Mobile Test from Inside an Abandoned Mine

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KI6QBM, Feb 20, 2017.

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  1. KI6QBM

    KI6QBM Ham Member QRZ Page

    You might expect the results.
    The adventure of driving our off road trucks into this mine at night was a great thrill.
    As radio operators we were curious if our signal would bounce out of the mine with full power.
    Perhaps we were just radiating ourselves. The trip into the mountain was a unique experience to say the least.

    This is our video trail report.
    Enjoy...from Land Ops ARC

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  2. K6BFE

    K6BFE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice video!
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  3. KI6QBM

    KI6QBM Ham Member QRZ Page

    More pics from the video and images from inside the Reward mine in California

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  4. KI6QBM

    KI6QBM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the compliment and comment.
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  5. KJ6YOS

    KJ6YOS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey Chris, that looks like it was a lot fun. Were you able to get any tracks recorded on your GPS while in the mine?
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  6. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

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  7. N6NLX

    N6NLX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wished you hadn't told the name of the mine.. I had driven it a few years ago and am glad to see it is still open. The BLM has a nasty habit of caging these old mines up deeming them dangerous. A lot of them are. This one is a very easy drive and easy to find.
    By keeping the names secret reduces the traffic to the sites and less likely to be caged or blasted. The people that are out exploring will still find it. It just makes it a little more challenging.

    Cool video. Looks like you had fun. There's a lot of exploring to be had up in that area.
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  8. K0YQ

    K0YQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great video and looks like a blast. I need to post a pic of my FJ80 on my bio page. Thanks for posting!
  9. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    What fun, it looks like my type of an adventure. HF antennas on my Jeep would have to come off!!
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2017
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  10. VO1VXC

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    "Leaky Feeder" is the antenna system used to communicate between underground and the surface. This abandoned mine had no Positive air flow from the Vent Raise, you guys took quite the chance with multiple vehicles and the possibility of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and i saw no personal Air Quality Monitoring... Sorry to be the downer but Safety first people!
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