It’s time to get your radios ready for the GCARC Fall Fox Hunt! The air’s getting crisper, the leaves are changing, and what better excuse does one need than that to get out of the shack with some friends and family members to get in some outdoor Radiosport adventure at the same time?
This fall’s hidden transmitter fox hunt will be from 1-3pm on the afternoon of Saturday, October 18, 2014. Using your 2 meter hand held radio, or other device of your choosing, you will try and find a hidden transmitter by homing in on the strength of its periodic transmissions. Part navigating, part radio treasure hunting, part teamwork, and just plain fun, this is a family friendly radio club event that all members and their families are encouraged to team up and try and to participate in together. If you’ve never done one before, and even if you have, come on out to try this one – it should be lots of fun!
Teams participating check-in with the hunt coordinator on our club’s 2 meter repeater and will get various clues from the fox on that frequency as to where the transmitter might be hidden. If there are any teams still searching at the end of an hour, they’ll be talked in to the finish where the other teams will be waiting to exchange hunt stories with them near where the hidden transmitter had already been found.
If you want to set up a channel on your radio in advance, the hidden transmitter will operate on the generally recognized fox hunt simplex frequency of 146.565 (FM). When you get close, you can probably also hear it on 439.695 (the third harmonic) as well.
We’ll have the transmitter on display at the October club meeting if you want to check it out. Further details will be available via email and our web site as we get closer to the event date. Who are you going to team up to partner with for this event?