To celebrate New Year in a special way, Team MARI decided to conduct the Fox Hunt/ Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) contest with Field Trip on first weekend of New Year (January 2nd - 3rd, 2016). 

Total 17 active amateur radio operators from Mumbai and Pune participated in this event. 

OM VU2ASH/ ASHOK JOSHI and OM VU3MXE/ DEVENDRA VISHWAKARMA representing Pune Hams and Amateur Radio Club (PARC-VU2PHA) shown their interest in this fox hunt and travelled long the way from Pune to attended this event. 

To manage the necessary arrangement and to conduct QTH survey for fox hunt, OM VU2MXE/ OM KIRAN MADANE, OM VU3ETT/ NILAY CHUBUL and OM VU2LOC/ SHAILESH DESHMUKH travelled to the QTH (Palghar) on January, 1st 2016. 

Event started with Moment of Silence in respect of OM VU2EN, Kishor Kelkar. May his soul rest in peace.  

Team MARI welcomed new member to the group OM VU3ICU/ VAIBHAV PALANDE.

FOX HUNT:

The complete detailing on fox hunt and important tips to trace the fox signal shared by OM VU2IVV/ JAYESH BANATWALA and OM VU2LOC/ SHAILESH DESHMUKH. 

Total 3 fox hunt conducted, results are shared below,

Fox Hunt – I (BEACH) Difficult to trace and pinpoint the fox on beach as signals were booming all over beach. 

  1. OM VU2IVV/ JAYESH BANATWALA
  2. OM VU3OEA/ AMIT ZUTING
  3. OM VU3ICU/ VAIBHAV PALANDE

Fox Hunt – II (NIGHT) Difficult to trace and pinpoint the fox at night as dark is playing its main role. Hunter to trace the fox using torch and pinpoint the fox using tone of the signal. 

  1. OM VU2ASH/ ASHOK JOSHI
  2. OM VU3OEA/ AMIT ZUTING
  3. OM VU2ISM/ DR. SAURABH N MEHTA

Fox Hunt – III (U-TURN) Last minute change the location of fox to confuse hunters. Calories burning activity. 

  1. OM VU2LMQ/ ARSHED SHEIKH
  2. OM VU2TQC/ JAYANT SINGH
  3. OM VU2LKI/ JAYPRAKESH MULKI

HF Antenna Building Workshop

After lunch team completed the HF antenna building workshop, the workshop was led by OM VU2IVV/ JAYESH BANATWALA and OM VU2ASH/ ASHOK JOSHI.

 

HF Operations:

At night HF operation led by OM VU2HOT/ JAGDISH BHAT. He has given guidance to team on how to pursue the DXCC award. His experience and expertise will definitely support team to pursue the communication on HF.

Team had discussed the agenda for next field trip and with debriefing and feedback session we have concluded the event. 

List of total participation:

  1. OM VU3ETT/ NILAY CHUBUL
  2. OM VU2MXE/ KIRAN MADANE
  3. OM VU2LOC/ SHAILESH DESHMUKH
  4. OM VU2IVV/ JAYESH BANATWALA
  5. OM VU2ASH/ ASHOK JOSHI
  6. OM VU2HOT/ JAGDISH BHAT
  7. OM VU2ISM/ DR. SAURABH N MEHTA
  8. OM VU3MXE/ DEVENDRA VISHWAKARMA
  9. OM VU2LKI/ JAYPRAKESH MULKI
  10. OM VU2CMI/ SUHAS NARINGREKAR
  11. OM VU2ISH / MANISH MALAVIYA
  12. OM VU2LMQ/ ARSHED SHEIKH
  13. OM VU2TQC / JAYANT SINGH
  14. OM VU2TOO/ ROHIT PUROHIT
  15. OM VU3GEQ/ DAYA MALVE
  16. OM VU3OEA/ AMIT ZUTING
  17. OM VU3ICU/ VAIBHAV PALANDE

Due to some last minute health constraints OM VU2OYE/ PRITESH THAKUR was unable to join this event but he has provided his ON-AIR support for the event. 

This report can’t complete without recognizing below efforts 

  • OM VU3ETT/ NILAY CHUBUL and his family for offering their beautiful sea facing venue at Palghar, 
  • OM VU2LOC/ SHAILESH DESHMUKH for home-brewing the 10 tape antenna for team MARI,
  • OM VU2MXE/ KIRAN MADANE for arranging the required connectors, 
  • OM VU2ISM/ DR. SAURABH N MEHTA, OM VU2IVV/ JAYESH BANATWALA, OM VU2LOC/ SHAILESH DESHMUKH for home-brewing the Fox Hunt Transmitter using Arduino.

Surprising element to this event is added by Shri. Vikas Chubul by sharing his naturopathy expertise. He is running the naturopathy center called “Dilasa Naturopathy” at Palghar and he is supported by his two harmonics Chinmay Chubul and OM VU3ETT/ NILAY CHUBUL

Finally special thanks to Sanchar Telesystems, Kenwood and Diamond for sponsoring this event and supporting Team MARI activities. 


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