Fox Hunt Guidelines
- Prior to the beginning of the fox hunt, we will be meeting at Robbins Island at 1:00 pm to discuss the hunt, demonstrate a few HOWTO's, and answer any questions.
- The fox will be hidden somewhere within Willmar, MN in a publicly-accessible location.
- You will not be required to pay to access an area to find the fox, or to walk onto someone's property (but don't discount the end of dead-end roads)
- The transmitter will be on the air by 2:00 pm on the afternoon of the hunt, and off-air by 3:30 pm unless found early by all teams.
- Fox will use the nationally-accepted 2-meter fox hunt frequency of 146.565 MHz
- Fox will transmit a series of short beeps for 30 seconds followed by a CW I.D. and 60 seconds of silence.
Scoring and reporting
- Upon finding the fox, call into 147.030- and let the net control operator know that you've been successful in finding the fox.
- Once you've found the fox and called in, leave the area - if others participating in the hunt see you hanging around, it may tip them off to the location of the fox!
- As a common courtesy to others, please don't announce where you found the fox (on local repeaters, the fox output frequency, or social media, etc.) - we want everyone to have fun with this, even those that can't participate right at the start of the hunt.
- 2-meter radio with a removable rubber duckie antenna
- Portable directional antenna (Yagi, Moxon, cubical quad)
- Paper clip
Extra gear (not required, but helpful):
- Adjustable RF attenuator, passive or active
- Receiver with FM mode capability
- Compass or GPS unit
- Map, atlas, or gazetteer
***The "fox" transmitter is a metal ammo can with an antenna on either high power (5W) or low power (1W).