Transmitter hunting (also known as T-hunting, fox hunting, bunny hunting, and bunny chasing), is an activity wherein participants use radio direction finding techniques to locate one or more radio transmitters hidden within a designated search area. This activity is most popular among amateur radio enthusiasts, and one organized sport variation is known as amateur radio direction finding.

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Spring 2018 Transmitter Hunt Series

    March Hunt Information
  • Time: Registration/Check in starts at 1100. Fox will turn on at 1130
  • Fox Hunt Frequency: 146.565
  • Hunt Format: Mileage Hunt. You must register your odometer at check in before the hunt starts.
  • Check-in/Clues Frequency: EDCARC Repeater 147.825(-) pl 82.5
  • Starting Location: Holy Trinity Church, 3111 Tierra De Dios Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. Boundary: 35 mile radius from start point.
  • Notes: Please plan on programming the Amador repeater into your radio. 146.835 (-) 100hz. This will be the alternate talk-in frequency.

In the first half of 2018, Jeremiah (K6JRN) and Mark (KJ6EUO) will be putting on a series of Fox Hunt events. Hunts will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month and series points can be gained in each event. The team with the highest score at the end will win a sweet prize!

The first Hunt will be held January 20 so get to work on those antennas.

    A bit of info:
  • We do this to have fun. This is the most important part of this event.
  • This list is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.
  • You do not have to be a club member to win.
  • You will need to be able to check in on a local 2m repeater so a handy-talkie will be necessary.
  • This series will be held on the west slope of El Dorado county.
  • Difficulty will vary and increase with each hunt.
  • Not many clues will be provided.
  • Be prepared for adventures, hikes, snow, and rain.
  • A GPS will be required for providing coordinates. (Smart phones will work)
  • Don't think you have won because you found the first transmitter!
  • The fox may be on either public or private property, but it will be accessible to the public at no cost.
  • Points will be based on time and mileage. points can be obtained by getting the the fox quickly and effeciently.
  • Starting points will be announced within 24 hours of the start time. Frequencies and other specifics will be available during check in 1 hour before event.
  • Teams are allowed but participants will be scored individually and teams scores will be the average of all teammates participating.
  • A total of 200 points will be available during each event. Half of the points are received based on time and the other half is based on mileage.
  • In the case of "Start Anywhere" hunts, mileage points will be based on effeciency of route. Your most effecient route will be calculated by the judges based on your actual starting location and the finish line.

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The Northern Calfornia Transmitter Hunters are a group of people that share a common interest in amateur radio transmitter hunting. We are a new group with the aim to bring great T-hunts to Northern Calfornia. We welcome any ideas, articles, or feedback, but mostly we want you to enjoy our beautiful corner of the world and participate with us on our next hunt. Everyone is welcome. If you have never done a fox hunt before or you don't have an amateur license, but the idea of finding a transmitter hidden in the wild sounds like your type of adventure, this is your group.