George Allison, K1IG, writes on the NEMassFoxHunters list:
As the snow season arrives, we’ll be taking a hiatus from our outdoor fox hunting events. To keep our expertise up, though, what is the interest in having one or more video conferences over the winter to show off equipment and techniques? I can host the conferences with a Webex account (very similar to Zoom).
Possible meeting agendas could include fox and fox-finding equipment demos, photos of memorable hunts, discussions of hunting techniques, and improvements or variations to our events.
Depending on interest, the first video conference could be held in December or January.
Please reply to the group to let us know if you’re interested. Tell us your preferred day(s) of the week, suggested agenda items, and when you want the first meeting (specific date not required; preferred month is fine). When I get the info I can send out some date choices.
The KD1D RF Fox is out for one last hunt before hibernation.
The KD1D Fox operates on 146.565 MHz FM with an output power of about 50 milliwatts and is currently located somewhere in Littleton. It can be heard in the area on Route 119 /2A between Route 110 (Littleton Common) and Route 27 (where the rail trail crosses). If you’re not familiar with the area, check out the expandable map on
Clues: A small three-leaved plant and one of the Disney chipmunks.
73 and good hunting de KD1D Alan
The trail may be a bit wet in spots. Boots are advised.
From New England SKYWARN Net Facebook page, WS1SM Ham Radio Blog:
For 22 years, SKYWARN™ Recognition Day, developed jointly by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League, celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the National Weather Service.
Similar to last year, because of COVID-19 restrictions, ham operators will not have access to the NWS Gray facility, but we encourage you to take turns activating the WX1GYX call sign, either from your home stations, portable, or mobile, during the event.
If you’d like to use the WX1GYX call sign during SRD, please click here to sign up for a time/band slot. We hope to have at least one operator from each of the counties in the NWS Gray, Maine Weather Forecast area, so spread the word!
Participants are asked to log contacts in an electronic logging program, such as N1MM, and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org in an ADIF format.
During the periods that you’re not using the WX1GYX call sign, operators may also use their personal call signs to exchange their name, SRD number (which can be obtained here) and current weather conditions with other participating stations.
The event website provides complete operating guidelines, including the suggested exchange. SRD is a fun on-air activity that feels very much like a contest, but its informal. There’s no rules or band limitations. You can even use repeaters!
Mark Noe, KE1IU, writes on the ctfoxhunter list:
RASON will be sponsoring a foxhunt on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at 1:30 PM. Weather forecast is partly sunny and 50 degrees! This foxhunt will follow our conventional format. I will be hiding in a public location somewhere in the Norwich, CT area (see the map below).
You can download a map that could be useful (for those wishing to use a paper map) at this link: https://d85bc6ea86296c327d7f-fc14fae93feb1cf1ff31873061ee8f7d.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/62/1641/Norwich2016Reduced.pdf. Page 2 has a complete map of Norwich, which I think you will find helpful.
There will be three transmitters running – on the following frequencies:
146.335 MHz – 1 mW (KE1IU Fox H listed on our website)
145.910 MHz – 10 mW (KE1IU Fox I listed on our website)
146.585 MHz – 0.5 W (KE1IU Fox J listed on our website)
Our website is https://rason.org
These transmitters will be hidden on location, so you can hunt for them when you arrive.
In addition, I will have a mobile rig tuned to the N1NW repeater (146.730 MHz, PL 156.7), so you can track me from the input. Listen for me on 146.130. I will transmit on request, and we will also use this frequency for hints.
All hunters should check in so that I can end the hunt when the last person has found me.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Mike Walters, W8ZY, writes:
We finally have a CT based Winlink HF node to test. This is a duplex node so there are two frequencies available. It will only connect to one at a time so if it is connected you will not connect on the other frequency. If you have Winlink HF capability I would like to get a test and let me know how it works. It is capable up to Pactor 3. We have not turned on VARA yet but will soon. We want to get some preliminary tests first. Look for:
Use it and let me know if you can connect and if it seems to work ok. I appreciate the help.
Greetings Fox Hunters,
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.
Hint: try North Manchester
Boston Amateur Radio Club Announces a Technician POTA Day, November 20th 10:30 am.
The Boston Amateur Radio Club will host a Parks On The Air (POTA) event with a special invitation to Technician license holders and new hams on November 20th, 2021. The event will take place in the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton at the Mount Chickatawbut summit. We will attempt to “activate” the park according to POTA rules using VHF, UHF, and the Technician
segments of the HF bands.
Bring your handheld and any other radio you want to try out on the summit. The club will provide some power sources and a few different antennas for you to experiment with.
You will also have an opportunity to operate on six and ten meters. Brendan, NW1S, and Joe, NV1W, will be on hand to answer questions and help introduce you to amateur radio in the great outdoors. There will even be prizes for accomplishments things like most contacts made, farthest contact, and most Technician bands used. Afterwards there will be a social event of food and drinks. You may park at a lower parking lot and hike the short path to the summit. The Boston Amateur Radio club is attempting to organize a car to bring those who cannot or wish to not walk the distance to the summit. Further information on the Blue Hills can be found at https://friendsofthebluehills.org.
Please email Brendan, NW1S at email@example.com if you’re planning to attend.
Join us at the 110 Grill in Braintree afterwards for some food and drinks! Please include in your email if you will be joining us at 110 Grill so we can make a proper reservation.
We look forward to seeing you at the summit! Updates on the Tech POTA Day can be found at BARC.org, and @W1BOS on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you want to participate without making the trek up Mount Chickatawbut? You can hunt our operators on Saturday. Look for us on the POTA.app spot page, the @W1BOS Twitter or on the National Calling Frequencies. We invite your club to get on the Air with our Technicians and test out your VHF and UHF Equipment.
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Peter Cimino, K1PCN, writes on the Greater Bridgeport ARC wiki:
It is the season for pumpkin pie, apple cider and of course our monthly Turkey hunt. I, K1PCN-Peter, will be with the turkey at his roost somewhere in the greater Fairfield-Easton Region. The hunt will begin at 10AM. All GBARC and non-GBARC members are welcome to participate. The hunt will start at the park and ride at Exit 44 off the Merritt Highway (intersection of rt 58 and Merritt). The turkey will allow me to give hints every 15 minute or so. They will be radio and science based clues. One will be given in morse code-so be prepared.
The hints will be vague in the beginning and more specific to the end. Hot cider and donuts will await you at the roost. The purpose of the turkey hunt is to find a hidden radio transmitter. The turkey will not be harmed.
Recommended Starting Location: Park & Ride Exit 44 off Merritt Parkway
Starting Time: 10:00 AM Local
Fox Frequency: 147.485 MHz Simplex
Fox Power: 5W into a 1/4 wave antenna dropping to 1W at 11:30
Sponsor: Peter K1PCN
Check in on: 441.700 or 146.445 Repeaters or Echolink (recommended)
En-Route Communications: Contact K1PCN on the above repeaters or call 203-767-5888