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Anyone seen any ham radio only geocaches?how about having to check into a ham radio net to get the coordinates...guess that would make it rated a 5 for special equipment needed(amateur radio).Hmm :ph34r:

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Another idea, how about a contest where you earn points from making a radio contact from the geocache site?or how about an hf net held weekly and geocache coordinates given out to the special ham only geocaches? Just some thoughts.Any comments?Any interest?

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here is a another idea. Make the cache like a ham radio fox hunt. The idea of a Qso from the catch sounds great , Give out a award ,call worked all catches, or caches where one needs to confirm the cache by calling from that location . 73

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here is a another idea. Make the cache like a ham radio fox hunt. The idea of a Qso from the catch sounds great , Give out a award ,call worked all catches, or caches where one needs to confirm the cache by calling from that location . 73

 

The following information comes from a South African Ham Radio website:

 

HAM‐CACHING

Congratulations, you've found it! Intentionally or not!

What is this hidden container sitting here for? What the heck is this thing doing here with all

these things in it?

It is part of an emergency communications based special event held twice annually by Radio

Amateurs (a.k.a. Hams) within South Africa called. This section of the event has been dubbed

Ham‐Caching and is based on the popular sport of Geocaching.

The game basically involves a Ham, utilising a GPS, hiding "treasure" (this container and its

contents), and publishing the exact coordinates so other Hams can come on a "treasure

hunt" to find it and then communicate via wireless radio that they have found it. The basic

rules are: you must write about your visit in the logbook and contact the CTARC via wireless

radio communications and transmit a basic message. Hopefully, the person that hid this

container found a good spot that is not easily found by uninterested parties. Sometimes, a

good spot turns out to be a bad spot, though.

IF YOU FOUND THIS CONTAINER BY ACCIDENT:

Great! We ask only that you:

• Please do not move or vandalize the container. The real treasure is just finding the

container and sharing your thoughts with everyone else who finds it.

• If possible, let us know that you found it, by visiting the www.ctarc.org.za.

As previously mentioned, this special even cache hide is based on the more popular sport of

Geocaching. Geocaching is open to everyone with a GPS and a sense of adventure. There

are similar sites all over the world. The organization has its home on the Internet. Visit the

website if you want to learn more, or have any comments: http://www.geocaching.com

If this container needs to be removed for any reason, please let us know. We apologize, and

will be happy to move it.

RULES

The following are the basic rules for Ham‐Caching. Please follow these rules in order to log

your find.

1. Participants can enter as individuals or as teams, teams which include non‐hams get a

multiplier.

2. Points are awarded for finding the cache in accordance with the points table at the end

of these rules.

3. The team or individual who find the cache are to log their visit by writing a brief note

and leaving their names and call‐signs in the logbook.

4. The participants are expected to make radio contacts whilst at the cache site.

5. A maximum number of contacts can be made per cache. This figure can be found on

the front page of the logbook and based on the difficulty of the cache find.

6. Radio contact can be made on any band.

7. Logs must consist of time, band, callsign/name contacted.

SCORING

The scoring is granted as follows:

1. Multiplier for making contact with special event station:

ZS1CT special event station 5

Other special event station 2

Other station 1

Table 1

2. Contact method multipliers:

UHF 1

VHF 2

HF 3

PMR 4

Table 2

3. The multiplier allocated for finding this cache can be found in the following table:

Cache 1 2

Cache 2 5

Cache 3 5

Cache 4 10

Cache 5 10

Table 3

4. Number of contacts multipliers:

1‐5 1

6‐10 2

11‐15 3

15+ 4

Table 4

5. Multiplier for teams types:

Individual Ham 1

Team of only Hams 2

Team containing non‐Ham 4

Table 5

HOW TO CALCULATE

YOUR SCORE

The following calculation will help you work out you overall score for each cache:

X Cache

score multiplier (Table 3) X Team type multiplier (Table 4)

WHAT NOW?

Send your score sheet containing your logged contacts to ctarc@ctarc.org.za and you

stand a chance to win one or more of the following:

• A “Winner’s certificate” will be bestowed on the winner or winning team of the

Ham‐Caching contest.

• A “Found All” certificate will be issued to all teams or individuals that find all of

the caches.

• A “Participants” certificate will be issued to all individuals who take part in the

Ham‐Caching contest.

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