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Well, maybe not free exactly, but it was a significant milestone in the resumption of more normal club activities post C-19 (not that there will ever be such a thing, but you know what I mean).

Eleven members formed four teams of hounds chasing down the cheeky foxes who were apparently hiding out behind a distant hedge this year.

Russell G7TMR sorting the reflected signals from the real ones in the car park at the start of the event.

Foxes and hounds ruminating on another well organised tactical encounter (I'm making all this up by the way, as I wasn't even there!)

Fox hunts are such hard work

And the winners were... the foxes! Despite some of the hounds passing within 50 yards of the fox's lair, they remained sufficiently well hidden to avoid being nabbed.

The Friars Oak in Hassocks was the nominated debriefing venue, where outdoor drinking was just the ticket.

But the last word should definitely go to Tony G3XQM, who summed up just what it felt like to get out on a proper face to face event. Well done to Stella and Alan for organising. Thanks also to Mike G1TDL for supplying the photos. It's much appreciated.

Berni M0XYF

The Hounds gathered in Cyprus road car park for this, the last Fox Hunt of 2019.

The teams comprised of:


Russell G7TMR

The Satellites:

Peter G4AKG, Mike G8KMP, Tony G3XQM.

and Mervyn M0WVE



The first transmission from the Foxe's Lair was at 7.30pm BST, and lasted for a duration of 2 minutes.

As the nights were closing in, all transmissions were 10 minutes apart, and all further transmissions were of 1 minute duration.

Copy based upon Alan and Stella's hand out with much appreciation.

From the start the signals were quite strong and appeared to be coming from a southernly direction.



The satellite Team took a long time to find the foxes. We had a feeling that the signals were emanating from around Ditchling, although the signal levels were not as strong as we thought they should be.

Then Mike had a brain wave - the penny dropped. We had been there before, on a different occasion.

The Car Park at St John the Baptist's Church Underhill Lane Clayton.

Refreshments at the Jack and Jill Inn, polished off an enjoyable evening.

Image below: Merv homing in.....



Congratulations to Russell, the Winner of the Fox Hunt