August 31st Free for All
August 31st, 2002 Free For All
The Aug 31, 02 Free-For-All was lightly attended, but had a
great bunch of hides. Here is my side of the thing...
I hid 6 transmitters, and 5 were found although they were
all working to a degree. Three were micro Ts running 10 mw
and one was an AF6O box running 3 watts and one was a broke
AF6O box running 10 mw and one was a 1 watt handheld with
PicCon controller. For once, all of my transmitters ID with
their sign in sheet number.
T-1 Micro T in a bush 50 ft off Piuma Road
T-1a (w/tones) or Bag T on Saddle Peak Rd
T-2 Micro T Near Bag T sign in in TP roll
T-9 AF6O Box..Couch T on Saddle Peak Road
T-3 Micro T Telephone pole T on Decker road
T-8 AF6O 10mw box into 10 el beam on Zuniga rd off old Topanga
I found 5 transmitters:
RJN T-1, T-2
XFC T-1, T-2
Steve and Dave's Story
We met up with everyone at the Cocos restaurant around 9 am. Did the normal chatting and such.
We discovered that Dave needed a DC charger for his camcorder he brought so it was decided to
find a Best Buy north of us in Thousand Oaks. So, at the departing time as everyone left to go
hide, we went up to Best Buy.
When we left that location we then pondered were to go.
We decided to go up Hwy 23 to a place most hunters have been before. Around the AT&T large dish
array around Decker Canyon. T-1 was located on a small hill over looking Decker Canyon and the
Ocean, running 1/2 w. T-2 was at the top of Triunfo Pass over looking Thousand Oaks , this was a
Micro T, 15 mw. They both were off of Yerba Buena Rd.
I thought that a few hiders might have wondered out towards Thousand Oaks to hide a T or two,
but no such luck.
They were all South of us buy many miles. So, this made it difficult to hear our T's. The thing
is though, you could hear one of them in very few specific spots, but with all the other T's on
the air, good luck on hearing them. You had to catch it at the right time.
Well, after most of us met back at the restaurant and a few clues given out 3 teams found our
T's. After driving around for many hours we found 7 T's and heard Don's snake T, high pitch
code T and RJN T-1. It's was 5:40 at this time so we needed to head back to Cocos.
JPI T-1 a, T-2, T-3 and T-9
Overall we had a good fun time. Nice to confuse the mind now and again with 12 T's on the air.
I hid 2 transmitter but only one worked. The working T was on the north side of
Mulhulholland hwy just west of Las Virgenes Rd(N1).
T-1 never came on. It's Dead Jim!
I found 8 Ts
JPI T1, T1a, T2, T9, T3
RJN T1, T2
Don KF6GQ and Steve KD6LAJ's Story
Our day KD6LAJ and me KF6GQ, started like any other T hunt day, not getting
all the sleep that I wanted. We had to leave home early, to make it to the
restaurant on time. So we left about 7:45 am.
That got us to the restaurant much too early. So we went looking for a place
to put one of our T's. We decided to go north on Las Virgenes rd. There is a
park with several trails there, and it looked nice. We would hide one there
when we got out of the restaurant.
When we got to the car we heard a JPI T9 on the air. We got into
a high location to take a bearing, it was about 110 degrees, so we thought
that it had been placed on the part of Muholland Dr. that was dirt. As we
approached the restaurant, we found that the bearing had changed to the
restaurant (so much for how our day was going to go).
Had breakfast with the crew and left at 10:00am to hide our T's. Because
XFC/MJN where right behind us, we felt it would be a dead giveaway if we went
north on Las Vergines rd. so we went east on the freeway, going towards the
dirt portion of Mullholand.
It seems that they have permanently closed off the road soon
after it becomes dirt. So we stopped there and hiked up the hill with a 12V
battery and a three watt T. It looked like a good spot because we could see
Saddle Peak, and we knew that JPI would hide a transmitter there.
So go to hook up the T and Steve says that the two wires coming from the battery are
shorted together. Needless to say, our battery appears dead, so no 3 watt
transmitter at this location.
Put out T3 a mini T with a half wave vertical in a bush and put it on. Also
left a Snake T about .5 miles away.
As we left we could hear Jippys T from Saddle peak (didn't I say he would hide there).
The only good thing was that it was line of sight to Jippys T so someone
should hear it. Passed Jippy coming down from Saddle Peak, figured that he
had heard our T and was heading for it (wasn't).
Got to the location of the couch T and signed in first. Our T3 was clearly
heard from this location, so we where happy that somebody would find the T's.
Found two more of Jippys T's right up the road from the couch T. Soon into the location was
AIN, RJN, and RJNs Son in the green VW. We all checked in at about the same
As the other teams left to the east, we went west and found an RJN T.
We could hear an AIN T to the west so we went looking for it.
Found AIN T next to Muholland Hwy behind some rocks. I think XFC/MJN found this one
Then continued west looking for one other that we thought we
heard on the way down Stunt Drive. Finally got a bearing on it on Kannen
Dume Rd. just before the tunnels, back over towards 101 frwy. After spending
about 4 hours looking, we located it up on the side of a hill in a tree, then
Since we hadn't heard any XFC/MJN T's, we thought we would head west on frwy.
Got a signal to the south near 1000 oaks, took Lynn to Portola Rd. back to
the south east. Only got bounces off of that mountain near Sycamore Canyon Rd.,
no it can't be up there, not enough signal.
We then started hearing another signal back to the east that we hadn't heard
before, so off we went to find this new T. To make a long story shorter, we
found the T, it was RJN's T gone amok, but we then noticed that there was
another RJN T that we hadn't gotten before and was able to locate that one
for a total of seven T's found, and a fun day traveling in the Santa Monica Mts.
Don & Steve
Ts found by Don and Steve
Jippy Sofa T,
Jippy Bag T,
Jippy Micro T,
Agora school T,
RJN T hid by Son KG6KZF T
No one found any of Don and Steves Ts.
This hunt was a little different. I was going to hunt alone and my sons
were out on their first solo hunt in the old green bug. The bug was
outfitted with the same equipment I used when I hunted in it except for
a new "coat hanger" beam.
After breakfast I headed up Stunt to the junction of Saddle Peak and
Schueren. I knew this location had a good view toward the Conejo Valley
and toward the ocean. I had hidden here on a Conejo Valley T hunt a few
years back. I placed T-2 in a bush in a small hill that was between
Saddle Peak and a access road. I was running 340 mW into a cliplead
antenna. While I was hiding the T I saw JPI go by.
Next was to hide T-1. I choose another Conejo Valley T-hunt site where I
had once found a T. This was at the base of a dying eucalyptus tree at
the end of Easterly Rd (which runs north-south) next to Agoura HS. T-1
was running about 4 watts into a "coat hanger" mag mount. I had reports
that the signal was weak in the vicinity even though I had heard it in
several places along Mulholland Hwy between my T-2 and XFC's Ts. The
weak signal was probably caused by the chain link fence that surrounded
the lot just below the T.
Since I had seen JPI go by when I was hiding T-2, I decided to start
hunting farther down Saddle Peak Rd. Upon return to T-2 I found KG6KZF.
They had just found it. I proceeded down Saddle Peak to JPI's T1 & T2. I
joined the crowd (3 other teams). Father down the road I found JPI's T9.
I parked next to JPI's T-3 3 times before I realized it was just hanging
there on the power pole in plain sight.
I continued down Saddle Peak looking for another T had heard but lost
the signal as I headed toward Toganga Cyn. I headed back up Saddle Peak
and found KZF's T (it identified as WA6RJN). He's new at this and hide
his T near JPI's T-1 & T-2 after the other teams had been there. I
proceeded down to Mulholland Hwy and when as far as Kanan Rd. Hearing no
T's, I headed up to the 101 and took it to Toganga Cyn and headed south.
Thinking there maybe a T farther east, I tried the Palisades Highlands
east of Toganga Canyon but heard only JPI's & RJN Ts.
I returned from that area via Toganga Cyn/Saddle Peak/Stunt/Mulholand
Hwy only this time I kept going past Decker and heard XFC's Ts. I drove
past T-2 and found XFC's T-1 and back tracked a little until I found T-2
in the rocks.
It was a fun hunt. I just wish I could have heard the other T's. You
can't find 'em if you can't hear 'em.
Here is the results for my Ts.
KD6LAJ/GQ 2:08 Weak
KG6KZF 5:50 Nice road
KD6LAJ/GQ 12:20 OK
KG6KZF T (WA6RJN)
Ts Doug found
JPI T1, T2, T3, T9
N6XFC T1, T2
Now all we need is David's story