Re: Fox Hunt Next Summer

Mark Kenworthy

That's a good idea, keeps it universal.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Shawn / K7ATA
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 2:21 PM
Subject: Re: [snovarc] Fox Hunt Next Summer

If we got something like this; , and everyone ordered the BNC adapter that adapts to their own radio, we would be in great shape.


On 12/12/2017 9:52 PM, Dan Pflugrath wrote:

I like the idea of getting something with the connectors already
attached.  From my experience to have about 3 feet of coax is a real
plus.  I am sure we could find a similar item with say 6 feet of coax
and cut in half gives the 3 feet needed.

Another route is to attach a connector using something like these links.

SMA Male   SMA Female about $1 each

BNC for RG174 about $1.50 each

RG174 Coax  about $0.30 per foot


*From:* [] *On Behalf Of
*Mark Kenworthy
*Sent:* Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:57 AM
*Subject:* Re: [snovarc] Fox Hunt Next Summer

I’d just get something like this:

And cut it in half for two of the kits.


*From:* <>
[] *On Behalf Of *Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
*Sent:* Monday, December 11, 2017 10:00 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [snovarc] Fox Hunt Next Summer

I can do crimp connectors on rg8x no problem, done them a bunch of
times for pl-259s.

BNC connectors look fairly straightforward given the right tools, and
I’d be delighted to learn how to to bnc connectors (and I’d be happy
to buy the appropriate crimpers as well, if I haven’t already got one).

RG-174 I am unexperienced.  But it’s always worth learning!

My personal preference would be to build an antenna using a BNC
connector, and then use adapters to go from BNC to whatever the radio

One thing I have done in the past is cheat by buying a short cable
with the connectors I need on each end and whacking it in half.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Dec 11, 2017, at 8:58 PM, Dan Pflugrath <dpflugrath@...
<mailto:dpflugrath@...>> wrote:

I received the Handi Finder kit this weekend and I have a concern
and could use some recommendations.

The kit comes with everything but the wire for the antennas (2 X
20 inches like two coat hangers), a handle (like1-2 feet of 1/2
inch PVC pipe), coax  and the biggest challenge the connector.

RG-174 coax works best since it is light weight and flexible, an
easy choice.

The connector is the most concern.  There are at least three
flavors of connectors needed,  SMA-F, SMA-M and BNC.  YAESU FT-60R
needs SMA-M,  Boafeng needs SMA-F,  Older radios use BNC, other
models and brands most like will use one of the three.  We can
easily get RG-174 coax but putting on the connector will be a
challenge even for me (need volunteers to put on the connectors?).

For the kit I just received I will order a BNC-M connector and two
adapters, one BNC-F to SMA-M and one BNC-F to SMA-F so we can try
the Handi-Finder with most any radio.

When we finalize the list of who will want to build the kit we can
get prices from Vetco and purchase them as one order for both coax
and connectors.

Suggestions welcome.  Jesse W7JEB who has minimal assembly
experience has volunteered to build this first kit for me.


<>[]*On Behalf
Of*Dan Pflugrath
*Sent:*Tuesday, December 5, 2017 9:30 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:*[snovarc] Fox Hunt Next Summer

We have a fox hunt on the calendar for next August but we will
need some equipment to turn our hand held radios into direction
finders to find the fox (transmitter). Ken Dempsey KE7ND has a fox
transmitter we can use but if we really want to do fox hunting we
need to make a small investment in our direction finding to have
some fun with it.

I have tested a circuit that can be purchased in a simple to
assemble kit that works very well over a wide frequency range (UHF
& VHF).  It uses a method called Time Delay of Arrival.  Read the
links below for an explanation.

This link is for those who want to build their own from scratch
and also has a good tutorial for how it works.

A TDOA Antenna Unit for Fox-Hunting

This link is for a simple to assemble kit for about $35.

Handi-Finder Kit <>

My thought is to make a bulk buy for those interested  to get a
discount.  I hope that the club can fund the purchase and we each
reimburse club.

We can discuss this during our January meeting.



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