The Reading Radio Club
ARRL Affiliated February 17 1922
Welcome to the Fox Hunting page for the Reading Radio Club.
The importance of this part of the Ham Radio is paramount to just having fun. The FOX hunt is training for finding transmitters located all over the world. It is a situation where we hunt for transmitters just like those they put in snakes, collars of bear, foxes and other animals that roam the woods. Part of the training is locating downed planes, hikers with radios, and rogue transmitters. We as Hams also help the Emergency services. We will help Police, Fire and any other EMS protocols that need us to find a transmitter.
The Reading Radio Club has 2 owned fox transmitter, with a few of the members have transmitters with much less power. Our fox transmitters at the club are 5 watt and 3 watt. The privately owned transmitters are from 1 watt down to 15 milliwatt.
This 2 element antenna is a YAGI It can be purchased on line from Arrow Antenna systems.
This is a three element home brew 2 meter antenna.
These attach directly to your HT, the left one is a 2 meter directional and the right one is 440.
This is a satellite specific directional for talking to and receiving from ISS.2mtr 440.
Our Fox hunts are held Saturdays and or Sunday afternoon. We hunt two different ways. We start at a control point with a net controller and hunt from there with everyones help, or we start at home and hunt on your own. Even if you start at the control point, you are on your own once you that location.
The main foxes are 5 watt and 3 watt and send out a signal that can be heard on your radio. They are programmed to be within FCC rules with identifying morse after every transmission.
After the main location is found where the asst net controller has set up the foxes, the rest of the foxes are set around the area for ground search. Both the Net controller and the asst net controller assist those hunting the locale.
All foxes are on a different simplex channel, and have different tones.
Ron, K3RJW has equipment for use by anyone, and also has that equipment for sale. Ron also gives private fox hunts near his QTh and only needs a few hours to set up the foxes for the private lesson.
If any other information is needed, please contact
Ron Waszk, K3RJW
Chair person for Fox Hunts
Asst Chair person