B. Umstead State Park, Camp Lapihio
|It was a cold winter fox hunt. Nevertheless,
several hardy hunters gave international-style on-foot hunting a try. The
chilly conditions motivated everyone to hurry back to the start before
finding all five of the transmitters stashed in the woods.
This hunt, like all of the on-foot transmitter
hunts sponsored by the Backwoods Orienteering Klub (BOK), was similar to
an international-style Amateur Radio Direction Finding competition. A transmitter
was placed within 5 meters of five of the orange-and-white control marks
used for the orienteering courses. The transmitters were the same Alinco
DJ-S11 HTs (running 350 mW), with Montreal Fox Controllers used during
previous hunts, and they identified with a voice ID.
Hunters were given the choice of using
a "normal" map of the forest, or they could choose a map on which the locations
of the control points were marked. Both teams opted for the normal map.
|Many thanks to the Backwoods
Orienteering Klub (BOK) of Raleigh for sponsoring this event, and to
everyone who participated.
A drive-to style transmitter hunt is being
planned for March. Check the Piedmont Transmitter Tracking schedule
page for details. So no on-foot hunt is planned for March.
Mark April 29, 2001 on your calendar
for the next on-foot hunt. The venue for the April hunt will be Schenck
Forest, in Raleigh, NC. More details can be found on the Piedmont Transmitter
Tracking web site, and via e-mail.