Due to the ongoing situation, there will be no spring Fox Hunt this year. Hoping for autumn. Stay tuned.
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…
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:
Preload you HT!
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.
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!
Due to family circumstances, we have had to cancel the Oct. 28 Fox Hunt.
The XRX Amateur Radio held our spring Fox Hunt on Saturday May 17th. The skies looked as if it might rain at any minute, but only a couple of short sprinkles were felt. Five teams took part in the hunt, with the only solo effort this time being Chris KC2VCK.
Four 2 meter FM transmitters were hidden for this hunt. Fox #1 was located off a trail in Gosnells Woods near Vosberg Road in West Webster. It was at the top of a ridge and surrounded by some deep gulleys and ended up being quite a challenge, even for experienced hunters. Fox #2 was running a bit more power, and was not too far away at Irondequoit Bay Marine Park. This site was not that difficult, as it was bounded by Irondequoit on one side and a road on the other, but the route coming from the other side of the bay is a bit roundabout. So to speak. Fox #3 was on a hill off Orchard Park Blvd in Irondequoit Bay Park West. Fox #4 was at the southern end of the bay, just a couple hundred yards into Lucien Morin Park, and conveniently located by McGregors.
First place went to the father and son duo of Bill Kurrasch K2WEK and Paul Kurrasch KC2GTO. 2nd place went to Jon Dickason N2JAC and Bob Karz K2OID. 3rd place went to Chris Warner KC2VCK.
Though this hunt ended up being more difficult than anticipated, I think every team found at least one fox, and probably learned what not to do next time! See you again this autumn.
The XARC Fall Fox Hunt was held Saturday, October 15 – starting in cool weather but finishing to a perfect warm and sunny fall day. Contestants met at the Penn Fair Plaza parking lot in Penfield and left promptly at 9:30 in search for the first of three hidden radio transmitters. The relatively easy first fox was located in nearby Fellows Road Park. The second fox was located in the little known Howell Road Park with the last fox located near the Canal Trail near Wayneport Road bridge. The third fox presented a challenge since it was located in a depression behind the High Acres Landfill which just happens to be one of the highest points in Monroe County. The landfill is also surrounded by a high mesh metal fence that created reflections and shielding when contestants were in route from the Howell Road to Wayneport Road areas.
The scoring was 10 through 1 points per fox with 10 points awarded to the first contestant to locate each fox. Brian (K2AS) finished first with a perfect 30/30 score with Paul (KC2GTO) a close second at 26/30. Bob (K2OID) finished third at 17/30.
At noon, with some contestants still in field, the call went out to meet at the Macedon Hills Restaurant for lunch. Scores were tallied and awards handed out. A good time was had by all. The next hunt is planned for spring 2017. Stayed tuned!
Rich – Huntmaster, K2RAH