logo

A Summer Morning in July...

*****  FOX HUNT  *****

Saturday
July 16, 2011
Starts at 9:00, ends at 11:00.

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

Scheduled early so you can still get to that "honey-do" list.



DETAILS:

Congregate time: 8:30 am
Start Time: 9:00 am
Saturday, July 16th 2011
Start Location: Same as the May hunt, Family Fair Lot at 28th Avenue and Port Sheldon in Hudsonville.
The fox will be within 10 airline miles of the start.
Lowest mileage wins.
Maximum Fox Hunt Time of 2 hours.
Fox will be using transmitting 1 minute ON, 3 minutes OFF.
Fox will be located in a car or van, on publicly accessible land or water.
The Fox antenna will remain in a fixed position for the duration of the hunt.

Your Fox,
Chuck Nowak

(Co-Winner of the June IRA Hunt)

 



Page Links:

Starting Information
The Rules
Official Results

Plenty of parking.... Good Exposure for Radio Signals
Starting from Port Sheldon Street and 28th Avenue, Hudsonville, Michigan
[SE Corner - In Front of Family Fare Supermarket]

Our starting point for the May Foxhunt is one of our favorite spots along the Hudsonville/Jenison Township line. It's impossible to guess where the fox will be hiding, because there are just too many good spots all around to choose from. Our fox for the hunt will be K8AJ, also one of our favorites.


1840 Byron Road
Port Sheldon Street and 28th Avenue, Hudsonville, Michigan
[SE Corner, in front of Family Fare Supermarket]
 Picture from Google Maps
Since the Google folks took this picture, a few construction trailers have been parked on this corner. They should be no problem.
Gathering Time: 8:30 AM.        Hunt Start: 9:00 AM
Meet along the 28th Avenue side of the parking lot and up by the corner.
There will be lots of room to spread-out for the initial readings.
GPS Info: 6490 28th Avenue, Jenison, MI 49428   

Be sure to check-in with our official starter. He will need
your odometer and trip counter readings, along with names/calls of your team members.


Click Here for Google Map and Directions


Hunt Description and Rules

This hunt will follow the Michigan Fox Hunter rules for a 'basic 2-meter fox hunt' except as noted in this description of the 'Spring Fling' fox hunt.  Should the two sets of rules conflict, this Spring Fling set of special rules will be used.

Click here for MichiganFoxHunter.com Rules



Special Rules for the May Foxhunt
July 16, 2011

Congregate time: 8:30 am, Saturday, July 16th 2011.  Start at 9:00 promptly.
Start Location: Same as the April and May hunt, Family Fair Lot at 28th Avenue and Port Sheldon in Hudsonville.
The fox will be within 10 airline miles of the start.
Lowest mileage wins.
Maximum Fox Hunt Time of 2 hours.
Fox will be transmitting, 1 minute ON, 3 minutes OFF.
Fox will be located in a car or van, on publicly accessible land or water.
The fox antenna will remain in a fixed position for the duration of the hunt.

Hunt Frequency will be 145.53 unless otherwise defined at the start site.

 


Official Results

Official Results and pictures.

 July 16th Fox Hunt

This hunt was really a lot of fun! A super way to spend a Saturday morning. Chuck Nowak showed a lot of creativity in his planning. From the ideal selection of a starting time early enough for cool temperatures to a clever destination, this was really a neat hunt. In one interesting twist, Chuck specified that he was going to use a stationary antenna during the hunt. What he didn't say was that he was going to place his mag mount on the side of his car. I think everyone spotted the horizontal polarity right from the start, but we all thought it was properties of a reflected signal. There are a lot of water towers in the Hudsonville/Jenison area.

Who would have thought that Chuck would choose to hide at John Meyer, K8IHY's QTH on the top of Hudsonville Hill (880 feet above sea level). This was the starting point for the August 8, 2010 Fox Hunt. Everyone found out how much harder it was to hunt back UP the hill. With all the hills and valleys, we lost the signal several times climbing up from 28th Avenue and Port Sheldon.

It is going to be hard to beat this hunt with the August hunt. We are all eagerly awaiting the announcement of the next fox hunt.

Once again, thanks to the Chuck Nowak, our July Fox.

...And the results are:

First Place: 
Laryn Lohman
7.3 miles traveled

Second Place:
Tom Bosscher, K8TB
Robert Holten, KC8USP
7.8 miles traveled

Third Place:
James Richards , K8JHR
7.9 miles traveled

Fourth Place:
Mike Hill, W8DER
Jim Leys, KD8CAN
8.1 miles traveled

Fifth Place:
Doug PaPay, KD8CAO
and friend Joel.
9.5 miles traveled.


The Stats:

Initial Bearing to fox: 165  degrees
Airmiles to fox: 5.28 miles
Road miles to target: 7.3 miles

Please send pictures to webmaster, Mike@W8DER.Net