As you may know one of my hobbies is geocaching. Doing this hobby only for about a year and a half my finds have increase on a daily basis. This specific cache you are currently reading will be my first experiment mystery cache and I figured what better topic to do it on than my other hobby, which I recently got into in April of 07. That hobby is the world of Amateur radio. With thousands of licensed operators, this hobby gives a licensed individual the opportunity to communicate with someone in their town, the next city, state, or even country. Amateur radio operators have also communicated with astronauts as they were on missions in outer space. In order to find this cache, you will need to answer a few simple questions, that of which an "entry-level technician" class operator would be required to also know in order to be issued a license by the FCC.
NOTE: THE CACHE IS NOT AT THE LISTED COORDINATES!!!
1. What year was the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) founded. Call it “ABCD”
2. How Many different Amateur Radio Class Licenses are available as of date (9/17/07)? Call it “E”
3. With a technician class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above “XX” Megahertz. What two numbers will fill in the blank. Call it “FG”
4. With a technician class license, you have the ability to transmit on several bands such as 2 meter, 6 meter, 10 meters, 40 meters, and 80 meters. Each of these bands has a different frequency allocation assigned to them. In the very popular 2 Meter band, what is the lowest frequency an operator can legally verbally transmit on. Call it “HIJ.K”
To find the cache location, complete the following arethmatic, there is NO implied multiplication.
N=D(E+I)(B-E-F-K)(I+J).(E+K) (D+F+K) (B+10+D-17)
Bring your own pen!
You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com.
Congratulations to sciuchetti for being FTF.