Monday, May 20, 2013

Fox Hunt Report from Mr Grumpy Crooked Fence Ranch

The May 18th Fox Hunt yielded lots of fun for participants John WB4MAK, Greg N4KGL, Cody KK4NAJ, Rick NZ2I, Phil KK4DWI, Bob KK4DIV, Bob WB8PAF. Mr. Grumpy and his son Gene hid the three foxes or was it bunnies out on the acreage. Bob KK4DIV found two bunnies. Greg N4KGL was so close if it was a snake it would have bit him. But no cigar. Rick NZ2I was the dark horse entry as he was only using an HT and he scored a bunny. Excuse the cliches! This cadre of hunters are looking forward to future fox hunting events with the club. We hope to involve the scouts this year.

The gathering was also an opportunity to do a pre-test of the Hex Beam for Field Day See the details at Blog

gathering for instructions

John WB4MAK, Greg N4KGL, Cody KK4NAJ, Rick NZ2I, Phil KK4DWI, Bob KK4DIV, Bob WB8PAF, Marv KK4DKT

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fox Hunt at Mr. Grumpy's Crooked Fence Ranch May 18 10 AM

This will be an on foot affair rather than on vehicles. Three foxes will be on 146.580.  Each fox will have a distinctive tone pattern. They will identify in code as W4RYZ/1, W4RYX/2 and W4RYZ/3.  The foxes will transmit in different time slots we hope but the cycle time is the same for all. Teams are allowed but only one person can hold the hunt equipment at a time. Gather in front of the trailer with your gear at 10:00 for final instructions and to register your team. The hunt will start at 10:10 and will end when all foxes are found or noon whichever comes first. Spectators are allowed but cannot aid in hunting. Please be aware of horses and electric fences on the site. GOOD LUCK. All are welcome to come out and may bring a portable radio set up if they like.

The ranch is home of Don Cornelius KK4DWC and is located just North of Southport, Florida on Hwy 388 East. You head north on Hwy 77 and turn right on Hwy 388 just 7 miles north of the Baily Bridge in Lynn Haven. We are about 1.2 miles down on the left. Look for the sign. Click here for a map.  There are horses on the ranch and if you are interested in horses contact Don's Son Gene Corneilus at Lazy-C-Ranch

There many options for fox hunting. The minimum equipment is a 2 meter HT or scanner. Directional antennas and attenuators can be home-brewed or purchased. Your committee is Greg N4KGL, Don KK4DWC, Phil KK4DWI and Bob KK4DIV.Transmitter hunting (also known as T-hunting, fox hunting, bunny hunting, and bunny chasing), is an activity wherein participants use radio direction finding techniques to locate one or more radio transmitters hidden within a designated search area. This activity is most popular among amateur radio enthusiasts, and one organized sport variation is known as amateur radio direction finding.