Front Range Dfers and Foxhunters!!

March 23, 2002

Win a Garmin eTrex Personal� Navigator�

Here�s the Deal from Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS):

Edge of Space Sciences, Inc. is sponsoring a Front Range Colorado Balloon Foxhunt by launching a high altitude helium balloon to 100,000 feet above sea level. Any Amateur Radio operator may participate to win the one of the following prizes:

Grand Prize

Garmin eTrex Personal Navigator
GPS Receiver


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Great Runner Up Prizes

Delorme Street Atlas 9.0, (2 copies)

Delorme Map of the Middle East (2 maps)

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How to Play and Win

Hunters who locate the balloon payload where it hits the ground must sign the log on the grounded payload and they will qualify for the Garmin GPS drawing. The drawing will be held immediately at the recovery site. Qualifying hunters must be present to win. We welcome all people interested in high altitude balloon science and amateur radio!

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Win a GPS Receiver

When: EOSS Flight # 55, March 23, 2002, 9:00 am. Be there at least by 8:30 am to register and review the hunt rules.

Where: Gene Fatton�s Ranch in Windsor, Colorado. Detailed instructions with maps may be found at: Windsor

Directions: Leave Denver Colorado on I-25 north bound. Proceed to the Windsor exit (Exit Number 262). Proceed East on State Road 392 approximately 1.3 miles to county road 3. Take county road 3 south a few hundred yards. The launch site will be on the east side of the road. Numerous vehicles with antennae will undoubtedly mark the spot.

The full flight will take 2-3 hours and will travel 50-100 miles. Weather permitting, bad weather cancels the hunt for March.

Check into the EOSS net, each Tuesday night on 147.225 MHz at 8:00.

EOSS preflight net will be on 147.225 MHz, March 22, 8:00 pm. Also watch

Frequencies: The fox beacon will transmit on 147.555 MHz output. At 100,000 feet, the operational radius is 450 miles! Coordination for the event will be on the 449.450 MHz RMRL repeater (103.5 hz tone)

The Rules, How to Play and Win:

  1. DFers must start at Gene Fatton�s Ranch. to register, participate and qualify. Be prepared to travel 50-100 miles. The hunt will be halted after 3:00.

  2. APRS will be used by the designated EOSS Management Team to report the payload location to the FCC and FAA, as required by law. This is a DF exercise. DFers using APRS will be disqualified. The EOSS Management Team does not qualify to win.

  3. EOSS does not trespass. DFers will not enter private land without clearance from the EOSS Management Team on 449.450 MHz. The team will seek permission from the landowner before anyone enters the land. It�s a courtesy and it keeps us from getting shot. So far, so good.

  4. Everyone who signs the log on the payload will qualify for the drawing to win the Garmin eTrex Personal Navigator. The drawing will be held at the recovery site. You must be present to win.

  5. Safety is important. Do NOT speed, this isn't a race. The last participant to arrive will have just as good a chance at winning the eTrex as the first arrival. This is a huge area of land, some states aren�t this big! Do not leave the hunt until you advise the EOSS Management Team on 449.450 MHz. Otherwise we may be looking for you all night while you are tucked into the old featherbed.