Bristol Co. RA Foxhunt Update

The Bristol County Repeater Association  (a.k.a. Fall River Amateur Radio Club) held a fox hunt on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Here’s the recap – First, we couldn’t have asked for better weather! No one found the fox, but WA1LBK’s team was really close and KC1NDQ was closing in also. The fox was in the parking lot, with permission, of Lexi-Lu’s Place (great blueberry pancakes!) at the intersection of American Legion Highway (Rte. 177) and Forge Road in Westport, about .5 miles south of route 6. the coordinates are 41.6347 and -71.6547 or approximately 7.493 miles SW of the center of …

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Bristol County RA Fox Hunt, November 21, 2020

The [Bristol County Repeater Association] will be holding its “First (in a while)” BCRA Fox Hunt on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Check-ins starting at 9:45 am on the BCRA repeater, 145.150 MHz PL 123. Chat and help on the repeater also. The Fox will activate at 10:00 am on 146.565 MHz FM with a 5-watt signal and will transmit one minute of tone followed by Morse Code ID and four minutes of silence. The hunt will last until 2:00 pm or until all checked in participants have found the transmitter, whichever comes first. The Fox will be located within a …

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Bristol County Repeater Association Meets Online, November 2, 2020

Margaret Gaffney, KA1BZE, writes on the BCRA mailing list: This month, we will be holding a fox hunt on November 21, 2020. More details will come at tomorrow’s meeting. Because of this, we will be having a tech talk on fox hunting after this month’s business meeting. It will again be on Zoom so look for a link in your email through this group. [Email mmgaffney -at- comcast -dot- net for meeting information.]  

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KD1D Fox is Out Again at a New Location, October 23, 2020

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the NE Mass Fox Hunters list at 4:23 PM on October 23, 2020:   As of noon Friday [October 23, 2020], the KD1D Fox is on the air at a Westford Conservation Trust Site.  It will remain there through Monday. The Site is the Veterans Memorial Complex in the Graniteville section of town. There is an excellent write up of the area at: https://westfordconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/veterans-memorial-complex/  Some Hints: – The site can be approached from at least two directions.   Although one might be tempted to follow a Beacon, greater success may come from finding the Field of Diamonds.  …

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KD1D Fox is Back On the Air, October 9, 2020

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the NEMass Fox Hunters List on October 9, 2020: The KD1D Fox transmitter went on the air again  in Westford MA at 1530 EDT on Friday 9 October 2020.   It will transmit a voice message on 146.565 MHz for approximately 30 seconds which will repeat at 60 second intervals.  I expect the Fox to be operating through the weekend until at least Tuesday afternoon.  For additional information on our club’s Fox Hunting activities, please visit: http://www.wb1gof.org/activities/Foxing/   Some clues: – It is located on conservation land in the northeast section of town and can be …

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Northeast MA Fox Hunting Update

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on NEMass fox hunters list: * All the 2-meter FM foxes belonging to PART of Westford members transmit on 146.565 MHz.   * Currently the KD1D and W1HFN foxes use the Squawkbox module, which typically transmits a short (e.g. 30 second)  voice message and repeats once per minute. The low  power output of about 50 mW allows more than one Squawkbox to be on the air if they are far enough apart.  Often, I have one operating in Westford and W1HFN has one operating in Littleton simultaneously. * Other two-meter fox boxes operated by our club members …

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KD1D Fox is Back On the Air, October 2, 2020

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the NEMass Fox Hunters List at 7:51 PM on October 2, 2020:  I set the fox loose again Friday afternoon around 5:00 pm in Westford.  It should run all weekend and into Monday. Some clues: It is neither ingenuous nor ingenious to say that it is an area named after something that is igneous. It is in an area with a small rocky stream. It should  be an easy non-strenuous hunt once you locate the general area. 73 and happy hunting! Alan KD1D

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KD1D Fox is on the loose for the Labor Day Weekend

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the NEMass Fox Hunters List at 8:07 PM on September 4, 2020: The KD1D Fox is out again after a brief vacation.  It is transmitting on 146.565 MHz, approximately 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off. Some clues: 1. It is near one of the numbered routes in Westford – specifically the 2nd highest numbered route passing through town. 2. It is on Westford Conservation Land.   3. The first name of the site is the same as the surname of an Irish nationalist leader who inspired the  rising of 1803, 4. The second name is the last …

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W1HFN Fox Deployed in Littleton, August 8, 2020

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the NEMass Fox Hunters List at 1:01 PM on August 8, 2020: Sorry for the time lapse since deployments,  medical stuff, surgery, etc. Deployed the fox today at the Hartwell reservation in Littleton.  Transmits on 146.565 with a voice ID every 30 seconds.  In a typical (for me) senior moment, I forgot to leave the sign-in log behind.  If you say you found it, I will believe you. BTW, wear your hiking shoes, its a long walk. 73, Barry, W1HFN

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Amateur Radio Direction Finding Seminar on ARRL Learning Network

From the USA ARDF Championship mailing list: ARRL members will have an opportunity to learn the basics of The Sport of Finding Hidden Transmitters On Foot. The presenter, Robert Frey, WA6EZV, will be conducting the webinar on Thursday, August 20, 2020, 12:30 PM PDT / 3:30 PM EDT (1930 UTC). There is no charge for attending the Zoom presentation. Register online at http://www.arrl.org/ARRL-Learning-Network

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KD1D Fox is “On the Loose” in Westford, June 12, 2020

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the writes on the NE Mass Foxhunters  list at 5:16 PM on June 12, 2020: I found a nice den for the fox in Westford.  It has a new case and a bigger battery (which I expect to last well into next week).  the KD1D Fox transmits about 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off and can be heard telling an old tale. It is transmitting on 146.565 MHz and is in a location that won’t interfere with Barry’s Littleton fox, If you need some help, just ask and I will provide clues, such as: …

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W1HFN Fox is QRV in Littleton

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the NEMass Foxhunters list on May 22, 2020 at 4:24 PM: The W1HFN fox is out at:  https://littletonconservationtrust.org/property/hartwell-family-memorial-preserve/  No one there when I placed it. Frequency is 146.565; runs continuously with a voice ID every 30 seconds.  Batteries should last 3/4 days.  Happy Hunting!  

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Littleton Fox QRV, October 1, 2019

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on the foxhunting list at 1:30 PM on October 1, 2019:   I just placed a Fox out on 2 Meter on 146.565. Press DTMF tone two to activate.   I’ll leave it out for a week.   See attached link for a map    Easy find. Not far from Parking area.   John KB1MGI   https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/nagog-hill-orchard/

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Two Foxes in Westford, September 22, 2019

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on the foxhunting list at 10:10 AM on September 22, 2019: I placed out two fox boxes this morning. One is the 2 meter 146.565 DTMF tone 2 to activate. The second one is a 70 cm 432.300 DTMF tone 2 to activate.   Both foxes are hidden in Westford at the Mass Audubon [Nashoba Brook Wildlife Sanctuary] off Rt 225 near Powers Road.    I don’t know how long the batteries will last; maybe a few days.  

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W1HFN Fox is Active in Littleton, September 21, 2019

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunting list on September 21, 2019 at 12:47 PM: Located in the conservation land off Hartwell Avenue in Littleton, MA.  Frequency of 146.565 with a 30-second voice every minute, runs continuously, no need for a tone. You will not hear it in the parking area as I have modified the antenna (actually a 52 ohm resistor) and the signal is really weak until you get quite close, more of a challenge this way? I forgot the log, so if you find it either take a picture or describe the location. Happy hunting! 73, Barry …

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Westford Foxes on the Loose, September 1, 2019

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, writes on the foxhunting list on September 1, 2019 at 11:24 AM: The KB1OIQ 2m and 80m foxes have been deployed.  I will leave them out until Tuesday evening around 6 PM.  I’m 99% certain the 2m battery will last.  The lifetime of the 80m battery has been improved but only experimentation will  show me how long it will last. The 2m fox frequency is 146.565 MHz. The 80m fox frequency is the TV color burst frequency:  3.5795 MHz. Subtract 1 character from this encoded message to get the clue as to where the foxes are hidden. …

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KD1D Fox Out for the Weekend in Westford

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the foxhunting list on August 30, 2019 at 4:24 PM: The KD1D Fox transmitter is OTA as of 1600 EDT on Friday Aug 30.  Since it’s a holiday weekend, I made it fairly easy to find in the  Nutting Road area [of Westford]. Very little bushwhacking should be required. I am working on some new enclosures that allow the use of a bigger  battery, but for now, I expect it to run for at least 2 days. Happy Hunting and a great Labor Day Weekend to all! 73 de KD1D

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