T-Hunting in San Diego

Saturday I had the opportunity to ride along on a T-Hunt held here in San Diego by one of the local radio clubs. Transmitter Hunting, also called T-Hunting, Radio Orienteering or Fox Hunting, involves finding a hidden radio transmitter within a designated area. The El Cajon ARC runs a T-Hunt the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month in the area north-east of San Diego. Teams include two people in a vehicle with a set of radio equipment and antennas who search the designated area taking bearings on the direction of the signal they hear.

The two guys I rode with had a custom made unit sitting on the dash that used a couple of LED bar graphs to indicate signal strength. The unit also had an s-meter and a piezo-electric element for redundant audio should it be dark and the LED circuit goes. I don't have a picture of that little DIY piece but I got some shots of the vehicles with their antennas. The picture of the yellow disc is actually the output of a Doppler system mounted on the back of the Suburban! (I think it's a Suburban). These guys are serious t-hunters with some serious vehicle additions. I am definitely going to go to another hunt and might cough up some cash for a receiver and some equipment.

For your reading pleasure, here's the Wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmitter_hunting

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