The Sign in Sheets Snake T WB6JPI 13:15 WB6RJN 13:55 N6AIN 14:45 J-pole T WB6RJN 14:43 N6MI 17:06 Mini T N6MI 14:37
It was a cold cold day on the ice-covered plains of Antarctica when I hid my three transmitters. The snow was gently falling and the penguins were napping under the cactus. The first and most found was T2, located at the top if Mt Pinos just off the parking lot. 3 watt, AF6O box into a horizontal dipole 6 ft in a tree. I carefully programmed it to come on at 10AM as I was hiding it at 9 AM, but it came on at 9AM and I left it running during breakfast. It was found by:
A total stranger named Greg whose nose was a better sniffer than KF6GQ's fancy equipment at 11:55 WA6RJN at 1:13 N6AIN at 3:44 NVW/UZS at 4:00
My second transmitter was also located on Mt. Pinos, but down the hill about 2 miles on 8N05, the great antenna eating road. 10 elements horizontally polarized pointed directly at Mt Frazier across Lockwood valley. I had left the transmitter on the southside of a big bush (the antenna was in the bush) and it got quite hot and was running 8.5 KHz low. At about 4PM three campers set up their tent and moved in, in front of the bush some 4 ft from the transmitter. They claimed that two hunters drove by on 8N05 but didn't stop. Now I know this transmitter was heard by a lot of hunters that found T2 on the top of Pinos as you could not hear the one on top on the way up to the top, but you could really hear this one all the way up from the lower snow gate.
Only N6AIN signed in at 3:14.
N6MI at 12:36 WA6RJN at around 8:30
I didn't do well hunting...found "snake" and several RJN boxes, but spent most of the day wondering around Mt. Frazier watching Don KF6GQ break his equipment. Jippy
I hid 3 transmitters. T1 was an AF6O box that was set to come on at 10:50 AM. It was on the north
side of Gorman Post Rd. 1/2 between Gorman and the Junction of 138.
T2 was a MBR box placed near a gate at the end of a dirt road running up from Gorman Post Road coming north west out of Gorman on the north east side of I 5. The pavement ends about 1/3 of a mile from a Sheriffs Station. The dirt road goes up to the Right another 1/2 mile or so to the gate.
T3 was on the Peace Valley Road about 1/2 mile south east of Gorman on the south west side of I5, close to some kind of treatment facilities tank. It was a MBR box.
I left home around 7:15 AM. Drove up I 5 and got off at Quail Lake Rd. which runs into 138. After about 2 miles I turned on to Gorman Post road and started looking for a place to put the AF6O box, the only one with a working timer so I could set it out before going to breakfast with the gang. At a high spot where I could see into Gorman and the I5 there was a turnout, good spot. I put it on the side of the hill under an ugly bush. It did come on at exactly 10:50 AM.
Now in to Gorman to see if anyone had shown up yet. No one yet but it's about 15 minutes early. I decide to go over the hill to Frazier to see if maybe Scott was over there. No one there either, but I can hear a WB6JPI T off to the west. Back to Gorman.
As I come over the summit I hear Don calling fore someone. Scott answers and says McD's is the restaurant. That's in sight now. I hear Richard calling, saying they will be there in about 30 minutes. When I drive in I see Don and Scott. We go in and have egg Mc what ever.
After breakfast I leave and see Don turn north so I go southeast on Peace Valley road and put out T3. Then back through Gorman to put out T2. Now it's time to start hunting.
Don had said something about Hungry Valley "not a good place to hide or something about paying if you stop anywhere" so I go to Gold Hill Rd to see if he was not being truthful. Drive all the way through to Hungry Valley road and out to I5. NOTHING!
It's about time for my T1 to come on. Right on schedule it starts. I now hear several more Ts on the air. One of Scott's looks like it's in the same place as my T3. Sure enough as I drive up Gorman Post road again, it's pointing across to about the same area. I drive over their and it's a little farther beyond my T, hanging in a small tree up a short dirt path to the right.
While driving up Gorman Post road I had heard a " KF6GQ T2" very strong, pointing in front of me, so after finding Scott's T I start after it.
Up over the summit to Frazier Park again. Now I couldn't hear " KF6GQ T2" but there was a "KF6GQ E". Strange? On Cuddy Valley Rd and it was strong in front, now there's a "KF6GQ T3" behind me. Now T E is to the right, now to the left, now I am sure it's up on Frazier Mtn. Ignoring any thing else I am going up there to get it.
On the way up Frazier Mtn I pass WA6RJN on the way down. He says they found nothing up there. Sure a typical T hunter fib. On up I go.
Now I start hearing lots of things, KF6GQ snake T, WB6JPI T2, another WB6JPI T, all in the direction towards Pinos Mtn.
What's this, a WA6RJN T and it's in front of me. Up, up I go. Now it's really strong and to my left. Almost a UR there. I pull into a campsite and get out and sniff. Fond it,
But now I hear another RJN T. It looks like it's on the left fork where the sign says something about fire wood cutting. On I go. Now it's strong but doesn't seam UR there. Now it's behind me. I back up. Now it's in front and to the left. Must be small T and just over the rise. I get out and sniff it out.
No to find the KF6GQ E T. It's week and all over the place. Maybe it is at the microwave tower. Back to the fork in the road and to the microwave towers. NOTHING! This is BAD. Where the hell is it.
Back down the hill I start hearing another RJN T. It seams to be at the bottom of the mountain. At Lockwood Valley road I go left. In a very short time It's to my left again and a good signal. There's Don parked looking at maps. There is a dirt road just in front of me so I try to go in there but it's to ruff and going the wrong direction. I go back out to Lockwood Valley road and back north. Don has disappeared. Now the signal is moving fast as I drive past so it can't be too far in there. There's a pickup in there. "How do I get to that road" I thing as I pass this noting dirt path? In I go.
It's going the right direction this time, past the pickup and other vehicles. Here come Don back out and 2 motor cycles. One stops to talk to Don who has pulled off to one side to let me by. The motor cycle rider looks at me hollers "Deryl" and comes over. It's an old friend, Scott Fraser, KN6F. We chat for a while and then on I go up a rocky path, (That's all it looked like) and finely find the third RJN T.
Now back out to Cuddy Valley Rd and towards Pinos Mtn. All of a sudden the KF6GQ Snake T is Very strong and behind me. I turn around and go into dirt road on the north side. In a short distance I fine it hanging in a tree.
On to Pinos I go. About 5 miles up the mountain I see a dirt road off to the left. I remember that Jippy hid a T out on that road on a previous hunt so I take a chance and turn on it. Sure enough it's right at the same place as before.
Back out to the paved road and up to the parking lot at the end. JPI T2 is a UR there signal. I go up the dirt road to the closed gate and get out and sniff. Got it.
It's getting late and I think I will go see if there are any new Ts running around the Gorman area. I have given up on the KF6GQ E T; witch is now IDing KF6GQ T2 again. Strange thing Don. I drive right past them and over to Gorman.
I hear another T that seams to be south and east. Maybe up on the old Ridge Route road. I head out that way and start up from Quail Lake but it's almost 5:00 PM and I really can't hear anything new now. I go back to Frazier Park, picking up my Ts on the way. I like these Free For Alls!
T1 No one found it T2 N6MI 11:57 AM WA6RJN 4:41 PM T3 WA6RJN 5:09 PM
Only hunters who found our tee were N6MI at 12:36pm, WA6RJN at 9:54pm, and WB6JPI at 10pm. We found a total of 3 tees, 2 of RJN's on top of Frazier and 1 of JPI's on Pinos. Here's the rest of the story:
First off we should change the name of this hunt to "Dust For All!" So much dust everywhere in the car, on the car, on me, and a thick layer on the S-meter which made hunting a little difficult.
We hid just 1 tee about 8:30am up on the Old Ridge Route about 3.8 miles south of the 138 and N2 on a turnout and about 1 mile southeast of Bald Mtn. Tee was 5mw GQ box on a ducky antenna which could be heard S3 at the repeater site on Frazier Mtn and maybe on Mt. Pinos but not too well in other places. Bald Mtn. shielded it from the I-5 and Gorman area.
After a lovely meal at Le Golden Arches we plotted our first tee north up the freeway. Between Gorman exit and Frazier Mtn Rd. it was really strong but once we exited it was gone. It appeared to be UP in the mountains but I understand it wasn't too far from the McDonald's. Oh well.
Headed up Frazier Mtn Rd. and heard strong JPI tees coming from Pinos but at Lake of the Woods/Lockwood Valley Rd. turnoff those signals turned to the south it appeared.
Reached the repeater site on Frazier and tried to inventory every tee we could hear but all the doubling and tripling made that impossible. On the way up at Chuchupete Station we got some Los Padres Forest Service maps which confused us even more. Note to N6MI: In the future need to buy up all maps of local area using old AF6O trick.
Near the top of Frazier we started hearing new tees we hadn't heard on the way up including GQ Snake Tee which appeared to be near the intersection of the Arrasta Trail/8N24/8N04. Figured that was down below somewhere and drove past one of RJN's boxes at 8N04/8N24 and continued east down to the supposed "Dead End in 5 miles." Noticed one of the U-bolts on antenna lost its nuts and a spring. Made repairs and ran into AIN going the other way. Black electrical tape really works miracles!
After driving past RJN's first box on Arrasta Trail 3 times about 3 miles north of Frazier Mtn. at 7800 ft. we finally located it about 200 feet from the road. It wasn't on the first time, had 50 db in the 2nd time, and I finally convinced NYW it was definitely there the 3rd time.
Back at 8N24/8N04, 1 mile north of Frazier we stopped for lunch and noticed another strong RJN box in a meadow. Had some difficulty pinning down the final bearing which appeared to be 45 deg wide. Not being an expert code reader I caught the "N" and thought this was an AIN box. Knowing he used to have his "green plant tee" I started searching for that to no avail. heh!
Got some good headings on JPI's "booper" tees towards Pinos. Ran into JPI and GQ and lied our way down the mountain. JPI's ominous warning that our 8 foot antenna "will not make it to my tees" held true later on.
Back at Lockwood Valley Rd/8N04 we heard another RJN box to the southwest. Went south heading for the easterly access to Pinos but found locked gates. Drove past RJN's box twice off Lockwood Valley Rd. and never found it. Went back north to Frazier Mtn Rd/Lockwood Valley intersection and listened for any boxes north toward the Tecuya Trails. Nothing heard.
Made it to top of Pinos. Heard a particular box with the most annoying high pitch around on the way up but never found it. Got the JPI box at the summit of Pinos. Took a bit of sniffing since we maxed out of attenuation about 500 ft. from the tee. Attempted to get a cell phone signal from there to no avail. Note to AT&T: Need coverage on Pinos for future hunts.
On the way down Pinos that high pitcher tee and the 2nd JPI box were strong off to the southeast towards Seymour Creek. Around Pinos or McDill campgrounds we found a long dirt road that wound down about 6-7 miles. We believe this is the road that JPI was hiding on because we shaved the bottoms off about 10 low hangers with our super strong yagi. Unfortunately and unbeknownst to us the mast was slowly breaking apart with each tree hit.
Sure enough after reaching the bottom of Seymour Creek Trail we had to turn around due to locked gates. The antenna and mast hit it's FINAL TREE and the aluminum part of the mast snapped in 3 places and the super strong yagi nosedived right into the truck roof. Ouch! The mast is your basic aluminum and fiberglass painting pole. After that my hunting spirit drained all away and we headed back to the Flying J in Gorman.
After some fine dining at the Flying J we headed back to retrieve our box on Old Ridge Route. At our tee spot we noticed a JPI box that wasn't there before very strong on the meter. Took a heading and it appeared to be coming from across the 5 towards Hungry Valley. Called out to RJN and anyone still hunting our tee. RJN could hear our 10w truck radio but not the 5mw box. By 9:54pm he made it in along with Jippy at 10pm. Turns out Jippy's box was no more than 150 away and over the side of the hill from the NYW box. Coincidence? hmmm!
Thanks for an interesting hunt,
J. Scott Bovitz, N6MI, hid three KF6GQ mini transmitters, all with 1/2 wave whips.
*N6MI T2 was hidden in Gorman, on the west side of the freeway, across from the Sizzler near the little reservoir.
*N6MI T3 was hidden by the sand silo on the west side of Highway 5, near the 138 intersection.
*N6MI T1 was hidden on Power Line Road, in Hungry Valley; the power lines were angry and making loud cracking noises.
*N6AIN TWO, near the north end of Gorman
*KB6NYW, on the way to Liebre Mountain
*WB6JPI T1 TONES, also on the way to Liebre Mountain
*DE KF6GQ T3, in the east end of Frazier Park
*KF6GQ T2, with a J antenna in the west end of Frazier Park; I sniffed for this transmitter about 27 miles to the southeast
*N6AIN T3, in the Flying J parking lot Note: this T was not in it's original position when found by Scott.
I made a fine little tape, with a snake dance, for the next film festival
. J. Scott Bovitz, N6MI