October 27th 2007
All Day Hunt
Hiders: Bob N6ZHZ and Cathy KD6CYG
Well, we said it was a Meathead, folks! Too bad nobody found the last
two T's, which were at great geological sites. But more of that later.
The weekend prior to the hunt, Bob and I went to several sites at least halfway
to our intended destination and ran several tests with Deryl, N6AIN, just to see
if he could hear anything at the start point. He couldn't. This not only meant
he didn't have a clue as to what direction we wanted to hide, but it also meant
we had to find a location where we could be heard at the start point. We begged
and borrowed various T's, amps, cables and antennas. As we intended this to be
a true Meathead, lasting at least until Sunday morning, we headed out on Friday
towards our destination. ZHZ was concerned that our "jump-off" T on Hwy 243
from Banning might not be heard at the start point, so we set up a T at our
house in Rubidoux. Honest, folks, we didn't intend for it to come on, and
certainly not as a continuous T (carrier as it apparently was by Sat.). But
somehow the ZAV Box activated itself and by start time on Sat., it had become an
interference T -- and a nuisance. It was only supposed to be activated by the
Hunters if they couldn't hear any other T. So go the plans of mice and
Friday was spent fixing T's, planting T's and hiding T's. We
had dinner at Chiriaco Summit and continued east to hide the final T's. The
moonrise over Joshua Tree National Monument was as orange as a Halloween
pumpkin, and the weather was pleasant.
We spent Friday night at the site
of one of the final T's, near the Opal Hill Mine in the Mule Mountains, and
Saturday's sunrise was one of the most spectacular we'd seen. Bob got right to
work setting up the 15 elephant beam, and I got right to work looking for
interesting rocks, which were in abundence. The road was a very fine
Meanwhile, Steve N6XFC and family were headed our way and
graciously started the T on Hwy 243 for us.
By the time we finished
setting up and tying down the big beam and were back out on the main dirt road,
XFC and family had met up with us, and we went on to the final destination --
which shall remain completely nameless because we may want to lure you folks out
into some a-maze-ing and extremely fine 4WD territory again. Y'all missed some
of the best roads and rocks in the desert, as well as a neat meteor shower on
We were sorry that no T-hunters joined us for homemade
chili verde burritos, T-hunt cookies and various other snacks, or breakfast on
So! Here are the statistics, locations and some
T11 of at least 4 (Not supposed to have come on, but since it
did, it's now a legal T)3100 Muriel Drive, Rubidoux,
T1 of at least 6 (Reminding hunters to "Don't Dawdle!")
x 116 52.064
Hwy 243 a little above the 3,000 ft. level, just off a small
turnout. Whip antenna on small ammo can, 2 Watts. Nice View.
T2 of at
least 8 (Don't Dawdle!)
33 51.286 x 116 26.193
Edison Hill, ammo can,
2 Watts, whip antenna. Lots of sand. Good view.
T3 of at least 10 (Get
Gas! Lots of Gas!)
33 38.205 x 115 48.569
Orocopia Mountains T, a
reasonably well-travelled dirt road, 11 element beam and 30 watts out, pointing
toward the Banning Pass.
T4 of way too many (And you thought this was a
33 40.215 x 115 43.289
Chiriaco Summit, approx. 30 ft.
south of the Joshua Tree National Monument border. Froggy T (GQ mini-T) on
3-element beam. Fantastic moonrise.
T5 of several. (Is it Sunday
33 42.385 x 115 27.078
Eagle Mountain Road T. Mini T with a whip
antenna. The sand had fluorescent green and orange bits under a black light at
night. Really cool.
T6 of a bunch (Good fluorescent rocks found
33 26.945 x 114 52.341
Not far from the Opal Hill Mine, Mule
Mountains. 100 watts through a 15 element beam. Pointed toward the Banning
Lots of desert rose, chalcedony and carnelian, California opalite and
T7 of at least 7 (We said this was a Meathead!)
coordinates. We may want to lure y'all here again. But it was a great spot
with lots of fine roads.
5 watts on a 4 element beam pointed at the Mule
5 T's: WA6RJN -- WINNER! Total of 235.4 Miles,
with the final comment of "Where is everyone?"
3 T's: KF6GQ and KD6LAJ
-- Total of 155.1 miles.
KC6TNJ and WA6TQQ -- Total of 171.6
N6MI -- Unofficial with negative 342.7 miles.
N6AIN -- Total of 128.2 miles
WB6JPI -- Unofficial
Where Are The Hunters?