Each spring, the Amateur Radio Club at Calfornia Polytechnic Univerisy in San Luis Obispo holds an on-foot transmitter hunting session with an antenna building workshop, led by Marvin Johnston KE6HTS. Transmitters this year were hidden by Stanton Wu KK6AEE. Here are the results:
"Antennas in the Park" (AITP) has become the biggest annual activity of the Fullerton Radio Club. Transmitters and receivers from the HF through microwave bands are set up, contacts are made and good food is eaten. There are also some transmitters hidden away for fans of radio direction finding to seek.
I have learned that it's important to start the tranmitter hunts early, before everyone chows down on the hamburgers, chicken and sausages that Albert Solomon AG6OF cooks up. Otherwise, they will be too stuffed to search.
There were four practice transmitters close by on different frequencies in the two-meter band. Several novice foxhunters sought them out, including Tom Smith KB6A, Linda Endsley KJ6IHB and Mike Sussman. That was a prelude to the ARDF course, with five two-meter transmitters on the same frequency, each transmitting for sixty seconds in sequence. Each competitor is started separately, as the first transmitter comes on the air. Here are the results of that hunt:
TWO-METER COURSE RESULTS -- 5 FOXES Name and call Time Foxes Bill Wright WB6CMD 0:43 5 Eduard Nasybulin 0:59 4 Bob Houghton AD6QF 1:10 4 Rick Stutsman N6IET 1:19 2
The 80-meter band is also very important in the world of ARDF, although fewer hams have equipment for tracking on that band. I had plenty of equipment to loan, so anyone could try if they wished. Here are the 80m results:
EIGHTY-METER TRANSMITTER RESULTS Name and call Time Bill Wright WB6CMD 0:10 Eduard Nasybulin 0:16 Wil Anderson AA6DD 0:48 with Robert Haggard AD6XJ Justin Miller KI6AFZ DNF
After running (or walking) up and down the hills of Hillcrest, hunters enjoyed a slice of the traditional Foxhunting Weekend cake, courtesy of April Moell WA6OPS.
Thanks to everyone who helped make it a great day!
Joe Moell KØOV
It was a cold and miserable day at Lindo Lake Park in Lakeside, California, where the San Diego T-hunt Group held its annual international-style on-foot transmitter hunt. Tony Boegeman WA6ZMZ, Joe Loughlin KE6PHB and Joe Corones N6SZO converged on the park at 7:30 AM to occupy a few tables in one of the picnic areas. The threat of rain was looming in all the weather reports, so we did not unload any of the items we needed for the BBQ. Tony was left guarding the ice chests while Joe and Joe set off to plant the 5 hidden T's. This was the first time we used the Marvin Johnston tiny T's so we were anxious to see how they performed.
Returning about 9:20, we began organizing our paperwork and setting up a practice T on 144.100 MHz. It was misting/drizzling during this time, but we were under some trees so it was not to bad. People started showing up and several started hunting before 10:30. The drizzle became heavier and many just hovered around until about 11:30 when we started a few more. The last start was at 12:50 and weather was pretty decent, so we decided to BBQ earlier than the 3:00 PM time stated in our flyer. As we were wrapping up the BBQ about 3:30, it was starting to get pretty wet again, so we kind of threw things in the vehicles, picked up the T's and headed home.
We had a total of 21 people on site, nineteen of whom were licensed hams. Only one new person was present this year, Fredric Raab KK6NOW. He was interested in tracking the rockets that his club launches in the desert. We loaned him one of Marvin's tape-measure beams with a 4 MHz offset attenuator and guided him through finding the practice T. Then we set him loose. He managed to find two of the T's before running out of time and having to leave. We think he had a good time.
TWO-METER COURSE RESULTS -- 5 FOXES Name and call Time Foxes Bill Wright WB6CMD 0:39 5 Bill Elkerton W6ZM 0:44 5 with Robin Elkerton KM6HKS, Bryan Elkerton KI6DUR, Bryan Kukuk KG6SMT and Niki Marvin Johnston KE6HTS 0:59 5 Dick Foran WB6ZAM 1:04 5 with Mark Ording K6MHO Matt Tucker N6EAJ 1:15 5 with Ed Hall KI6JMK Greg Spaulding W6BAF 1:55 5 Robert Dexter N9SCD 0:52 3 Fredric Raab KK6NOW 1:01 2
Other hams present who may or may not have hunted a little include: Tom Sneden K6VCR, Karen Spaulding KI6FON and Brian McDaniel WB2JCG. Also present were Jim and Kaila, helping with the BBQ.
See everyone next year!
Joe Corones N6SZO and Joe Loughlin KE6PHB
SoCal 2016 -- Southern California (and Arizona) practice/demonstration events of 2016, including Hillcrest Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Griffith Park, Lake Murray, Mt. Pinos, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Lake Los Carneros (2), Schabarum Regional Park and Bonelli Regional Park (2).
SoCal 2015 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2015, including Lake Los Carneros, El Dorado Park, Angel's Gate Park, Mt. Laguna, Hillcrest Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Bonelli Regional Park, Vasquez Rocks State Park and Schabarum Regional Park.
SoCal 2014 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2014, including Bonelli Regional Park, Topanga State Park (2), Tri-City Park, Schabarum Regional Park, Mt. Pinos (2), Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Lake Los Carneros.
SoCal 2013 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2013, including Tri-City Park, Lake Los Carneros (4), Mt. Pinos (2), Santa Fe Dam, Schabarum Regional Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Bonelli Regional Park.
SoCal 2012 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2012, including Travel Town, Tri-City Park, Lake Los Carneros, San Dieguito Park, Mt. Pinos (3), Murray Community Center, Santa Fe Dam, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Bonelli Regional Park.
April 6 - 10, 2016 -- Sixteenth USA ARDF Championships near Killeen, TX.
August 27-30, 2015 -- Fifteenth USA and Eighth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Elbert, CO.
June 5 - 8, 2014 -- Fourteenth USA ARDF Championships near Boston, MA.
October 9 - 13, 2013 -- Thirteenth USA ARDF Championships and Seventh IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Asheboro, NC.
June 1 - 3, 2012 -- Twelfth USA ARDF Championships near Mt. Laguna, CA.
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