Wacky Night in June Foxhunt Staring Sheila the Fox
- The Wacky Night in June Fox Hunt is this coming Tuesday. Sheila Bosscher, our fox again, says that she has found the perfect spot to hide. Her challenge, "Betcha you can't find me!!!" WE WILL SEE....
We found her last time parked behind a two-ton steel trash container in a fancy upper-crest residential neighborhood. Once again, she has sealed hints in envelopes for us, so bring a full set of encyclopedias along. (Did you know who said "go west young man - go west."?)
All the rules as well as Sheila's special instructions are posted on the http://www.MichiganFoxHunter.com web site. If you want me to email a copy to you, just send a request to Mike@....
This is going to be a good one guys --- you won't want to miss it!
The hunt starts at 7:00 sharp from the Holland Amateur Radio Club parking lot. Come at 6:00 if you have any questions, we will do our best to get you going.
Everyone is welcome, no fees, no license required, no membership required -- we hope to see you in the hunt! The more people we have hunting, the better chance we have of finding the fox.
- And for those of you who can't get to a web page before June 15, a direct quote from the "Vixen":
Details from the Fox Den
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Hunt.
All hunters, hunter wannabees, relative strangers, and strange relatives are invited to participate. You don’t need to be a ham or a club member. If you don’t have fox hunting equipment yet, this is your chance to learn from someone else or at least from someone else’s mistakes. It’s free and it’s great fun!! What more could you ask?
On Tuesday, June 15, hunters and any other interested parties will start gathering at the parking lot of the Ken Groom Technical and Training Center, 280 East 8th Street, Holland at about 6:45 p.m. to check equipment, sort out who’s riding with whom, take beginning odometer readings, and taunt each other mercilessly. The hunt will begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end at 9:00 p.m. or when all hunters have found the Fox. In other words, the hunt will end at 9:00 p.m.
Any type of direction finding equipment may be used, but Doppler users will compete only against each other and will not be eligible for the Grand Prize...if there is one. The Fox will be hiding within an eight mile radius of the clubhouse. The Fox will remain either in, or in the vicinity of, the vehicle in a spot that will be either publicly or privately owned, but will not be posted for trespassing and will not require an admission fee, passport, or DNA sample for entry. In fact, leaving DNA samples is strictly forbidden.
The geeky stuff you’ve been waiting for - the Fox will use a robofox, transmitting one minute on, two minutes off at 145.53 using a vertically polarized whip antenna and the frequency and power won’t vary. Some assembly required and batteries not included…yeah, whatever.
Clues will be available as before. The winner of the hunt will be the person or team whose vehicle puts on the lowest number of miles finding the Fox. In case of a tie, the person or team who found the Fox first will be deemed the winner. To “find” the Fox, one person from the team must identify him/herself to the Fox by name and call sign and give the Fox the final odometer reading.
If a team finds the Fox, they will be given further instructions regarding where to go and what to do when they get there. (The Fox really enjoys that part.) Teams that don’t find the Fox should just backtrack down their own trail of abject defeat and humiliation, or radio for directions to the same site. The post hunt gathering will feature the usual toasting to the winners and roasting of the uh…non-winners.
Safety first. All traffic rules and regulations must be obeyed. Anyone who is fatally injured during the hunt will be automatically disqualified from the competition, but will still meet the qualifications to be the Fox for future hunts.
Be careful out there, good luck, have fun!! Betcha you can’t find me!!!
K8AJ, The Vixen (That’s what a female fox is called…glad it’s not a dog hunt.)