Archive of Past Rules:
FOX HUNT RULES
April 20, 2010
WHO: Anyone interested in finding the hidden transmitter (i.e., the “Fox”).
WHAT: A timed hidden transmitter hunt.
WHERE: Hunters begin hunting at the Ken Groom, ZR5AAD, Technical & Training
Center, 280 East 8th Street, Holland, Michigan.
WHEN: 7:00 PM EST / 23:00 z , until 9:00PM EST / 25:00 z, April 20, 2010.
WHY: Because it's FUN ! And because the ability to locate an unknown
transmitter is an important skill for the well rounded ham operator.
Commencing 23:00 z, the Fox will transmit periodic announcements, one
minute in duration out of every 5 minutes, on the Frequency 145.530 MHz
simplex. Hunters shall use radio direction finding equipment to locate the
Fox, using the shortest traveled distance, as measured by their automobile
odometers. The winning hunter(s) shall have traveled the least distance
(in miles) to locate the Fox, prior to the expiration of the two hour hunting
period. In the case of a tie in mileage, the hunter(s) who have tied, and
who found them in the least time, shall be the winner. The Fox shall be
in a place open to the general public. Locating the Fox means the Hunter
has, himself, traveled to within ten feet of the transmitter and announced
his presence. Hunters may work alone or in teams. Advanced antenna
scanning equipment such a Doppler antenna system or any computer
assisted scanning devices are not allowed. Transmitter power may vary at
the discretion of the Fox. No hunters shall transmit on the fox frequency
except in case of emergency or when directed by the fox.
POST HUNT MEETING:
The Fox and others shall meet after the Hunt concludes for a brief social at
the Burger King located at187 North River Street , Holland, Michigan. All
Hunters are welcome to join in the fun.
SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE. Low Mileage is the test, not
speed. Take your time, and be super careful as you drive, and especially if
you exit the vehicle for any reason.
May 18, 2010
All hunters are more than welcome to participate.
If you don’t have fox hunting equipment yet, ride along with someone and see how
it’s done…or see how it’s not done, depending on who you’re with. In any
case, the more the merrier. The hunt is free and open to anyone who wants
to participate or just ride along, have fun, and maybe learn a
The hunt will begin at the parking lot of the
Training Center, 280 East 8th Street, Holland at 7:00 p.m. (1900 hours for the technosquad)
and will end at 9:02 p.m. (that's sunset, for the romantics and those without
watches) on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.
Odometer readings will be taken before the hunt
begins. The winner will be the person or team whose vehicle puts on the
lowest number of miles finding the Fox. In case of a tie, the person or
team who found the Fox first will be deemed the winner. To “find” the Fox,
one person from the team must identify him/herself to the Fox by name and call
sign and give the Fox the final odometer reading.
Once a team has found the Fox, they will be given
directions to the site of the “Post Hunt Social Hour” and should then exit the
hiding place without giving other hunters any hints as to the whereabouts of the
Fox. Taunting, gloating, bragging and razzing will be reserved for before
and after the hunt.
Any type of direction finding equipment may be used, but
Doppler users will compete only against each other and will not be eligible for
the Grand Prize...if there is one. The Fox will be hiding within an eight mile
radius of the clubhouse. The Fox will remain in or near the car in a
publicly accessible spot. The geeky stuff - the Fox will use a robofox,
transmitting one minute on, two minutes off at 145.53 and there's something
about a vertically polarized whip antenna and the frequency and power not
varying, blah, blah, blah.
traffic rules and regulations must be obeyed. Driving backwards to conserve mileage,
while somewhat effective, is not recommended. Be careful when jumping out
of the car to get a reading. You don’t want your family to have to explain
to the other mourners just exactly what it was you were doing when you were hit
by the truck and why that antenna is sticking out of your chest.
Be safe, have fun,
and try to find me!
Details from the Fox Den
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Hunt.
All hunters, hunter wannabees, relative strangers, and strange relatives are invited to participate.
You don’t need to be a ham or a club member. If you don’t have
fox hunting equipment yet, this is your chance to learn from
someone else or at least from someone else’s mistakes.
It’s free and it’s great fun!! What more could you ask?
On Tuesday, June 15, hunters and any other interested parties will
start gathering at the parking lot of the Ken Groom Technical and Training
Center, 280 East 8th Street, Holland at about 6:45 p.m. to check equipment,
sort out who’s riding with whom, take beginning odometer readings, and taunt
each other mercilessly. The hunt will begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end
at 9:00 p.m. or when all hunters have found the Fox. In other words,
the hunt will end at 9:00 p.m.
Any type of direction finding equipment may be used, but Doppler users will
compete only against each other and will not be eligible for the Grand
Prize...if there is one. The Fox will be hiding within an eight mile
radius of the clubhouse. The Fox will remain either in, or in the vicinity
of, the vehicle in a spot that will be either publicly or privately owned,
but will not be posted for trespassing and will not require an admission
fee, passport, or DNA sample for entry. In fact, leaving DNA samples is
The geeky stuff you’ve been waiting for - the Fox will use a robofox, transmitting
one minute on, two minutes off at 145.53 using a vertically polarized whip
antenna and the frequency and power won’t vary. Some assembly required
and batteries not included…yeah, whatever.
Clues will be available as before. The winner of the hunt will be the person
or team whose vehicle puts on the lowest number of miles finding the Fox.
In case of a tie, the person or team who found the Fox first will be
deemed the winner. To “find” the Fox, one person from the team must
identify him/herself to the Fox by name and call sign and give the Fox
the final odometer reading.
If a team finds the Fox, they will be given further instructions
regarding where to go and what to do when they get there. (The Fox
really enjoys that part.) Teams that don’t find the Fox should just
backtrack down their own trail of abject defeat and humiliation, or
radio for directions to the same site. The post hunt gathering will
feature the usual toasting to the winners and roasting of the
Safety first. All traffic rules and regulations must be obeyed.
Anyone who is fatally injured during the hunt will be automatically
disqualified from the competition, but will still meet the
qualifications to be the Fox for future hunts.
Be careful out there, good luck, have fun!! Betcha you can’t find me!!!
K8AJ, The Vixen (That’s what a female fox is called…glad it’s not a dog hunt.)