L A U R E L A M A T E U R R A D I O S O C I E T Y
Fox Hunt and Fall Picnic -- September 21, 2002
LARS FOXHUNT on 21 September 2002
The day dawned cloudy and wet, thunderstorms
were forecast and it was drizzling off and on. One is wondering
how many hunters would turn out to hear a wet fox barking? As
I drove into London, some more ideas for hiding the fox were
Jim, N4ICU, Fox put together some two-volt, four amp-hour
gel-cells and obtained some seriously long run time for the FOX.
The packaging this month for the Icom IC-2AT, FOX Controller, dynamite
wire antenna and batteries consisted of a foam hamburger box, three
compartment foam plate box and a genuine Cap'n D's plastic bag.
The radio, 9-volt battery and controller went into the
divided box and the gel-cells went into the hamburger box. These
heavy boxes were gently placed into the bag.
The FOX's den was between Doug's Reliable Motors and
AutoZone and in front of Dollar General in north London. There is
this telephone pole with guy wires and two posts and a storm
drain in the middle. The grass, twigs and other detritus collect in
a pile, so into this trash pile the loudly barking FOX filled bag is
Time was 10AM, location was N 37 degrees and 8.391 minutes,
W 84 degrees and 5.902 minutes, altitude was 1222 feet amsl.
Jim announced on 147.18 that the FOX part of the foxhunt is active;
then heard nothing for ten minutes. Ah-ha, last time they used
147.285 to co-ordinate, tuning there I heard some familiar call signs.
10:00 FOX started barking
10:11 Heard Rodney KG4LKY tell someone to head
10:12 Leland KE4FGL announced he was heading out
10:16 Rodney called Steven KG4LLB
10:39 Peewee KF4ZUX called Christy KG4PIJ and/or
Jessica KG4KBW, informing her that he was
still at work and wondering if IT was found yet.
10:52 Leland was just seen going north on Main Street
10:53 Peter KJ4ND was just seen going north on Main Street
10:54 Leland and Peter pulled into the shopping center
across the street
10:56 Rodney and Peter are still trying to cross the
street to get to this side.
10:57 Peter just drove all the way around me and
didn't see me!
10:58 Peter getting out with DF gear, Leland parks
and sees me.
10:59 Stanley KD4ERF shows up with his camera!
Parks beside me.
11:00 Peter taking readings
11:04 Eddie KG4LFZ is walking around searching
for the FOX
11:05 Eddie looking hard at the dynamite wire sticking
out of the bag, FOUND FOX!
11:06 Leland Found FOX, Brian KG4DIO shows here
11:07 Peter Found FOX, Brian Found FOX
11:08 Rodney is in front of Radio World, we hide
11:09 Rodney and Jessica have shown up here
11:11 Rodney and Jessica in DF'ing front of
AutoZone going toward Food Fair.
11:16 Rodney and Jessica walked within 20 feet
of FOX and kept on going.
11:20 Rodney walking around a truck, getting closer
11:21 Jessica walked within 3 feet of FOX and
11:22 Jessica Found FOX
11:24 Steven and Christy just showed up
11:28 Steven and Christy walked within 20 feet of FOX
11:29 Steven and Christy are hunting between cars
in Doug's lot
11:30 Rodney almost stepped on the FOX! Had to
step over IT to miss it, kept looking up as he
kept on walking and looking up at the flags
hanging on the wire around the car lot.
11:36 Rodney Found the FOX!!!!!!
11:40 FOX was hushed up and the hunting group
headed to Levi Jackson Park for the
LARS Fall Picnic
While waiting on the hunters to arrive, I moved the car
to several locations in the parking lot trying to keep vehicles
between the street and myself. The drizzle came and went which
gave the FOX bag the appearance of lying there longer than it
really did. The new battery system worked great, still looks
good for another two hours or more.
For your curiosity to be satisfied, the location of the
PICNIC was W 37 degrees, 5.030 minutes, N 84 degrees, 2.857
minutes and 1198 feet amsl.
........ 73 & God Bless
Jim, BJ, N4ICU, Fox, Arctic Fox, Sneaky Fox, Wet Pelt Fox, Tricky Fox …
The Great L.A.R.S. Fox Hunt of September 21, 2002
By: Peter Rock KJ4ND, one of the hounds
The day started off rainy , and I wasn't sure how that would
affect the foxhunt and more so for the picnic, but when Linda KB4HDM
called me , I said we would try to go ahead with our plans for the picnic .
When 10 am rolled around I was listening for the fox on 147.550,
and briefly heard him and announced on the repeater that I had heard
the fox. Then when I tried to get a fix on him, I could no longer hear
the fox. I turned my beam around several times to no avail.
After a few minutes the fox could be heard by Brian KG4DIO
who reported it at 12 degrees (NNE), and also by Eddie KG4LFZ who
had him about 15 degrees. I don't think that anyone else heard the
fox at time. Brian had heard him on his horizontally polarized
antenna; and mine is only vertically polarized, which makes a big
difference. I next tried to plot these on the map and they were almost
parallel. So I could not really make a good estimate where the fox
was, except to the northeast.
I even spent several minutes connecting several connectors
together to see if I could get a signal off the TV antenna which is
horizontally polarized, but no luck.
So I headed over to the old Wal-Mart, and most of the "hounds"
were there. On the way over I only heard the fox signal briefly.
When I was crossing over I-75, it barely broke the squelch.
Over at Wal-Mart I could not hear the fox on the mobile radio,
so I took out this 2x2 pole I had put together for such an occasion.
Stan has a good picture of it on this site. Eddie helped hold it while
we turned it around to try to hear the fox. We could barely hear
the fox, and it did not register any "bars" on the signal meter. But
we could hear difference in the loudness of the signal, and got a
reading of about 25 degrees (NNE) at the Wal-Mart parking lot.
So then we all got in our vehicles, and started out. I figured
we needed another reading north of there, and was deciding
between going up to the next exit (41) or going through town,
and decided to do the latter. Eddie KG4LFZ was with me and
helped to watch the signal strength. The signal was very weak
at first, and I turned onto Mill street, headed North. When we
turned onto Main Street at 16th Street, the signal jumped way
up , and as we approached the area near Radio World, it was
full scale with the attenuator on . So I thought it might be in
the parking lot on the left by Kroger's. We turned in there to
get a reading. Leland was also checking around the same
area. I had to tune off the frequency since it was so strong,
and got a reading directly across Main Street. So we got back
in my mini-van, and crossed over into the parking lot by
Food Fair. It was even stronger there. I circled around the lot,
and then stopped for a reading. I saw Jim N4ICU around that
time, and Leland was also hunting. I got one reading that was
toward Radio World, but as we went that way , the signal
was less, and I moved to a different part of the parking lot,
and got a direction that points toward the car lot area, and
parked next to there. Eddie got out and was DF'ing on foot
and I tried another reading which was to my left toward
some telephone poles on my left.
At that time Eddie was over there, and found it.
Then Leland and I found it next.
It was a great camouflage with the fox hid in a
Captain D's plastic bag, with only a tiny wire sticking up
through the top. And being placed where it was near
other sticks and the storm drain, it completely blended in.
So, it was a good hunt, and Jim did a great job
hiding the fox.
Looking back on the headings we got initially, Brian's
was right on, and Eddie's was only a little off .
Looking foward to the next hunt ...