POTTSTOWN AREA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
We’re planning fox hunts (aka transmitter hunts) for 2018. If the weather is good we may have some pop-up fox hunts. Information will posted on them PART Yahoo Group and here.
- Our last fox hunt was on Sat., 10/21/17 at 10:00 am. Glenn and Ron were the the foxes.
Begin at the Pottstgrove Middle School on 1351 N Hanover St., Pottstown, PA 19464. N40 deg., 16.27, W 75 deg. 38.15. Bob, K3DBD will be the fox. Jim, K3CHJ has equipment to lend (contact Jim: k3chj at arrl.net). He has a log periodic antenna, passive & active attenuators, a boat anchor 2M radio with an analog S meter plus a PennDOT map. We’ll also have a 440 MHz “pedestrian” fox to find at the finish. Join us for this fun challenge!
Read an article by Glenn, AB3TQ on his first PAARC foxhunt here: [ilink url=”https://www.paarc.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/First-PAARC-Foxhunt-by-AB3TQ.pdf” style=”download”]First PAARC Foxhunt[/ilink]
Fox Hunt calling frequency: 147.510 FM
Check out – PAARC Signalbusters video
Check Out – CQ magazine 2011 Foxhunters
Fox Hunting, Bunny Hunting, Hidden Transmitter Hunting and T-Hunting are all words PAARC members use for Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF)
ARDF, also known as radio orienteering and radio sport, is an amateur sport that combining radio direction finding with the map and compass skills of orienteering. It is a contest in which individual competitors use a topographic (or computer) map, GPS, a magnetic compass, and radio direction finding equipment to seek out and locate a radio transmitter within 12 miles of the Pottsgrove Middle School.
Our PAARC Fox Hunting Season runs from March to October. We have monthly Fox Hunts which are coordinated by the Hunt Master. Foxhunts are usually Saturday mornings, but hunters are flexible and have been known to have short hunts on weeknights or Sundays. At the PAARC Fox Hunts, winners are based on lowest mileage, not by shortest time.
A typical hunt lasts about 2 hours and consists of two parts: a road part and an on-foot part. For the first (or road) part, hunters assemble at the Pottsgrove Middle School. PAARC Fox Hunts use a 5 watt transmitter set on 147.510 MHz and, at the appointed time, the fox (a person) turns on the Fox (a transmitter). The hunters then drive to the the fox using their radio detection and orienteering skills.
The second part begins after (or if) the fox is located. Two smaller transmitters are hidden at the fox location. Hunters must locate these foxes on foot. Some hunters excel at this activity because they are better built for body fade!
Some refreshments are served after the fox is located.
So, if you want to be challenged or just learn about a different aspect of Amateur Radio, come on out to a fox hunt!
Fox Hunt Links
 Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio_direction_finding retrieved 15 Sep, 2013.