WB6JPI Bob's Story
N6EKS Ray and N6AIN Deryl's Story
KF6GQ Don and KA6LAH Steve's Story
Any other Storys to be told?
K6SNE Blue Moon Madness (Well, It was Blue in Australia!)
The Fates conspired and prompted a last minute change of
Hide locations. As you can imagine, this upset the burro. He was
really looking forward to meeting those that survived the trip.
I went north for this hide. David, N6IDF, and his wife
Melanie, KF6GWV, accompanied me. I decided on hiding several
transmitters centered on the Gaviota Pass area. There were seven
transmitters in all.
The Main transmitter, ID'ing as T-1, was located on
Santa Ynez Peak, just northeast of Santa Barbara. It was a
25-watt PicCon controlled box feeding an old Ringo Ranger on a 10-foot
mast. The whole rig was propped-up in a tree. This T was
heard in the darnedest of places. Access to this T was by either
Refugio Road from the 101 or by dirt roads from the Santa Ynez
valley/Solvang area. The hill is at approximately 3900 ft
The Second transmitter, "one of many" was a Squawk
Box. It was placed in a hole in the canyon wall of a creek
crossing on Refugio Road. You could hear this T from several
parts of the Santa Ynez access road when at altitude.
The third transmitter was placed near the train trestle at
Gaviota St. Beach. This also was a Squawk Box…. attached to a 3
element yagi. This T could be heard from Santa Ynez Peak
and along the coast.
The Fourth transmitter was placed at a trailhead next to
hwy 101. To get to this T however you had to drive north to hwy 1
and then south on an access road. This was the "Lion" T.
The fifth transmitter was placed on Jalama Rd. just south
of hwy 1. This T could also be heard from Santa Ynez Peak…albeit VERY
weakly. It was 300mw and a 5/8-wave antenna.
The sixth transmitter was placed at a bridge about 3 miles
from the coast on Jalama Rd. Which was right in the middle of the
24,000 acre Jalama Ranch, and on the edge of one of the last remaining
Oak forests in California. It was another Squawk Box and would only
have been found by those who were traveling to the seventh T…. The
hardest one of the hide.
The seventh transmitter was placed on the coast at Jalama
Beach. This T was running about 15 watts into a 5/8-wave antenna.
This T could only be heard from the top of Santa Ynez Peak. This was
planned. The Jalama beach cove is completely blocked from the south by
Pt. Concepcion, the coastal mountains to the east, and Vandenberg AFB
to the North. This location had a direct line of sight to Santa
Ynez Peak, and when the path was tested early in the morning, both the
first and last Ts could hear each other. Later that morning a very
thick cloud layer pushed up against the coast. Near as we can figure
the layer played hell with the signal and made the T, to say the least,
nearly impossible to hear. Most teams missed it. It was heard however
by the hiders just before 1pm after listening for several minutes.
I hope everyone had as much fun hunting as I did hiding.
Call/s No. Ts Mileage
1- Deryl N6AIN & Ray N6EKS 7 Ts 204.2 miles Winners
2- WA6RJN & KG6KZK 7 Ts 237.6 miles
3- N6XFC 7 Ts 256.7 miles
4- KC6TNJ & XYL 5 Ts 181.0 miles
5- K6VCR & N6MI 5 Ts 188.9 miles
6- WB6JPI 4 Ts 223.6 miles
7- N6ZHZ & KD6CYG 3 Ts 184.7 miles
8- N6JF & KG6TES 2 Ts 225.1 miles
9- KF6GQ & KD6LAJ 1 T 145.4 miles
73! de K6SNE