Septmeber 22nd 2007
Mini Allday
Transmitter Hunt

Hiders: Scott N6MI and Tom K6VCR

On September 22, 2007, N6MI and K6VCR put on a two transmitter, mini all-day hunt.

Transmitter N6MI/K6VCR ran four watts to a vertical 5/8 wave whip. The transmitter was hidden on the muddy Skyline Trail, in the hills of Hacienda Heights, near the commercial radio tower on Belle River Drive. This transmitter was locked to a fence, underneath power lines, about 1/8 mile up the trail.

This transmitter was loud at the Palos Verdes starting point.

Two teams reported that the N6MI/K6VCR transmitter appeared to be horizontally polarized. This may have been due to the power lines and wet fence.

All hunters found the N6MI/K6VCR transmitter:
N6AIN (11:40 a.m., with 47.0 miles)
WB6JPI (noon, with 56.7 miles)
N6ZHZ/KC6CYG (1:00 p.m., in the heavy rain, with 80.5 miles)
WA6TQQ/KC6TNJ (1:19 p.m., with 55.4 miles)
KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (6:56 p.m., with 334.4 miles)
The first four teams went to N6MI/K6VCR first, and then to the second transmitter. But, KF6GQ/KD6LAJ found the N6MI/K6VCR transmitter second.

The San Diego County transmitter could be heard (weakly) at the N6MI/K6VCR transmitter.

Transmitter "K6VCR T2" ran 150 watts to a vertically polarized 11 element beam. The transmitter was hidden on Kent Rd. in Crest, just East of El Cajon, 50 feet behind a locked water authority gate leading to a water storage tank (N32 49' 22.90" W116 52' 25.47").

What's this?? A No Trespassing Sign?

The Hacienda Heights transmitter was used to peak the beam heading (322 degrees) for this transmitter which was S-3 on FM. It's FM why the reverse path was so poor, being that this transmitter was 40 times stronger. Why reflections at Mt Palomar were so strong is a mystery to me as that was 40 degrees North of our beam heading...

Three teams signed in at K6VCR T2 transmitter:
KF6GQ/KD6LAJ (2:42 p.m., with 181.6 miles)
WB6JPI (7:00 p.m., with 250 miles)
WA6TQQ/KC6TNJ (7:30 p.m., with 219.3 miles).
The winners: Pete WA6TQQ and Wayne KC6TNJ!

We hope you all had fun on this mini all-day hunt!

N6MI and K6VCR