Greater Houston / Harris County Fox Hunting

The Fox

The Hunters

The winner of the hunt is determined by the person/team who finds the transmitter with the least miles driven. Odometer readings are taken by one of the hunters at the start point, and are then used to calculate the mileage driven by each participant at the end of the hunt.

Clear Lake Amateur Radio Club

Talk in frequency is the 442.750 (103.5) / 146.860 (100.0) Clear Lake Amateur Radio Club repeaters. These are cross linked so it doesn't matter which one you check in on.

Unless otherwise publized the starting point will always be at the parking lot on the ~kinda N/NW corner of Bay Area Blvd @ Space Center, or near the Arby's, Lat-Lon 29.5745 -95.1088

Unless otherwise publized the hunt area will be within the borders of;
Hwy 146 to the east,
IH-45 to the west,
Fairmont Parkway & BW-8 to the north,
FM 646 to the south.

Rule Modifications

Occasionally we may use an unmanned transmitter. In that event each hunt team will be given a control card at the start. The control card will be punched with a standard orienteering punch and control bag that will be located at the transmitter site. There will be instructions at the transmitter site on where to take the control card as proof of finding the fox.

Other rule modifications must be announced at least a week before a hunt if such a modification is deemed necessary by the fox/huntmaster. Rule changes may include the following

Hunt Results, Sunday 4 Dec 05

Wow ! ! ! We had seven hunter / hunter teams come out for this hunt

I learned a couple of things mainly because its been a while since I have been in a classic hunt based on milage. I had someone get the odometer readings for me since I had gone into hiding. I wanted to ensure that the hunters would be able to hear me on a HT at the starting point. Well I forgot to have them get the "tenths" or reset thier trip odometer. So we wound up with some milages that are the same (no tenths) so as a tie breaker I'm using time as the next criteria.

The line of site distance between the fox and the start was 2.4 miles.

In distance order with time as a tie breaker

  1. At 4 miles; Michael, KE5DGK & Dylan, KE5GSH whos parents did the driving.
  2. At 6 miles; David, N2OZK & Chris, KD5PTF
  3. At 6 miles; Mike, N5MT
  4. At 6 miles; Kyle, KG4YUQ
  5. At 6 miles; Nick, KC5KBO; Terry KD5AWZ & the lovely Julie KE5GOV
  6. At 7 miles; Walt, W5SWA & Jerry (?)
  7. And we didn't pressure Min, KE5GOK and his parents for their milage. As we say in classic foot orienteering, they made a nasty 180!

I misplaced part of my notes and had to recall some of this from memory so if you think I got it wrong you better hollar now.

The first team to reach the fox was N2OZK & KD5PTF in a meer 22 minutes. Followed by N5MT in 29 minutes and then KE5DGK & KE5GSH in 34 minutes. Had N2OZK & KD5PTF stopped at the intersection of Space Center & Nasa Rd 1 and taken a bearing there they would have nailed in in about 3.5 miles and 15 mins.

Thanks to all who came out for some fun.

The next hunt I will do will be a "on foot" hunt at either Challenger 7 Memorial Park in Webster _OR_ possibly Herman Park between downtown and the medical center. I'd like to try to do this in Jan or Feb 06

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