Forum: Fox Hunting
Topic: Rochester NY area foxhunt coming up
started by: gadgetjon

Posted by gadgetjon on Oct. 07 2002,9:15 pm
Hi cachers, the Xerox Amateur Radio Club, XARC, has done several foxhunts over the past few years. We have an official one every spring, and a few others sprinkled throughout the year. We're hoping to do one before Winter, and I'll post the info here. We use 2 meters FM. You don't need to be a ham to play, just have a radio that receives 146 MHz, like a police scanner. Some of us have directional antennas, but techniques with just the built in antenna can be effective. These big hunts can start from miles away, and I also have a small fox we use for on-foot hunting. See my webpage for some of the past hunts, and links to more info.

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Posted by gadgetjon on Oct. 11 2002,3:29 pm
date wil be October 25th, 2002. I'll need participants to RSVP to me so we can accomodate guests. Again, you'll need a radio that receives 145-146 MHz to tune in the fox. This could be a police scanner type radio, or you may know a ham with a radio you can borrow.

We will be there to help beginners and show you how to home in on the fox. If you're not a ham, a cell phone and/or FRS radio will help so you can call in when you've found the fox.

Starting time is 10AM and place is TBD, usually Webster or another town in Monroe County. I hear this hunt will be a little different so it should be a challenge for everyone.

Email me if you plan to attend. Check out my web page for past hunt info and links to hunting techniques.

jondickason at yahoo dot com

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Posted by gadgetjon on Oct. 20 2002,11:27 pm
foxhunt is oct. 26th, saturday. Sorry for the misleading info.
Posted by gadgetjon on Nov. 21 2002,11:50 am
The XARC fall 2002 Fox Hunt

This fall's Fox Hunt was held on Saturday morning, October 26th.  The starting location was the parking lot of the Xerox Research building W128 in Webster, New York.  Although the day started damp, the weather improved significantly by the 10am start time and it remained dry for the entire
duration of the hunt.  Huntmasters Judy Stonehill (N2KXS) and Fred Miller (WO2P) reviewed the standard rules and introduced a new "tag method" of confirming that the fox had been located.  Under this new scheme, 2"x 3"
individually labeled and waterproofed tags with numbers 1 through 10 were attached to the fox.  When a hunter located the fox, he was to silently remove the lowest numbered tag and proceed to a predetermined location for confirmation with the huntmasters.  This method would hopefully
eliminate the problem seen in past hunts where the first hunter finding the fox would call in (via a repeater) and while verifying the location, would disclose the fox location to other nearby hunters.

It took slightly over 32 minutes for the first place team to locate the fox.  "Local knowledge" was a plus here since two of the three first place team hunters were somewhat familiar with the area.  The fox was located in Casey Park in the town of Ontario about 12 miles due east of the Webster starting point.  It was hidden on the North rim of a very large dirt
bank that was excavated and created back in the 1880's when the area was strip mined for iron ore.  The resulting 1/2 mile long 100 foot wide "lake" and rough terrain, coupled with various hiking trails, provided numerous ways to
"make a bad decision".  The extremely high iron content of the surrounding hills also resulted in many spots where the fox signal seemed to be reflected or to be seriously attenuated.

At the post hunt lunch, held at "Tom's Original", it was the consensus of the assembled hunters that the new "tag method" method worked out quite well.  It added a new dimension to the hunt as various "devious"
methods of guise and deception could be used to throw another team off track. Individual awards were presented to all the hunters and stories of "I would have", "I should have", and "I almost" were shared and enjoyed by all.  
The only down side of event was the untimely demise of Pete Fornia's HT that, while performing it duties flawlessly, was inadvertently dropped over the side of a bridge and on to an electronics-eating rock.  Pete was fine, the HT did not recover (moment of silence here)...

Well, tradition dictates that the first place team organizes the
following year's hunt.  During the latter part of the lunch, I could already see Fred, Brian, and Rick with their heads together, scheming to try to perplex us on the next hunt. We look forward to what looks to be a challenging and spirited hunt.

Respectfully submitted,
Fred Miller WO2P Huntmaster

1st place team:    Fred Donahue  W3MUD
                           Brian Donovan  K2AS
                           Rick LaDonna  N2IJI

2nd place team:   Ned   KC2FLM
                          Greg (Ned's son)
                          Bob   KC2HXD

3rd place team:   Pete Fournier   W2SKY
                          Carol Fournier
4th place team:   Bob Karz   K2OID
                          Doc        WA6UCY

5th place team:   Jon Dickason  N2JAC
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