Live Fox Hunt, Wallingford CT Vicinity, September 25, 2022

Dave Tipping, NZ1J, writes on the ctfoxhunter list on September 24, 2022:

We’ll have a live Fox Hunt on Sunday (September 25, 2022) from 9:30 am until 11:00 am. The transmitters will be hidden within 3.2 miles of the Wallingford Senior Center (238 Washington St, Wallingford). This will be a 32 square mile search area; our usual hunts cover 40 square miles. The search area will be a perfect circle.

We’ll be using these three frequencies:

There will be a 2 watt signal continuously on 146.565 MHz. It will make a short beep every three seconds and will ID in Morse Code every minute.

The 10 mW transmitter is on 147.475 MHz and will beep every three seconds and will ID in Morse Code every minute.

The 1 mW transmitter is on 146.290 MHz and beeps every three seconds.

There is no central starting location. Other Fox Hunters can be contacted on the W1NRG repeater 147.360 with PL 162.2

Good luck.

Dave NZ1J

Greater Bridgeport ARC Annual Picnic and POTA Event, Bethel CT, September 25, 2022

Greater Bridgeport ARC loogoOn September 25, [the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club] is hosting its annual picnic at Putnam Memorial Park in Bethel, CT. Putnam Memorial Park is a state park so along with conducting our business meeting, we’ll be activating park K-1707. Members, family, and friends are invited.

We will have radios setup for the activation. If you would like to bring yours, you are welcome to. Activating a park is a lot of fun and a great learning opportunity. Those who are unlicensed and wish to operate will have an opportunity to get on the air!

While there are picnic tables, it would be a good idea to bring a chair.

We’ll provide sandwiches from a local deli. Snacks, and water will be provided.

Setup: 11am
Activation: Noon until we wrap up
Meeting: 2pm

Directions:
153 Putnam Park Road
Bethel, CT 06801

Coming from the Fairfield area and Route 15.
Take exit 44 and head north on route 58 (Black Rock Turnpike)
Continue on 58 North for about 12.5 miles and the entrance will be on the right just past the pond.

Putnam Memorial Park is split by route 58 and the signs will lead you to the west side of the park (visitors center and museam), simply continue north for another quarter mile and you’ll see the pond on the right. Attached is a map and entrance photos.

We’ll listen to simplex – 146.52 as it is unlikely you’ll be able to hit our repeater while en route.

We hope to see you there!
– GBARC Officers

Maine QSO Party, September 24-25, 2022

Wireless Society of Southern Maine logoThe Wireless Society of Southern Maine is sponsoring the Maine QSO Party to “encourage Maine stations to expand their knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve their operating skills, and improve station capability by creating a competition in which W/VE, and DX stations have the incentive to work Maine.”

Contest Period: 1200 UTC Saturday, September 24 to 1200 UTC Sunday, September 25, 2022.

Full details can be found at http://www.ws1sm.com/MEQP.html.
   

Fox Hunt, Manchester CT Vicinity, September 8, 2022

Paul Gipson, N1TUP, writes on the ctfoxhunter list:
 
Greetings Fox Hunters,
 
Fox #1 has been deployed, as 2 pm today, September 8, 2022.
Fox #1 
At its new location, the fox is running the usual 2 watts into a 18 inch antenna. Since there is no starting place for finding the hidden transmitter, all you can do is while going about your travels, periodically try to activate the hidden transmitter. Your first try may be from home. You do this by going on the 2 meter simplex frequency of 146.550 MHz (PL 88.5 MHz), key your transmitter, ID and then send a DTMF “1”. If the FoxBox can hear you and you can hear it, you will hear its very distinctive sound. It will transmit for 30 seconds, ID and then go back to sleep. You can make it transmit as often as necessary to find it.


Once someone has been able to bring it up and hear it, please report that information to the other fox hunters. Feel free to reply to the group. Do not reveal its location, just a location (and direction if possible) from which you are able to hear it. This then becomes a starting point for the other fox hunters to use.

You do not actually have to touch the box to claim finding it. Eye ball contact is sufficient. It is located less than 500 feet from a
safe parking location.

 
In this case the fox is less than 50 feet from a parking area. If you exceed this distance you are finding it the hard way.

Good luck,

Paul, N1TUP
 

NN1C Takes Top Honors in CQ WPX SSB

Larry Banks, W1DYJ, writes:

The results of the CW WPX SSB contest were just published.  Congratulations to Marty, NN1C; he operated from KC1XX in the Single Operator All Band High Power category: a score of 15,170,455.  Here are his “places”:

  • #4 in the World
  • #1 in the USA
  • Highest world score in the Youth Overlay  (<25 years old.)

To quote the article in CQ magazine: “In addition to achieving the top SO HP score in the USA, contest prodigy NN1C — using the call KC1XX — dominated the youth overlay.

73 / Larry / W1DYJ

Team K2H 13 Colonies QSL Party, September 4, 2022

Team K2H QSL preparationLarry Krainson, W1AST, writes:
 
On Sunday, September 4th, friends and members of Team K2H, the 13 Colonies Massachusetts team, got together to prepare QSL cards to send.

I had ordered 1,000 cards and hoped that it would be enough this year. The team made 21,373 QSOs this year—over 6,000 more than in 2021. That made us think we’d have many more QSL requests this year.

 
Our twenty-four K2H operators were kept busy. Most of the contacts were made using FT8 or other digital modes This year, many more contacts were DX.
 
When we were finished, we had prepared 970 cards to be mailed on Tuesday. That is far more than any other year.
 
Card requests continue to come in long after the special event. This year, I even received a request from 2020.
 
Team K2H had a blast making contacts during the 13 Colonies special event operation on July 1-7, 2022.
 
If you are interested in becoming an activator in 2023, please contact Larry, W1AST, at hamop.w1ast@arrl.net.
 

SECARS Foxhunt, Near Norwich CT, September 4, 2022

Mark Noe, KE1IU, writes on the ctfoxhunter list: 

As a reminder, [the Southeastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Society] will have a fox hunt tomorrow [September 4] at 1 PM.  If you are not familiar where the Tri Town Trail is, the entrance we will be using is opposite the Preston Park on Route 117.   The closest cross street is Rose Hill Road.  
 
The directions from the website below are misleading. If you follow the website you will end up on the far side of the Preston park a street away from the fox hunt.
 
We will have talk-in support on 146.730 MHz PL 156.7 Hz.  Fox L’s frequency and characteristics have been uploaded to our website – check out https://secars.org/foxhunting/ .  I look forward to seeing you there tomorrow.
 
Many thanks,
 
-Mark

Southeast Connecticut Amateur Radio Society Foxhunt, Preston CT, September 4, 2022

Mark Noe, KE1IU, writes on the ctfoxhunter list: 

SECARS will be sponsoring a foxhunt Sunday, September 4 at 1 PM – with a rain date of Monday, September 5 at 1 PM.  We will be at the Preston Community Park –  (10 Lincoln Park Rd Ext, Preston, CT 06365 – Hike the Trail — Tri Town Trail Association).

This will be an on-foot foxhunt. We will have 6 fox boxes running. Frequencies are listed on the SECARS website – we will be running foxes C, H, I, J, K at https://secars.org/foxhunting/.  The additional fox frequency for the 6th box will be added later this week, so look for another announcement with the parameters for Fox L.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  Talk in will be available on 146.730 MHz PL 156.7 Hz.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Many thanks,

Mark Noe KE1IU

Greater Bridgeport ARC Fox Hunt, August 21, 2022

Greater Bridgeport ARC loogoShawn Takatsu, NR1T, writes on the Greater Bridgeport ARC mailing list:

Tomorrow [August 21, 2022] at 10 am we’re hosting our monthly fox hunt by Shawn, NR1T.

As always, all are welcome to join in the fox hunt, both members and non-members as well as non-licensed operators as you don’t need to transmit to direction find.

The recommended starting areas are the park and ride off route 15, exit 46 and the Stop and Shop in Newtown on route 25.

Details can be found here: Foxhunt Details

If you have never ‘hunted a fox’ before and would like to team up, please reach out to me and I’ll find someone you can team with.

We look forward to seeing you at the fox!

The QRPer: “The Big E Exposition: Radio Club Seeks Scheduled Contacts with POTA and SOTA Activators”

The QRPer coverMany thanks to Mark (K8LSB) who shares the following announcement: Sharing POTA/SOTA with the Public Greetings POTA/SOTA activators, This year the Big E (exposition)—a “combined” state fair for the six New England states (CT MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)—will run for 17 days: from September 16 to October 2. In the past, 1.5 million people […] [Full story]