Forum: Fox Hunting
Topic: Widening the discussion
started by: Morseman

Posted by Morseman on Feb. 03 2003,6:33 am
I hope no one minds me widening the discussion from Fox Hunting only, which seems to have tailed off a bit lately.

I know that there are other Geoadashers and Geocachers who are also Radio Amateurs, and I wondered if any regularly took their radios out with them when taking part in either activity?

If so, what?

I almost always have my APRS system with me, but that's been done in another thread, but I'm planning on going out and about with some radio gear later in the year.

I may have a 20M CW rig, or I might take my Icom IC706MKIIG, and I plan to use home made antennas (dipoles, wires, etc) held aloft on a fibreglass fishing pole.

With the popularity of the FT817 and other portable rigs which allow operation on many Amateur bands from 160 metres to 70 cm (at least), I wonder if there is likely to be an increase in people combining hobbies and interests, like Geodashing/caching and Amateur Radio?

If so, would people be interested in details of awards like Summits on the Air, or groups like the Adventure Radio Society?
Posted by barrington on Feb. 03 2003,10:39 pm
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I know that there are other Geoadashers and Geocachers who are also Radio Amateurs, and I wondered if any regularly took their radios out with them when taking part in either activity?



Been there. done that. Don't want to do it again.

Actually, anytime I'm out in the woods I usually carry a 2-meter handheld (old reliable Icom 2AT), mostly for safety; my adventures seldom take me out of range of a repeater.  I also have a pair of FRS radios in the GPS bag, so I can communicate with Mrs. B when I leave her on the trail and bushwhack to a cache.  But the idea of carrying the necessary equipment (rigs, batteries, antennas, etc.) up a steep trail just to possibly talk to some strangers no longer has any appeal. :(

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I may have a 20M CW rig, or I might take my Icom IC706MKIIG, and I plan to use home made antennas (dipoles, wires, etc) held aloft on a fibreglass fishing pole.


You might consider a slingshot fitted with a spinning reel (with 20 pound test line), a few 1-ounce sinkers,  a coil of light stranded insulated wire, and an antenna tuner.  An end-fed sloper pulled to the top of a tall tree can be very effective on HF;  I've used that setup a lot for camping trips and for Field Day, with excellent results.  

Let us know when you'll be out operating, I'd like to try a contact (from the comfort of my shack)! :grinnin

Bruce, KB2WN
Posted by smth on Aug. 28 2008,11:17 pm
:withstupid I actually didn't understood about the Widening the discussion, Amateur Radio and Geocaching and Geodashing
make a clear note about this.

John

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