Just a reminder message. The five transmitter course will be on 2M, and
there will be some practice transmitters available within probably 200
feet or so of the starting area. No charge for the event.
The next southern California on-foot transmitter hunting session will be
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Lake Los Carneros Park in Goleta. A ham
radio license and knowledge of radio equipment are not required. A
limited amount of RDF gear will be available for loan to beginners.
Besides some easy two-meter fox transmitters just to help you learn and
test your equipment, there will be a beginner-level international-rules
course on the two-meter band, designed by Marvin Johnston KE6HTS. One
or more optional 80-meter fox transmitters may also be on the air. The
site area is slightly less than 140 acres. It is relatively flat,
making it a good site for foxtailers of all skill levels. If you need
some one-on-one help to get started at finding transmitters, just ask.
Full-color orienteering maps will be available.
For those who want to build RDF gear for use with their own two-meter
hand-held radios or scanners, Marvin will have kits for measuring-tape
yagis and active attenuators. Also available is an assembled and tested
assembly that includes the power switch, BNC connector, housing and
battery, ready to install as the tape measure beam is built. There will
be tools and soldering stations for building. If you're not an
electronic technician, don't worry because there will be experts to help
you. We want you to succeed!
If you want to build an antenna/attenuator kit, you must register in
advance. Send e-mail to Marvin (marvin(a)west.net) to pre-register and
get more information about equipment. If you already have equipment and
just want to hunt transmitters, you don't need to pre-register.
If it takes place, the building session will start at 9:00 AM. Please
be prompt. Transmitter hunting will begin about 10:00 AM. You may
start out on the courses at any time until 12 noon. Courses close at 2
PM. For those interested, we will meet at a local restaurant after all
the transmitters have been picked up for further discussion of ARDF.
Directions to Lake Los Carneros: From US 101 about 8 miles west of
downtown Santa Barbara, take the Los Carneros Road exit, head north
about 1/4 mile and turn right into the Stow House parking lot. There
should be plenty of free parking. Look for the orange-and-white
orienteering flag. The hunt start will probably be in the parking lot.
If that is too crowded, we will move to a nearby picnic area.
Ham radio talk-in is on the WB6OBB repeater, 147.000(+) PL 131.8. If
heavy rain is forecasted, check this site on April 6 for possible
Joe Moell K0OV