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The Flamingo Net held a 2m vehicular fox hunt on Saturday, January 11, 2020. The foxes (KB4HAY and KD4JSD) were in Fern Forest Nature Center just south of Atlantic Blvd.. Chip and CJ went almost straight to the site from the starting point, getting there in 45 minutes. The other hunters, Bill (WA4TEJ) and Phil (KI4DYS) followed less inspired paths, arriving nearly 45 minutes later. The next hunt will be on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Gather at the south parking lot of Highland Oaks Park at 10:30 and the hunt should start at 11:00 when the foxes begin transmitting on 147.425 simplex.  See photo on last photo page.  Our hunts are open to everyone, so join in for the fun of it! Beginners might want to read the hunt information and stories of previous hunts on the "About" page. Also, see the Photo Page for old hunting photos. For hunting tips, see the "About..." page. The schematics for the 2m automated mini-fox transmitter and other useful hunting gadgets are on the "Schematic Gallery" page. Parts are available from Digi-Key for under fifteen dollars.

The next UP4WUE dinner takes place on Sunday evening, May 10, 2020 in the Hollywood Blvd. Piccadilly Cafeteria.

The Flamingo Net Flea will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the University of Miami, in the west end of parking lot 1-109, 1300 Campo Sano Drive, Coral Gables, Florida. To get there, come in from the west side of the University of Miami on Miller. At the the circle where Miller dead ends at the University, go 3/4 of the way around the circle, coming out northbound on San Amaro. Follow San Amaro to the next circle, coming out of it on the first exit, Campo Sano Ave. east bound. Take the next right into the university parking lot 1-109. Turn right at the stop sign and proceed into the west end of the lot, where we are. The University charges $1.50/hr to park there, which may be paid at a kiosk on the east end of the lot (cards only!) or on Pay-By-Phone.

The Picnic / BBQ follows the free flea at noon, Saturday, March 14, 2020 in Brewer Park, about a mile west of the Flea, just south of Miller Road.

The Flamingo Net Field Day Event took place on June 22, 2019. KA4IQI and WA4TEJ set up initially at Pembroke Preserve Park, but a misunderstanding by park officials led to a repositioning of the site to a street just south of Buccaneer Park. It was HOT (but the bands weren't), so luckily KA4IQI had brought his beach umbrella for shade. During the DFing stage of the activity, we were located by KM4SJN and CJ (first - hunting on both 2m and 10m) followed by KD4JSD. After Field Day started, the 10m band was found to be very weak. Signals heard were typically S1 with heavy QSB, but Larry's antenna proved up to the challenge and all signals heard were contacted (including one in Ohio and one in Texas).

Inclement Weather for Outdoor Events: In the event of bad weather on the day of a Fox Hunt, Free Flea or Picnic/BBQ the event may still take place. The determination will be made by the Fox (for a Fox Hunt) or the Activities Director (presently WA4TEJ) for all other events. The guidelines typically are that if a rain is expected to be of duration less than 15 minutes, the event will take place, but forecasts of heavy weather for longer duration may lead to postponement or cancellation. If changes are to be made, they will be announced on the frequencies being used for the activity (Free Flea Talk-In; Fox Hunt transmitting frequency and any back-up repeater frequency). If there is enough prior warning (usually there isn't) the change will also be posted on this website.

Location / Driving information on our various events:

Fox Hunts:

Most of our Fox Hunts start at Highland Oaks Park, south parking lot. This park is north of Ives Dairy Road (NE 203rd St. Miami-Dade), just east of I-95 and just west of US-1. Exit I-95 at the Ives Dairy Road exit and proceed about 3 blocks east to NE 25 Ave., the entrance to the south parking lot. From US-1, turn west on 203/5 St. and proceed just over a block to NE 25 Ave., the entrance to the south parking lot. For GPS, the starting point is at 20300 NE 24th Ave., Miami.

Free Fleas:

This one takes place at the west end of University of Miami parking lot 1-109. For GPS, head for 1300 Campo Sano Drive, Coral Gables, FL. This lot is near the lot where we used to hold our Fleas, but is 3 lots further around - it is on the other side of Gifford Arboretum.

Talk-in on the K4AG repeater, 147.150 (+.6) which is PL'ed at 94.8 .

Biannual Picnic:

Generally at Brewer Park, a few blocks from the Free Flea site. Go west on Miller from the Free Flea site. At SW 62 Ave., make a left for one short block. Make a right again westbound on SW 57 St. to enter the park. This time it is in Tropical Park Shelter 2 at noon.

Biannual Dinner:

This takes place at the Piccadilly Cafeteria located at 4500 Hollywood Blvd. in south Broward county . Exit I-95 at Hollywood Blvd. heading west. It is about 1.5 miles west of the interstate.

 


Active Members

K4DLX John Flood
WN2DTK Scott Ellinport
KI4DYS Phil Bartick
VE7EIS Alex Wood
KE4ESV Larry McDermott
W3FHT Dave Kingston
KB4HAY Ray Preeschl
N4HOP Jay Glen
KA4IQI Larry Greenspan

KI4IQZ Marty Falk
KD4JSD Stu Kalishman
KA4KFV Valentine Mecca
K4MAS Edward Kane
WJ4N Orlando Rojas
KC4OLR Hank Botein
K4ONY Ted Schempp
WB4OQN / KM4SJN Chip Veres
KC4PMP Rose Daley

NJ4S Frank Sullivan

KC4SHS Jorge Bombino
WA4TEJ Bill Moore
KE4UEH Jim Murphy
K4WRW Bill Whitaker
W4WYR Evelyn Gauzens
N4YES Danny Shattuck
N4YQT Fred Adler
KF4YW Tony
WB4ZJS John Brott
KB4ZLL Bill Daley
SWL Frank McGuinness
SWL Steve Ellinport

SWL J.F. Millman
SWL Ken Simon