Somewhere in Gloucester County
GCARC Fox Hunt XV - Autumnal Pursuit
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 1300 to 1400 Hours
By Jim Wright, N2GXJ
Ever want to try something new with ham radio? Mark your calendars, here’s your chance! It is a hand-held radio version of “hide and seek”!
It is fall, and a great time to get out and get some fresh air. We were thinking, since the Eagles football game isn’t until later in the evening on this Sunday, October 20, why not give our members a chance to get out and have some fun with a Fall Fox Hunt from 1-2 pm this afternoon?
Fellow Club member, Mr. Vincenzo “Vinnie” Sallustio, N4NYY, will be the “fox” that will hide a transmitter for us “hounds” to find. What devious plan does he have in mind to try and stump us? We might have to work together as a “hunt pack” to find him!
For those that have not tried one of these fox hunts before, the idea is simple, and is quite fun. You can even bring the whole family along. It goes something like this…..
On Friday night, before the hunt, Vinnie will send an email to the Club reflector. In it, he will give directions that will narrow down search area we have to hunt in to something no larger than approximately 4 square miles, here in southern NJ. Then, by 1 pm on October 20, we drive into that area, and wait to hear from him on the W2MMD 2 Meter repeater (147.180 MHz PL Tone 131.8 Hz) asking for check-ins. Each car full of us will check in with him on the repeater, so that he’ll know who all is hunting, and can give clues if anyone gets lost. Then the transmitter is turned on, and the hunt begins!
By using a “warmer / colder” technique, where the signal is strongest when you are closer, and weaker when further away, or any technique of your choosing, the idea is to find the transmitter within an hour. If anyone is still searching after an hour, he’ll talk us all in using the Club’s repeater, so that all hunters will have the chance to meet up with him and laugh about our adventures!
The transmitter is a Byonics MicroFox 15. The hunt frequency is 146.565 MHz. The transmission mode is FM simplex. Hunters are encouraged to team up together, as it is a great event to partner up with non-ham family members who can help drive while you home-in on the signal using your radio.
So, who’s ready for a fun fall fox hunt! See you out there!
1+ Mile Radius