Monday, May 15, 2017

An Amateur Radio FoxHunt



Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF, also known as radio orienteering, radiosport, FoxHunt or Bunny Hunt) is an amateur racing sport that combines radio direction finding with the map and compass skills of orienteering. It is a timed race in which individual competitors use a topographic map, a magnetic compass and radio direction finding apparatus to navigate through diverse wooded terrain while searching for radio transmitters. The rules of the sport and international competitions are organized by the International Amateur Radio Union. The sport has been most popular in Eastern Europe, Russia, and China, where it was often used in the physical education programs in schools. It is also frequently used as an educational recreational activity in Scouting.

ARDF events use radio frequencies on either the two-meter or eighty-meter amateur radio bands. These two bands were chosen because of their universal availability to amateur radio licensees in all countries. The radio equipment carried by competitors on a course must be capable of receiving the signal being transmitted by the five transmitters and useful for radio direction finding, including a radio receiver, attenuator, and directional antenna. Most equipment designs integrate all three components into one handheld device.

The Surrey Amateur Radio Club hosts a FoxHunt annually in May. The event is held at Crescent Park in South Surrey.


SARC 2016 FoxHunt

The 2017 Event
Saturday May 20, 2017 at Crescent Park, South Surrey 
Pre-Hunt Coaching, Registration & Instructions 0900 - 1000 Foxhunt commences at 1000 with a barbeque at 12 noon.

To participate, you need a 2 meter handheld radio or scanner with a directional antenna. For those who have built kits, an 80 meter foxhunt is also planned. However, if you are a beginner or don’t have a radio, then come anyhow! You can be part of a more experienced team or we will have equipment that you can use. Talk-in 147.360+ (110.9 tone)

FOXHUNT – NO CHARGE  
BARBEQUE $10 

All are welcome, but we ask that you RSVP Anton James VE7SSD jamesadf@shaw.ca to indicate if you plan to attend the foxhunt, the BBQ or both.

To get there, take Crescent Rd. west from King George Blvd near Hwy 99, & turn off at 129th St. to the parking & assembly area and walk into the park.

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