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GBARC Monthly Foxhunts


April 10, 2021 - Trumbull/Easton/Monroe

On Saturday April 10th at 9am we will have our monthly Foxhunt.  All members and non-members are invited to attend.  The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter and find some information, then relay that information according to the instructions on a sign where the fox is located.  DO NOT CONGREGATE or socialize with others.  Whenever possible remain safely in your car and stay a safe distance away from others.   You will be able to find the sign by the fox with the information from inside your car.  For more tips, see below the map.

The first person to locate the fox will receive a free pizza delivered to their home and 5 points.  All other participants will receive 3 points for locating the fox and 1 point for participating . Points will be tallied for the year, and at the end of the year prizes will be awarded to the top 3 hunters.

Recommended Starting Location:  Jefferson St Park & Ride 

561 Jefferson St, Fairfield, CT 06825
 

Starting Time: 9:00 AM Local 

Fox Frequency:  147.485 MHz Simplex

Fox Power:  5W into a 1/4 wave antenna dropping to 1W at 10am

Sponsor:  Mike N1PLH & Jack!

Check in on:  441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters

En-Route Communications:  Contact N1PLH on 146.52 Simplex or call 203-522-6750


Click below to get a full size Map.


Tips for In-Car Foxhunting

  • Always drive in the direction so that the signal gets stronger.  If the signal has gotten weaker, you are going away from the fox (unless the power has changed per the schedule.)
  • If you are locating the fox on a mobile radio, turn it off and use a handheld.  The handheld will be inside the car and the signal will be attenuated.
  • Start off with a larger antenna, and as you get closer, use a smaller antenna.
  • Also check the third harmonic which will have a much lower signal strength.  The third harmonic of 442.455 MHz.  This will be helpful when you get close to the fox.
  • Use a directional antenna or an attenuator.
  • Lay your HT on it's side, the polarization of the antenna will change and the signal will drop again
  • Putting the HT on the floor of your car will allow the signal to be blocked even more.You *can* use your car as an attenuator.
  • Most of all HAVE FUN but BE SAFE!  Try to learn, and if you get lost check back in on the repeater and ask for help.

January 9, 2021 - 09:00am

GBARC will hold it's monthly foxhunt is on Saturday January 9, 2020 at 9am.  All members and non-members are invited to attend. 

The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter and find some information, then relay that information according to the instructions on a sign where the fox is located.  

  

The first person to locate the fox will be awarded 5 points.  All other participants will receive 3 points for locating the fox and 1 point for participating.  Points will be tallied for the year, and at the end of the year prizes will be awarded to the top hunter(s).

 

Recommended Starting Location:  South entry into the search area is from Home Depot, 90 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull.  North entry location is from the Newtown East Park & Ride, on Wasserman Way, Newtown. 

 

 

Starting Time: 9:00 AM Local 

Fox Frequency:  147.485 MHz Simplex.  Remember to check the 3rd harmonic

Fox Power Schedule:  

09:00 - 09:45 -- 5W

09:45 - Noon -- 1W

 

Host:   Emily Clarke N1DID (tel. 203.522.6750)

 

Check in on:  441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters or Echolink on the N1GKN-R (Node 441700)

 

 

 

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GBARC Repeaters

VHF Repeater WA1RJI
Receive: 146.445 MHz
Transmit: 147.445 MHz
(+1MHz offset)
CTCSS Tone: 77Hz

UHF Repeater N1KGN
Receive: 441.700 MHz
Transmit: 446.700 MHz
(+5MHz offset)
CTCSS Tone: 77Hz

Echolink Node:
441700