All Day T-Hunt
4 teams 11 transmitters
N6AIN found none
KC6TNJ & found none
N6MI/W6VCR found 5 (The main T& and itís kicker T4, on the hill T9 and itís kicker T1, and the NOAA T)
KA6KZZ/KC6NFF/KG6CBD found 6 (The main T7, on the hill T9, 3 at the campground and the NOAA T) ÖTHE WINNERS
Mileages were in the 250-300 range
I decided to put on an old fashion ALL DAY Thunt. One that is hard, one that canít be found in daylight on Saturday, one that has some purpose other than just the hunt and one that can entertain the old and new hunters. I think I did this.
It all started by getting
lost, blowing a Generator in old Zook and punching a
hole in my windshield. On this momentous hunt put on by Don, KF6GQ back in the
old days I went through
Figure 1. T7 to PV
I had considered two plans to solve the start signal problem.
Plan A was to have a come on
In the dry lake bed I would hide a fairly large number of voice transmitters all saying the same or nearly the same thing and within a 100 yards or so of each other. They would be each coded and the hunter would have one sign in sheet for all of them. Neat plan.
Plan B considered getting a
signal to the start from near
I went down there in early
August and checked it all out. I could hear the PV repeater on 13 elements at
about S 1.5 from my proposed T7 site in Plan B so that became the official
plan. I also did not like driving the 2 Ĺ hours to be at
BTW, when I was there in early August it was 109 degrees but I figured no one would be there in daylight anyway and the night temperatures were running in the low 80s.
So on with Plan B.
Of course it all came undone and what was finally done had little to do with Plan B.
I decided to make a T-Hide Video and I may have enough recorded to do that. I will see. I took about an hour of raw video and about 30 still pix so maybe there will be a video.
I packed up the usual stuff of the 4Runner in hunt configuration and in addition I had two 30 watt transmitters, a 13 el beam and a 11 el beam, a 4 el beam and a collinear vertical, 9 talking Ts (squawkboxes), 4 little CW transmitters and one 100mW AF6O box. To 20 ft masts and mounts, three 12V storage batteries, 2 gal of water and a charge card.
I got up at in the dark and drank my morning orange juice and set
off. At about almost to the T7 site, I was stopped by Ranger Bill who
wanted to know what I was doing. We chatted for a while and he explained that
his boss was a HAM and what I was doing required a permit. Well we were the
only people on the planet that seemed to know that and I asked if I could call
someone and get a permit. (It was no charge) and He explained that no way was
anyone working on Saturday or Sunday in the permit place. I could not hide in
This offered some chance of knife-edging a bit over Black mountain and might just make it. It was the only game in town. I set it up and turned it on and no one could hear it. I wasnít too surprised. I swung the antenna back a bit toward San Jacinto/Santa Rosa etc and left it there as this gave the hardest hunt with all of the mountains lighting up.
I gave those that wanted a start bearing to go East. Scott and Tom didnít want a clue and they went to the reservoir and actually heard it at 125 degrees, not too bad as the true reading is 115. Shame they didnít believe it.
Since I couldnít hide at
Now Ranger Bill was trying
but had his rules. The hill he said was unposted
private property inside of the park and belonged to some mining company. He
said I could hide there. Since it was not posted it looked OK to me. He also figured that I could hide at the
Fish Creek campground at the mouth of
At the campgrounds I hid a
transmitters all with 100 ft of each other. One was blank carrier
for 2 sec every 30 sec and connected to the 13 element horizontal beam. One was explaining about going through
Near the two 30 Watt transmitters (the main T7 and T9 up on the hill) was a small 50 mW transmitter. There was one squawkbox at Elephant Trees pull out on the paved road warning all about the possibility of flash flooding in the area. So if you have been counting, that is a total of 11 transmitters. Eight were found.
Figure 6 All the transmitters
It was a hard hunt as the main T was at 170 ft elevation and fairly well surrounded by 8000-10000 ft mountains. No direct bearing to the transmitter was possible as all of the peaks were reflecting to each other and to the hunter. Sorry about the loss of signal at the start.