Fox hunt how-to

To find the fox, you need two pieces of information:

  1. Distance, or range (how far you are away from the fox)
  2. Direction, or bearing (which direction you should go)

Most modern radios, whether a mobile or a HT, have some form of a "bar scale" (modern "S" meter) to show you relative received signal strength. Generally one bar is a very poor signal and 4, 5 or more bars, depending on the radio, indicates a stronger signal. The closer you are to the fox, the stronger the signal will be. However, as you get closer to the fox, your S-meter will be "pegged" (at the maximum reading) and it will be of little use to you. You must find a way to attenuate (diminish or knock down) the received signal so that it registers again on your S-meter. Use one of the following methods to attenuate the signal. The last one can also be used to give you the direction to the fox.


One thing you will probably notice the first time you go fox hunting is some people will be using directional antennas and even inline signal attenuators. These are good tools to make you better and faster but the basics discussed above when used correctly will lead you to the fox. If this is your first attempt at fox hunting do not concentrate on trying to be first. More importantly concentrate of finding the fox. Once you begin developing skills and your own methods, then and only then work on winning.

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