We had a nice sunny day with a total of ten participants, nine of which were active. They were: Alan, N7OMS; Chuck, AC7QN; Ron, N7EM; Rich, KR7W; Paul, W7PV; Neil, WA7NBF; Joe, K7ZG; Pat, WT7N; Dave, N7ORM and James, KE6WHN.
As planned, four 2 meter transmitters were placed. Ron found his first ever while checking out his newly built attenuator. Several of us made good use of "body shielding" to finalize location of Rich's and Paul's foxes. The location of Rich's on the bluff edge made for some interesting bearings.
I think everyone enjoyed themselves with a few camping
overnight. Evening rain may have put a damper on an otherwise
great weekend for some. I think the general consensus is that Ft.
Flagler is a great area with many interesting relics along the way to
make your search more interesting.
We look forward to the Tacoma hunt on July
16th and are holding August 28th open for a hunt somewhere in
Western Washington. Let me know if you have some ideas and want
to get involved in setting it up? More later.
Photos courtesy of Paul, W7PV.
Ft. Flagler is an outstanding salt water marine park with 3.5 miles of beach and fine camping. It has old gun emplacements and many bunkers to explore. A popular place so if you plan on camping, register early. It's large at 784 acres but "foxes" will be found only on the NE end for this hunt, (see map).
A more advanced hunt may be planned here on August 28, 2011 for those wanting to make future plans or camping reservations.
||Saturday, May 14, 2011
||1200 noon in front of museum
||2 meters. Details
below. No one interested in 80 meters
|Type of hunt
||North end Ft. Flagler State Park, public unrestricted areas,
|Have I found it?
||ARDF flags will not be used but a
small (2 in) lapel button or Rich's "bunny flags" with a codeword will
be within 3 feet of
antenna. This will test your "close in sniffing"
skills. All you'll need to record is this codeword. Please
leave site as quickly as possible to reduce help to others and
Please do not attempt to locate the transmitter itself as they usually will be well hidden, ..... your looking for the antenna marker.
|Talk-in and emergency frequency
Port Townsend repeater: 145.15 Mhz, "-" offset, PL=114.8
||Mostly flat terrain, some forest
|Degree of difficulty
||Nothing planned, bring your own
food and drink
||Bragging rights only
||At least one spare antenna and
offset attenuator will be available for those that have never hunted
before. Use your own handheld radio with adapter to accept male
BNC cable if needed.
||Not required but let W7PV or WA7NBF know if you're planning
A PDF map showing roads, trails and boundary with True
And a TOPO map here.
Ft. Flagler WEB site: Ft. Flagler
||Tx #1||Tx #2||Tx #4||Tx #5
|Modulation||FM, voice ID
||FM, voice ID
||FM, CW ID+ message||FM, CW ID+ message
|Duty cycle||1 min. "on", 2 min "off"
||1 min. "on", 2 min "off"||30 sec "on", 30 sec "off"
||30 seconds "on", 2.5 min "off"
||Ammo can, 1 1/2 watt
||Ammo can, 1 1/2 watt
|Ant. Geographic ID
||"Q" signal marker
||Placed by owner
||Placed by participant