OVARC Fox Hunts

OVARC Fox Hunt aka Transmitter Hunting


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Fox hunting aka transmitter hunting involves the search for a hidden transmitter using direction finding equipment.  OVARC fox hunts will generally be conducted on 2M.  Chasers will use yagi, loop, and other antennas to try to locate the fox.  The general rules are outlined below.  Walt, AL7KE, is our fox hunt organiser.  During the event the OVARC repeater system will be used for overall coordination.  




  1. The Fox frequency is 146.565
  2. Fox will transmit for at least 1 minute out of every 3 (automated fox may vary)
  3. There will be two types of winners, one for Doppler, one for other DF methods
  4. Winners may be acknowledged at an OVARC club meeting, no prize except public adulation
  5. Fox must remain stationary for entire event
  6. Fox must be in a public area and visible from outside (not in a building)
  7. Fox must be in an area without access controls (fee or gate)
  8. Fox transmit power must be at least .5 watt, fox may not vary the power
  9. Fox may not be more than 300 feet from a public road or parking lot
  10. Trackers must report a starting odometer reading.
  11. Whoever finds the fox in the fewest miles is the winner. Doppler users can be co-winners
  12. Fox hunts will be conducted on the 2 meter Band.
  13. The Fox may or may not transmit on a repeater to allow hunters to verify the Fox is out there.
  14. The Fox hunt organizer is authorized to limit the geographical area of the Fox, e.g. Oro Valley city limits etc.