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Yeah, as ambitious as it is, I think we can have just as much fun as a fixed station. We’ll keep the idea on the back burner, but I think for now we’ll go full steam ahead with VTC as our location.
The request to book the room in Morey Hall was sent the second week of December, but I still haven’t heard back from them. It’s a bit slow with limited staff during the holidays – But I’ve been checking in every week since.
As for operating details, what does everyone think about 2 HF stations and possibly a VHF (6/2 meter) station if there is interest?
I’ve finished my “fox box” – an automatic foxhunt transmitter system inside an old ammunition container. This can take the place of a person as the fox if we decide to go that route. Two possible models the event can take, as I see it, are:
1) Automatic transmitter/fox box on simplex frequency, hidden by a club member or 3rd party
2) Volunteer operator with handheld radio that transmits at their discretion through the club repeater (direction-finding done on the input frequency)
I’d like to know if anyone has an idea for how to do scoring. I’m thinking we should give everyone who participates a chance to find it and do 1st/2nd/3rd place recognition/award after the fact – you write your name/callsign on the box (sort of like a geocache) and then leave the area ASAP so as not to tip off other participants that you may have found the fox.
A fox hunt is essentially a game of “find the hidden transmitter”. People use direction-finding techniques to locate the ‘fox’. We have many people in the club with a wealth of experience and knowledge on DF-ing, so I’m sure we could put an info session together if you’re up for it.
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I currently only have equipment to work FM satellites at the moment, but it can still be a lot of fun. One of the coolest sat ops I ever did was while camping on Cape Cod last summer. SO-50 was my metric for success at the time, since it was the only bird I’d ever successfully worked. I brought along a 70cm Yagi (cushcraft a440s), a dual band whip antenna for an HT and two separate handhelds. Using the UHF beam for recieve and the tilted whip method for transmit on VHF, I was able to successfully work two stations – it definitely impressed my two non-ham friends, which is (to me) one of the coolest parts of amateur radio. You get to show off the capability of such simple setups and methods of operating.