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Contact Pete Morrison and John Broughton at Fox Hunts for more information on the monthly YARC fox hunts.

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.

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