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The XARC Fall Fox Hunt is planned for Saturday, October 11, 2014. We are gathering at the Tinker Farm Nature Park in Henrietta, NY about 1 mile south of the Locust Hill Golf Club. Registration, instruction and practice begin at 9:00 am, and the hunt starts at 9:30 am. The hunt comprises multiple hidden transmitters all on the 2 meter band. Each transmitter is on its own frequency, and has its own unique tone and code rate. The hunt is designed to be fun for the beginner and challenging for the expert. No special equipment is required beyond a 2 meter FM hand held radio. Come and have fun! 
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The 2012 XARC Fall Fox Hunt was a fun time for all.

The hunt began at 9:00 AM at North Ponds Park in Webster with a practice fox hidden in a tree on the small peninsula across from the main parking area.

The official hunt began shortly after 9:30 AM and ran until about 1PM. We met for the awards lunch at the Monroe Wegman's in Pittsford Plaza.

This hunt was the official debut for the FOXmitter -- a new "fox" transmitter designed and built especially for our hunts by your enthused hunt masters -- W2NED and W2VAB.

The FOXmitter is designed for ease of use and flexibility for the hunt masters, while making the hunts more interesting and less frustrating for the hunters. We utilized four of these new FOXmitters in Saturday's hunt -- one for practice (FOX-0) and three for the actual hunt (FOX-1, FOX-2 and FOX-3).

FOXmitters 0, 1 and 3 were running barefoot at 0.5 watts.

The actual transmitter module is mounted under the controller.

FOXmitter 2 includes an RF Amplifier and a LiPo 2200 mAh battery
allowing it to emit at 6 Watts. This caused Fox-2 to be louder than Fox-1
at the starting location, even though Fox-1 was closer and easier to locate.

Each FOXmitter was pre-configured via an asynchronous terminal emulator to have a specific audio tone, Morse message, Morse rate (wpm) and four selectable transmit frequencies. The actual transmit delay and frequency selection are set in the field by the potentiometer and DIP switches, respectively.

By start time the FOXmitters were QRV at the following locations...

We had five teams participating. Each team found at least one FOXmitter and the three winning teams found all three FOXmitters. Upon finding a FOXmitter, the team had been instructed to take a card with the lowest sequence number. This established the scores for the certificates. A score of 10 was entered if the FOXmitter was not found. The team line up and scores are as follows -- lower scores are better!

As you can see, team C came in first and teams B and E tied for second place.

FOX 3, at the Old Canal Lock park, was hidden just a short distance from the lunch location -- Wegman's on Monroe Ave. in Pittsford plaza. We all had a great time sharing stories about both the hiding and finding the FOXmitters.


Brian Donovan, K2AS, is our Hunt Master for the 2013 Spring Fox hunt.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and we look forward to next spring.

73,
Ned, W2NED and Vince, W2VAB
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