won't divulge all of my plans, as some can be used the
next time I win a Meathead. But this much I can tell
you, without having to swear you to secrecy:
had promised JPI that I would make it Prius friendly, as
in no 4WD needed, and not requiring a high ground
wanted no sign in sheets of any kind, so that approach to
the transmitters was unnecessary and optional. (In
other words, I could hide in a location that others need
not have access to. I used to do this with KD6SNE,
later K6SNE, when he would just photograph the antenna or
transmitter box, whichever was easier, instead of trying
to sign in. He would send me his mileage and the
had thought to require the T's to be found in order, so
that food and tales of woe could be provided at the last
T. (Meathead can have these kind of "rules" without
violation of the All Day T-hunt prohibition against any
There can be no T-hunt unless there are snags
that mess up the plan. Here are some of the official
JPI became a silent key before the hunt.
that were inconvenient to approach, requiring that there
be no sign in sheet, became unapproachable by all,
including the hider!
sequential ID Transmitters, which I wanted to employ, for
sequential finding, were unobtainable due to time
limitations caused by my wanting to remain in Chaffey
aside, I still wanted to memorialize one of my favorite
T-Hunters, Jippy. I always liked to talk with him,
as he was always having wonderfully fresh experiences,
doing new things. (Robot dog behavior and
interactions, self-driving car advances, 3D modeling and
printing from the inside out, to name but a few of our
topics of conversation.) When I began T-Hunting
decades ago, I remember a hunt that featured Jippy at the
final T, with Hotdogs and Hamburgers, Wolf Bob
style! I thought at the time how great it was to
have a picnic, with a nice transmitter hunt attached, in
the middle of nowhere! (To this day, I do not know
where he was hidden, even though I was there.... I
followed the signal in, and followed another hunter
out. Never did find it on any map...)
snag final plan:
remaining working Ts on the air, and have a picnic
spread. I readied the first part, and Debra (KG6LOR)
readied the second part.
and Ray were quickly there, and got first choice of all
foodstuffs. They sent pictures and received clues,
but refused all requests for mileage reporting.
(They were hoping for the coveted Controlled Second place.
But without sign in sheets, they couldn't trust their
mileage and so kept it a secret. Or, they just
forgot to make note of it at the start....) All T's
and Larry were quickly there, didn't want to obey any
stinken' rules, and so did not send pictures, nor receive
the needed clues. they just proceeded to find the
T's, and were concerned that all the sign in sheets had
blown away, or were stolen.
was quickly there, giving all a competitive run for the
money. He sent all pictures, received clues and a picnic
lunch, and was home by dark..All T's found, quickly.
and Tom were less quickly there, provided GPS and APRS and
photographic proof of discovery, All T's were found and
they were perhaps the most surprised that there was really
KA6UDZ, came out with a Doppler and a sniffer, in a
Natural Gas vehicle, unofficial, and was the most like
Jippy in choice of vehicle and determination to
enjoy the hunt, against all odds. All T's were found
and picnic clues received.
to the received discovery proofs, and with the Board's
wins again, with 67.8 miles, after picnic
correction. (He will be hiding 3 of the next 4
and Tom 95 miles, picnic corrected.
other three teams came out for the food and the good
company, like JPI loved to do, as well.