The T went on the air under timer control at 20:00. The
transmitter had an output power of 8 mW and fed a
7-Element horizontally polarized Yagi pointed at Mt. San
Antonio, A.K.A. Mt. Baldy. The carrier was continuous FM
unmodulated punctuated by MCW with the ID and T number.
The transmitter was located in the parkway on the East
side of South Eastside Drive, just South of Hillside Drive
in West Covina.
The Lat/Lon is: 34°3'15.6"N 117°52'30.78"W
Shortly after 20:00, the hider heard whining from the
start point that the T could not be heard. In response,
the hider returned to his vehicle and retrieved an 80
pound deep cycle battery and 50 W transmitter (Yaseu
FT-897). These were then carried 300 feet laterally and
uphill 25 feet to the transmitter site. Mere seconds
before this transmitter was activated, word was received
that the 8 mW T was just barely detectable. The 50 W T was
used to suppress the whining and provide help for those
needing it. To offset the advantage afforded by such a
strong signal, the signal was intermittent. After several
minutes, the 50 Watt T was replaced with the 8 mW,
continuous carrier, T to head off any complaints to the
Board about rules.
Once the 50 Watt T and battery were securely back in the
car at 20:23, the hider settled in for the long peaceful
wait sure to follow. This peace was disturbed at 20:55
when the first team arrived - NSIXAIN and WA6PYE. SO much
for barely detectable.
WA6CYY arrived 15 minutes later at 21:10.
Word was then received via WA6CYY that the third team,
consisting of N6ZHZ and ???, had turned the wrong way and
become sufficiently discouraged that they decided to head
for the barn.
The T and Yagi were then packed down the hill,
disassebled, and packed in the car.
The final results are:
Team Time In Mileage
N6AIN/WA6PYE 20:55 21.7
WA6CYY 21:10 25.3
Thus, N6AIN and WA6PYE are the winners and hiders for next
month's hunt. This leaves WA6CYY free to hunt if he so
chooses. After a short discussion, N6AIN and WA6PYE
departed leaving WA6CYY and the hider to face the natives
alone. Minutes later, a resident emerged from the house in
front of which WA6CYY had parked. He approached and milled
around the vehicle before beginning to holler. Due to the
distance involved, the hider could only make out: "WHAT
are you guys doing??." We then walked down the hill to
close the distance and make communication possible. The
resident explained that he had settled into a quiet
evening watching football. This was disturbed by an odd
looking vehicle with a sweeping antenna on the roof
sailing past his living room window. This would have been
N6AIN and WA6PYE. When WA6CYY parked in front of his
house, he told his XYL that enough was enough, he had to
investigate. We explained what we were doing but by this
time the only artifact visible was WA6CYY's antenna.
Pulling up the website on a smart phone lent the needed
credibility to the story. Satisfied, the resident returned
to his game and the hider and WA6CYY left the area.