Fullerton Radio Club
Saturday January 21, 2006
Tonner Canyon Skunkfest
"The first.......and probably the last time....this place has ever been hidden in."
Well.....It seemed like a good idea at the time. An opportunity
presented itself the morning of the hunt. Permission was sought and granted by
the rangers, plans were made and put into action.....and the first hide
in Tonner Canyon that any T-Hunters could remember was on.
I had the pleasure to be invited to camp out with a group of Boy
Scout families that are a part of the CLARA radio club. When they were told
that I had a T to hide that evening they jumped on the notion that it should
be hidden in the canyon. The rangers in charge of the Firestone Boy
Scout Reservation agreed that it would be a fun thing to do and had no
problem with any T-hunters entering the reservation, considering them welcome
guests of troop 170.
I placed signs at each of the gated entrances so the hunters
would know that entrance was granted. Now, in order to not be
insulting, the signs were not huge, outlandish, or neon. Each
sign was 8.5x11 and placed in plain sight. The main gate sign was
placed on the main locking post of the gate and the gate was locked
open (which is the case when the reservation has large groups of scouts
encamped). The sign at the inner gate was actually attached to
the No Trespassing sign. Each sign had a large letter T, my call
sign, T-Hunters granted permission to enter, and the phrases "not so
hidden T" and "Mr. T approved....Fool".
I am truly surprised that not a single hunter was able to recognize
the signs for what they were. Anyway, this can and most likely will, be
a topic of discussion for the future.
For the curious among you, I was hiding a 25 watt transmitter with a
4 element, horizontally polarized yagi which was pointed direct up
Tonner Canyon towards Mt. Baldy. The antenna was about 10ft off the ground in
a tree and the transmitter was hidden in a pile of brush about 20 feet
away. I received reports later at Denny's that I lit-up Carbon Canyon like a
light and just about bounced a signal off of everything except Baldy. I was
told that everyone converged on Tonner Canyon at about the same time and
that only Don drove up the road to the second open gate.
I'm sorry you all missed out on a wonderful huge campfire which made the
30 degree night bearable.
It has been ruled by the group present at the restaurant that since no
one found the T on this night that I will be hiding next month's 3rd
Saturday hunt. I truly hope you will all come out on the February hunt, where
I will present myself for ridicule and punishment.
Now let's see. where can I hide, or get permission to
hide, next month....Hmmm.....there's the former Tustin MCAS.....the 241
Haul road........Black Star Canyon......the Braille
73! Mike K6SNE