The next southern California on-foot transmitter hunt will take place on
Saturday, November 10, 2007 at Bonelli Regional Park. As usual, this event will
have something for everyone, beginner and expert alike. A ham radio license and
knowledge of radio equipment are not required. Experts will be on hand to teach
you the basic techniques of on-foot radio direction-finding (RDF).
If you are a beginner, there will be entry-level two-meter fox transmitters, set
by Joe Moell K0OV. For advanced radio-orienteers, there will be an
international-rules ARDF course, set by Marvin Johnston KE6HTS. An optional
80-meter fox transmitter will also be on
Expect to see some of the medal winners from the 2007 USA/IARU-R2 ARDF
Championships that took place near South Lake Tahoe in mid-September. Some of
them are training for the 2008 World Championships in South Korea.
Transmitter hunting begins at 10 AM. You may start at any time up until 1 PM.
Courses close at 3 PM. There are picnic tables and BBQ grills nearby, so you can
bring your lunch or cook up something if you wish.
The beginner course and the 80-meter transmitter hunt will be free of charge.
The advanced ARDF training will use electronic registration/scoring ("e-punch")
so a $5 per entry (individual or group) donation is requested for that course to
defray the cost of the full-color orienteering map and e-punch equipment.
Trails are primitive in some areas of the park, so wear sturdy shoes. All ages
are welcome, but young children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Bonelli Regional Park is near Raging Waters, Brackett Field, and Puddingstone
Reservoir. From the 57/210 freeways, take the Via Verde exit and go east
through the entrance to the park. There is a per-vehicle entry fee, so consider
carpooling. Go approximately 1/4 mile beyond the entrance and turn left into
the parking lot for the bike rental stand. Look for the orange-and-white
orienteering flag directing you to the starting site. A map to the site is at
If you have them, bring a handi-talkie, receiver, or scanner covering the
two-meter band for each person who will be going ARDFing. If you have
directional antennas, attenuators, or other on-foot RDF equipment, be sure to
bring it too. Make sure all batteries are fresh. For those with no radio gear,
some extra ARDF receiver/antenna sets will be available. Also be sure to bring
anything you'll need while going after those radio foxes, such as munchies,
bottled water and sunscreen. For map plotting, bring your own compass,
protractor and pencil.
Talk-in on 146.970 MHz simplex.
Joe Moell K0OV
To the SBARC Powers that Be, a request:
Would it be possible to post on this list server a notice when a new
KeyKlix is available on the web site?
TNX & 73 de Paul
Paul R Ryack - W1PR, Santa Barbara, CA
JE1LRT, Tokyo, Japan
This was forwarded to me by a friend in Colorado, and is quite interesting!
HAM RADIO PROMOTION: MGM FILM PRESENTS "RADIO HAMS"
A film from Metro Goldwyn Mayer that promotes Amateur Radio has surfaced on the
Internet. Produced in 1939 by Pete Smith, "Radio Hams" centers on a family
dinner. All but the teenage son respond. When family members go looking for
one by one they are snared into a world of ham radio high adventure. One that
a rescue in Alaska and a tragic search for a downed aircraft at sea.
Unlike most films promoting ham radio, this one is not a documentary. It's a
10 minute dramatic presentation featuring a cast of professional actors well
Felix Fiest. E. Mauriece Adler is credited with writing the screen play.
"Radio Hams" is really a nostalgic look back at ham radio, the way it never was.
You can see it on-line at --