Posting from N1TUP [CTFoxhunter] Foxhunt Reminder
- Fox hunters,you may be interested in this posting by Paul Gibson, N1TUP, manager of the annual New Years Day Foxhunt near Manchester, Connecticut. In the past, their New Years Day Hunts have been very successful. You can see pictures of past hunts on their Yahoo Page at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ctfoxhunter/This is the group that first brought my attention to the "FoxBox" built into an ammo box. They are also doing an interesting "2-week" hunt in the summer that we may try.Another interesting thing they are doing is having the fox transmit on the input frequency of their local repeater. That way it is easy for everyone to listen-in and follow the hunt. (Good PR for the next time.)The following is their posting about tomorrow's Annual New Years Day Hunt. Paul is very helpful in promoting out fox hunting efforts. I am sure he would answer any questions you have.----- Original Message -----From: Paul GibsonSent: Friday, December 31, 2010 12:40 PMSubject: [CTFoxhunter] Foxhunt Reminder
Just a reminder of the annual New Years Day foxhunt to be held beginning
at 1 pm, January 1, 2011.
We will gather at the Wapping Elementary School, 91 Ayers Road, South
Windsor, CT. The roll call of foxhunters will begin at 1 pm. Most
hunters arrive in advance of the starting time to allow for set-up and
getting acquainted with each other. The fox will not be transmitting
prior to the start time but hunters will be on the 145.11 MHz repeater,
PL 77.0 Hz if anyone needs assistance.
The fox will be making all transmissions on the repeater listed above.
Please listen to the input frequency 144.51 MHz while taking your
headings. Listening to the output frequency will just lead you to the
repeater location, and the fox will not be there. The same repeater is
used for information sharing between hunters and any fixed based
stations which may choose to participate.
Sharing of information is encouraged but not required. We do ask that
once you have spotted the fox, you discontinue all further
transmissions. Listen carefully to the communications as much of it
will prove helpful. If someone says they are going to checkout say a
particular school and you never hear from them again, they either found
the fox, or drove off the edge of the earth. Foxes frequently lie or
provide meaningless information, it is unusual for the hunters who are
functioning as a team to mislead the rest of the team.
The actual hunt time is usually about an hour so dress to be comfortable
during the driving part of the hunt. We then socialized outdoors at the
foxes den for about an hour so. This may include standing on packed
snow, given the recent weather event, so please dress to be comfortable
for this part of the hunt as well.
This is a fun event, please drive carefully. Experience has shown that
the winner (first one in) usually has driven the fewest miles. Working
carefully and following the signal is a better approach than running
around checking out spots you "think" the fox might be. The fox may ask
for your starting odometer reading during initial check-in. The last
three digits including tenths is sufficient or zero if you are resetting
a trip odometer.
Have fun, be safe, and we will see you at the den with some nice hot
soup and other refreshments.