September 26th 2015
Mini All Day
This was for us (KF6GQ & KD6LAJ) too soon after
the last hide. We where tired! Luckily it was a MINI All
Day so we started to plan it soon after the last hide.
Being it was still going to be hot, so we needed altitude
so the hunters wouldn't melt in the desert heat. The
Wrightwood area was chosen to be the location. I
looked at several maps and Google Earth for many hours to
find the just right spots, we would limit the number of
T's to three, to be keeping with the “mini” aspect of the
hunt. The first location we looked at was the Vincent gap
along hwy 2 Angeles Nation Forest hwy. Three weeks ago the
hwy was open between Glendale and Wrightwood, but not on
hunt weekend! From this location one can clearly see Mt.
Baldy, with good sheilding on both sides of the antenna.
We thought that a low powered signal <2 watts with a
gain antenna, would send a nice bounce from Baldy. Only
one hunter got stuck up in the Mt. Baldy area, the rest
figured out to go north to the desert. The other two where
set up to confuse (hopefully) the hunters and bring them
out to the desert instead of up hwy 2! This T was set up
on a dirt road that is above Hwy 2 that takes a bit of
navigation to find and get to (MI VCR can attest to this).
We checked out a second location south of Pinyon Pines
that can't be gotten to from the north easily. This was on
FS4N07 which is off of Ball Flats road (both of them). In
checking out the area I thought there was only one way in,
but leave it to Scott & Tom to fined a better way in
(at least that's what they said it was). But at the far
North East corner was a great spot to place the GQ T9.
Both N6MI and N6AIN teams found this T (only 15 minutes or
so apart from each other) but coming in from two different
The third T which was T3 was on Big Rock Canyon Road near
the Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp. This was on the paved
portion on the road, just before it goes dirt! This
was a transmitter running about 5 watts to a dipole hung
between several trees. If you look at a map all the T's
where in a big circle that would take about an hour to
pass by each one!
Results are as follows:
Note MI & VCR had good mileage to their first two T's
because of superior navigation, but then something
happened, I think the naviguessing took a wrong turn (pun
intended). They had passed with in ¼ mile of LAJ T9, and
spent several minutes at the Vincent Gap area only to
leave and not return for several hours and miles
Team of N6AIN N6EKS GQ-T9 115.4 mi @ 3:38,
LAJ-T9 136 miles @4:53, T3 140 @ 5:26.
Team of N6MI & K6VCR GQ-T9 84 mi @3:00, T3 101
Mi @ 4:53, LAJ-T9 159 mi @ 10:45
Team AB6PA wasn't able to find any T's, spent too much
time in Rancho Cucamonga! Following the bounce from Baldy.
Winners were Ray N6EKS and Deryl N6AIN
Thanks for coming out and sorry for those that wanted to
but weren't able to.
KD6LAJ & KF6GQ