Due to a week signal the starting point was changed to Mckinley and 168. Once vehicles started to caravan to the new start point Rick (W6KKO) had to peal off due to a phone call. John (K6MI), unbeknownst to Rick, followed him from the starting point. However, when Rick pulled into his house in NE Clovis and closed his garage, John realized he wasn’t where he was supposed to be. With three teams at McKinley and 168, and John at Fowler and Shields, the fox Mike (KG6MSV) decided to start. The hide location was the Winery Ave. pedestrian bridge over Hwy 180. First to find was Marty (K6KTP), second was Ron (N6MTS), followed by John (K6MI). With three hunters at the finish, TOM (N6MQG), used all of his officer safety training and decided to cut his losses and refused to follow the signal into the ghetto. Fun hunt.
Mike H. (KG6MSV)
The next transmitter hunt will take place Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM during the F.A.R.C. swapmeet. The location is Lion Automotive on the S.E. corner of Gettysburg and Clovis Ave. 2944 Phillip Ave., Clovis, CA 93612. The swap opens for buyers at 8:00 AM. This is a casual on foot T-Hunt during the F.A.R.C swapmeet. It will allow you to test your equipment and close-in hunting skills.
The transmitters will be on 146.565 MHz and or 144.565 MHz. There will be two low power transmitters in the general area and each will have a distinct tone. Use this hunt for practicing your close in skill. Leave the transmitters where you find them so that others can participate.
I also want to announce that Mike Herlihy (KG6MSV) will be the new T-Hunt coordinator. As the fox, Mike has put on some legendary hunts in the past.
An early Saturday morning start found the transmitter hunters in cooler temperatures, as they raced to find the fox (N6MQG). This particular hunt was a timed based hunt. The first to find both transmitters would be the winner.
There were five teams for this event:
– AE6GE & N6MTS
– KG6MSV & KK6MIC
– NI6G & K6MI
The main transmitter was less than two miles away and offered a strong signal. The fox had deployed an omnidirectional antenna along with a hearty battery to handle the output.
Upon locating the main transmitter, the hunters were to read a card that identified the second frequency to triangulate. Unfortunately, all hunters did not observe the card, as it was not secured at the location and fell to the ground. For those that did find it and tuned to the alternate frequency, they found the fox talking to them, who was a short distance away. Other hunters were advised of the frequency over-the-air and eventually all hunters located the fox. A while later the hunters and fox gathered to enjoy some breakfast at Huckleberry’s and recount their efforts during the hunt.
The next T-Hunt is Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 PM. The starting point is Letterman Park. Mike (KG6MSV) will be the fox.
The order of those finding the fox were:
1. Mike (KG6MSV) & Jacob (KK6MIC) w/his son Hunter
2. Eric (NI6G)
3. John (K6MI)
4. Ron (N6MTS) & Rob (AE6GE)
5. Marty (K6KTP)
6. Rick (W6KKO)*
Start Point: Lion Automotive (Clovis, CA)
End Point: Lion Automotive
Shortest Route: On foot hunt
Fox: Rick (W6KKO)
Number of TX: 3
Another fine Saturday brought together operators from around the valley to the F.A.R.C. swap meet in Clovis. During this event the Central Valley T-Hunt Group took advantage of the get together and provided an on foot T-hunt. Three 15 mw transmitters were deployed around the area. One on the vehicle hood of the fox (W6KKO). The second was hung in a tree with the third deployed across the street. This third transmitter offered a challenge to several of the hunters as it was horizontally polarized and behind a metal cage. At one point a hunter suggested that the transmitter had stopped working, but W6KKO had charged the batteries full and advised the hunter to keep trying, which he did and found it.
W6KKO used an alternate frequency (144.565) for the low power transmitters and alerted the hunters in advance via the K6ARP T-Hunt page. The new frequency was also posted at the event. This change in frequency for the lower power transmitters is an effort to make them easier to find, once locating the main transmitter on the typical hunt frequency of 146.565. A rule for this hunt required participants to provide their callsign and the particular color and number identifying each transmitter on a slip of paper. Those that did participate eventually found all three transmitters. Others joined in as well as observers following along with the hunters.
Near the end of the swap meet a slip of paper was chosen from the participating entries. Tom (N6MQG) was the winner. The prize was an Ultrahigh intensity tactical LED compact-flashlight, with 2 rechargeable LiPo batteries and charger which was donated by F.A.R.C.
The next scheduled hunt is Saturday, April 5, 2018.
Start Point: Letterman Park (Clovis, CA)
End Point: Pump House Park (Leonard & Ashlan – Clovis, CA)
Shortest Route: 6.1 miles / 16 minutes (approx.)
Number of Teams: 2
Fox: Rick (W6KKO)
Number of TX: 4
The central valley enjoyed another T-Hunt event on Saturday March 11. There were two teams this time consisting of John (K6MI) and Eric (N6IG) on one team, Marty (K6KTP), his grandson, and Dennis (KI6NVG) created the competition. The teams met at Letterman Park and the water tank overhead created some directional ambiguity with the incoming signal from the fox.
Start Point: Hwy 180 & McCall
End Point: Tollhouse Rd. south of Hwy 168 (Under the power lines)
Shortest Route: 34 miles / 54 minutes (approx.)
Number of Teams: 5
Fox: Mike (KG6MSV)
Number of TX: 1
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was a tough T-hunt. Five teams competed this hunt and only one found it after several hours of searching. Hints were provided as time passed yet the majority of the hunters did not finish the hunt. Marty (K6KTP) and his grandson were the only team to locate the fox, who was located under the high power line towers south of highway 168 and east of Tollhouse road.
This particular hunt found some of the hunters working together in order to locate the fox, yet the win and finish eluded their efforts. The teams consisted of Ron (N6MTS) and a friend; John (WJ6Y) along with his son and grandson; Conrad (WA6KUE) and his wife; and rounding up the teams were Dennis (KI6NVG), Gary (KM6CVB), and Rick (W6KKO).
By 1 PM the sky was darkening with rain clouds and the hunters were in need of food and refreshment. The teams and fox met at Tollhouse Market to enjoy some food and drinks. Commiseration was mutual amongst the hunters as the fox relayed the hiding location. Fortunately, the food was good and we beat the rain home.
Start Point: Hwy 180 & McCall
End Point: Tollhouse & Lodge Road (Sierra Elementary School Lot)
Shortest Route: 27 miles (approx.)
Number of Teams: 4
Fox: Marty (K6KTP) & Dave (NQ6S)
Number of TX: 1
The central valley hunters were back at it again on July 16. An early start at 10:00 AM kept the heat at bay for a while. Four teams made the effort this round, and around and around they went at the start point. Mike (KG6MSV) was able to break away at the starting location and kept the lead. He was the first to arrive with a 45 minute travel time. Next to find the fox was Rick (W6KKO) after a 95 minute duration. The next to arrive was John (K6MI) at three hours and 25 minutes, with Ron (N6MTS) just five minutes behind John.
A short discussion of “what if” and “almost” was followed up with some well needed food and beverages. Norm (WB6LLW) met with the group as we were in his neck of the woods. Of course the ever present voice of direction (YEP) called out bearings to provide a hint to the teams.
The fox for the next hunt, Mike (KG6MSV), has asked that the hunters advise on the difficulty level for the upcoming hunt on Saturday, September 17. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being very difficult, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your level number. The results will be passed along to the fox.
Start Point: Letterman Park, Clovis
End Point: NE area of Herndon & Academy
Shortest Route: 12 miles (approx.)
Number of Teams: 4
Fox: Mike – KD6LDA
Number of TX: 2 (1 high, 1 low power)
Another fine Saturday morning brought together the greatest T-Hunters in the central California area. With their batteries charged, the four teams beat the bushes and enjoyed another fine T-Hunt. The fox for this hunt was Mike (KD6LDA) who used a yagi antenna on a 10’ pole secured with a tripod. The main T-Hunt radio transmitted about five watts. The smaller low power transmitter used only 15mW and was hidden in some tall grass nearby.
The Fox for this hunt was Ken – WA6OIB & Ron – N6MTS. The starting point was from Clovis at Letterman Park. The 4 teams were Mike – KD6LDA (solo); John – K6MI (solo); Rick – W6KKO & Dennis – KI6NVG; and Rob – AE6GE & Dave – NQ6S. And finally the Fox transmitters were located at the Goldenrod Elementary School in Kerman, on the NW corners of S. Goldenrod Ave. and Kearney Blvd.
As usual, the Fox is always tasked with making the hunt a bit different and more challenging. So for this hunt we decided to use dual transmitters, on the same frequency, and modulated by the same source. Because the signal is almost all tones and CW the transmitters were set to USB modulation, with the intent of beating one carrier against the other to create a warbling signal. Well that was our theory anyway. Both radios were producing about 50 watts into separate cross-polarized yagi antennas.
First order of business I want to thank all who participated…we had fun and I hope you all did to. My cohort on the hunt was Dave NQ6S. Lots of help there.
We located the transmitters (4) on the mountain area around the CARP repeater site:
1st location was approx 1/8 mile away using 7 watts into a pair of horizontal loops. That was the main T heard at start point.
2nd location was actually on the property owned by the repeater site owner put in with his permission. My bad because it was really private property and the hunters had no way of knowing that. That unit was approx 3 watts into a rotating 3 element quad
that quit rotating after a few hours. Further work required here on that.
3rd location was the school up near the top of 4 lanes running a 50mw talking transmitter held to the backside of a fence support at the left end of sports area in back of school.
4th location was a 15mw transmitter on a sign post up high at a pullout on Auberry Road. That quit after a few hours. After coming home I did some testing and found it would run in excess of 8 hours on a new battery. Another error on my part. Got my wires crossed not having a new battery for the hunt.
I actually had 6 transmitters with me so I could have solved that if I was aware.
Start Point: Letterman Park, Clovis End Point: Enterprise Trail SW corner of Temperance & Shepherd in Clovis Shortest Route: 5.8 miles (approx.) Number of Teams: 5 Fox: Mike – KD6LDA Number of TX: 2 (1 high, 1 low power)
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