'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.)
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
Repeater Association Hamfest
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
Gerry K8GGL and Jim KD8CAN 9.9 miles
April Fox Hunt
Saturday, April 28th 2012
9:00 am to 11:00 am
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
March Fox Hunt Results
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Starting Location: Family Fare Parking Lot
28th Avenue and Port
Your fox team was K8JHR and AJ8W, winners of the 'Almost
Halloween' Fox Hunt.
And the winners are.....
Larry DeBlaay, WD8PAP and Grandson Cody
Tom and Sheila Bosscher, K8TB and K8AJ
John Streyle, W8QZ, Jim Leys, KD8CAN and Mike Hill, W8DER
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:
||Primary and higher power transmitters
||(Note: changed from 145.580 mhz)
||lower power transmitters
Let us know what you think at Frequencies@MichiganFoxHunter.com
A new toy....
But what do we do with it?
Photo by James Richards, K8JHR
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
Hope to hear from you......
The Almost Halloween Fox Hunt
October 29th 2011
A Saturday Hunt
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
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..........
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?
A summer morning....
July 16th, 2011
9:00 to 11:00 am
Family Fare Lot
Port Sheldon and 28th Avenue
Independent Repeater Association
2011 Fox Hunt
Saturday, June 4th 1:30 PM
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 +)
Let's not forget the.....
CQ Magazine, Fourteenth Annual
World-Wide Foxhunting Weekend
May 14-15. 2011
Here in West Michigan it's the
***** MAY FOXHUNT
May 14, 2011
Hope YOU can make it!
Everyone is more than welcome.
From our friends at the Branch County Amateur Radio Club....
County Fox Hunt
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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!
Twice the Fun
Find BOTH Hidden Transmitters!
Saturday, April 9th 2011.
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.
A Hunt for
Tom the Turkey!
As always, we hope YOU can be there.....
Saturday, November 6th.
Evenings are getting shorter, but the competition is getting more intense!
Results of The August Fox Hunt
from the Top
of Jamestown Hill.
Altitude: 880 ft.
August 18, 2010
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.
The July Grand Rapids Hunt
July 21, 2010
Thanks to The Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association.
Everyone had a GREAT time
Everyone had fun, June 22 Hunt
Started at the Holland Tech Center.
The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club
Hosts a Successful Saturday
Fox Hunting Attenuator Construction Project
The IRA Hamfest Fox Hunt 2010
"We had a great afternoon of fun!"
Tuesday, May 18th
Official Results and more
Thinking about getting your Extra Class License?
Here is your opportunity!
Extra! Extra! Learn All About It......
May 2010 CQ Magazine Quotes our Own
Sheila and Tom Bosscher
in a Foxhunting Article
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