Two hunts were held, the first starting at 7.00pm from the Comms Lab at Belconnen. The transmitter was cunningly ( If I don't say so my self ) hidden under the small bridge leading from the John Haslem park picnic area to a small island in Lake Ginninderra. The fox was set to high power and coupled to the steel power conduit feeding the pathway lighting system.
This conduit wanders around the park for a distance of several hundred meters, leading to all manner of strange bearings and signal nulls. The first hound to arrive was VK1KNP at 7:12. Neil having the advantage of an externally mounted rotatable 3 element beam on his car. He was quick to find the general location of the Fox. VK1SW arrived next at 7:15 and found the Fox at 7:17. Neil took a further 2 minutes to find the Fox.
Incriminating photos of Neil on his hands and knees will be posted when available. VK2YCM was followed by VK1AUS, VK1ET, VK1PK, VK2LO and VK2TEE.
The second hunt started at 7:50. This time the Fox was hidden approximately 1 km further up Lake Ginninderra behind the Ginninderra drive bridge rampart. The Fox had gone underground, hiding beneath the Bluestone rampart facing. At 8:00 VK1PK was spotted, followed by VK2LO, VK2TEE & VK1KNP.
At 8:05 VK2LO found the Fox followed closely by VK1KNP & VK1PK. VK2YCM and VK1SW spent some time amongst the Pine trees chasing reflections, While John VK1ET had sniffer problems. By 08:15 all hounds had found the Fox.
All in all a great night, with the shorter distances involved making a second hunt possible.
Next week VK1SW has the honor of hiding the Fox.
73's Dave VK1DC