Hampden County (MA) Radio Association’s FB-1 Fox Is “Hiding,” October 6, 2021

Ken Dion, KD1KU, writes on the WMAFoxHunters mailing list on October 6, 2021 at 5:38 PM:

As of 1500 hrs local time (3pm), October 6th, HCRA FB-1 has gone back into hiding!

It’s long overdue that both HCRA Fox Box’s are both in hiding so all fox hunters can try to locate that diabolical fox! Are you up to the task?

HINT, I was able to wake it from its slumber with 25 watts from the old K-Mart parking lot on Rte.5 in Holyoke, MA. (coordinates below)
Hint Coordinates are: 42.18626, -72.63128 with an elevation of 247ft.

FB1 is running one watt into an 18-inch antenna. To activate FB1 go to the 2-meter simplex frequency of […], key your transmitter, identify yourself with your call sign then press […]. If the Fox can hear you (and you can hear it) you will hear its very distinctive sound. It will transmit for 30 seconds, ID, and then repeat 2 more times before going back to sleep. You can make it transmit as often as necessary to locate it.

This is a good opportunity for base stations to get in on the fun. If you can hear the fox please give its signal strength and direction if possible. Please do not reveal its location, just a location where you can hear it from, this then becomes a starting point for the other fox hunters to use. It’s just as important for the hunters to know where it CANNOT be heard as well as where it CAN be heard!

If you do locate FB-1 you do not have to touch it to claim finding it, eyeball contact is sufficient with a photo for good measure. Post a photo of the FB (not revealing its location) as there might be other hunters still out there trying to find it. It is located less than 500 feet from a safe parking location. Announce it and post the photo here on this group and the HCRA Facebook Group that you found it along with any comments other than its location. We want to know who has found it and who hasn’t.

I can tell you it’s in a publicly accessible location with nearby safe parking. Getting to FB-1 may require a short walk on mostly flat ground.
Please do not post the frequency or PL on social media, websites, or email lists.

ALL Fox Hunters are welcomed to participate regardless of affiliation!

Happy Hunting!
Ken, KD1KU

[For frequency and PL information, email Ken, KD1KU, at kd1ku -at- yahoo -dot- com.]

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