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GBARC Monthly Foxhunts

Sunday April 10, 2022 @ 11am

Tomorrow is looking to be sunny and clear around 50F so we will hold our monthly foxhunt starting at 11am.  The foxhunt will cover Redding, Easton, Weston, Monroe, Shelton, Trumbull, and Fairfield.  The start time is 11am and with a hard end time of 2pm.

 

 

All members and non-members are invited to attend.  The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter called a Fox, and the sponsor who will be nearby. 

Recommended Starting Location: 

Trumbull Mall in Trumbull

Fox Frequency:  147.485 MHz Simplex

Fox Power:  5W into a 5/8 wave antenna then into 5w into a 1/4 wave at 11:30, then dropping power to 1W at 12pm

Sponsors:  Shawn - NR1T

Check in on:  441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters by RF or Echolink to node 441700

En-Route Questions:  Contact Shawn by phone or repeater.

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Sunday March 13, 2022 @ 10am

It looks like the weather will be cool, but sunny and clear so we will hold our monthly foxhunt starting at 10am.  The foxhunt will cover Redding, Newtown, Easton, Weston, Monroe, Shelton and Trumbull.  Start time is 10am and we have a hard end time of 1pm.

This fox hunt was designed to be challenging and it will test your skills.  I recommend you take your first bearings from the starting points on the map, but, there will be no guarantee you will hear it.  Fox control will give one high power transmission if no one reports hearing the fox from the starting points.

All members and non-members are invited to attend.  The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter called a Fox, and the sponsor who will be nearby. 

Recommended Starting Locations: 

Bethel High School Parking Lot 

Twin Brooks Park in Trumbull

Fox Frequency:  147.485 MHz Simplex

Fox Power:  5W into a 5/8 wave antenna then into 5w into a 1/4 wave at 10:30, then dropping power to 1W at 12pm

Sponsors:  Emily N1DID and Rick K2RB

Check in on:  441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters by RF or Echolink to node 441700

En-Route Questions:  Contact Rick or Emily by phone or repeater.

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Sunday February 6, 2022 @ Noon

It looks like the weather will be cool, but clear so there will be a foxhunt on Sunday starting at Noon. The foxhunt will cover Redding, Newtown, Easton, Weston, Monroe, Shelton and Trumbull.  Start time is Noon and we have a hard ending time of 3pm.

This fox hunt was designed to not be as challenging as others have been in the past, as we would like to encourage everyone to join us on this fox hunt, from novice to experienced.

 

All members and non-members are invited to attend.  The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter called a Fox, and the sponsor who will be nearby. 

DO NOT CONGREGATE or socialize with others unless socially distanced and masked.  Feel free to remain safely in your car and stay a safe distance away from others.   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 Locations: 

Newtown Park and Ride, right off Exit 11 on I84. Wasserman Way, Newtown CT 

Route 58 Park and Ride, north: Across from Barcelona Wine Bar,  4180 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield CT

Fox Frequency:  147.485 MHz Simplex

Fox Power:  5W into a 5/8 wave antenna then into 5w into a 1/4 wave at 12:30, then dropping power to 1W at 1pm

Sponsor:  Shawn NR1T

Check in on:  441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters

En-Route Questions:  Contact Shawn or Emily by phone or repeater.

 


Sunday January 2, 2021 @ Noon

It looks like the weather will be favourable so we there will be a foxhunt on Sunday starting at Noon.  The foxhunt will cover Redding, Newtown, Easton, Weston, Monrow and Trumbull.  Start time is Noon and we have a hard ending time of 3pm.

All members and non-members are invited to attend.  The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter called a Fox, and the sponsor who will be nearby. 

DO NOT CONGREGATE or socialize with others unless socially distanced and masked.  Feel free to remain safely in your car and stay a safe distance away from others.   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 Locations: 

Bethel High School Parking Lot: 300 Whittlesey Dr, Bethel, CT 

Trumbull Home Depot: 90 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull CT

Fox Frequency:  147.485 MHz Simplex

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

Sponsor:  Emily N1DID

Check in on:  441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters

En-Route Questions:  Contact Emily by calling or texting 203-522-6750

 

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

It is the season for pumpkin pie, apple cider and of course our monthly Turkey hunt. I, K1PCN-Peter, will be with the turkey at his roost somewhere in the greater Fairfield-Easton Region. The hunt will begin at 10AM. All GBARC and non-GBARC members are welcome to participate. The hunt will start at the park and ride at Exit 44 off the Merritt Highway (intersection of rt 58 and Merritt). The turkey will allow me to give hints every 15 minute or so. They will be radio and science based clues. One will be given in morse code-so be prepared.

The hints will be vague in the beginning and more specific to the end. Hot cider and donuts will await you at the roost. The purpose of the turkey hunt is to find a hidden radio transmitter. The turkey will not be harmed.

 

Recommended Starting Location:  Park & Ride Exit 44 off Merritt Parkway

Starting Time: 10:00 AM Local 

Fox Frequency:  147.485 MHz Simplex

Fox Power:  5W into a 1/4 wave antenna dropping to 1W at 11:30

Sponsor:  Peter K1PCN

Check in on:  441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters or Echolink (recommended)

En-Route Communications:  Contact K1PCN on the above repeaters or call 203-767-5888

See below tips on in-car fox hunting.  All are welcome.  See you there.

 

Sunday July 18, 2021

On Sunday July 2021 at 11am we will have our monthly Foxhunt and this month we will have a special treat for all with an easier foxhunt.  All members and non-members are invited to attend and this should be a family friendly event.  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. For more tips, see below the map.

Recommended Starting Location:  Home Depot Trumbull

Starting Time: 11:00 AM Local 

Fox Frequency:  147.485 MHz Simplex

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

Sponsor:  Emily N1DID

Check in on:  441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters or Echolink (recommended)

En-Route Communications:  Contact N1DID on 146.52 Simplex or call 203-522-6750

 

 

Tips for Foxhunting

  • Always drive in the direction so 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.)
  • Check your squelch and make sure you are listening initially with the squelch off.  As the signal gets stronger, you can add squelch.
  • If you have located 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.
  • When you have the fox full quieting you can check the third harmonic. The third harmonic of 442.455 MHz will have a much lower signal strength. 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.

Sunday May 16, 2021

On Sunday May 16 2021 at 11am 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. For more tips, see below the map.

Recommended Starting Location:  Home Depot Trumbull

Starting Time: 11:00 AM Local 

Fox Frequency:  147.485 MHz Simplex

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

Sponsor:  Emily N1DID

Check in on:  441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters or Echolink

En-Route Communications:  Contact N1DID on 146.52 Simplex or call 203-522-6750

 

 


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


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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)

 

 

 

GBARC 2020 Foxhunts