Pandora Box deja vu Saturday Evening T Hunt 2/7/2015

Posted by   KE6PHB


Joe Loughlin KE6PHB

Tony Boegeman WA6ZMZ






Time Finished
1 Joe Corones N6SZO   Greg Spaulding W6BAF 18:19
2 Tom Sneden K6VCR   No Navigator 18:58
3 Cliff Steagall N5BXE   Bill Elkerton W6ZM 19:16
4 Bruce Denny K6AUW   Tom Franks N2TEN 19:59
5 Mary Lou Foran Mary Lou   Dick Foran WB6ZAM
6 Mark Ording K6MHO   No Navigator

Transmitter Data


Transmitter Power

Antenna Type



1 0.05 Watts 4 Element Yagi Horizontal 0 Degrees
2 0.025 Watts Rubber Duck Vertical 0 Degrees


The location of T1 was a small turn out on Alta Loma Dr with an unobstructed view to the north which included Grossmont parking lot. With such an exposed location, some tricks were employed to provide the hunters with a challenge during the hunt. The transmitter utilized a rooftop 4 element yagi on a standard hunt vehicle configuration so that the beam direction could be rotated during the hunt. Two transmitters (a HT and mobile) was alternately swapped to feed the antenna periodically during the hunt. RF power at the start was 50 milliwatts and was stepped up and down from that level to a maximum of 10 watts. This combined with the rotation of the antenna was used to produce variable reflections and received power by the hunters during the hunt. T2 was placed next to a parking lot of a trail head nature walk. The received power at the T1 location was very weak and its contribution to the hunt was questionable. So the hunters were instructed that finding T1 only was necessary to win. The option of reducing the hunt time to T1 by 15 minutes if T2 was also found was presented to the hunters., The result of this type of hide was a wide spread of arrival time to T1. The effect was similar to hunt results when the legendary Pandora's Box transmitter was used several years ago. The times reported above reflect computed times for those teams that also found T2. After the hunt, everyone headed to Fillipi's Italian Restaurant to tell individual team fish stories and other bogus claims. Tony and I appreciate the turnout for this hunt and hope that all the teams enjoyed the challenge of the very uncooperative transmitter that we used.
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