November 23, 2003 Tom and Donna do the opposite.
5 Teams hunted! A pretty good
turn out. This was a strange hunt. Donna(KB1HKU) and Tom(KB1FLK) did
the opposite of what they did the last time they hid! Sneaky! They hid
out in the open right off the side of Rt 7 by the library in
Lanesborough. No more then 30feet from the road. The problem with this
site is that the traffic keeps the hounds moving at a good speed right
past the fox. Sneaky! Yours truly, Tim KE3HT was the first to find
them. I only passed them twice! followed by Paul(N1PUA) and Tim(N1PTZ).
Mr ESP, John (WA1ZHM) was followed by Todd(N1XHR). Pat(N1LZH) and
Joe(W1BS) were the clean up team. There was quite a spread of times due
to the Rt 7 valley. Memory serves me on a N1ISB hunt that was on the
side of RT 7 and that was a mess as well. It was a very confortable day
so we stood around for awhile chatting. Some of the discussions were
about everyones techniques. Of all the techniques it seems that most of
us find the very first bearing to be the most accurate. This is due to
good starting spots. Common starting point hunts null out this factor.
It is very handy to know of good starting spots in the event we have a
real hunt. Someones life could depend on the First bearing someone
takes. Wouldn't it be nice to have a list of good starting sites?
As I write this we received 17 inches of snow. Roads are slippery. As
we mention in our rules, no hunting in poor conditions. This is a fun
hunt. We will hang in there for a nice clear weekend but the holidays
are approaching fast so we may not want to have one in December. I will
keep everyone posted via e-mail and the N1ISB newcomers round table.
See you soon!
October 26th 2nd annual N1ISB Memorial
Joe W1BS and Pat N1LZH were the fox for this months hunt. We had 4
teams hunting. It was great to have such a nice turn out. The WX was
cloudy and warm, if you call 60deg warm. The fox den this month was in
the parking lot of the Shakers museum on Rt 20 in Pittsfield. Not
trying to but succeeding at being devious. It was quite a spot with
only one team making a slam dunk, Donna KB1IKU/Tom KB1FLK came in first
with a nice bearing from Lanesboro and zoomed right in. The team with
driver Paul N1PUA had in the car Tim N1PTZ and Paul KB1EPP came in
second after driving around the parking lot a few times right in front
of the Fox! He did finally manage to stop in the right spot. I, Tim
KE3HT, managed to drive by the Shaker Village only twice before
entering the parking lot but I spent a lot of time looking to the north
of the fox. I just could not get a bearing on them until I was on RT
20. Todd N1XHR and John WA1ZHM (MR ESP) were had trouble as well. They
went down RT41 right past the Shaker Village and spent time to the
south of the fox. They were pointing right at the fox early in the
contest but went way past the spot. We had a great time in the
parkinglot after the hunt swapping stories and gabbing.
Over the years we have developed a nice group of active hams that are
ready for and have participated in hunts for downed aircraft as well as
lost hunters. Come join in! We are always looking for new members. The
more people hunting the more fun it is! You don't need anything to give
this a try just contact any of the ham's mentioned here and we can find
you a ride for your first time out. You can also solo the first time
like Dave KB1EAA who found the fox using just a scanner only
days before he got his license ! All you need is an HT or
mobile rig and a rubber duck or a beam. It's handy to have a paper
clip. All these things are readily available to most hams. Our web site
also has an equipment building page that can help you build your own
Tape Measure Beam for about $10 all parts available at local stores
like WalMart. Check it out http://www.nobarc.org/hounds
Fox Hunting is easy and fun!
September 28th, 2003 Frank Woodstock
I, Tim KE3HT, was the fox for this hunt. Last hunt was under a
bridge so in my typical tradition picked an opposite, on top of a hill.
I picked a site where my signal should be heard from anywhere. I was
wrong however. There was a dead spot going up route 9. I was up in the
Winsor town park on top of Winsor mountain. We had three teams, one did
not have much of an antenna but won the contest. Joe W1BS and Pat N1LZH
happend to pick a good starting spot. I was so loud they could not tell
which direction even with the antenna off the HT. The best bearing goes
to Tom and Donna who had a nice 65 degrees from the dalton golf
course. I did not realize it but I picked a hill top that
has a knob in the way. I looked at this hill with a new program I
bought (Topo USA) and discovered that a 100+ foot knob at the top of
this hill. The bottom of the hill is where Tom and Donna were. The
closer you got to the hill the less signal you heard till you got near
the top. Last place was Paul N1PUA and Tim. The were getting fooled up
looking for a strong signal. Turns out as you got closer to me the
signal got weaker so they were going in the wrong direction.
July 12th, 2003 North County hunt
Tom KB1FLK and Donna KB1IKU were the foxes
and foxey they were!
They hid underneath the route 7 bridge near main street in North Adams!
What bounce! I started up n top of the Mohauk trail and Paul N1PUA and
son Ben started part way up the road to Greylock. We compared notes to
see where the lines crossed then we both headed down hill. What a
porblem once we got down hill. Bounce had us all over the place but we
did finaly wind up on main street during a transmission and Bingo the
signal had no reflections, it was straight ahead! We only had two
hunters but it was still fun. I enjoy either competition, challenge or
both. This time Paul and I compared notes and readings. Glad we did,
this turned into a good challenge! To bad so many people missed this
one. We have not had many this year and I miss you all! Come out and
May 10-15, 2003 A hunt for the 146.91 interference.
Please see: http://www.nobarc.org/hounds/realhunts/index.html
April 28, 2003 Tricky hunting in South County Hills!
Paul N1PUA and his son KB1FEZ along with Tim N1PTZ were the foxes.
Tom and Donna, George and myself (Tim) were the hounds. The fox was
above average terrian which meant the Hounds were seeing big time
reflections off of mountains like Monument Mountain. Made for slow
going. Tom and Donna were the only ones to pick a high spot for
starting and got right to the Fox. Must have been close to a
record time. I started on Rt 7 and was probably within 2 miles on the
third transmission but the bounce was off of Monument Mountain! George
too was fooled by the bouncing. All in all we had a good time and the
outing helped me get over some of my cabin fever.
Come Join us! 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, 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. You can also participate from home..
Feel free to help the foxes on wheels ! 73's!
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.
Please listen to the NoBarc New Comers round table at 7:30pm on
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