November 16, 2002 Small but great fun.
We had a great time between light snowfalls. John WA1ZHM
identified the location of the Fox, Tim (KE3HT), exactly, without even
being there and he did it in 20minutes! This is just one of Mr. ESP's
success stories over the past few years. Dave (W1TTT) also did a good
job even from the start. After wasting mileage going back to his house
to get his glasses, then programming his HT, he was STILL the first to
get to the Fox. Paul (N1PUA) and his son Ben (KB1FEZ) on the second fox
hunt with his new Dop Scan discovered that Dop hunting can be
confusing. No easy way to learn the tricks of Dop hunting. You just
have to get out there and experiance it. Before the hunt there was some
discussion about call up in the event Hounds are needed. Don (N1ISB)
used to be a contact point and kept phone numbers to call when we were
needed. He is no longer around and we should try to organize ourselves
again. We should gather a list of those wishing to be called in an
emergency. In this list should be phone numbers, times available, types
of equipment,, etc... Then we should make this list available to all
the other hounds and the club director's. If you want to be a "Hound on
Call" send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your information. I also
want to update the list of participating Hounds on call or not. The Web
has the start of this list. You do not need to be a regular or even have
hunted with us before. Just send your email address to email@example.com
and I will add you to our mailing list. One last thing, We want better
participation. Why are you not attending? Let us know. If you would
like to see a hunt during the week or just a different time schedule we
can arrange that as well. The more people we have the more fun this is.
Have you never hunted ? We can train you and/or team you up with a more
experianced hunter. You don't need anything other than a HT to hunt.
John did it with his HT today and he didn't even have a car! You can
also participate from home.. Feel free to help the foxes on wheels !
October 26th The 1st Annual N1ISB Fox Hunt.
Fun again in the form of a fast paced 30 minute hunt!
George (KB2SAE) brought us back to the
fun hunts today. Its been awhile since I have been in a hunt so I
totaly enjoyed it! George hid right on Rt. 20 near the Hancock &
Pittsfield boarder! I (Tim KE3HT), Paul (N1PUA) and his crew of two (I
don't remember their call signs or names), Tom (KB1FLK) and
Donna(KB1IKU), and John WA1ZHM were mobile for this hunt.
RoAnne(KB1EUH) was sick to Dave(KB1EAA) participated from home. This
was a team hunt so there were no individual winners except the team.
The start of each hunt seems to hold the story. I started from Silver
lake and had a Dop Scan heading of just about due west but it was weak.
Paul had a 315 heading from the airport, Tom had one about 230 degrees
from Lanesborough by the police department.. So I continued west down
West Street. Paul went to BCC and Tom went down near Pontousic lake.
Paul and I had two lines that crossed in south Hancock, Tom and
Paul crossed a little north of that. From West street we lost Georges
signal so he must be west of the mountain. I went across the mountain
on Rt20 and went to stop at a rest area for a clear reading just south
of where Pauls and My map lines crossed.. Guess who happend to be in
that rest area! I took some pictures of Pauls new Dop Scan and put them
on our web site. See: http://www.nobarc.org/hounds/pictures/
. Our next hunt is likely to occur Sat November 16th at 12noon.
Everyone is welcome even if you need to stay at home. Nothing is
require but a radio. If you hear the fox (KE3HT) on 147.630 (The input
to 147.03+ repeater) then tell the foxes on the road. Feel free to pop
in on the repeater with any coments or questions. We love to have more
people interested in this part of the hobby.
Frank WoodStock Memorial hunt.
September 2002 was canceled.
August 2002 was canceled.
July 28, 2002 Fox Hunt
The foxes: KB1IKU (Donna) and KB1FLK (Tom)
They had some problems at the first site, they couldn’t hit the
repeater very well. This site usually can hit Greylock, but today
that wasn’t the case. They had to make a quick move to get a
better line on the repeater. There were people on the repeater at
noon discussing the fox hunt. So the start time was not a big impact.
At check in:
KB2SAE (George) – who started top of Mt Greylock
KB1EAA (Dave) and KB1EUH (Roanne) – Plus two other helpers possible
future HAMS - who started top of Mt Washington
KE3HT (Tim) who started top of Mt Windsor
N1QOV (Obie – who checked in from home)
N1LZH (Pat) and W1BS (Joe) - who started some where near the top of Mt
Others who helped or joined in the hunt after check in:
KB1DMR (Pierre) Pittsfield
K1ATT (Dave), North Adams
K1JJK (Ed) Pittsfield
W1GPM (Glen) Mt Wachuetts
K1XU (Jeff) Glastonbury, CT, who sent everyone in the right direction
KC2JRD (Jeremy) Albany,NY
K1PAI (Roger) Wethersfield
N1FGI (Ed) New Ashford
Unknown (John) North Hampton
The Foxes were located on Rt. 20 in Westfield. The actual spot
was at Foggy’s heavy equipment lot “the gold crawly bugs” which is on
the right hand side of RT 8 less than 3 miles west from the center of
Westfield. The hunters which all worked together found the Foxes
at about 3:40. The first reading from Mt Greylock was right on,
but with no one else getting a good reading on the Foxes an effort
right in the local area was attacked by the hunters. The HAMS
from CT gave the hounds even more help. George headed
north, Tim headed east, and Dave & company headed south. As
the hunt continued, Dave and Roanne past the Fox first on Rt.8 without
noticing then. Pat and Joe passed the Foxes on Rt 8 without noticing
then next. A HAM from North Hampton joined in the hunt
about 3:00, but we did not hear from him as the hunt ended. Dave
and Roanne found us in their second pass, but the rest of the hounds
were within 5 miles at that point. The group worked real well
together. One problem faced by the hounds during the hunt was as
they moved further east into the hills, they could not always hit the
.910 repeater to compare readings.
A great time was had by all. Thank you all for your participation, it
was great to hear all the other HAMS joining in the hunt. So, when is
the next hunt? The hunted would love to be the hunters.
June 30th Ice at the end of the road!
We had a last minute hunt this weekend. With all the ham activity this
month it was easy to just about forget the hunt. Fortunately there were
a few people who got together and the hunt was on! Dave and RoAnne were
the foxes. We spread out a little better this hunt. However I attempted
to get a jump on the hunt by using the input to 146.91 and try to get a
bearing during the checkin. This was a mistake. Paul (N1PUA) and I both
had readings that crossed in the south Becket North Otis area. The
problem occurred because the FOX used two different power levels! This
caused his signal to disappear when he went to simplex. Foxy! Alot of
confusion followed. No one else was in that area and no-one else had a
signal so we began to move into that area. Paul and I totally lost it
by searching where the fox was not. Veteran hunter George (KB2SAE) in
traveling towards our readings stopped during one of the transmissions
and caught the fox at a 240degree bearing. That's towards Stockbridge!
Forget it I thought, its way off! Tom KB1FLK then came into the Peru
area and got a bearing towards stockbridge as well. He had difficulty
and was worried that he was in error. Turns out he was not! Then John
WA1ZHM showed up in the Stockbridge area. They had loud signals! So
loud in fact they could not get bearings. They were TOO close! Paul
N1PUA and I came in from the east and both tried to stay out of
Stockbridge to give John and George bearings. Paul set up on a hill
just east Stockbridge and south of 102. I set up on 102 by Yale street.
We traded bearings and it looked kinda like it might be in the Ice
Caves area. I went to the west end of Stock bridge on 102 and got a
real good triangulation. The map did not show it but they were on the
north side of the Ice caves in a small park that had trails along the
river. I think the lesson I learned this time is that unless you have a
good attenuator (and even then) you need to resist temptation to stay
on top of the fox if you can't find him. You need to get some sort of
triangulation and that means being at least 3-7 miles away from the fox
(on low power). The group has built a number of Beams, now we need to
build a bunch of attenuators (http://www.frontiernet.net/~n2ki/attenuat.htm)..
More fun next month at the "All New England fox hunt". July 28th at
12noon starting on 146.91. Yea 146.91 covers all the way to Rhode
Island so we will need ALOT of help!!
May 11th National Fox Hunting Weekend!
The group decided that starting with NFH weekend we would have a bunch
of monthly hunts where the goal is to Help a lost hunter or find a
fast. The objective was to have a fox simulate one of the emergencies
we deal with. This time I, KE3HT, was a jammer on 146.91- repeater in
Berkshire County Mass. After three hours the fox was still not found
and with darkness approaching we talked in the closest Hound and called
the hunt. Most of the problem stemmed from a non-HOUND Ham reporting
from on top of Mt Greylock that the fox was heard near full scale and
he thought the
signal was coming from the northern part of the county just south of
the repeater. The hounds all focused on that area for most of the hunt.
In fact I was near the top of a hill in the southern part of the
county. Most of the hounds had to pull the plug because of the length
of the hunt but it was one of the most educational hunts I ever had. In
JULY we have a ALL New England hunt. All T-hunt hams are invited. This
year we will have the hunt be a team hunt with the objective to find a
fox as fast as possable as a team. The Fox will be located anywhere in
working range of the 146.06 repeater in Windsor, Mass. If you want more
info on the Hounds see: http://www.nobarc.org/hounds . On this site we
have hunt info as well as pictures and equipment building info. Many of
us use Beams but some of us also use dop Scans. Sorry, no pictures of
this hunt. It was dark before I saw the first Hound!
April 6th Dalton
We had a nice hunt this weekend. Paul (KB1EPP) and Ian were the fox in
northern Dalton by the Holiday farms. This was a milage hunt. I was the
winner at 4.6 miles with John (Mr ESP WA1ZHM) second aith 5.0 miles.
Tom (KB1FLK) and crew were third with 10.9miles. It was a rather
uneventful hunt. We had a nice group get together afterwards and
decided to impliment and idea that has been circulating for awhile.
TEAM hunts. No Winner makes the hunting less of a "I wana win" kinda
thing. We aim to test our skills at a real hunt where someone might
need help or perhaps a jammer is messing with us on one of the
repeaters. we decided to do this for the rest of this year. More
details are found on the web site under instructions.
March 3rd, Short and sweet!
KB1FLK along with Donna were the fox.
They were hiding out in the upper parking lot of
Pontoosuc Lake (
south end by close to the dam)
The hunt was a mileage one.
It started at 10:00 on Sun Mar 3rd.
The wave ant was used to shot the signal toward Mt
The hunt took about 45 min to finish.
There was donuts when the hounds arrived. There were 4
KB2SAE - came in first with 3.4 miles
WA1ZHN - came in second 3.7 miles (John arrived about
before George but with more miles)
KE3HT - came in thrid 7.7 miles
N1QOV (played a part from his home)
January 13th, fox was next door!
THE FOX HUNT WAS HELD LAST SUNDAY AT 1100 AM. KB2SAE GEORGE AND KB1FLK
TOM WERE THE HOUNDS.
KB1FLK CAME IN FIRST AND SHATTERED MY MILAGE RECORD------.1 OF A MILE
HOW ABOUGHT THAT! KB2SAE FINISHED SECOND WITH 8.7 MILES. THE NOT SO
FOXEY FOX WAS HIDEING BEHIND THE BRADLEYS BILDING (THE OLD BANK). TOM
DUG IN AND REFUSED TO MOVE BECAUSE OF RECEVER OVERLODE EVEN AT
FULL ATINUATION. 15 MIN. LATER HE ROUNDED THE CORNER TO REVIEL A
STUNDED FOX. GEORGE WAS ALSO OVERLODED AT THE START AND WENT HEAR AND
THERE TO GET BETER BERINGS. KB1EAA DAVE WAS SITING IN THE PARKING LOT
ACROSS MERRL RD. WAITING FOR ROANN TO FINISH SHOPPING. I GESS THERE WAS
SOME CONFUSSION AS TO THE STARTING TIME. ALL IN ALL THE HUNT TOOK 45
MIN. AND WAS OVER AT 1200 NOON. 73'S JOHN WA1ZHM.
NO EXPERIANCE NECESSARY! All you need is an HT and a map to
participate. if your not sure you can do it, ask anyone of our hounds
and I am SURE they will help. Its a great bunch of Hams we have.
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