October 22nd 2011
Hiders: Bob N6ZHZ
and Cathy KD6CYG
Where: North East of Yermo off the 15.
From the hiders,
N6ZHZ abd KD6CYG, Bob & Cathy.
We're surprised that
nobody recalls any hiders planting Ts at the Alvord Mtn.
Radio Tower a few miles north of I-15 between Field Road
and Afton Canyon. It's elevation is about 3,100 ft. and
Mt. Baldy is just visible from the tower site. It has a
grand 360 degree view, overlooking Ft. Irwin, San
Gorgonio, Baldy, Afton Canyon, and out towards Baker.
Uncertain if we could get
a signal back to PV, we planned this to be a "start
anywhere" hunt. Mileage wasn't a consideration -- we had 5
Ts, so placed ten cards at each T. The best poker hand
would win. As the pack was bought at a 99¢ store,
Scott N6MI figured we spent 10 cents per hunter (2 cents
per card): a true "high stakes poker game."
We found some choice spots
along the ridgeline of Field Road (with agate and jasper
rocks) and sprinkled T2, T4 and T5 appropriately along the
sandy roads and creosote.
Running a bit late, we got
the main T on the air by 10 AM, pushing 60 watts through
an 11 element beam. Deryl said he could hear it just fine,
and Dave, N6MJN could hear it in Orange County. So, we
backed the power down to 10 watts, still huntable from PV.
We did not count on the 50% duty cycle, and had not yet
figured out how to reprogram the new PiCon T. Despite
that, four teams came out and all four found all 5 Ts in
the pile-up of bleeps, blips, and "Bad Cathy!"
Most of the Ts were found
by mid afternoon, and the hunt was over by 7:30, when
Scott graciously picked up T 4 for us on his way out of
the area. The Poker Results
1st - N6MI, SCOTT -- WINNER! With Ace of Hearts, Ace of
Clubs, King of Diamonds, 10 of Spades and 2 of Clubs.
(Scott hides in March)
2nd - WA6RJN, DOUG: Queen of Clubs, Queen of Spades, Jack
of Hearts, 5 of Clubs, and 4 of Clubs
3rd - WB6JPI, BOB - King of Hearts, Jack of Spades, 10 of
Diamonds, 5 of Spades and 4 of Diamonds
4th - N6AIN, DERYL - Queen of Diamonds, Jack of Clubs, 9
of Spades, 4 of Hearts, and 2 of Hearts.
Thanks to all who came out!
Bob N6ZHZ and Cathy KD6CYG