My Fox will be at the Lime Quarry conservation land on rt 110 Littleton rd Chelmsford between 0700- 0800 hrs and 1600 hrs or until the batteries die. John
Welcome to FOXRADIO, W1HFN's web page about fox hunting (hidden radio transmitters). Here you will find the latest news and schedules about the "foxbox" that I will be deploying in the north-central MA area. Amateur radio foxhunting is great outdoor (usually) sport, requires a minimum of equipment and does NOT require the hunter to have a ham radio license. A hand-held VHF scanner-type receiver and home-made antenna are all that is required.
The W1HFN foxbox transmits of 146.565 MHz. There is a 20 second voice id transmission every three minutes. The transmitter is a 50mw "squawkbox" by Bob, WB6EYV, check his web page out at: http://www.silcom.com/~pelican2/PicoDopp/MICROHUNT.htm
The successful finders of hunt #1 were Gary KD1TE and Peter KB1PBA. Congratulations to you two!
The Yahoo map for hunt #2 is wrong. The Cowdrey is on the right, just after the intersection of Cross St. and Rte 2A heading west.
Hunt #2 had only one finder and two (that I know of) non-finders. Ralph, KD1SM, traced the fox to its den. John, KK1X and Tom, K1JHC tried mightily but were unsuccessful.
Hunt #3 had not finders, so the fox will stay in the same spot for hunt #4. GOOD LUCK!
Hunt #4 is underway. When I went to replace the batteries this AM, I was quite amazed to find the TX still functioning. That is one solid week or 168 hours with 6 - 2700mAH LI batteries. In that case, I will leave the TX out all week and move it next Sat. This will give some of the hunters an opportunity after work / during the week to hunt as well.
I will not know the result of Hunt #4 until I move the fox this Saturday. So far no email log ins, so I assume no finders.
Just returned from replacing batteries and moving the foxbox. No finders for last week.
Completely new spot, nowhere near where hunt #4 was. Good Luck to all
My apologies to Peter, KB1PBA who DID find #4, guess I missed it when I checked the log. He also found #5, this guy is good!
The fox is taking Field Day weekend off. Look for it next Friday July 3rd, it will be out over the 4th of July weekend.
So far, #6 has had one finder, the talented KB1PBA, Peter, has sniffed out the elusive fox. Well done Peter! The fox will stay in his present location until next Sat 12th July.
NO FOX this weekend, 12&13 July. Look for it next weekend, still in Cowdry.
#7 was found by Bob, KB1JZU and Peter, KB1PBA. Way to go Bob, his first! The fox has been moved (still in Cowdry) for hunt #8. Good luck to all.
And now for something completely different (thank you, Monty Python). The next hide will be in the J. Harry Rich State Forest in Groton. For those of you who are not familiar with the location: take Rte 111 West from Groton towards Townsend. Just BEFORE you cross the Nashua River take a right onto Nod Rd. Follow Nod Rd .12 miles to the intersection of Common Rd. There is a small parking area on the left of Nod Rd there. Co-ords for you GPS junkies are: N42 37.808, W71 34.762 (more or less). Have fun!
Peter as usual found the fox. Way to go Peter.
The fox had a couple of weeks rest while I went on vacation and for the Boxborough hamfest
at which I found the MMRA foxbox. Anybody esle find it?
The latest hunt is on now, at the Cowdry. This one may be a bit touger than the earlier ones. If you don't hear the TX when you park, walk around a bit util you do, it is there. The hunt will run until Sept 6.
OK all, we are back at Cowdry after a week off. Same spot as last time since no one found it. Fox is running VERY low power, so listen hard.
The fox will be placed in Cowdrie Nov 1st. The standard antenna will be used again, much easier to hear and find. Log will be in plastic bag under the fox. Good luck to all!
The foxbox broken antenna lead has been repaired. The fox will be deployed once again in the Cowdrie Nature Preserve in Lunenburg on 15 Nov. Good luck to all.
Spring 2009 The fox's first outing this year is at the Blood Forest off Brockelman Rd in Lancaster, MA. For GPS folks, parking is at: N42° 28.352' W71° 42.648'
There is also a lot of Geocaching going on there, so expect to see other folks walking around looking for caches.
The fox will be back in Cowdrie for the Memorial Day weekend. It will be deployed 20May and be out until at least 30May. GOOD LUCK to all!
Over the Memorial Day weekend three new folks found the fox. Dean N1SXL and Chuck KA1CQR drove up from CT and spent three delightful hours scouring the woods. Well done guys! Also, KB1JZU's son, a student pilot, found the fox with a bit of instruction from his dad. Maybe a new ham in the future?
June 1. With batteries replaced, the fox has been moved to a new location in the Cowdrie. There seems to be a new crop of blood-thirsty mosquitos around, make sure to bring some bug juice.
June 20 The fox has been moved again, still in Cowdry. Last hunt had many finders: KB1JZU (as usual), WB6RDV, Jay, here for the 2009 ARDF event, KB1PBA, welcome back Peter and N1BE, Bob, welcome to the hunt.
Speaking of the 2009 ARDF in Boston, I attended as a spectator, never been to one of those events before. Very exciting and interesting. Thanks to Vadim, KB1RLI and Joe, K0OV for putting up with me and my questions.
Sorry not to have updated this page recently, but have had trouble getting into the page editor. From the early July hunt, only the perennial Bob, KB1JZU, was a finder.
Here it is Oct. It is easier to put short comments on the visitors page than here, so I will save the big stuff for this spot. The summers big event, at least around here, was the 2009 ARDF hunt in the Blue Hills near Boston. See some pics on the photo page, also go to: http://www.homingin.com/index.html and read Joe's article. My fox box found a new hide, Leominster State Forest. As usual Bob, KB1JZU was first finder and Nathan, VK3MD Mark's son followed soon thereafter.
The fox batteries are being recharged for a return to Cowdry. Keep an eye on the main page for date. Happy Hunting!