The Bullitt ARS has had an annual picnic in September in lieu of their monthly meeting for many years. This years event went off with a BIG hitch. The site normally used was not available and a last minute relocation was called for. Our friends at the Red Cross office in Shepherdsville came to our aid.
While info went out quickly via Facebook and over the air some didn’t get the word and missed a grand time. Laddie AI4RQ manned the grill as masterfully as ever. There was lots of great food and as usual our annual foxhunt.
Last years winner, Cindy KE6AFI, with able assistance from her husband KJ7NT, hid the fox in a very well shielded location. As the hunters neared the signal seemed to have an odd pattern and nulls. It was a baffling location and eluded capture for several extra minutes. The fox was found this year by yours truly, well hidden inside a juice can buried under a bunch of aluminum cans inside a cooler. The signal was only receivable from about a 30 degree area. Otherwise it was attenuated to nearly inaudible. Well played Jim and Cindy, well played.
The many harmonics that were around wanted to hide the fox again so off we went placing it in secluded and well hidden locations…… or so we thought. The kids were able to spot the fox until it was hidden in the mailbox. It was the best shielded mailbox in history. From a mere 5 feet away the signal was still only S3 but when the lid opened it jumped to full scale.
A large part of a club is not just the technical aspect but the social. The BARS club does this part especially well. The club produces an excellent field day effort each June and several social type club functions as well as monthly meetings. The club meets the third Friday of each month at the Pioneer Village City Hall. Info can be located on the club website at ky4ky.com.
BARS is also planning to activate the Edison House in Louisville on January 18, 2014. This house, a museum now, once housed Thomas Edison for a few years and the club will operate from the room in which Edison slept and ate. Look for information in QST and other ham radio sources. You can also find the Bullitt ARS on Facebook.
Thanks to Rick KC4S for the great pictures.