JOTA Jamboree On The Air 2017 Demonstration Day 10/21/2017

Posted by   N6SZO

Hiders

Joe Loughlin KE6PHB

Joe Corones N6SZO


Place

Driver

 

Navigator

Passenger

Time Finished
1 Joe Loughlin KE6PHB   Joe Corones N6SZO N/A 17:30

Transmitter Data

Number

Transmitter Power

Antenna Type

Polarization

Heading

1 0.25 Watts Rubber Duck Vertical 0 Degrees
2 0.25 Watts Rubber Duck Vertical 0 Degrees
3 0.25 Watts Rubber Duck Vertical 0 Degrees
5 0.25 Watts Rubber Duck Vertical 0 Degrees
6 0.25 Watts Rubber Duck Vertical 0 Degrees

Remarks

+óGé¼GǦThe S. D. T-Hunt Group's participation at the 60th. Annual Jamboree on the Air at Camp Balboa on October 21st, 201+óGé¼GǦ consisted of Joe, KE6PHB, Dick, WB6ZAM & Mary Lou, Tom, N2TEN, and his son Daniel, KM6BXP and Joe, N6SZO. We were assisted by two volunteers from the Palomar Amateur Radio Club, Glen, AI6RR and Keith, MK6CXW who had volunteered to help in order to learn a little about T-hunting. Joe, KE6PHB and I arrived at Camp Balboa about 7:30 with a carload of equipment and began to set things up inside a Hogan. We put up our distinctive S.D, T-Hunt Banner that we had borrowed from Bill, W6ZM. Glen, Joe and I looked at the compound map and decided how we wanted to space out the 5 different micro-fox T's (numbered T-1 thru T-5) that Joe had programmed for this hunt, all on different 2-M frequencies. Once those were up and running we went back to get sniffers ready for the Scouts to use. We attached some rather bulky rotary attenuators and an assortment of HT's to 4 of the antennas and had a 4-MHZ offset attenuator on the 5th sniffer. We decided that with one of setup's they would get 2.0 units of PE credit just for being able to carry it around for 10 minutes. While we were doing that Glenn and Keith set up a log-in sheet so we could get some type of order to the anticipate controlled chaos that we normally experience with Boy Scout events such as this. This turned out to be a very good way to get the Scouts through the process as there were other events happening all over the camp so if they were at our station and all the sniffers were out they could sign in and come back later when they had time to do the hunt. We had color coded all the hidden T's with different color electrical tape so when they checked out to find the hidden T they had to come back and tell us what color they saw on the transmitter. We also had the sniffers tagged with a number for that particular T and so we knew what color they should be reporting that they found when they returned. This system worked well and we managed to cycle through 50 groups of Scouts (more than 100 in all) from about 9:30 to 5:00. About the time the first group showed up T-4 seemed to be acting erratic, a carrier but no audio so Joe," KE6PHB went over and replaced it with one of our ""Backup T's"" designated as T-6. That worked for the rest of the day just fine. We only had two back-ups so we hoped that nothing else failed during the exercise. As usual with the Scouts some would come in to check out a sniffer and brag that they had all ready found a couple of the T's by seeing other Scouts find them so we had to choose a T that was one that they had not found just to keep them honest! Tom", Daniel, Dick, Joe and I were all assisting groups to get them started. We eventually got Glenn and Keith up to speed and they were out at times also. Most of the time we would stay with them until they located the transmitter. A few came back to try again, they really enjoyed this activity. One mom drover her son over late in the day just because she had heard that we were doing this activity. We had a few adults that were interested enough in taking one of our Tri-Folds for future reference and considering a Ride-a-long on a Saturday night hunt some time.... time will tell if they make good on it?We were packing up about 5:30 when Greg, W6BAF called and said the hunt that was in progress was almost over and wanted to know if Joe and I were coming down to Chula Vista (conveniently out of bounds) for dinner with the rest of the hunters. We finished packing and since we were all ready in Downtown San Diego headed for El Patio in Chula Vista to hear lies and excuses on the hunt that we had just missed from Cliff, N5BXE, the hider, Claudia, Robin, KM6HKS, Bruce, K6AUW, Greg, W6BAW, Bill, W6ZM, Dick, WB6ZAM, Mary Lou and Bryan, KI6DUR. Fairly good Mexican food and cold beer, a good way to end the day. Then...a funny thing happened on the way back, we had the radio on the hunt frequency and when we pulled in the Zoo parking lot by Joe's car we started hearing a signal like a dead carrier. We thought it might have been one of the micro-foxes in the back of the car that suddenly came on. We checked them out an it was not any of them? Got out a sniffer and the signal pointed towards the Zoo entrance, we drove down aways and it disappeared so we got out with the sniffer again, now it was coming from the direction we just came from. We backtracked to one of the parking lot street lights and stopped there to check again. Pointing the sniffer up at the pole we got a high reading. We could not tell due to the bright lights on the pole if the transformer that was up there was connected to anything or not but something up there was definitely throwing out a signal on 146.565. Home, unload, shower, bed...end of a good day!60th. JOTA is now history.Joe N6SZO & Joe KE6PHB
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