French Regional Park drop
|Cliff E. French Regional Park drop|
Following a message mentioning this drop, we were able to call a visitor's center for the park and recruit several members to search for the item. Initially there were delays and false-stops, but the drop was finally found to their success.
On July 2nd 2014 a message on Agent Code 16041 was received on the Agent System which was decoded to read:
/DROP5/OTP DROP KEY REPLACEMENT/45.023199/-93.434054/NOTES/SIGN/NOTES/SLEDDING/
This drop appears to be a replacement item for the missing Grand_Canyon_trail_drop item.
|Drop item name||Drop item condition||Drop item status||Location||Notes|
|Index card (French Park)||Unknown||Received||Adah||None|
GROUP 1 AF 3F 83 25 9E 23 E8 A5 73 02 22 AA D5 02 B7 45 79 88 B5 80 E6
This message was later combined with the above mentioned drop message to yield another partial message. The ruler message was 19 bytes long and the index card is 21 bytes long, meaning that this decode doesn't use 2 bytes. However, it's undeniable there are readable numbers in the message...
OtpXor clued is in to this hidden message when running a quick scan for cleartext
C:\Users\Crash>otpxor s C:\Users\Crash\Desktop\card.bin C:\Users\Crash\Desktop\ruler.bin | ..m..00375 499.974 @ 0x00000001 (13 Readable)
After some transcription changes to the two messages were made, we had a more suitable way to decode them:
input: AF.3F 83 25 9E 23.E8 A5 73 02 22 AA D5 02 B7.45.79 88 B5 80 E6 9e 0b A8 6b be 14 d8 95 40 35 17 8a e1 3b 8e 72 40 bf 81 __ __ output: 31 34 2B 4E 20 37 30 30 33 37 35 20 34 39 39 37 39 37 34 __ __
Result and discussion
Combined with the other drop the ultimate result is the following message:
14+N 700375 4997974
And two bytes (80 E6) unused from the index card.
There has been some discussion that because the previous drops mentioned "DROP KEY" "DROP LOCATIONS" that this message are the UTM coordinates for a third drop.
The UTM Coordinates 14/700375/4997974 give us the long/lat coordinates 45.1068281235952, -96.4529240508186, a very specific location near a strange crop formation on the SD/MN border (and not far from the Black Oak Lake Cemetery drop).
See Milbank field drop for more information on this new location.