Fox Hunting — September 17, 2022

BCRA Fox Hunt — September 17th, 2022

When:
09/17/2022
10:00am to 2:30pm

Where:
5 mile radius from 25 Church St, Swansea MA — ONLY a 5 mile radius from our usual club meeting location.

Organizer: Skip Denault kb1cnb@bcra.club 774-644-3469

NOTICE NEW DETAILS BELOW WITH A NEW CHALLENGE! —  The radius is only 5 miles from the center point.

* Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm  — check-in starts at 9:45 am on the BCRA repeater, 145.150 MHz PL 123

* Location: The Foxes will be located within a 5 – mile radius from 25 Church St, Swansea MA
 A five-mile radius from our usual club meeting location.
 (41.724190, -71.202080).

* Fox1 will activate at 10:00 am on 146.565 MHz FM 

  Fox2 will activate at 10:02:30 on 146.430 MHz FM 

After the Fox Hunt, participants, friends, and anyone interested will have the option to gather at a nearby restaurant for food and refreshments.  There is no obligation, but many members have indicated an interest in gathering post Fox Hunt to discuss the event and see how everyone made out.  You will be notified of the restaurant’s location when you find the final Fox or at 2:30 PM. 

Communications with “Fox Control” can all be done over the BCRA repeater, including checking in when you have found the fox. You may also speak with us in the control vehicle using physical distancing if you wish.

There will be TWO foxes – one manned by KB1CNB, Skip, and one by N1KJS, Kevin. When you find one of the foxes, you will get a hint to help you find the second (if you want!).

Check-ins will begin at 9:45 am on the BCRA repeater, 145.150 MHz PL 123. Chat and help on the repeater also.

The Fox1 will activate at 10:00 am on 146.565 MHz FM, and Fox2 at 10:02:30 on 146.430 MHz FM with a 5-watt signal, and both will transmit 1 minute of tone followed by Morse Code ID and 4 minutes of silence. As the hunt progresses we may increase the transmission times – that will be announced on the BCRA repeater. The hunt will last until 2:30 pm or until all checked-in participants have found the transmitters, whichever comes first.

The Foxes will be located within a  5 – mile radius from 25 Church St, Swansea MA,  (41.724190, -71.202080). A five-mile radius from our usual club meeting location.

The Fox1 (in Skip’s vehicle, a blue/grey Jeep Commander marked BCRA) will be in a public place and be manned at all times. When you have found the fox, your time and order of arrival will be recorded, and a personalized certificate will be emailed to each participant.

The Fox2 (in Kevin’s vehicle, a blue Toyota Tacoma marked BCRA) will be in a public place and be manned at all times. When you have found the fox, your time and order of arrival will be recorded.

Participants are encouraged to work in teams and are asked to drive carefully and observe all applicable guidelines, both from the FCC and the state & local governments. Since participants are receiving only (except for radio check-ins), an amateur radio license is not required.

Email questions to Skip at kb1cnb@bcra.club or text to 774-644-3469. After the hunt, your comments, impressions, and suggestions will be welcome!

Join us and have some good amateur radio fun!

LINKS

Homing in.com

ARRL’s ARDF Page

Amateur Radio Wiki

Tape Measure Yagi

DX-Zone 10 Antenna Plans