Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club
Club Meeting August 24, 2003
|The Brainerd Area Amateur Radio
Club held a regular monthly Membership Meeting and Summer Picnic at Loren
Thompson Park in Baxter.
The weather was perfect. BAARC members brought their own picnic lunch and enjoyed ham fellowship.
|Bob WØZPE brought and cooked his delicious Salchicha Caballero (Spanish for Cowboy Sausage) from California for everyone to try. It was great.|
|After lunch, the fox hunters prepared their gear. Here Kathy KØTHY an Orcy WØQT are using Orcy's car with a roof mounted 2-meter antenna that can be rotated from the inside using the Armstrong Method.|
|Skee KCØDCY set up his doppler 2-meter antenna|
|Greg NØLJY used a direction finder with four quarter-wave antennas on the roof of his car.|
|(l-r) First to find the hidden fox transmitter was Randy KCØEGE who used a hand held five element cubical quad. He was closely followed by John WØJGY and his wife Terri (no license yet).|
|Part of the fox hunt was a Geo-Cache hunt. Here, Paula WØHA examines a round canister which she found using a GPS(Global Positioning System) unit.|
|And the first place winners
are.....(left to right) Al WØRC who
found both Geo-Cached items and Randy KCØEGE who found the hidden fox
A fun time was had by all. Details from last year.
2003 by "Fox
The foxhunt began after the August 27, 2003 picnic, and we seemed to have an increased number of club members who participated in the transmitter hunt this year. Many of the foxhunters worked as "teams" of two. Also, for the first time, several geo-caches were hidden, and we did also have a number of the foxhunters looking for these as well. It took approximately 45 minutes for the first hunters to discover the fox, which was hidden in a Baxter pine tree plantation owned by NW Paper. First, Second, Third were won by (respectively) Randy Aldous KCØEGE, John Luce WØJGY and his wife Terri, and Mark WØMH and Paula WØHA Persons. Congratulations to all.
This year the transmitter was programmed to have an "always on" signal, rather than the intermittent transmissions that had been programmed in previously. Unfortunately, the nature of the transmitter mandates that this always-on signal is putting out 5 watts of signal, which makes it fairly difficult for close-in locating as the strong signal seems to overwhelm attempts to attenuate the RF. I will try to reduce the output wattage and will consult with some of our club members who have the knowledge and expertise. I hope this is a fun event for the participants. I think transmitter-locating is a valuable skill for our club members. Terry de KIØFW
Jim Shubert KCØANQ,
BAARC V.P. and Program Chairman.
|The next Club Membership Meeting is September 25th. Hope to see you there.|
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