ARDF (2m (2) 80m (1)) 1:35:00  ***
3c shoes: Mizuno Ascend
My mom and I wanted to check our new receivers and practice a bit, so we headed out to Breakheart with SGB, my dad, Presto, and Kiwi. SGB and my dad went out to set transmitters, but there was some confusion about how to get them not to signal at the same time, and the end result was that two of the 2m controls were on at the same time. This sort of affected signal direction, but reflections were the real issue. I had some trouble with my new receiver. Even when I was right on top of a control, I was still on volume level 4 (usually when I'm close, I'm being blasted out at just about volume 0), so it was very difficult to know how close I actually was. Controls 1, 2, 4, and 5 were out, and 4 and 5 were transmitting at the same time. I got very close to 4, but was confused with reflections and the combination of a zipcar/hurricane enforced time limit made me decide to leave it. I then went off to number 2 and was quite close, but the volume wasn't really getting any louder, so I thought I must be hearing reflections on that one as well (in retrospect, this was the receiver being weird). I then went for number 5 and found it, but I read the number upside down and thought I was at number 2, which increased my confusion about 1000-fold. I then found number 1 kind of without incident except that even when I was quite close, it really wasn't very loud at all. Not exactly an encouraging outing on 2m. I will either need to figure out what's up with my 2m antenna or just use the one I used to use.
I then went out with my new 80m receiver to find two 80m controls, but this was a lost cause right from the start because apparently the direction button thing doesn't work on the new 80m receiver, so while I could hear volume, I had two equally likely directions at most times (except when I was at the edge of the map). Grumble. I'll either need to find someone who can fix this or borrow an 80m receiver as well. Right at the end of this it started absolutely pouring (I was completely soaked in seconds), which was actually incredibly pleasant and amazingly got rid of the mosquitoes.
Orienteering 10:00  ***
1c shoes: Mizuno Ascend
Running to collect the last 80m transmitter with my dad and two dogs who looked absolutely incredulous at the idea that we would go out in weather like this :-).