaaayyYY out there.
Apparently, once headed up Hwy 14, the signal disappeared. We
were on the east side of Castle Butte, shielded from the west by the
old volcanic neck.
We congratulate the efforts made by KG6LSE and KI6DGD, even though the
did not sign into any of the Ts. By all accounts, they were
within spitting distance but didn't continue on, perhaps due to
deteriorating road conditions.
Thanks to one and all for coming out! Great showing!
Bob, N6ZHZ and Cathy, KD6CYG
Mileages and winners:
KD6LAJ / KF6GQ
KD6LAJ / KF6GQ
KF6GQ KD6LAJ /
KF6GQ -- WINNERS!
2:40 PM 137.9
2:03 PM 142.7
4:19 PM 171.5
4:55 PM 173.0
N6MI / K6VCR
N6MI / K6VCR (4th)
6:20 PM 222.2
6:39 PM 223.3
6:00 PM 355.0
6:32 PM 357.0
KC6TNJ / WA6TQQ KC6TNJ /
WA6TQQ KC6TNJ / WA6TQQ
KC6TNJ / WA6TQQ (6th)
3:30 PM 341.2
4:12 PM 345.1
/ KI6DGD -- unofficial -- no Ts, but really, really close. (7th)
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