4th April
2013
written by Todd Harrison

This video covers beginner’s tips and tricks on ham radio fox hunting and includes details to build a DIY yagi antenna.

In the last 3 minutes of the video 4 young kids go out to rescue the poor lost Easter Bunny and his basket of candy. The Easter bunny is wearing a radio transmitter so this fox hunt becomes an Easter Sunday bunny rescue. The boys did great and had no problem learning to use a ham radio and directional antenna to locate the lost bunny.

Our fox, aka bunny, was the Byonics micro-Fox 15 which is a 15mw transmitter in the 2 meter ham band. This fox is sold by a company local to my area on www.Byonics.com I will do a review and tutorial of the micro-Fox 15 in a follow up video.

Where to buy the fox:  Byonics http://www.byonics.com/mf

How to build this yagi antenna: Dupage Amateur Radio Club http://www.w9dup.org/club_projects_pdfs/fox_hunt_antenna_2010_apr.pdf

Link to tape measure yagi: http://theleggios.net/wb2hol/projects/rdf/tape_bm.htm

Material for yagi antenna that I build in the video:
6 feet schedule 40 PVC
1 schedule 40 PVC Tee
2 tie wires
6 feet RG58 coax cable
2 21 inch long brash rods 3/16 diameter rod
1 35 inch long aluminum 3/16 diameter rod
1 40 inch long aluminum 3/16 diameter rod

 

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7 Comments

  1. […] Rescue the Easter Bunny – Ham Radio Fox Hunting for Beginners […]

  2. […] We’ve seen [Todd Harrison]‘s work a few times before, but he’s never involved his son so throughly before. This past Easter, he thought it would be a good idea for his son and a few of his friends to take part in an easter egg hunt. Being the ham he is, he decided to turn an easter egg hunt into an adventure in radio direction finding, or as amateur radio operators call it, a fox hunt. […]

  3. […] We’ve seen [Todd Harrison]‘s work a few times before, but he’s never involved his son so throughly before. This past Easter, he thought it would be a good idea for his son and a few of his friends to take part in an easter egg hunt. Being the ham he is, he decided to turn an easter egg hunt into an adventure in radio direction finding, or as amateur radio operators call it, a fox hunt. […]

  4. […] We’ve seen [Todd Harrison]‘s work a few times before, but he’s never involved his son so throughly before. This past Easter, he thought it would be a good idea for his son and a few of his friends to take part in an easter egg hunt. Being the ham he is, he decided to turn an easter egg hunt into an adventure in radio direction finding, or as amateur radio operators call it, a fox hunt. […]

  5. […] We’ve seen [Todd Harrison]‘s work a few times before, but he’s never involved his son so throughly before. This past Easter, he thought it would be a good idea for his son and a few of his friends to take part in an easter egg hunt. Being the ham he is, he decided to turn an easter egg hunt into an adventure in radio direction finding, or as amateur radio operators call it, a fox hunt. […]

  6. […] The ToddFun site describes how to build a DF Yagi antennahttp://www.toddfun.com/2013/04/04/rescue-the-easter-bunny-ham-radio-fox-hunting-for-beginners/ […]

  7. Juergen
    06/04/2013

    ARDF is a fine, but what i’am missing is “real” DF-equipment for hams at home like the DF’s at the ships wid CRT or Computer display, a compass rose and i can at home take a look where the signal on hf comes from (on all hf bands, not only on 80m and not running outside wid handheld rx/antenna.)
    73
    Juergen
    DL4Ke

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