1999 Hunt Reports
December 18, 1999
All, and a Merry Christmas.
that traffic was particularly heavy today. Thank God I was no-where
near a shopping mall. All the poor soles out Christmas Shopping
missed out on a really great day and T-Hunt. Rich and I hid two
transmitters Northwest of Rio Rancho. The first transmitter was
located in a tree about 1500 feet west of the water tank at Gas
Pipeline Rd. and Northern Blvd. The antenna was mostly horizontally
polarized. Unfortunately our vantage point did not permit us to
see the fun there. We drove around looking for a vantage point
and place to hide the second transmitter and I lost track of where
the first one was hidden. Hunters indicated the horizontal polarization
caused a lot of multi-path.
transmitter was located about a quarter mile South Southwest of
the first. Rich hid that one and I never saw it until some of
the hunters found it. I seem to be rather clueless today. This
transmitter was hidden in a bush with a vertical rubber duck antenna.
I was told it was easier to sniff than the first.
We had a
long wait. The first hunter didn't show up until about 3:30 PM.
Rich and I occupied our time by shooting a pellet rifle and observing
the local Flora and Fauna via binoculars. High Desert Flora is
pretty limited and the Fauna consisted of one bird and lots of
dog and rabbit tracks. Eventually we noticed hunters in our area
an our interest picked up. Jerry, WB8WFK, was first to arrive
and find both transmitters. Jerry had the winning mileage of 27.6.
and friend were dogging Jerry's heals the whole way, at least
what we saw. Brian claimed that his mileage was zero and thus
was the winner, but his odometer said 28.5 mi. and was taken for
the official record.
Our two newest
hunters, Mike K5ATM and Mike K5MJE, got into a peck of trouble.
They managed to get stuck in a sand trap. Mike and Mike may not
have noticed that everyone hunting today, and most days, has a
four wheel drive vehicle. They are not necessary. I used a two
wheel drive vehicle for years. Experience will help inform you
as to where you should and shouldn't go on the West side. Better
yet, stay on paved roads until you are sure where to commit. Most
East-West roads are pretty good out there. I like to hunt out
there. I like to hide out there. I can promise that some of my
future hides will be out there. All is well, Mike and Mike managed
to extricate themselves before the rest of us could arrive on
the scene. I guess the best time to get stuck or lost is when
the Albuquerque T-Hunters are on the road and able to track you
Be sure to
check out Jerry's web page as there are some interesting picture
maps of today's hunt there. It is located at: http://home.att.net/~wb8wfk/
all for now. Jerry has promised an interim hunt next week some
time. I can't make it, but hope you can. The next likely hunt
is the first Saturday in January, but watch your E-mail or Jerry's
web page for details. Glad that you could come out. I hope the
Y2K bug or your hangover won't keep you from the next hunt.
report for: December 4, 1999
Huntmaster: Jerry, WB8WFK
I have been
somewhat slow in getting out this report (been working on an 80
meter CW ARDF transmitter ).
We had three
teams come out to todays hunt event, This hunt was slightly
different then a normal Albuquerque T-Hunt. The transmitters where
using cycle 1 and cycle 2 of the international ARDF format (MOE
and MOI). Each transmitter was on for 60 seconds.
the first hide using the new PIC based ARDF controller. I planted
the transmitters ahead of time and the transmitters auto started
after the programmed delay.
I was also
pleased with how well the two transmitters stayed in sync. Also
this controller places a 4 hours time limit on the hunt (hard
coded into the program).
was cold since a light snow had occurred in the foothills over
night. The snow was melted by noon.
I hope to have five transmitters going on a hunt. Also looks like
the 80-meter transmitter is working. Anyone want to try to find
and results are as follows:
11.65 miles <<--- Winner
Ron WB8UWB 13.15 miles
Mike K5ATM and K5MJE 16.8 miles
Joe is next.
report for: November 7, 1999
Huntmaster: Ron WB8UWB
I guess it's
about time I get this out .What a nice day it was to put on a
hunt. We had 3 teams out looking JOE AB5YC with sidekick RICH
and JERRY WB8WFK and a new comer MIKE K5ATM.
lost track of the mileage, I declared Jerry the winner. Jim K5QQ
said that he heard the signal at his QTH and needed 20DB attenuation
to get a fix on me. It was just a last minute thought to put it
on so I didn't send out an E Mail to everyone.
To get back
on schedule, the next Hunt should be on Sunday NOV 21, with Jerry
Boyd WB8WFK as hunt master. Welcome to the group MIKE, hope to
see you a lot.The Fox was on the east side of Rio Rancho over
CU 73 RON
report for: September 11 ,1999
Huntmaster: Jerry, WB8WFK
It was a
nice sunny warm day for a hidden transmitter hunt. The transmitter
was programmed to operate in cycle 1 of an ARDF sequence (MEO
on for 60 seconds). The position was 35deg 09 min 00.4 seconds
north by 106 deg 40 min 50.1 seconds west.
was the first hunter to arrive at the site then Ron WB8UWB was
Joe had the
winning mileage (8.4)
Ron had 12.1 miles
Joe is the next Hunt master.
report for: July 10, 1999
Huntmaster: Ron, WB8UWB
Well it was a nice morning to set up a T-hunt, no rain. I thought
it would be nice to take a walk, a long one. It took longer than
I thought for the three teams to find the fox hiding in a tree
along the river next to the bike path, between Paseo Del Norte
and Montano.I was trying to stay out of site and did not see Brian
N5ZGT and Chris N2YQP and Jerry WB8WFK show up first. I did see
Joe walk past it on the bike path . Rich stood guard back in the
parking area. Jerry got to try out some new gear he built, and
I brought a three element beam I built to show the guys. They
all tried it out and said it worked good.
The T was
located at N 35 Degrees 10.224Minutes---W 106 Degrees 39.263 Minutes
(WGS--84 DATUM ) was nice to see Chris make the hunt, do it again
soon Chris ! Winner was BRIAN --- CHRIS with 16.7 miles.
JOE ---- RICH had 23.2 miles
JERRY had 24.2
report for: February 21, 1999
Huntmasters: Joe, AB5YC
a great day for Transmitter Hunting. It's too bad that most of
you missed out. The sun was warm and the wind wasn't too bad.
Rich and I spent 1 1/4 hours enjoying the beautiful weather before
the hunters started arriving.
were hidden north of the Alamedia bridge on the East side of the
Rio Grande. I chose the site to teach Ron, WB8UWB, that these
technological super DF finders are not all they are cracked up
to be. Ron was a little smug about how well his DFer worked so
I thought it was time for a humbling experience. This area is
wooded, the transmitter was horizontally polorized, the combination
is absolutely devistating for vertically polorized switching DFers.
was first on the scene. He decided from the git go that the DFer
wasn't going to cut the mustard. He set off for the sniff with
a 4 element yagi and active attenuator. He also carried his DFer,
but later said it was not good.
again! Ron arrived on the scene on foot. I think he parked somewhere
near 4th and Alameda, just kidding. Worse yet, he was only carrying
his 7 element yagi. Let me tell you, that beast still has some
advantage. He got side tracked by a multipath or two, but found
the transmitter moderately quickly.
tranmitter was located on what would normally be an island when
the river is up. It was craftily hidden in a clump of very tall
grass by Rich, brother of the Master of Disguise. I was following
Ron while he hunted, not wanting to reveal in which direction
the transmitter was hidden. I lost track of Jerry while he hunted
the second transmitter. I got a royal kick out of standing near
Ron while he played rotator with his beam and Jerry was exiting
the island in the back ground. If Ron had turned around he could
have seen where the second transmitter was hidden.
must take his pleasure where can. It is pretty boring until the
hunters show up. You can only look at so many sea gulls, duck,
Sandhill Cranes, crows, airplanes, and dogs. There were plenty
of dogs. Most dogs were accompanied by amateur walkers. I know
they were amateurs because they did such a terrible job it. The
Sandhill Cranes did something I had never seen before, a Vee shaped
flight broke formation and started circling upward on a thermal
that was almost over our heads. I estimate the trippled their
altitude before procedeing on north.
In case anyone
is interested, Ron won the hunt, probably by parking farther away.
Jerry WB8WFK: 11.5 mi.
hunt should be on March 6th. Ron gets to host it. Come on out.
The weather is fine. It has starting to warm up, sometimes! Now
is the time, before the grass starts to grow and you become married
to the lawn mower.
Hope to see
you there. 73s.
report for: January 9, 1999
Huntmaster: Ron, WB8UWB
We had two hunters for the night hunt . Got more interest in this
hunt than ever before, but just JOE- RICH AB5YC and JERRY WB8WFK
showed up. Jerry found me at 8:05, than we both watched Joe and
Rich drive around the arroyo trying to find that clean signal.
as the T Box was hidden in a dish washer.Joe showed up at 8:57.
JERRY was the winner with 19.3 miles and JOE--RICH took the scenic
trip around the arroyo with 29.65. Next hunt should be on Sunday
1---17---99 at 1:00 pm. Hunt master will be JERRY BOYD WB8WFK.
See you then 73 RON PETERSON WB8UWB