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What's New with The Flamingo Net?

The Flamingo Net held a 2m vehicular fox hunt on Sunday, October 20, 2019. The fox was hidden in Pembroke Park Preserve, just south of Miramar Parkway on 52nd Ave. The main gate entering the park was closed and locked, but the park actually was open (there was a secondary entrance that was open) and this contributed to the confusion. Despite it all, the hunters persevered and the end of the hunt was very tight, with the winners, Stu (KD4JSD) and Ray (KB4HAY) finding the fox about 1 minute before the second place finishers, Chip (KM4SJN) and CJ. Fred (N4YQT) and Paul arrived minutes thereafter. See photo on last photo page. The next hunt will be on a Saturday or Sunday in early January, 2020, when the fox will again begin transmitting (on 147.425), and the will hunt begin at 11:00 AM . 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.

Our UP4WUE dinner took place on Sunday evening, May 5, 2019. We had a good group: Ray, Chip & CJ, Scott and Steve, Fred, and Bill. Some discussion about fox hunts and future free fleas ensued. The next dinner is set for 6 PM Sunday evening, October 27, 2019 in the Hollywood Blvd. Piccadilly Cafeteria.

The Flamingo Net flea will take place on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the University of Miami, in the west end of parking lot 1-109, 1300 Campo Sano Drive, Coral Gables, Florida. This lot is accessed by the next entrance to the University (going on around the campus clockwise) from the entrance previously used. The University requires a parking fee of $1.50 per hour which may be paid by Pay by Phone ("Location 330109") by 'phone or, if you have a smartphone, at their website or at a Kiosk (bank cards only) at the east end of this lot.

The Picnic / BBQ will follow the free flea at noon, Saturday, November 23, 2019 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 to the north and east - 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.

Annual 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