OVARC Foxhunts

OVARC Foxhunt, aka Transmitter Hunting

Foxhunting, aka transmitter hunting, involves the search for a hidden transmitter using direction finding equipment. OVARC Foxhunts 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 Foxhunt organizer. During the event the OVARC repeater system will be used for overall coordination.  



  1. The Fox frequency is 146.46

  2. Fox will transmit for at least 1 minute out of every 3 (automated fox may vary)

  3. Winners may be acknowledged at an OVARC club meeting, and prizes are sometimes awarded

  4. Fox must remain stationary for entire event

  5. Fox must be in a public area and visible from outside (not in a building)

  6. Fox must be in an area without access controls (fee or gate)

  7. Fox transmit power must be at least .5 watt, Fox may not vary the power

  8. Fox may not be more than 300 feet from a public road or parking lot

  9. Whoever finds the Fox first is/are the winner(s)

  10. Fox hunts will be conducted on the 2 meter Band

  11. The Fox may or may not transmit on a repeater to allow hunters to verify the Fox is out there.

  12. The Foxhunt organizer is authorized to limit the geographical area of the Fox, e.g. Oro Valley city limits, etc.

The last OVARC Foxhunt was held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 9:30 AM.


There were some nice prizes, including a Yaesu FT-70D Fusion HT radio, and a $100 Gigaparts Gift Card. Mike, K7VTT won the radio, and John, N7GHZ won the gift card. Congratulations to our winners! Bev, WB7BEV was "the Fox" and did an outstanding job! Thanks, Bev! Below is a map showing the Foxhunt Boundaries for this event.

If you have any questions about the Foxhunt, contact Walt, AL7KE at: foxhunt@tucsonhamradio.org. Participants met up at the Oro Valley P.D. substation in the Oro Valley Marketplace Mall, 1920 E. Tangerine Rd, Oro Valley, AZ


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