We estimated that the first vehicle left Montgomery Field at about 12:10. The first vehicle with an antenna was seen cruising thru the Ski Beach parking lot about 12:35. Greg (KD6YQR) and myself (N6SZO) were blending in with the San Diego Association of Geologists picnic which was being held about 300 feet away. Randy (KF6LCY), who helped us with testing the site, and Rebecca (KF6WZR), who conned Tony into taking photos for her since she had a conflicting engagement, were not present.
We set up a decoy picnic table with three ice chests underneath. The transmitter and controller were hidden in a styrofoam ice chest with a cable coming out the top and leading up into the palm tree with the rubber duck semi-concealed amongst the branches. Shortly other vehicles with antennas were observed in the parking lot trying to find a place to park. Many T-Hunters walked around us and back and forth in the vicinity of the hidden “T”. Then, much to our surprise, Bruce (KF6AUW) was seen walking thru the area with a cell phone, but no sniffer...He was not on the list of hunters...What’s up with that? Could it be that our measly 300 milliwatt signal was so good that it captured T-Hunters radios that were not even hunting that day? Turns out that he had his motor home parked on the other side of the lot and was having a birthday party for his son. Good thing he did not notice us setting things up at 11:00 AM!
Confusion was in order until about 1:05 when Tony (WA6ZMZ) located the “T”. Shortly (seconds?) after that Thomas (KE6CBR) and Johnna also located it and the rest gradually followed suit. We moved the decoy table and ice chests over by the volleyball court and discussed the hunt. Jerry (K6DYD), Joey (N6UKL), Michael ( Marty’s (K6KTP)) son and his brothers. All stuck around until about 6:00 PM and played volleyball..Thanks for keeping the party alive!
|1st.||1:05 PM||Tony (WA6ZMZ ), Tom (KE6VCR) and Bruce (KG6IYN)||21.8 miles|
|2nd.||1:06 PM||Thomas (KE6CBR) and Johnna||14.5 miles|
|3rd.||1:09 PM +/-||Michael||13.0 miles|
|4th.||1:10 PM||Jerry (K6DYD) and Joey (N6UKL)||12.8 miles|
|5th.||1:11 PM||Marty (K6KTP), Tom, and his other son||17.2 miles|