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What is "fox hunting"?

Amateur radio fox hunting (also known as transmitter hunting or bunny hunting) is an activity where participants use radio direction finding techniques to locate one or more radio transmitters hidden within a designated search area. Fox hunting is typically a casual social activity with variable "rules". ARDF (amateur radio direction finding) is an organized sport that combines elements of orienteering, cross country racing, and transmitter hunting. ARDF is very popular in Europe, Asia, and Australasia. The much more formal rules for ARDF are maintained by the IARU Region I ARDF Working Group.

History of the Ottawa ARDF/Fox Hunting Program Group ...

Roger Egan, VA3EGY, did a presentation (get a copy from the Downloads page) at the September 2019 OVMRC club meeting where he showed the results of the survey he conducted (at to gauge the interest and experience of Ottawa amateurs related to fox hunts. He explained the difference between fox hunts and ARDF and introduced Emily VK3ACM/VE3EMI from Melbourne, Australia. Emily is very experienced in ARDF, builds her own ARDF gear, and has connections to Bryan Ackerly VK3YNG ( who designs, builds, and sells foxhunting equipment. Roger asked if there was anyone interested in pursuing the development of a fox hunting program that would appeal to both amateurs and the general public - in particular, youth. Several people volunteered, and the group was started.

Upcoming group meetings

  • Sunday 2019-11-24, 0900 to 0940 hrs, via Zoom - details coming in email
  • Minutes of past meetings of the group are available on the Downloads page.

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ImaReader?11 November 2019, 19:38

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