2018-04-15, Spring #2, 80m Classic
Carolina North Forest - East
Event Report

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The family website of Kelly and Patrick Sears

It was threatening rain all day but we made it through without a drop until pickup time. ☺ It was another low turnout event. We're still working on new ways to get the word out. But no matter, everyone there had a fun time. If you find a mistake or need some information changed, please let me know [ patrick (dot) r (dot) sears [at] gmail (dot) com ].

The course. We had a classic 80 m setup on the east side of CNF. This time, a straight line through all five foxes came to 3.0 km. The longest distance across the course was 1.7 km. There was a 400 m radial exclusion zone around the start and a 300 m radial exclusion zone around each fox.

Thank you to all our helpers. Thanks to Jason Reed who came out to support our efforts. Thanks to Joseph Huberman who helped with control pickup. Thanks to all the middle school and high school teachers and staff who helped get the word out to the students: Rachel Hopler (Science Teacher, Culbreth Middle School), Christine Lippy (Science Teacher, McDougle Middle School), Al McArthur (Technology Facilitator, Phillips Middle School), Haley Wamble (Science Teacher, East Chapel Hill High School), SaCola Lehr (Media Specialist, Chapel Hill High School), Libby Diesel (Library Assistant, Chapel Hill High School), Kara Watson (Media Specialist, Carrboro High School). Thanks to Greg Kopsch (Park Manager at Carolina North Forest) for the use of CNF.

Participant Activities

Ben and his father David were experienced and had a good run, bagging two foxes before they had to come back. They had other commitments and so couldn't spend the full time they wanted on the course. After returning, we spent the time they had left discussing how ARDF sprints work. Jason Reed also came out to support the event and try out the course. He came as a volunteer but with such a small group, there was no extra work. He got a chance to go out on the course, ran full out, and got all 5 foxes in 75 minutes.


#participants (school, grade)findstime
Course: 2 foxes
1 Ben (SMS-7), David (f) 4 5 H 68'

The entries are listed first by chosen course. Those starting with the class group are listed at the end. Then entries are listed by the number of foxes found on that course and finally by the time on course. The # column gives the results placement for that course. The finds column notes the controls found: foxes 1 through 5 and H for the homing beacon. Foxes numbers in parentheses were not on the chosen course. The time column is the time on course. Students are listed with their school and grade. We use the following schools abbreviations: PMS Phillips MS, SMS Smith MS, McDMS McDougle MS, CMS Culbreth MS, CHHS Chapel Hill HS, ECHHS East Chapel Hill HS, CaHS Carrboro HS, f family or guest friend, es elementary school, s chccs student (no school info).


Clicking pictures will bring up original full-sized versions. All participants are listed as seen in the picture from left to right. Pictures are generally listed in chronological order trying to keep groups together.

Kelly and Joseph. At the start table waiting for first arrivals.

Jason, Kelly, Joseph. Jason is sitting on the ground just after getting back, tired but happy after a strong run and getting all five foxes. In the foreground, one of the sprint poles was on display (white and red candy stripe). It will be used at our sprint in a couple weeks.

Joseph and Jason. It looks like they're talking about timing the foxes. On the table, one of the 2m transmitters we were testing. These may be the ones we'll be using in a few weeks.

Ben and David. Returning from their time on course. They also had a strong run.

Ben, David. Fantastic picture!

Kelly. Holding the plug ready to insert as soon as the fox cycle starts again. This allows her receiver to keep track of the current fox.

A beautiful little flower in the center of a patch of moss. Picture from Jason's run. I think it might be a bluet (genus Houstonia), but I'm not sure. Send us an email if you know. [1]

Jason saw an owl during his run and managed to get it caught on camera. Look at the center top of the picture. Super cool! [1]

Close-up of the owl in Jason's picture.

This is the first of the set of pictures from Patrick's antenna setting on Saturday, the day before the event. I met this guy on my way to setting the first antenna (for fox 1). He told me his name was Friend ☺ . Eastern box turtle? Send us an email if you know.

A pretty patch of flowers. Antenna setting run on Saturday.

Spring is here! All the buds are opening up. This one was not far from fox 5. Antenna setting run on Saturday.

A happy dogwood a few meters from the homing beacon. It was a Bob Ross moment ☺ . Antenna setting run on Saturday.

[1]. Thank you to Jason for these pictures.

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