Some interesting things we do in Amateur Radio.
"T-hunting" or "Fox hunting" in amateur radio is practicing
radio direction finding techniques by a group of teams
searching for a hidden transmitter.
Here in the valley we do this as an organized fun event.
We start from one of a few starting points (the choice is
by the hidding team and is anounced in advance) and the
first team to find the hidden transmitter is the winner and
the hidding team for the next hunt. As the various teams
find the transmitter they are given the location of a near
by pizza restaraunt and everyone gets together there after
all have done their best and have pizza and such and just
generally raise a ruckus (have a good time). In our hunts
the hidden transmitter starts at a pre-determined time (19:00
local time) and then transmitts for thirty seconds at a
time, on a two minute cycle (30 seconds on and 1 minute &
30 seconds off).
My first picture is of Dick WB7VIS with his beam type hand
held "sniffer" (direction finder). He had just finally found
our infamous hidden transmitter. He had decided that we had
some how buried it under a rock and then almost fell on it
as our fake rock flipped over as he tried a little to hard to
roll it out of the way.
Here is Barry Mead (N7MQX) and Myself, Hal Mann (WA7ZCZ)
showing the infamous Hidden transmitter and the artifical rock
that we used to disguise it.
It is an ICOM 32AT, modified for the crossband remote
modification, and using a couple of transistor heatsinks (and
a little battery op. Fan) and powered with an external gel
cell battery. We hid it by placing it under an artificial
rock that Barry and his brother Tray made. Barry's brother
Tray is the associated with the Mesa Southwest Museum
and is very good at making realistic looking scenery.
Almost all the hunters were within a hundred yards within
minutes of the start of the hunt, but it took almost an hour
for the first hunter to find it! Everyone had a great time
hunting and also at the pizza party afterwards.