Fox Hunt UPDATE
The Hunt will consist of a total of three transmitters. The first FOX will be Me, KJ4CTZ sitting in my car somewhere in a 35 square mile search area. This should be very easy FOX to find. The neat thing about this first FOX is that we will be using the 146.970 repeater for the Hunt. Why would we do this? Let me explain further;
Suppose there was someone causing harmful interference on this repeater. Well we would like to find that person and when we do (well use your imagination here).
I KJ4CTZ, will NOT be causing any interference but you will focus on my transmissions on the input frequency of the repeater in order to find me. (146.370 is the input frequency). I will begin my transmissions with my call sign followed by a phrase for example: KJ4CTZ "I am the FOX" then I will just continue with a normal conversation with one or more amateurs (maybe even one of you guys/gals. Just remember you must listen on the input (not the output or you will find the repeater (FAIL!)).
This is you cue to focus on my transmission to get a bearing on my signal (**Note a compass & pen will be handy). My transmission will be somewhat short (15-30 seconds) and then I will wait and begin a new transmission again with KJ4CTZ "I am the FOX" and this will repeat. Other amateurs will be talking with me and if you hear their transmissions you must ignore them or you will be lead in the wrong direction and may not find me.
The Hunt will begin at 2PM and all participants should check in using the 146.970 repeater between 1:45PM and 2PM.
The use of the repeater for this hunt will not be more that 60 minutes total time. When the time expires (3PM) I will announce my position and if you had not already found me you can drive to this location and begin hunting for FOX #2. This one will be more challenging as it is very small and well camouflaged. It will be within walking distance of FOX #1 (me). If you find FOX #2 and would like a really tough challenge, ask me where to start looking for FOX #3. I promise you, this one will be tough and if you find it, I will be impressed and you will feel well accomplished.
ALL FOX HUNTing activity will cease at 5PM.
Honestly, I expect many participants to find FOX #1 within 20 minutes or less. FOX #2 Maybe about the same for some and may take new hounds much longer. FOX #3, well I truly hope someone finds this as they will have bragging rights!!!
I look forward to this Hunt and I know that we will have great participation as many have already confirmed.
If you do not have an YAGI antenna and an HT radio, feel free to team up with someone who does. You may work as a team. (Yes Jimmy, you can even use your Doppler unit if you want to).
Just have fun, learn, be safe and when you find a FOX, move away like you didn't find it as other hounds may still be looking and be close to you.
More details about the hunt, a Map with boundary's and some hints are included in the attachment to this email.