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Results of the July 20th Fox Hunt!

A great job by Sheila, K8AJ, the Vixen.

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There are those who are really good at Fox Hunting, and then there are those who are fun to watch Fox Hunting. And so it was, starting at 9 am. The Vixen went on the air from an undisclosed location. Thirty minutes later, and in a direct road drive to the transmitter, Laryn, K8TVZ once again exhibited his RF nose. The Vixen was located at the Chick'n Lick'n Restaurant, on the SW corner of 64th St. and Byron Road smack dab in the heart of downtown Vriesland. She was inside an air conditioned building, with her car with the Fox Box transmitter parked just outside her window. There was a sign on her driver door window, "Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner!'. Indeed, Laryn received a free breakfast. A note. Where else does a fox belong, but in a hen house named Chick'n Lick'n? Ten minutes behind Laryn, but with a few more miles, was Tom, K8TB.

A while later, Mike, W8DER showed up, pulling up right alongside the Vixen's car.

Mike came inside and joined Sheila, Laryn and Tom in watching a show that should have been televised. There were two fox hunters, who were parked across the street, and for 30 very amusing moments, could not locate anything. Their names will not be released.

But, with 15 seconds to spare on the 2 hour time limit, Chuck, AJ8W James, K8JHR walked into the restaurant. Was it mentioned that the restaurant was air conditioned, has great food and bathrooms?

A good time was had by all. OK, a good time was had by most.

Next Hunt? It's up to Laryn.

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'You know folks....
Fox Hunting is Just Plain Fun!'

Come join us for a this presentation and demonstration of hidden transmitter hunting at the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Immediately following the 7:00 PM General Membership Meeting.

(At the Greater Kala­ma­zoo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 5640 Venture Ct. in Kalamazoo.)

Click Here for Presentation Slides

The July Fox Hunt
Thursday, July 19th

Announcing the July Fox Hunt! Won't you join us on July 19th at 6:00 PM for the July Fox Hunt with Chuck, AJ8W, as the fox.

Starting point will be the parking lot of the Family Fare Supermarket on 28th Avenue and Port Sheldon in Jenison/Hudsonville. There will be two transmitters: one on 145.530 Mhz and a MicroFox on 145.690 Mhz. The hunt will last two hours after which the fox will announce the post hunt meeting place.


It was a beautiful night for a fox hunt. The temperature was in the 70s, the rain held off for the whole hunt. And best of all, a couple of new hams joined us. Welcome Eric and Kelly!

Chuck was hidden in Georgetown Community Park. His car with the foxbox was in the parking lot. The micro fox was hidden in the fork of a tree about 150 yards from the foxbox.

The Winners were.....
1, James K8JHR and Rich W8IMA 3.6 miles and 10 min to find the micro fox.
2. Gerry K8GGL and Jim KD8CAN 4.6 miles and 5 min to micro fox
3. Jim KC8PCJ and Dave KD8OCZ 6.2 miles and 12 min to micro fox
4. Larry KD8PAP and Cody 6.4 miles and 19 min to micro fox
5. Eric N8XHP and Kelly KD8AIF 6.5 miles and 6 min to micro fox
Honorable Mention -- started late
Tom K8TB no starting miles 5 min to micro fox


Independant Repeater Association Hamfest

Fox Hunt

Saturday, June 2, 2012

As usual Laryn K8TVZ gave the hunters a challenge by hiding on a dead end road just north of the express way. 112th and McClellan’s streets. Which side of the e-way to chose? And the winners....

1. Chuck AJ8W and Richard W8IMA 7.8 miles
2. Brian KD8PZJ and Larry WD8PAP 8.6 miles
3. Gerry K8GGL and Jim KD8CAN 9.9 miles   


April Fox Hunt

Saturday, April 28th 2012
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Click Here for Fox Hunt Results



ARRL Michigan Section Presents the 14th Annual

Michigan Summer Family Outing
July 5-8, 2012

Woodland Conference Center and Campground - Hale, MI

Includes a tape measure antenna building project and a 4-transmitter fox hunt

Click Here for project website and schedule
Click Here for Family Outing Brochure


March Fox Hunt Results

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Starting Location: Family Fare Parking Lot
28th Avenue and Port Sheldon, Hudsonville/Jenison

Your fox team was K8JHR and AJ8W, winners of the 'Almost Halloween' Fox Hunt.

And the winners are.....

Larry DeBlaay, WD8PAP and Grandson Cody
followed by
Tom and Sheila Bosscher, K8TB and K8AJ
followed by
John Streyle, W8QZ, Jim Leys, KD8CAN and Mike Hill, W8DER
followed by
Robert Holton KC8USP.

The fox was found very cold beside the band director's tower at Grandville High School


Proposed Additional Fox Hunting Frequencies

Let us know what you think at Frequencies@MichiganFoxHunter.com

Background: Currently the primary frequency for the West Michigan 2-meter fox hunts is 145.530 mhz with a backup frequency of 145.580 mhz. According to the ARRL 2-Meter Band Plan, these frequencies are properly placed within the band portion specified for 'Miscellaneous and experimental modes' which is 145.500 mhz to 145.800 mhz. Just below this portion of the band are 'FM repeater outputs' and above is the 'Satellite Subband.'

With the popularity of mult-fox hunts growing and recognizing that we do not 'own' a frequency, we are suggesting that we should define more potential frequencies within the same portion of the band plan for our hunts.  This will allow more flexibility while at the same time allowing hunters to have all the potential frequencies pre-programmed into their HT's.

We are proposing seven (7) fox hunt frequencies at a spacing of 40 mhz with the convention that transmitters outputing more than one watt would stay at the lower frequencies and transmitters outputing less than one watt (including the new 15 milliwatt transmitters) would use the upper frequencies. The proposed frequencies are as follows:

  145.530 Mhz Primary and higher power transmitters
145.570 Mhz (Note: changed from 145.580 mhz)
  145.610 Mhz  
  145.650 Mhz  
  145.690 Mhz  
  145.730 Mhz  
  145.770 Mhz lower power transmitters

Let us know what you think at Frequencies@MichiganFoxHunter.com

A new toy....
But what do we do with it?

  mini fox picture  
Photo by James Richards, K8JHR

Micro-Fox 15

The Micro-Fox 15 by Byonics.Com is a 15mW T-Hunt transmitter capable of transmitting on any 2-meter frequency (144MHz - 148MHz). It can be heard over 3 miles away, so it's great for a walking or ARDF style hunt. With the serial programming cable and Windows configuration software, the user can control all timing, tones, and Morse Code ID. The unit runs on a 9 volt battery and uses a standard rubber ducky antenna with a SA type connector.

We now have at least three of these neat little transmitters in the fox hunting bags of local hams.  It is time to figure out what to do with these little gems.  If you have any ideas, please let us know.  Please post them on our Yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MichiganFoxHunter/ or send an email to webfox@MichiganFoxHunter.com.   Hope to hear from you......


The Almost Halloween Fox Hunt
October 29th 2011
A Saturday Hunt

Click Here for Results



Next Fox Hunt is Wednesday,
September 21st, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Start: Family Fare Parking Lot
28th Avenue and Port Sheldon, Hudsonville/Jenison

Click Here for Results

Click Here for Standard Rules

Everyone is more than welcome to join us.
The more hunters --- the more fun!

Start of the August 31 2011 Hunt
A Duel to the Finish!

It was after dark before they found Laryn, K8TVZ, and his 100 Milliwatt Transmitter.

April 9th, May 14th, June 4th, July 16th, How about the..........

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Not again!

August Fox Hunt

There's just enought time to squeak it in by the end of the month.

It will be this Wednesday!
August 31, 2011
7:00 to 9:00 PM
The Fox will be Laryn, K8TVZ.

A Bulletin From the Fox...

OK let's keep it simple. 145.53, starting at Family Fare Port Sheldon/28th Ave. Hudsonville/Jenison, the normal minimum mileage rules, optional post-hunt brag session TBA. Power will remain constant, polarization could be....anything-but will not change during the hunt, hunted will be within a 9.2 mile radius of starting point. Tx on for 1 minute, off for 3 minutes, beginning at 7pm. Anything I've missed?  

........The Fox

Click Here for Standard Rules

Click here for the RESULTS!

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A summer morning....

Fox Hunt

July 16th, 2011
9:00 to 11:00 am
Family Fare Lot
Port Sheldon and 28th Avenue

Hudsonville/Jenison, MI

Click Here for Results.

Independent Repeater Association
2011 Fox Hunt

Saturday, June 4th 1:30 PM
Hudsonville Fairgrounds

Results: from the fox, James, K8JHR.
The fox was hiding in Wedgewood Park on Wilson Avenue in Grandville.
Air-miles =6.2 mi

First Place: Chuck, AJ8W and Rich, W8IMA (10.3 miles, arrived first)

Second Place: Tom, K8TB, Sheila, K8AJ and Doug KD8CAO (10.3 miles)

Third Place: Mike, KB8ZGL (10.6 miles)

Fourth Place: Nick KD8JBG (20.3 miles, 2 hours +)

Fifth Place: Jim, KD8CAN and Robert KC8USP (28.3 miles, 2 hours +)

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Let's not forget the.....

CQ Magazine, Fourteenth Annual
World-Wide Foxhunting Weekend

May 14-15. 2011

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Here in West Michigan it's the

*****  MAY FOXHUNT  *****

May 14, 2011

Hope YOU can make it!
Everyone is more than welcome.

Click Here for Results.

From our friends at the Branch County Amateur Radio Club....

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Branch County Fox Hunt
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
7:00 PM

This will be a competitive hunt where each team or individual competes against all others for the honor of being the champ!


The first hunt of the year For the BCARC is in the books, and it was a great time. The Fox did an excellent job, hiding the Fox Box in Waterworks Park on the far side of the river nestled under a pine tree near the chain link fence that separates the park from the fairgrounds on the south side of Coldwater. The fence and nearby buildings combined to create a lot of reflections which made the end game more difficult.

This was a competitive hunt with a time limit of 1.5 hours. Tags numbered 1, 2, and 3 were on the Fox Box and the the first arrival takes #1, the second #2, etc.

Participating were 10 hunters, the Huntmaster, and the Fox. Two teams could not locate the Fox Box within the time limit, so they limped back to the starting point with their heads hanging low and their tails between their legs.

Coming in 1st was Tom Bosscher, K8TB from GR, 2nd went to the team of Chuck Smith KC9QCF, and Charles Parsons, KC9QDO, both from Fremont, IN. 3rd was Jan Hayden, KD8CYW from Branch County.

It is interesting to note that we had participants from Kent, Calhoun and Branch Counties in Michigan and from Steuben County Indiana.

We barely beat the rain, but in spite of the chilly temps, a great time was had by all. Prizes were awarded for the first 3 finishers: 1st place: $20; 2nd place $10; and 3rd place $5. It was interesting to note that all winners donated the prize money back to the club. Thank you for your generosity, fellows!

We are stoked and ready to go again!

Larry, WB8R


Twice the Fun
Find BOTH Hidden Transmitters!

Saturday, April 9th 2011.

Click Here for Details/Results/Pictures.


Muskegon AARC
November Turkey Hunt!

Join us in the Office Max parking lot at Sherman and US31 for check-in at 1:30 pm Sunday afternoon.  Hunt starts at 2:00.  See detail link below.

Sunday, November 28th.

Click Here for Details/Results/Pictures.


A Hunt for
Tom the Turkey!

As always, we hope YOU can be there.....

Saturday, November 6th.

Click Here for Details/Results/Pictures.


Evenings are getting shorter, but the competition is getting more intense!

September 15th.

Click Here for Results.


Results of The August Fox Hunt
from the Top of Jamestown Hill.

Altitude: 880 ft.

August 18, 2010
7:00 P.M.

Just as we thought, this one ended up being a great hunt!

Many thanks to the fox Laryn Lohman, K8TVZ, for a great job hiding.

Click Here for Full Information.


The July Grand Rapids Hunt

July 21, 2010

Thanks to The Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association.
Everyone had a GREAT time

Click Here for Information and RESULTS.

Attention! HARC Tech Ctr.

Everyone had fun, June 22 Hunt

Started at the Holland Tech Center.

Click Here for more information and Final Results.

The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club


Hosts a Successful Saturday
Fox Hunting Attenuator Construction Project

Click Here for More Information.

The IRA Hamfest Fox Hunt 2010

"We had a great afternoon of fun!"

Click Here for Details.

Thumbs up! Thumbs up!

Tuesday, May 18th

Official Results and more

Click Here for Details.

Extra Manual

Thinking about getting your Extra Class License?

Here is your opportunity!

Extra!   Extra!   Learn All About It......

Read More

May 2010 CQ Magazine Quotes our Own
Sheila and Tom Bosscher
in a Foxhunting Article

Click here to the article, page 34

What is the MichiganFoxHunter Yahoo Group, you ask? It's a bulletin board specifically made to keep members and friends up to date on fox hunting activities in Michigan, buy and sell your "second best" RDF equipment, ask questions and read comments on a daily basis. You can keep track of "what's happening" in either of two ways.

Visit the Yahoo web site. The first way is to go to the yahoo site by clicking the link above or surfing to "http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MichiganFoxHunter/". (I have a shortcut on my desktop.) You can view recent postings as well as search for past achieved postings.  If you wish, you can leave replies to posted questions or ask a question of your own by selecting Post from the menu on the left or by clicking Reply from the button on each posting.

Sign-up for e-mails of postings.  After you sign-in to the MichiganFoxHunter Yahoo site, you will see a link "Edit Membership" at the top of the screen just above the MichiganFoxHunter name.  Use this link to access you membership setup, especially your preference on getting emails.  The default setup here is for you to get an email every time somebody posts a message.  THIS IS TOO MUCH E-MAIL for most members.  Most people select the option to get a daily digest of postings or no email at all.  (i.e. you will visit the site to read postings.)  You can change this setting at any time.

Members can also post messages with email by emailing the message to MichiganFoxHunter@Yahoogroups.com. Note that your email subject line becomes the posting title.

This is a moderated group. Moderators approve all new members - to keep spammers out.  They also reserve the right to remove "unfriendly postings" especially spam.

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