Tuesday, May 18, 2010
All hunters are more than welcome to participate. If you don’t have fox hunting equipment yet, ride along with someone and see how it’s done…or see how it’s not done, depending on who you’re with. In any case, the more the merrier. The hunt is free and open to anyone who wants to participate or just ride along, have fun, and maybe learn a bit.
The hunt will begin at the parking lot of the Ken Groom Technical and Training Center, 280 East 8th Street, Holland at 7:00 p.m. (1900 hours for the technosquad) and will end at 9:02 p.m. (that's sunset, for the romantics and those without watches) on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.
Odometer readings will be taken before the hunt begins. The winner will be the person or team whose vehicle puts on the lowest number of miles finding the Fox. In case of a tie, the person or team who found the Fox first will be deemed the winner. To “find” the Fox, one person from the team must identify him/herself to the Fox by name and call sign and give the Fox the final odometer reading.
Once a team has found the Fox, they will be given directions to the site of the “Post Hunt Social Hour” and should then exit the hiding place without giving other hunters any hints as to the whereabouts of the Fox. Taunting, gloating, bragging and razzing will be reserved for before and after the hunt.
Any type of direction finding equipment may be used, but Doppler users will compete only against each other and will not be eligible for the Grand Prize...if there is one. The Fox will be hiding within an eight mile radius of the clubhouse. The Fox will remain in or near the car in a publicly accessible spot. The geeky stuff - the Fox will use a robofox, transmitting one minute on, two minutes off at 145.53 and there's something about a vertically polarized whip antenna and the frequency and power not varying, blah, blah, blah.
All traffic rules and regulations must be obeyed. Driving backwards to conserve mileage, while somewhat effective, is not recommended. Be careful when jumping out of the car to get a reading. You don’t want your family to have to explain to the other mourners just exactly what it was you were doing when you were hit by the truck and why that antenna is sticking out of your chest.
Be safe, have fun, and try to find me!
K8AJ, The Fox.