Easy South Park un-hidden Transmitter Saturday Evening T Hunt 3/19/2016

Posted by   W6ZM

Hiders

Bill Elkerton W6ZM

Bryan Elkerton KI6DUR

Robin Elkerton KM6OUL


Place

Driver

 

Navigator

Passenger

Time Finished
1 Joe Corones N6SZO   Greg Spaulding W6BAF 18:38
2 Bruce Denny K6AUW   Cameron Denny Cameron Devon Denny 18:45
3 Dick Foran WB6ZAM   Mark Ording K6MHO 18:52
4 Joe Loughlin KE6PHB   Tony Boegeman WA6ZMZ 19:02
5 Tom Sneden K6VCR   Tom Sneden K6VCR 22:00

Transmitter Data

Number

Transmitter Power

Antenna Type

Polarization

Heading

1 45 Watts Omni Vertical 0 Degrees

Remarks

This was supposed to be a really easy hunt that ended at a fine restaurant called Mazara's, the one with all the different beers and great pizza, but to our chagrin when we got to the hiding spot there seemed to be a little more traffic than normal. The parking in the area is difficult during normal weekends, but as we stood and waited for hunters to get to the transmitter the traffic picked up and the pedestrian traffic was even worse. You could even buy a slice of pizza right in front of the restaurant at $5.00 a slice. The fragrance of garlic in the air enticed our saliva glands so we devoured a half slice while waiting for Slow Poke Rodriquez to show up; you know who you are, but I digress. An early phone call was made to Joe to get the ball rolling in order to get everyone at the restaurant as soon as possible, so the power went up and the extra three transmitters we brought didn't get used. I gave Joe as many clues as much as I could without telling him where we were, I even told him the power we were using and the polarization of the vertical antenna. He even asked what the compass bearing was on the antenna which I referred as up. We wandered the streets with the rest of the South Park-e-uns hoping we would see vehicles with antennas protruding through the roofs, or in Dick's case through a PVC tube. Finally at 6:38 p.m. Joe and Greg drove by, saw the vertical, and pulled right into a parking spot. Next up was Bruce and his family driving east on Juniper, right past six t-hunters standing on the sidewalk. He came to the stop sign at Fern and continued driving down Juniper, then pulled over to the side of the road and stopped. The beam was turning back and forth when the transmitter started up. They then disappeared and showed up on 30th street going north. He slowed down and saw us, and then pulled into the parking lot. Meanwhile out of nowhere, Joe and Tony showed up going east on Juniper driving really slowly, sweeping the antenna at the same time the transmitter was on. We all waved and yelled at them to go to Venice Pizza and make room for everyone while we waited for the last hunter. We had no idea that South Park was having their yearly event which caused overcrowding of the streets. We saw Tom at the intersection at Fern and Juniper coming from the east. He stopped at the stop sign and then turned south for some reason. We waited for another 15 minutes and then we got a call from Tom on the hunt frequency explaining that the traffic was too much, and he decided take off. We called him back on the hunt frequency and told him to meet us at Venice Pizza. We took down the vertical antenna and headed out for chow. We heard over the hunt frequency that Venice had an hour wait, so Bruce suggested his afternoon watering hole in of all places, 44th and El Cajon Blvd. where the crime rate is higher than in El Cajon. We drove around the block and saw that most every parking spot was taken around Etna's pizza ( that block was a huge one)! We decided we had enough and headed home even though we really would have loved listening to all the stories of how easy the hunt was, but after a day in the sun at Del Mar hanging on to two golden retrievers, since 9:00 a.m. (listening to barking dogs competing for bragging rights for Doc diving and fetching) we decided to call it a day. You try picking up dog poop at the entrance to Fred Halls Fishing Tackle and boat show.
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