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Homing In, CQ Magazine, February 2017 -- "Results of the 19th Annual CQ WW Foxhunting Weekend"
- K8TB: "Warm up your antennas, charge your batteries and gather up your maps. Hunting season is open and you don't need a license for this one."
- WA2SUH: "Earlier in the day, illegal dumping had been found at the riding stables and it had been cordoned off with the yellow tape. Ron hid the transmitter just to the south of this area and the rangers came over and told him to vacate."
- KØOV: "Some hiders spend hours staring at Google Earth, trying to find hiding places that are out of the way and difficult to access. check topographical maps in hopes of finding ways to reflect the fox signal and give false bearings to the hunters."
- KE6PHB: "To add a twist, instead of clearly identifying each transmitter uniquely, all four transmitters played exactly the same audio for 15 seconds in sequence, providing the hunters with a constant but cycling signal to hunt. e hunters were not told how many transmitters, their job was to identify each transmitter by bearing only."
- W8DER: "As I sit here tonight, it is dark outside and raining cats and dogs. With my beam antenna, I can hear hunters still trying to find the fox even in these conditions. What fun we are having!"
Five-year-old Jacob Sanderson helped his mother Patty, N9PLS find 14 hidden transmitters in an hour during the on-foot foxhunt at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention. Read more about hams having fun doing transmitter hunting during 2016 in Homing In for February 2017. (Photo by Bob Frey WA6EZV)
CQ Magazine, November 2016 -- "Seven Medals for ARDF Team USA in Bulgaria"
- "'It was interesting, eye-opening and humbling, all at the same time,' said Bill Wright WB6CMD. This was Bill's first time to compete at an international ARDF event."
- "Often, the start and finish of championship courses are at opposite ends of the map. Competitors to choose an optimum path from start to finish, picking off their required transmitters along the way in the most efficient manner."
- "According to Ken Harker WM5R, 'The marked corridor that you had to follow to get to the finish line was about 120 meters long and half of it was a steep hill to climb. All of that hillside was sand, making it nearly impossible to get traction to run.'"
- "About the Bulgarian terrain, WM5R commented, 'It was not as open as the forests of Kazakhstan two years ago. On the map, areas that were marked the darkest green were truly impassible.'"
- "According to WB6CMD, 'If I could have found each classic transmitter one cycle faster, that's 20 minutes total and would have bumped me up several positions in the standings.'"
Eleven of the fifteen members of ARDF Team USA 2016 just after the final awards ceremony. Read all about their experiences at the ARDF World Championships in Bulgaria
in Homing In for November 2016. (Photo by Mindy Wright)
Homing In, CQ Magazine, October 2016 -- "Transmitter Hunting Across the Spectrum"
- "At the mention of mobile hidden transmitter hunting, most hams think of the two-meter band. It hasn't always been that way."
- "Table radios of the 1950s and 1960s had loop frames mounted inside the rear cover, making it necessary to carefully turn the entire radio to pick up certain stations."
- "I hunt with my 6m shrunken quad, while Robert Haggard, AD6XJ uses his one-of-a-kind 6m Doppler installation. Most of the time, we get to the transmitter more quickly and directly than the hunters using loops."
- "Every time I called him, he told me that he had a good bearing and would be at my location soon, but he was clearly going the wrong way each time."
- "It was fun to see friends and families take out all three receivers and race. Kerry kept mentioning the number of smiles he saw on the faces of the new spy radio hunters."
Kerry Banke N6IZW made this foxhunting receiver for the 10 GHz band from a satellite TV low-noise block downconverter and the AD8307 logarithmic amplifier chip. It's easy for people of all ages to carry and it gives good directional bearings. Learn more about hidden transmitter hunting from 3.5 MHz to 10 GHz in Homing In for October 2016.
Homing In, CQ Magazine, August 2016 -- "USA's Best Foxhunters Have Eyes on Bulgaria"
- "Another reason for this yearly get-together is to provide an ARDF 'immersion' experience for newcomers to the sport and for those who want to get it started in their home towns."
- "Ken Harker WM5R handled the registrations and set up a great Web site, while Jen Harker W5JEN made arrangements for three separate venues and built some new transmitters."
- "Patrick Sears AK4JE, who was featured on the cover of CQ Magazine for November 2015, is bringing ARDF and Amateur Radio to middle school students."
- "Patrick prefers 80m ARDF over 2m ARDF because equipment is smaller and easier for middle school students to carry and use."
- "Patrick says, 'The eighth graders seem to be almost exclusively from the pool of kids that go to the Maker Space and like to fool around with computers. It's not that they aren't athletic, but sports aren't something they normally do.'"
Organizing Co-chair Kenneth Harker WM5R (at right) is smiling because the last course is set and the last medals will be awarded soon. He's at the 80-meter classic starting line with the final starting group, consisting of Dick Arnett WB4SUV (M70), Yucheng Guo KG5GDV (M21) and Jerry Boyd, WB8WFK (M50). Read all about the championships in Homing In for August 2016.
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 is scheduled to appear 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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