The other day a guy in our club who teaches science to home-schooled kids, was telling me about a project he worked on with one of his classes. They had sent up a balloon, with some 2m gear to track the path by APRS. When it came to earth, they were able to get pretty close to it, but still had a bit of trouble locating it and recovering it.
I told him this was a perfect application for fox hunting! Being a new ham, he told me that he wasn’t really familiar with this, so I volunteered to do a Web search and post links to some that look good. I’m no expert, but here’s what I came up with:
- Getting Started in Transmitter Hunting. This is a four-chapter tutorial that covers terminology, equipment for on-foot and mobile fox hunting, and fox-hunting strategies.
- Homing In. This website is operated by Joe Moell, KÃ˜OV, who writes the “Homing In” column for CQ magazine. In addition to technical tips, it has news about amateur radio direction finding (ARDF) competitions and other ARDF activities.
- Radio Direction Finding Projects. Links to a bunch of projects, including a tape measure Yagi, attenuators, and fox controllers.
You can find a ton more links by Googling “amateur radio direction finding.” Let me know if you find any sites that you particularly like.