Seattle Fox Hunt 2016

Radio Direction Finding
Radio Direction Finding

You’re invited to participate in the next Seattle regional radio fox hunt! This is a community-oriented event with the primary goal of exposing friends and neighbors to the hobby of amateur radio while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. A ham radio license is not required to participate.


Hamlin Park
Shoreline, WA

Driving Directions


Saturday, August 27th, 2016


1:00 pm – Check-in’s begin, social time
1:15 pm – warm-up round (within the park)
2:00 pm – Pedestrian hunt (within the park)
2:30 pm – Automobile hunt (within 3 miles from park)
4:00 pm – Hunt ends


146.550 FM, Simplex

What’s a radio fox hunt?

A radio fox hunt is a form or radio direction finding, or radio orienteering. A radio transmitter is placed in an undisclosed location and the ‘hunters’ search for the hidden transmitter, called the ‘fox’, using various kinds of receiving equipment. Radio direction finding can be a life-saving skill. Search and rescue operations sometime rely heavily on radio direction finding to find lost hikers, climbers, or people who are otherwise lost. “Fox hunts” are a popular way of practicing this skill in a fun and sometimes competitive way.

Things you should know:

Hamlin Park
Hamlin Park
  • The event is open to the public.
  • This is a free event, and no radio license is required to participate. If you are planning to participate, please kindly RSVP using the RSVP form on this page.
  • Bring your radio gear. If you would like to participate, but do not have any radio gear contact the event organizer to inquire about borrowing gear. If you have extra gear you are willing to share please contact the event organizer.
  • Scoring will be based on the amount of elapsed time between starting the course and finding the ‘fox’.
  • The fox will always be located in a publicly accessible place.
  • The fox will transmit on a frequency within the 144 MHz 2-meter amateur radio band using FM.
  • You can find a very good map of Hamlin Park on the Cascade Orienteering website.

More Information About Radio Direction Finding:


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This years hunt will be held at Hamlin Park in Shoreline, WA. See the google map below for directions.