October 27th 2012
All Day Transmitter Hunt

Hider: Doug WA6RJN
Since I had already hid two hunts ago, will be hiding again next month, and considering the spike in gas prices ($4.70/gal), I decided to hide a start anywhere, anytime hunt around Los Angeles. The old San Fernando Valley hunts from forty years ago gave me some ideas. I researched several possible sites in the northwest San Fernando Valley. Another advantage of this area is that I could hide the Ts on my way home from work.

First Up was T9 running 50 mW into a vertical hex beam antenna pointed west. I hid it on Sesnon Blvd on the east side of Aliso Cyn. The bridge across the canyon was never built which would require a long trip to get from the west side to the east side. T9 worked well on Friday evening when I hid it but failed by Saturday. When retrieving it, I could only hear it when I was very close to it. And this was the one xmtr I really wanted the hunters to try to find.

Next was T4 running 50 mW into a vertical whip hidden up Browns cyn at the north end of Desoto Ave. At one time this road would take you all the up to the top of Rocky Peak and the abandoned Nike missile site.

In the Santa Susana Pass, T10 was hidden on Iverson Rd and the 118 fwy running 50 mW into a horizontal hex beam pointed into the mountains to the south. A short hike up the hill from Iverson Rd led to the T and the electric meters for several cell sites not to mention a wonderful view.

T1 was hidden on Lilac Lane where the old stage coach line tops the pass. It was running 4 watts into a vertical whip. This T should have been heard around the L.A. area.

T2 was running 4 watts into a vertical whip and was hidden at the top of Woolsey Cyn / Black Cyn. This was near the entrance to the Rocketdyne (now Boeing) facility that tested the Atlas rocket engines in the 1960s. It should also have been heard in many parts of L.A.

T7 was at the top of Box Cyn running a half watt using a vertical 6-element beam pointed down the south end of the canyon.

T6 (the bug T) was hidden on the old pass road at the west end of the railroad tunnel under Topanga Cyn.

T5 running 50 mW into a vertical whip was hidden at the end of Andora Ave in Chatsworth Oaks park.

On Saturday, while the hunters were busy finding the Ts, I was at the local amateur radio club's picnic in the park.


10:55 AM
11:17 AM
12:18 PM
12:47 PM
2:28 PM
4:18 PM
5:42 PM

11:00 AM
11:20 AM
12:00 PM
12:30 PM
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
5:00 PM


4:49 PM


N6MI found all 7 working Ts from first to last with the least estimated miles (line of sight), 13.0, and in the least time, 6:00, so he is the winner. The KF6GQ/KD6LAJ/K6DJI team also found all 7 Ts but took an estimated 14.8 miles and a time of 6:45. WA6CYY started quite late and had to leave early but still managed to find a T. And where was WB6JPI??

On Sesnon Blvd Near T9 looking west across Aliso Cyn toward the other Ts. The hunters were supposed to be drawn to the wrong side of the canyon but something happened to the coax or antenna allowing only a very weak signal to be transmitted


At T7 in Box Canyon looking down the beam toward Calabasas in the distance

I encountered mice, snakes, deer, coyotes, cows, bears and mountain lions on a
hunt but never one of these.