The D/F Hunt on 28th July 2021 was the first actual meeting of LRS members since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Fox station GM3HAM/P was operated by Peter GM4DTH. Photos by Alan GM3PSP, Briain GM8PKL & Peter GM4DTH.
Report by Peter GM4DTH:
The start-point was the "Tardis" (former police box) on the corner of Braid Hills Road and Braid Hills Approach. Local resident Briain GM8PKL mentioned that it had recently been bought by one of his neighbours.
First to arrive was Mike GM8KCS followed by Melvyn GM4HYR on his scooter.
Photographer Alan GM3PSP had arranged to travel as a passenger with Mike.
Brian GM4DIJ (photo by Briain GM8PKL).
Local resident Briain GMBPKL walked a few steps from his house to "cheer" us off!
Melvyn GM4HYR with Alan GM3PSP (fitted with mobile antenna).
(Photo by Briain GM8PKL).
Brian GM4DIJ, Briain GM8PKL Melvyn GM4HYR & Mike GM8KCS.
Right on time at 19:30 the Fox station GM3HAM/P started operating. His signal was very week but eventually all contestants could hear it. Fox Peter kindly ran the Tx continuously which helped a lot.
A listener's report from Toby MM0TSS in Newton Mearns 44 miles away confirmed reception but weak.
It soon became apparent that the Fox must be located somewhere near the Hunter's Tryst tavern which was guessed to be the post-Hunt rendezvous! Here is Mike GM8KCS taking a bearing at nearby Morrison's supermarket. Nevertheless, the Fox proved quite difficult to find.
The Fox GM3HAM/P was located in woods beside White Lady Walk.
He was running only 3W to a vertical antenna.
Results: 1. Melvyn GM4HYR at 2017.
2. Mike GM8KCS at 21:14 (almost an hour later).
3. Brian GM4DIJ did not locate the Fox and stopped at 21:15.
"Fox Cub" - IC-705 rig used by Peter to communicate with the LRS Viral Net on 2m SSB during the D/F Hunt.
Map of the area, showing Start & Fox locations.
Close-up of Fox location in woods beside White Lady Walk.
(Horizontal orange road is Oxgangs Road).
As guessed, the post-Hunt rendezvous was the Hunter's Tryst tavern where Peter had booked a table.
Melvyn GM4HYR, Peter GM4DTH, Mike GM8KCS, Alan GM3PSP.
Mni tnx to Peter for organizing this event.