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Fox Hunt Results – Fall 2018

Folks,

We had a quite successful Fox Hunt Saturday morning Oct. 13. The hunt started on schedule at the Webster Recreation parking lot (formerly the Xerox Recreation Association). Despite overnight rain and the dire forecast for more, the weather was quite acceptable with no rain and even a little sun towards the end of the hunt. We had four teams participating. The foxes were along the Birdsong Trail just north of  North Ponds Park, in the Phillips Road Baseball Park, in the Basket Road Baseball Park, and in the goal at the northern most soccer field in Kent Park.

The hunt masters expected that the baseball fields would prove difficult because they are little known parks not on many maps and also because there is only one relatively inconspicuous entrance to each. That is not how things worked out.

The most difficult fox to find turned out to be in the soccer goal. Most hunters searched first in the adjacent arboretum which is not connected to Kent Park. Once in Kent Park, having the fox in plain sight in the middle of the field seems to have confused several hunters who were convinced that it had to be along the tree line.

The hunt was scheduled to end at 11:30 but was extended to 12:30 to allow more teams to find all four foxes which three teams did.

After the hunt we assembled for lunch at Mama Lor’s Cafe on Old Ridge Rd at the corner of County Line Rd where awards were distributed.

The first team to each fox received 10 points, the second team 9 points, etc. The winners were:

First Place with a score of 38 points – Ned Asam (W2NED), Vince
Burolla (W2VAB), and Gregory Asam

Second Place with a score of 37 points – John Ceci (N2XV), Alex
Ceci (KD2SVT), and Brian Donovan (K2AS)

Third Place with a score of 33 points – Paul Kurrasch, KC2GTO

The next hunt will be next Spring with the first place winners as hunt
masters.

73 and hope you can join the next hunt,

Bob Karz, K2OID

Fall 2018 Fox Hunt

! RAIN or SHINE !

We’re having our fall Fox Hunt next Saturday, October 13 at 9:00AM. Pat Welch (KD2PER) and I (K2OID) will be the hunt masters. Current plans are for a four fox hunt with all four foxes able to be heard from the starting location. The foxes may be found in any order. Each Fox will have numbered tickets. Be sure to take the highest number ticket from each. Your score will be the sum of the numbers on your tickets.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

We hope to see you on the 13th.

73 – Bob, K2OID

Here are the details:

Preload you HT!
Fox Frequencies:
Fox #1, 146.565MHz
Fox #2, 144.280MHz
Fox #3, 145.650MHz
Fox #4, 147.500MHz

Announcing the XRX Radio Club Fall Fox Hunt Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 The XRX Radio club’s annual Fall Fox Hunt (radio direction finding) is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th. The hunt will start from the Webster Recreation Center parking lot, 1350 Chiyoda Drive in Webster. Please check the club website (xarc.us/) for any last minute updates. Registration is 9:00AM with the hunt to begin at approximately 9:30AM. The planned contest run time is between 9:30 and 11:30 with lunch and awards at a local restaurant to follow.
The hunt is free (except for lunch) and open to all amateur’s regardless of club affiliation or previous experience. Most of us hunt in teams of two or three. Many teams (including the winners of the last hunt) aren’t formed until the day of the hunt. Novice hunters will be linked up with experienced hunters if they wish. If you’re new to foxhunting, all you need to get started is a radio capable of receiving 2 meters. Fox hunting is challenging and fun. We hope you can join us.

Troubleshooting a FT-1000MP Loss of Receive Problem

A YouTube Channel I watch regularly. This is a good example of one of his typical videos. He is German, speaking in English, and it is a bit slow moving at times. I usually speed it up to 1.25 X normal speed. This is an excellent example of his methodical troubleshooting techniques to narrow down the problem – even on a modern type radio. No real special equipment used in this video. A multimeter is the main tool, but a signal generator is used, and a scope briefly, but really not necessary.

Maybe you might find it interesting.

Field Day Fireworks

Field Day 2018

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