I drove out to the site today and fear that the fox beacon might get lost in the tall structures and flat elevation.
Hints and Tips:
1. Print out a Google Map and draw two circles, one centered on JSC Gilruth and the other on San Jac Park. Both with 10mi radius. The overlapping areas are where to look!
- Run to Harbor Freight and buy a cheap tape measure (might need 2?)
- Then go to Lowes for some PVC and make one before Sat.
- You’ll need some scrap coax and a connector.
- Use tie wraps if you don’t have hose clamps.
3. Someone online said they use a Baofeng UV-5R only:
“I use one exclusively for vhf and uhf foxhunting here in northeast Mass.
Its great for body fade , and works well with my tape measure yagi.
I program 4 channels: the fox frequency, the 3rd harmonic of it, and then the fox frequency up a few khz and down a few khz.
Usually end up not needing the yagi..”
4. I’ll also monitor W5RRR repeater on 146.640, assuming I can hit it from San Jac during POTA ops.
Dust off your 2m gear. We’re going to hide another 2m Fox this Saturday.
Who: Members, family, friends, all
What: A 2m Fox Hunt broadcast on 146.565 MHz FM; a 30 second tone (with CW code W5OC identifier) will be continuously sent each minute.
When: This Saturday Dec 3 from 8:30AM to 12:00PM
Where: A hidden 2m fox will be hidden in a tree or structure within a radius of 10 miles from the JSC Gilruth Center, and also within a radius of 10 miles from the San Jacinto Battleground Park. Hint: draw two circles from these location and see where they intersect.
- Use your 2m Handheld or fancier equipment from your car; park at places to get your bearings to find the fox.
- Try to track the time it takes for you to find it and we can compare findings afterwards.
- A small RED flag will be hanging in the tree (or supporting structure) to help you locate the Fox transmitter location.
- Monitor the JSCARC W5RRR Repeater 146.640 MHz (tone 123 Hz) for updates and queries.
73 and happy hunting