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Homing In, CQ Magazine, September 2018 -- "Champion Foxhunters Travel from Truckee to Sokcho"
- "Truckee sits along Interstate 80, one hundred miles northeast of Sacramento and thirty-three miles southwest of Reno, Nevada. It is best known as a wintertime haven for skiers, close to the famous Donner Summit."
- "In 2012, the Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC) commissioned a map covering 3,400 acres around Little Truckee Summit. The result is one of the finest orienteering maps in the USA."
- "Such a direct route would have encountered steep hills. Taking the trails and flatlands exclusively increased the total distance to about five miles."
- "To obtain the Radio Merit Badge with the ARDF option, Scouts must build a simple direction-finding antenna for either of the two bands that are used for competitive ARDF (2m and 80m) and then participate in a simple foxhunt."
- "Many youth instinctively turn the antenna until the signal comes up and then stop abruptly, often before the antenna points to the transmitter. Help them learn to swing the antenna back and forth across the maximum signal indication to pinpoint the actual peak."
Foxoring is the only ARDF event in which the approximate transmitter locations are pre-printed on the map. Competitors use their orienteering skills to navigate to the area of the circles, where the QRP transmitters can then be heard and tracked. This segment of the 2018 USA Championships foxoring map shows nine of the ten transmitter circles and the starting point, which is denoted by a triangle. Read all about the championships in Homing In for September 2018.
Homing In, CQ Magazine, May 2018 -- "Foxhunters Will Track Transmitters in Truckee"
- "The settlers thought he was calling out his name. They eventually made friends and the settlers named their new home town in his honor."
- "The best locations for ARDF are forests with tall trees, where competitors can run point-to-point among them as they follow their maps, compasses and bearings from their radio direction finding (RDF) sets."
- "This year's classic courses will be at Little Truckee Summit, 15 miles north of the town, a site that was recently mapped for orienteering at great expense by Bay Area Orienteering Club."
- "USA's ARDF championships always bring out the best of USA's on-foot transmitter hunters. Each strives to win a position on our country's ARDF team."
- "Now is the time to make your plans to enjoy ARDF in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this June. It is a resort area, so hotel rooms and campgrounds fill up fast."
Jacob and McKenzie Sanderson are on the hunt for two-meter transmitters at the 2017 Dayton Hamvention. They are the offspring of Matt Sanderson, KC9SEM and Patty Sanderson, N9PLS, who are regular mobile T-hunters in Chicago. Learn more about teaching ARDF to kids in Homing In for May 2018.
CQ Magazine, February 2018 -- "Results of the 2017 CQ Worldwide Foxhunting Weekend"
- "'I guess we must have looked odd to everyone in Quilon, driving around helter-skelter with Yagi antennas connected to a transceiver hoisted in the air.' That's how Vilas Rabde recalled last June's hidden transmitter hunt."
- "Mike Ardovino, N2EAB was the fox. In accordance with the rules, he started the hunt with a 5-minute transmission, a 5-minute silent period, then nine 3-minute-on-7-minute-off cycles."
- "On September 16, they gathered at Walter Panas High School for Foxhunt University, organized by Karl Zuk, N2KZ. Karl distilled years of RDF experience into his illustrated talk."
- "NM9J brought Radio Shack scanners to act as flea-power signal sources. With the scanners set to receive on 157.415 MHz and with a first intermediate frequency of 10.85 MHz, their local oscillators radiated on the hunt frequency of 146.565 MHz."
- "'We allowed twenty minutes for the hunters to organize and take up positions to defend the flag,' Robert wrote. 'We could have wandered around a bit to try and confuse them prior to the final approach, but we decided on a direct route."
Twenty persons participated in the annual on-foot transmitter hunt and picnic of the Ski Country Amateur Radio Club near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. In front is the hunt winner, nine year old Sofia Harwood, daughter of Jeremy Harwood, KEØHQO. Read the complete story of Foxhunting Weekend 2017 in the February 2018 issue of CQ Magazine. (Photo courtesy Bob Cutter KIØG)
Homing In appeared monthly in 73 Magazine from November 1988 until the magazine ceased publication with the September 2003 issue. My column then appeared in CQ VHF magazine, a quarterly publication, from 2004 through Fall 2013 and CQ-Plus Digital Magazine during 2014. Now it appears four times per year in CQ Magazine, which is available in print by subscription and in Amateur Radio Stores. You can also subscribe to CQ in digital form, viewable on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android. I welcome your input for future articles, so please continue to send me your news of mobile and on-foot transmitter hunt activities.
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