Contact Pete Morrison and John Broughton at
Fox Hunts for more information on the monthly YARC
The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club holds a monthly 2M fox hunt. The hunt is currently on the Sunday
after the YARC member meeting. However, the day is subject to change depending on conditions that
may arise. Any changes to the date or time will be accounted at the club meeting and might be in the
club newsletter if the change is known about far enough ahead of time.
Pete, K6VVR, and Jim WB7UZV, were the driving forces behind the monthly fox hunts. The result has
been lots of fun and camaraderie for the club members.
The rules and procedures for the the fox hunt are rather straightforward. Normally, two transmitters
are hidden. The primary transmitter transmits on 145.100 MHz with a power of 500MW. The secondary
transmitter transmits on 146.565 MHz with a power of 100MW. The transmitters must be hidden within a
7.5-mile radius of the starting point, which is the parking lot of the One Arizona Credit Union,
1335 Gail Gardner Way.
The hunt begins at 1:00PM. Hunters assemble at the parking lot and when they have received the
primary transmitter’s signal, have a bearing they are ready to start the hunt. At this time they
call the fox on the clubs repeater, 146.880 MHz, PL 100.0 Hz. to report they are starting the hunt
and to give the fox their odometer mileage.
For deciding the winner, only the time taken to find the primary transmitter is considered. The
person/team finding it in the shortest amount of time will be the winner. Should more than one
person/team find the transmitter with the identical time, the person/team with the fewest miles
driven will be judged to be the winner.
The secondary transmitter is hidden in proximity of the primary transmitter. The club has access to
several transmitters. Various ones are used for the secondary transmitter. They are small and can be
easily hidden and it can be somewhat difficult to locate them as club member some up with ingenious
ways to hide them. Also, a variety of antennas are used with both the primary and secondary
transmitter, which can make the hunts more interesting. The main purpose of having a secondary
transmitter is to give hams more experience in “sniffing” out a transmitter once they have gotten in
the general area where it is hidden.
2019 T-Hunt Schedule Calendar
Read about past T-Hunts here.