April 22, 2014: Joe Moell K0OV: Hidden transmitter hunting for the whole family
Looking for a ham radio activity that everyone in the family can enjoy? Want an outdoor "techie" sport that will make the kids set aside Facebook and iPhones for a while? Find out how you, your family and your club can have fun with radio direction finding (RDF). There are lots of variations including mobile T-hunting, radio-orienteering and foxoring. You may already have (or can easily make) all the equipment you need to get started. Keep at it and you might join the hams who have won medals at international championship foxhunts in recent years. As a bonus, you'll learn a skill that will help you rapidly find sources of radio interference.
Joe Moell K0OV has written for almost every ham radio publication and designed many new devices for radio direction finding (RDF). His book “TRANSMITTER HUNTING — Radio Direction Finding Simplified”, is the definitive text on RDF for hams, and he has written over 250 magazine articles on RDF topics, including his “Homing In” columns in 73 and CQ-VHF Magazines. In addition to being a Technical Advisor on RDF to ARRL Headquarters, he serves as ARRL’s ARDF Coordinator and oversees the yearly USA ARDF Championships. He also moderates the annual CQ Worldwide Foxhunting Weekend.