Fox Hunting Training Session in Westford, Sept. 28

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ writes on PART List:

Hi everybody,

On Saturday, September 28th, 2013, there will be a Fox Hunting Training session on the common in Westford Center at 11:00 AM until 12:00 noon. The common is super close to the Westford Police Station, where we hold our monthly meetings.

Any and all who are interested in Fox Hunting are invited to attend. The focus will be to train people in the techniques of finding a hidden transmitter (the fox). This is intended for novices but experienced folks will probably learn something, too. Please join us!

On the Common we will have a Fox Transmitting, and in view so you will know right at the start the correction direction the signal is coming from. We will also place the Fox behind a tree to show how a tree fades the signal.

Specific techniques that will be taught:

a) body fade
b) using different (harmonic) frequencies to locate the fox
c) demonstration of objects that block or reflect the signal
d) use of a directional (yagi) antenna (and maybe offset attenuator)

If you have a 2m HT, please bring it. That’s all you need. If you have other fox hunting gear, feel free to bring it, but none is required.

John (KB1MGI) will lead the training by both explanation and hands-on activities. He has been very active with our club’s fox hunting activities and most recently has been hiding the fox every weekend for the last several weeks.

After the training session, one or two Foxes will be on the air in the area so you can hunt them down if you like.

Have a lot of fun, and I look forward to seeing you there!



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