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How to Transmitter Hunt

Last update on: Sunday, November 18, 2001

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1) Check 'Schedule of Hunts' web page. Verify the date/time/location.
2) Check the 'Equipment' web page. Get some idea's on what equipment you have or can borrow.
   A) At a minimum, you'll need one receiver capable of tuning in the hidden transmitter frequency.
   B) Map of the hunt area. Compass, protractor and pencil.
   C) 2-meter beam would be nice.
   D) Paper clip.
3) Get to the start point.
4) When the fox begins transmitting, get a bearing with your receiver, body-fade or with your beam.
5) Plot the bearing on your map.
6) Drive a few miles along the bearing you drew on your map.
7) Park your car in a legal and safe place, take another bearing. Plot this bearing on your map.
8) Drive a few more miles and take another bearing. Item (6 & 7) above.
9) When you begin hearing the hidden transmitter on your receiver, your getting close.
10) Take more bearings. Items (6 & 7).
11) Take the antenna off your receiver. If you begin hearing the hidden transmitter without an antenna, you are probably within walking distance of it.
12) Park your car and body-fade to the hidden transmitter.
TIP: Body-fade using the receiver's antenna close to your body. When the signal becomes full scale, replace your antenna with the paper clip. When that becomes full scale, take the paper clip out, using no antenna at all.

Some RULES I have learned while transmitter hunting.
1) Follow your initial bearing.
2) Get back on, your initial bearing.
3) Trust your equipment.
4) Check your immediate options before committing to a new direction and Once you commit to any direction, don't change your mind until your prove it incorrect. You don't want to return to the area you just came from.

Typical FOX Frequencies 3rd Harmonic
144.060 MHz (10-mw) 432.180 MHz
146.310 MHz (10-mw) 438.930 MHz
146.415 MHz (Primary) 439.245 MHz
146.445 MHz (Rarely Used) 439.335 MHz
146.490 MHz (Secondary) 439.470 MHz
146.535 MHz (Stockton) 439.605 MHz
146.565 MHz (National) 439.695 MHz
146.800 MHz (10-mw) 440.400 MHz
147.435 MHz (10-mw) 442.305 MHz
147.455 MHz (Stockton) 442.365 MHz

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