The XARC Spring Fox Hunt will be held…
- On Saturday, May 11.
- We will meet at 9:00AM for registration and instructions.
- At the Perinton Community Center on Turk Hill Rd.
- Plan to gather at the north end of the north most parking lot.
- The hunt will begin at 9:30 am
The hunt will feature multiple 2 meter FoxMitters (hidden transmitters), all on different frequencies. All FoxMitters will be able to be heard from the Community Center parking lot, and will be within a 5 mile radius of the start point.
All you really need is a 2 meter handheld. If this is your first
hunt, we can arrange for you to go with a more experienced hunter.
The goal is to have fun. Plan to join the hunters for lunch after the hunt — usually at about 12:30. The location for the lunch will be announced.
See you there…
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In the late 80s and much of the 90s, the Rochester VHF Group sponsored a local club competition to spur activity in the ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes contest. XARC participated for several years, and won the local club competition several times, including 3 years in a row, finally retiring the “Rochester Cup” in 1996.
Though doing so well in the local club competition was a highlight, maybe the most impressive feat was winning the ARRL Gavel for the Medium Club Category in 1993. Only 3 clubs outscored us in the Unlimited category, placing us fourth in the country. We had 37 participants, and likely the most serious of our VHF/UHF active members gave their scores to the Rochester VHF Group.
Here is a screen capture of the results in QST from the June 1993 issue:
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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
73 and hope you can join the next hunt,
Bob Karz, K2OID
! 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:
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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.
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