Glenn, AB6PA picked me up at home in his RAV4 about 9:AM. We loaded about half of the stuff I own and we headed to the Pathfinder start point. Very crowded but we chatted with all and I set up my nest in the passenger seat. We had heard two weak CW signals at my house before we left but when we got to the start nothing could be heard. Suddenly a loud voice signal came on with a bearing at Baldy. It was saying “T-BBQ KF6GQ”.
This is Memorial Day week-end.
First bad decision:
dinner is back on since we have 4 hunters
Second bad decision:
find the Two or more other transmitters first so we
can end at the BBQ T.
east on the 60 Freeway son hearing the same CW
transmitters and they were distinctly east of the BBQ
voice T that we were now ignoring. We continued to get
bearings off of Gordonio that got us east and
eventually into the Badlands on the 60. In Beaumont we
decided that we had passed the Ts and went west on the
10. The CW signals were much stronger here and we went
on up the 210 eventually went past everything and
headed up Cajon Pass on the 15. The signals had
pointed North all along the 210 and, guess what:
decision number 6
must be up somewhere between the 15 and Waterman in
the San Bernardino Mountains. So up Cleghorn we went
with 40 miles of dirt ending up on 138 near Lake
Silverwood. They are not even a little bit of up
there. Nor are they anywhere North of up here. So we
took 138 back to the 15 south to where we could hear
something and off the 15 in Devore and wiggled
around there with no using attenuation. The voice BBQ
T was up Bailey Canyon.
we romped up Bailey canyon, we heard another voice T
(two in fact), one saying “watch out for the snake”
and the other saying “watch out for the snake”. We
stopped at the computer voice one and took lots of
where things got kinda messy. Glenn packed off with my
Blue-Box sniffer but no radio, but soon returned with
the sign in sheet (He had forgot to take the mileage
with him up the hill). I stayed at the car and tried
to get my handheld radio to work with Glenn’s sniffer
which I finally did. He took the sign in sheet back up
the hill and returned with a couple cookies. We
thought he had found the computerized snake T.
searched for the BBQ T which was very strong at the
Snake T, but couldn’t find it. After considerable
worry, we concluded that we had found the BBQ T with
the cookies and not the snake T. Remember Glenn had no
audio when he was finding it, just the Blue Box tones.
We went back and after staring at the same bush for a
half hour or so we concluded that that Altoid
Can with a rubber duck was a snake.
a bunch of bearings on the voice snake T and concluded
that it was SE of here and all the CW things we heard
were SW so we went SW. We really tried to get to LAJ
T8 which we determined was in the river bed and came
close from the North but when we went around and from
the South it died and Steve personally did a stand-in
role acting like a T8. We found him but it was after
dark and we went home.
A hunt of many many mistakes…