October 24th 2009
Transmitter Hunt

Hiders: Scott N6MI and Tom K6VCR
Where: The Rainbow-Basin area, north of  Barstow.

T1 was hidden about two miles up the one-way dirt road in the Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark in San Bernardino County, California. T-1  identified as “N6MI” in CW at 14 words per minute. T-1 put out 1.5 watts to a whip antenna (vertically polarized). The transmitter was about 200 feet up a mud hill. T-1 was heard weakly from Barstow to Pinon Hills.

T-1 results: WB6JPI at 9:45 a.m. (15 minutes before the hide began); N6AIN at 5:00 p.m. with 215.9 miles; WB6HPW and Peter Scott Ronney at 5:05 p.m.; KF6GQ/KD6LAJ at 5:50 p.m. with 180.2 miles; AF6O at 10:45 p.m. with a borrowed flashlight.

T2was hidden about one mile away from T1, to the northeast. To get to T-2, the hunters needed to go to the FAA radar station (north of the Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark), then head south for about .9 miles on a motorcycle trail. The trail went up and down, but passable. However, the sand at the end point was very fine. T-2 identified as “N6MI” in CW at 16 words per minute. T-2 ran 35 watts to a three element quad (horizontally polarized). The antenna was mounted on a branch of a dead Yucca tree. See Exhibit A. The quad pointed 220 degrees (true). From this spot, N6MI and K6VCR heard the Palos Verdes repeater at S-9. The T-2 signal could be heard ½ scale at the start point – and all over the Los Angeles basin.

Exhibit A

T-2 results: WB6JPI at 10:53 a.m.; KF6GQ/KD6LAJ at 3:05 p.m; WB6HPW and Peter Scott Ronney (8 years old!) prior to 4:30 p.m.; N6ZHZ and KD6CYG at 4:30 p.m. with 186.2 miles; AF6O in the wee hours on Sunday.

KF6GQ/KD6LAJ were the winners, since they were official and found two transmitters. Plus their story very amusing!

Thank you for coming out.


  N6MI and K6VCR

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