Are you a new Ham and interested in what you can do with your license? Or have been licensed for a while but have not been on the air? We will be holding a New Ham Open House at Fred, AB1OC, and Anita, AB1QB’s QTH on Saturday, March 17th starting at 1:00 pm for new Hams.
We’ll have a tour of our antenna farm and we’ll have our HF Station setup for you to make some contacts.
More Fox Hunt fun this weekend – Bob, W1FDR shares his experiences.
I found both the foxes but I had to work really hard to do it. First I drove to the Home Depot area off of exit 6 and found the strongest signal in the parking area of mine falls park. It was very icy but it didn’t take me long to realize it wasn’t there so I went back across the bridge to the Nashua high school, the parking lots were full with activity and I did not know the area. So I drove to the Wiggins Park area and hiked over to where the foxes were. I was going to take a picture of the strongest fox but there were so many people walking by and I was so busy talking to them I forgot. I then went to find the weaker fox and I did take a picture or I had a picture taken by a passerby.
Then proceeded to help the economy in Nashua with Christmas shopping.
John, KB1MGI and his son Craig, KB1CGS also tracked down the large wily critter. Here is their story –
KB1CGS Craig my son and myself KB1MGI John both found the 146.565 Fox.
After circling the area around exit 6 we ended up at the parking area at Lincoln Park at the end of Coliseum Ave. Craig and I went over the icy Bridge and stayed on the left trail along the water. Then we walked in circles for ever and we kept ending up at the base of a hill and still walking in circles over an over again.
When climbed up the steep hill to the main trail. At first we figured the fox was across the river behind the high school. Turning around and figured it was back down the hill. Then Craig said look at that stump I saw the tip of the antenna.
2 hours to find. Great job hiding the fox.
We did not look for the other one because it was getting dark soon.
“Two foxes have been spotted in the Nashua area! It has been reported that N1FD-fox1 was heard on Route 3 this morning on 146.565. It has also been reported that N1FD-fox2 could be heard from close to N1FD-fox2’s location on a frequency of 146.535.”
Hunting the Large Fox
I went down to our shack and turned on the 2m rig. Sure enough, there was the howl of the large fox (audio recording above) so I gathered my HT and Elk Yagi antenna and set off to track down the Wiley critters. I stopped just beyond my house near Rt. 122 in Hollis, NH to get an initial fix. Sure enough, I heard the large critter’s bark coming from the general direction of Nashua. A couple of fixes along Rt. 3 indicated that the fox was in a den in Mine Falls Park so I drove there and parked. By this time, the fox was clearly audible on the mobile rig in my truck. I switched my HT to the big fox’s third harmonic frequency and headed for a high spot on a bridge in the center of the park. Sure enough, there the Wiley critter was – just ahead on the trail.
So we did team up and it did not take long to find the fox’s hideout. We both signed the fox log and turned our attention to finding the smaller fox.
Hunting the Small Fox
The small fox was audible from the large fox’s den using my Yagi and HT. We tracked the small fox across the soccer fields at Mine Falls Park and over a small ridge. Once we got close, Bob used his dish system to track down the small fox in its den.
The combination of my Yagi and Bob’s dish system worked very well for hunting the foxes. The Yagi was surprisingly directional at longer range and this made it relatively easy to get close to both foxes. Bob’s dish was great for the final, close-in location of the foxes in their dens.
On August 19, we held the Nashua Area Radio Club Family Picnic at Greeley Park in Nashua. There was good weather for the picnic and members brought delicious food to the potluck lunch. We all had a great time catching up with club members and their spouses and hunting for the fox. We also visited the Art Show, which was held in the park that weekend.
Fred, AB1OC hid the club’s two fox transmitters, which provided for a challenging Fox Hunt.
The picnic was a fun event for members and their families.