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Homing In, CQ Magazine, May 2022 -- "Foxhunting Pranks and Championship Opportunities"
- "No matter what your purpose, you'll find that it takes experience out in the field to become proficient with your equipment. Fortunately, practicing is lots of fun when hams get together to hold mobile hidden transmitter hunts."
- "Even in the simplest hunts, it's typical for one or more teams to become completely baffled at some point. When the goal is to bamboozle everyone, there is no end to the stunts that an imaginative huntmaster can employ."
- "If hunt rules allow it, vary the hidden transmitter power. This is particularly hard on hunters who use a beam, attenuator, and S-meter to get bearings, because that method relies on constant signal level for its accuracy."
- "If you don't mind waiting a long time for the hunters to arrive and you are prepared to be the object of their outrage, combine short transmissions with varying power."
- "By rotating a transmitting beam in azimuth, you can 'light up' nearby hills in various directions."
Gary Holoubek WB6GCT (pictured) assembled this 16-foot-long circularly polarized beam with 6 X 6 foot screen reflector in a wilderness park for a Fullerton Radio Club mobile T-hunt. Read more about the clever ways that hiders fool T-hunters in Homing In for May 2022.
Homing In, CQ Magazine, February 2022 -- "World Class Foxhunting in the Tar Heel State"
- "Bill Wright WB6CMD of Winchester, California, says that he was the only person who traveled by air, whereas the others arrived in their own vehicles."
- "Radio-orienteering and classic orienteering make good partners for practice and championship events. Ham clubs can supply fox transmitters, antennas and receiver sets. Orienteering clubs have maps, electronic scoring gear and knowledgeable volunteers."
- "Ken Diekman, now K6KRD, put a transmitter in a black canister and lashed it atop a bare pole in a field for a night hunt. When hunters aimed their lights up at it, it looked just like an ordinary electrical transformer."
- "Once I gave my little fox transmitter to a youngster and had him hold it for a long ride on the Ferris wheel at a church carnival. Yes, the signal did go up and down!"
- "There were bragging rights for the first mobile team to find the hiders, but the official winners were determined by a handicapping formula that was intended to maximize fairness for new hunters and teams that had not become regular winners."
In lieu of medals, Imre Polik KX4SO, Ken Harker WM5R and Joe Burkhead KE8MKR are receiving commemorative coasters at the medal ceremony from organizers K5JGH and WB4QZG. Learn more about the 2021 USA ARDF Championships in Homing In for February 2022. (Photo by Mike Minium)
CQ Magazine, November 2021 -- "Rules for Foxhunting and a Recap of the 2021 CQ Worldwide Foxhunting Weekend"
- "'Why were those radio direction finding (RDF) sets impounded?' That was the question I received in an e-mail from Kirk Groeneveld, KC8JRV about my August column."
- "Since the first World Championships in 1980, there have been detailed rules that are written and approved by representatives of the participating nations through a committee of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)."
- "There are lots of other ARDF regulations designed to insure uniformity and fairness as well as to minimize confusion. The latest rules for USA championships fill 32 pages."
- "The latest versions allow for competitors to pre-position their own spare receivers, batteries, headphones or other components just beyond the starting line in the starting corridor, plainly marked with the owner's name."
- "One area of controversy in ARDF rule-making concerns the use of devices with GPS. Having a GPS map display on the course would be an unfair advantage, of course."
Joe Perrigoue K7KCE and Liam are off to find the two-meter fox transmitters during the Foxhunting Weekend event at Hillcrest Park in Fullerton, California. Read more about Foxhunting Weekend 2021 and the international rules for radio-orienteering in Homing In for November 2021.
Homing In appeared monthly in 73 Magazine from November 1988 until the magazine ceased publication with the September 2003 issue. My column then appeared in CQ VHF magazine, a quarterly publication, from 2004 through Fall 2013 and CQ-Plus Digital Magazine during 2014. Now it appears four times per year in CQ Magazine, which is available in print by subscription and in Amateur Radio Stores. You can also subscribe to CQ in digital form, viewable on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android. I welcome your input for future articles, so please continue to send me your news of mobile and on-foot transmitter hunt activities.
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