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The May foxhunt occurred on Sunday the 5th of May, which turned out to be a beautiful spring day in Indiana, temperatures in the high 60’s and a blue sky. Wow!
There were three hunter teams for this one. The first consisted of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA and KA9YYI, plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN plus their grandson Alex (who was celebrating his 21st birthday). And the third team included Don Glick, K9LI and his wife Julie plus her dad Ed.
Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Phil Hooper, AB9IZ served as the fox for this hunt. They ensconced themselves near the ball diamonds at Rockhill Park in west central Ft. Wayne. They attached a magnet to the microfox and affixed it near the bottom of a steel fencepost that bordered a tree line in the park. It emitted about 40 milliwatts of cw for one minute every two and one half minutes on the 146.430 MHz fox frequency. For the high power fox they used a yagi up about 20’ and driven by Charles’s mobile transceiver with the yagi pointed at some high tension lines. As usual the high power fox transmitted for one minute every five minutes.Continue reading
The April foxhunt (hidden transmitter hunt) occurred on Sunday the 7th of April, which turned out to be a beautiful spring day in Indiana (finally)! The hunters consisted of two teams, the first being that of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and new-comer Bill Hopkins, K9WEH who decided to give it a try and rode along with Charles and Fred. The second team consisted of Don Glick, K9LI and his wife Julie.
Jim Pliett, K9OMA, Al Burke, WB9SSE, Annie Pliett, KA9YYI and Carole Burke, WB9RUS served as the fox for this hunt. They located on the western edge of Swiney Park near the baseball diamond. The high power fox consisted of a 40 watt mobile driving Jim’s quad that was located on the roof of his van. It transmitted for one minute every five minutes, starting on the half hour. The microfox was implemented using the 40 milliwatt microprocessor controlled package we use for most foxhunts. It transmitted CW on 146.340 MHz for one minute every two and a half minutes.
Where to hide it, where to hide it, where to hide it??? Hmmm, we spotted a corrugated steel retaining wall that caught our interest. It had vertical pipe-like features on either end that just beckoned to have a microfox dropped down inside where it would be hard to find. So that’s what Jim did. Being inside the metal pipe created a natural shielding effect which meant that one had to get within fifteen feet or so of the pipe to hear the microfox signal.
The March fox (hidden transmitter) hunt occurred on Sunday the 3rd of March, a cold, windy, slightly overcast day that featured a bit of blowing snow. (C’mon Spring Training). The foxhunting teams consisted of the team of Jim Pliett, K9OMA and Al Burke, WB9SSE, the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, WB9’s SAN and LAN plus their grandson Alex, and the team of Don Glick, K9LI and his wife Julie.
The role of the fox in this little drama was provided by Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Phil Hooper, AB9IZ. (This crew is widely referred to as “the Unholy Three” in God fearing foxhunting circles throughout the Midwest, and internationally, through Interpol, are known as der schlaue Fuchs).
They hid out at Waynedale Memorial Park, south of Lower Huntington Rd., across the street from Waynedale Elementary School. A nice little park.