Hiders: Glenn AB6PA, Bill KG6EEK, and Ryan
Location: The hiding location was 34° 4'4.07"N,
117°51'22.38"W at the end of Garvey in Covina CA.
We had some technical difficulties at the beginning of the hunt.
At first we tried a low power (100 mw) transmitter and it could not be
heard at the start location. So we tried to switch to the same transmitter
used in last week’s hide. The controller box (that worked fine when tested
earlier in the day) would not control anything. We ended up using the Kenwood 742
normally used in the car for general ham communications. At first AB6PA
was just jabbering into the microphone. We’ll call it Glenn’s Golden Garbage.
Ryan found some electrical tape and we used that to hold down the key on the mic.
But that didn’t work consistently. Then Bill found a Morse code practice program
on his cell phone. He programmed in my call and a T-ID. Then we set his cell
phone next to the microphone on the dash board of the car and held the key on
the mic with tie wraps. That seemed to work fine. That eliminated the need
for Glenn’s Golden Garbage. The 742 would time out every three minutes and had
to be un-keyed and the tie wraps re-applied.
The Morse code program would not repeat so it too had to be restarted occasionally.
As hams usually do when necessary, with teamwork we improvised and came up with a
workable solution. My apologies to the hunters for the late start.
Call(s) Time Mileage
N6MJN 9:01 P.M. 19.7
N6AIN/WA6PYE 9:14 P.M. 21.8
N6ZHZ/KK6JDC 9:23 P.M. 19.1
WA6CYY 10:05 P.M. 23.0
WB6JPI 10:28 P.M. 49.0
P.S. Post mortem on the controller shows the Arduino board failed. Applying a new
Arduino board loaded with the same program worked just fine this morning.
73, Glenn (AB6PA)