August 1986 Foxhunt

“You go and hide and we’ll come and look for you” they said.

“You won’t just go away and leave me sitting there” I said.


“NO. We’ll come and find you.’


“Yes for goodness sake we promise!”

So with that little matter sorted out I started to think of somewhere to hide. I know some people who live at Ninfield, I had never been there but I knew they had a field whore they kept a donkey – just the place to tuck myself away out of sight I thought. But, when I arrived on site with just a half hour to spare – PANIC! The field was not accessible from the road, only from the end of the garden! Clutching at straws in an effort to stay within the rules, I opted to hide in an aluminium horse (or donkey) box which was conveniently parked just inside the drive.

When I took up ham radio I never dreamed it would involve spending a Sunday afternoon with my wife inside a horse box, but there we were, trying to watch where we put our foot and viewing the road through the ventilation slits in the side.

I sent out. the first call which I was confident I would have the team of BCO and IGM breathing down my neck within seconds, but even two calls later there was not even a single antenna being waved in anger. Then at 3.30 I was transmitting from just outside the tide when the mobile Doppler scanner of Harold G4U0K hurtled past. There was a squeal of brakes and we thought the game was up. Through the slits we watched him reverse almost alongside and I began to prepare the surrender flag, but after a brief discussion about donkeys with a passer, by he shot off again. During the next few minutes he drove up and down the road about thirty times, much to the delight of the neighbours who were beginning to enjoy the proceedings. Finally he stood on the pavement looking straight at the horse box so I conceded to defeat.

Shortly afterwards Norman G6YME, claimed second place, and then in a road which was becoming very overcrowded, the BCO/IGM team came in third after an unsuccessful tour of the Pevensey Marsh.

Then as we mingled with the contestants things began to take an ugly turn. There were even accusations of cheating on my part, by hiding on private property. I suppose I was really, hut I was only 12 feet from the pavement, VBK was making remarks like, “How Would you like a clip around the ear with the rough end of the crane?” They probably won’t ask me to do it again.

Just for the record the score is now 19 HERC — 17 SARS and the next hunt is on 28th September, with Harold G4UOK as the Fox.

Stan Simpson – G4ITM.

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