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XARC Spring Foxhunt Results

On Saturday May 12, the XARC hosted their annual spring fox hunt in Webster and Penfield NY. The hunt began at the Holt Road Wegmans, with three foxes being hidden. While it was pouring early that day, mother nature coooperated and the weather broke and we had a rain free hunt.  We had a fantastic turn out with 7 teams participating in the hunt!

Fox 1 (at .5 watts) was in Milton Case Park, in the village of Webster, which is a small and not easy to find park that takes up a small plot of real estate.

Fox 2 (at 6 watts) was hidden in the 1000 Acre Swap Preserve near the Penfield Ambulance Base. Due to the power of this fox, and the locations close proximity to Harris Whalen Park, many hunters spent some time in the Harris park before finding Fox 2 at the Swamp location.

Fox 3 (at .5 watts) was hidden in Rothfuss Park in Penfield.

After the final fox was found team members met at Hooligans East Side grill to enjoy some lunch and review the day.

  • Rookie Team honors went to the all rookie teams of:
    • Luke Hawley – KD2OJV and Paul Adamides KD2PII
    • Joe Merolillo – K2ZX, Mike Happell – W3MJH, Larry Brightenfield – W2LB, and Doug Bower – W2GT
  • Long Distance went to:
    • Bill Ackroyd WA2UFQ and his wife all the way up from Dryden, NY
  • First place went to:
    • John Dickason – N2JAC, Bob Karz, – K2OID, and Rookie Paw Welch – KD2PER
  • Secend went to Brian Donovan – K2AS, and Rookie Austin Chudyk -KD2OYZ
  • Third went to:
    • Rich Hull – K2RAH, and Fred Donahue – W3MUD

A special thanks goes to co-huntmasters K2WEK – Bill Kurrasch and KC2GTO – Paul Kurrasch for their hard work in getting the event setup and run.

Also, thanks to Joe Merolillo – K2ZX and the ROC City net guys for promoting the hunt on the 2 and 80 meter Sunday night and Wednesday night Roc City Net.

The next hunt will be hosted by the XARC in October of 2018. The the winners – Bob K., Jon D., and Pat W. get to organize and execute what will surely be an exciting event.

73, and happy hunting!

New Dual Band Fusion Transceiver

Another option for Fusion will be available soon.    The FTM-7250 looks like the single band FTM-3200 (2m) and FTM-3207 (70cm), but will operate both bands.  It is still waiting FCC acceptance, but expect it to run somewhere between $220 and $250.  The FTM-100 is $308 right now and has APRS capability.

More info at https://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=106&encProdID=A2FF443FFA7DE7C16072D3EBEC69D19A&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0

System Fusion News

The lower cost single band UHF 440 transceiver is now available. The FTM-3207 should be order-able from most retailers.
The interesting news is they have made this radio capable of controlling a Wires-X node. That is, from the front panel and microphone keypad, you can connect to a Wires-X node and connect to other nodes and rooms. This feature was not previously available on the lowest cost C4FM radios, the 2 meter FTM-3200 and FT-70 HT. But as of today, both of those radios are now upgrade-able with a firmware update.

All of these radios are under $200, and the FTM-3200 was going for $135 earlier this year.

The link below has a video on how it works on the UHF FTM-3207.

Put one of these on your gift to yourself list
-Brian K2AS