Summer Heat in Santee Saturday Evening T Hunt 8/15/2015

Posted by   KE6PHB

Hiders

Tony Boegeman WA6ZMZ

Joe Loughlin KE6PHB


Place

Driver

 

Navigator

Passenger

Time Finished
1 Bruce Denny K6AUW   Tom Franks N2TEN 19:21
2 Joe Corones N6SZO   Greg Spaulding W6BAF 19:44
3 Tom Sneden K6VCR   No Navigator 19:50
4 Dick Foran WB6ZAM   Mary Lou Foran Mary Lou 20:00
5 Mark Ording K6MHO   Trevor Ording Trevor 20:00

Transmitter Data

Number

Transmitter Power

Antenna Type

Polarization

Heading

1 1 Watts Whip Vertical 0 Degrees
2 1 Watts Whip Vertical 0 Degrees
3 1 Watts Whip Vertical 0 Degrees
4 1 Watts Whip Vertical 0 Degrees
5 1 Watts Whip Vertical 0 Degrees

Remarks

A typical Saturday night transmitter hunt for our group starts with the hiding team contacting the group of hunters to confirm that the transmitter can be heard at the starting area. This is followed by instructions to the hunters as to number of transmitters, method of on-the-air identification of each T, and a description of how the winning team will be determined (i.e. first in, lowest mileage, most located T's in the usual 2 hour hunt during). Due to the excessive high temperatures predicted for the area for this weekend, Tony, WA6ZMZ, and I, KE6PHB, attempted to construct a hunt which encouraged the hunters to remain in their air-conditioned cars for most of the time during the hunt. To ensure that all five transmitters could be heard at the starting location and throughout during the hunt, a hide region about two miles square and with good RF visibility was chosen very close to the start location. Borrowing techniques developed for International Style Transmitter Hunting, the transmitters were carefully timed and coordinated to ensure no transmission overlapping (each T sequentially active for 12 seconds on a one minute cycle). The hunters were provided with paper score slips which described the ID audio for each transmitter. A paper punch attached to each T was provided to enable each hunt team to document on the score slip a successful T location discovery. The transmission audio for each transmitter was intentionally selected to be distinctive to aid the hunters and minimize mental fatigue commonly experienced when monitoring transmissions of slightly differing Morse code IDs. The audio segments used ranged from a screaming donkey to grandfather clock chimes combined with a verbal T number and control operator call sign. Since several transmitters were heard at the start and for the duration the hunt, each hunt team was encouraged to personalize their unique vehicle course approach to locating the Ts which also served to minimize the occurrence of piggy-back discovery by multiple hunt teams simultaneously converging on a single transmitter site. The tabulated results of the hunt indicate that difficulty level was just about right for this style of mobile hunt. By the conclusion of the hunt, three of the five teams found all five transmitters, one found four T's and one found 3T's. Both Tony and I were gratified by receiving feedback from the hunters that this modified style of mobile hunt was both fun and challenging. This has encouraged us to consider other variations of our regular Saturday night hunt. After the hunt, we adjourned to Filippi's Italian Restaurant to trade stories and discuss the upcoming county-wide transmitter hunt at the end of this month. Results: Bruce AUW Tom VOC 1:20 5 T's Congratulations to the winning team, Joe SZO Greg BAF 1:43 5 T's,Tom VCR 1:50 5 T's, Dick ZAM Mary Lou 2:00 4 T's, Mark MHO Trevor 2:00+ 3 T's ??
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