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The Flamingo Net held a 2m vehicular fox hunt on Sunday, January 13, 2019. The fox was hidden in Lake Shore City Park, off Miramar Blvd., just east of Douglas Road. The four participating teams first found the Fox's Den: Chip (KM4SJN) and CJ; then Charles (KB4PFC); then Phil (KI4DYS) and Ray (KB4HAY); then Stu (KD4JSD). At that point, no one had found the mini-Fox and no winner had been declared. In a dazzling photo-finish, Ray found the mini-fox, with Chip, Charles and Stu all in the vicinity!  Ray raced to the finish line and he and Phil won the hunt. 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 October 28, 2018. Attendees included Chip and CJ (KM4JSN), Stu and Reesa (KD4JSD), Ray (KB4HAY) and Bill (WA4TEJ). The next UP4WUE dinner will take place on Sunday evening, May 5, 2019 gathering at the Hollywood Blvd. Piccadilly Cafeteria at 6 PM.

Our free flea took place on Saturday, November 17, 2018. All went fairly well, although sending in the tag numbers to avoid ticketing was a hassle. I hope I didn't miss any and that no one got a ticket! We may have to change (maybe just slightly) the location for the next Free Flea, in March or April. See incliment weather note below (See also driving info below).

The Picnic / BBQ which followed the Free Flea at noon, Saturday, November 17, 2018, proved to be a problem, too. Although Brewer Park was usable a month before the picnic, the city decided to renew the surface of the park and the park was unusable on that date. We moved to Doug Barnes Park, which worked out fine, but not everyone got the word of the move - sorry about that! Chip, CJ, Paul, Ken, Phil, Stu, Fred, Charles and Bill did attend. Our thanks to Chef Fred for the cooking! In the event of bad weather, announcements will be made on the 147.150 repeater. (see driving information below).  

The Flamingo Net Field Day Event took place on June 23, 2018. Our location was Maxwell Park on the east side of Norht Perry Airpoprt in Broward County. As soon as Larry (KA4IQI) and Bill (WA4TEJ) finished setting up, a thunderstorm arrived and the 10m set-up had to be disassembled to avoid lightning strikes. We continued intermittent transmisions on 2m and Daniel (KK4TIO) was able to track down our location. Fred (N4YQT) was also searching but was in the middle of the storm and finally gave up. As the rain tapered off, Chip (KM4SJN) and CJ arrived. Shortly thereafter, STU (KD4JSD) arrived. When the storm cleared, the 10m  system was reassembled - just in time for the start of Field Day (2:00 PM local time). 10m was fairly hot and using Larry's set-up we were able to make several field day contacts into the northeast ( four times more contacts than on previous years!). Maybe next year the weather will be more cooperative.

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:

These take place in the Physics parking lot of the University of Miami Coral Gables, Fla. To get there from the Palmetto Expressway (826), proceed to the Miller Road (SW 56 St.) exit, then go east on Miller until it reaches the circle at the UM (a few miles). Go 3/4 of the way around the circle, coming out at San Amaro Dr.. Go 5 short blocks and you will be at the entrance to the parking lot, 5101 San Amaro Dr..

If you come on US-1, proceed to the intersection with Red Road (SW 57th Ave.) and turn north on Red. After several blocks, you will come to the light at Miller Road (SW 56 St.). Turn east on Miller and follow it for a few blocks to the circle at the campus. Proceed north for 5 blocks as above. 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.

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