Las Vegas T-Hunt Guidelines

                    

Primary Frequency – 146.565 Mhz                     Backup Frequency – 146.490 Mhz               

Talk-In Frequency – Nellis Uhf Repeater  449.875 Mhz   127.3

 

At this time the hunts are on the Saturday after the Second Thursday.

Starting Time is 2:00PM  Afternoon hunts

Starting Time is 7:00PM  Evening hunts ( Evening hunts will be announced in advance)           

 

Starting Point is North 5th Ave & 215 off ramp. Area is approximately 75’ north of the traffic light. Area can accommodate about 15-20 vehicles.

 

Area Boundary:

South Boundary: ( 5 mile South of Blue Diamond Road )

North Boundary: ( 5 mile North of Bruce Woodbury Beltway)

West Boundary:  ( 5 Mile West of Bruce Woodbury Beltway)

East Boundary:  (1 mile East of N. Hollywood Blvd. & S. Hollywood Blvd. )

Fox Hunts are open to all amateur radio operators and those un-licensed folks interested in Fox Hunting, Balloon Tracking, etc. in the Las Vegas area. Be sure you are in a safe location whenever taking bearings of the hidden transmitter.

Ideally hunt teams can be two or more members, one driver and one navigator. Of course single operators are welcome also.

You must have a valid amateur radio license if they are going to be the hidden transmitter. 

The purpose of each hunt is to find the hidden transmitter (the Fox, Bunny, etc.) with the least number of traveled miles and within the allocated time specified by the criteria for the particular hunt. At the start of the hunt, this criteria may be changed if specifically called-out in the hunt rules for the specific hunt. 

Before the start of the hunt all participants should sign-in or check-in via radio with the Hunt Controller or the Fox and provide their callsign, mileage, cell number and vehicle license plate info for the T-hunt check-in sheet.

Normally, starting odometer readings will be taken by the hunt control or transmitted to the Fox on frequency before the hunt begins.  If an odometer doesn’t have a tenths of a mile reading, both the mileage and trip mileage should be recorded. At the specified starting time, the fox will begin transmitting, all hunters should measure and plot their initial bearing during this period.   After that time, the fox will transmit in 30 second segments every 1 minute or at the discretion of the hidden transmitter any time he wants.

On Two-way hunts, the hunter and fox will transmit on the same frequency.  Hunters should use short and concise transmitting protocol to avoid being confused with the fox transmissions.  After plotting two or three bearings to the fox, all hunters should have a fairly well defined search target direction. This has shown to be a very comical type hunt.

The fox must be heard at the starting point and will be located within the boundaries mentioned above. He will also be located in plain sight in a public area. If possible close to adequate public parking, if not, the Fox will give directions to a close-by gathering spot, after he has been located by each hunter.

The fox may tease hunters by providing hints to his location if a period of time has elapsed and no one has located the transmitter yet.  However, these hints should be given in a manner that all hunters will hear and understand equally, no deceptive information should be given. The fox should keep a written log of hints provided and the time they were transmitted. 

Power levels may be allowed to change during the hunt at the discretion on the fox.

Multi-transmitter hunts:

After locating the primary (Main) transmitter and recording elapsed time, mileage( if applicable). A second transmitter of considerable lower power level will be operating during the pause period of the main transmitter on the same frequency as the main transmitter. This is normally a walk-in close range hunt, typically a well disguised device.

The Winner:

The team that locates the fox within the time limit, while driving the shortest number of miles will be the winner.

 What do you win, you ask?

Just the undying respect and admiration of your peers, and if it is a Money Pot Hunt, cash in hand!

 Also the first option to be fox for our next scheduled hunt.

The Loser:

If the fox decides for the purposes of this hunt, the team or ham that locates the fox, while driving the greatest number of miles will be deemed The Official Loser”. And the fox at his discretion may award the losing team or individual 1 gallon of gasoline, as the Official Loser consolation prize.

After the hunt:

The last official clue from the Foxes will be the location of the post hunt gathering such as a park that’s close by, local food establishment or someone’s house( this should be announced at the beginning of the hunt) which will be where the after-hunt gathering is going to be located ( water, sodas, coffee, etc.), bragging, grumbling, tips and strategy for the next hunt.

Hams have lived by the GOOD SAMARITAN rule whenever needed about as long as anyone can remember.

When a hunter has broken down and needs assistance, the Fox should call for the mileage of the GOOD SAMARITAN when he leaves the hunt, and becomes the “Cavalry to the Rescue”. That way they can return to the hunt and continue hunting with amended mileage, after completing the rescue. 

These guidelines are a work in progress and intended to be an incentive to join in on the fun.

de WB6AMT