Meeting in the Rogers Plaza Parking lot, near the 5/3 Bank building.
(Corner of 28th Street and Michael Ave, in Wyoming)
'Larry The Fox',
WD8PAP, reigning victor of the March Fox Hunt controlling
the elusive beacons.
This is the hunt that they said could never be done.
...A foxhunt up
Belknap Hill, just northeast of downtown Grand Rapids.
Belknap is a massive hill full if communications towers, a
maze of streets that don't go anywhere and a lovers lane
that only the teens can find. This mound of dirt
exposes a direct line-of-site conduit for 2-meter signals
through downtown and into the southern suburbs of Kent
County. Unfortunately for our hunters, the surface
route to Belknap is full of industrial parks and tall
buildings reflecting multi-path signals in every direction.
The US131 expressway bisects the route causing hunters to search
for routes to cross from side to side. Just south of
Belknap, the I-196 expressway nearly blocks the few local
streets to the north. However, our fox, Larry, WD8PAP, showed
that the Belknap Hill can be concurred.
The hunt started at Rogers Plaza, a
mall on 28th street south of Grand Rapids. The Larry the fox instructed the hunters to find a
robo-fox first to retrieve a numbered card. Cleverly, the
robo-box was placed within walking distince of a long set of
stairs leading to the top of the hill and the foxe's
ultimate lair. Our winner, Laryn, K8TVZ started up the
hill on foot and found the fox sitting in his easy chair on
the steps up the hill. The rest of the hunters
traveled by car into the maze of streets at the top of the
hill and spent another hour finding the fox. Nobody
had a problem finding the debriefing meeting at McDonalds on
Medical Hill afterwords. Everyone agreed the hunt was
well designed. A good time was had by all.
Laryn Lohman, K8TVZ 5.4 Miles
Sheila Bosscher K8AJ, Tom Bosscher, K8TB 6.8 Miles