All Hounds will be in competition with each other, as
all Foxes. At the end of the hunt, the winner(s) will be the Hound(s)
who has/have worked the most Foxes, and the Fox who has worked the most
hounds. Special recognition may be given in other categories. The Foxes
may also participate as Hounds. Good hunting, and make FUN your First
| QRP Fox Hunt Definitions:
||The station the Hounds
try to work.
||Each QRP station trying to work The
|| Slang for
a completed QSO.
||Any output power greater than 5 watts.
||5 watts or less RF output from the transmitter.
||1 watt or less RF output from the transmitter.
||Complete exchange of Signal Report, QTH,
Operator's Name, & Power Output.
||State, Canadian Province (or Country if outside
The hunts will take place each Thursday evening (US
time) on 20 Meters, for ten weeks.
Each hunt will start at 0100Z, and last for 90 minutes
(last log entry can be no later than 0229Z.)
The local Thursday evening starting times will be as
follows in North America:
In each week there will be two Hunts, that is, two Foxes
- 1.1 The Fox tries to complete as many CW QRP QSOs as
possible during the 90-minute hunt.
- 1.2 Each Fox will have two sessions or "runs" during
the season, and the Fox's score for the season will be
the aggregate QSO total for the two runs.
- 1.3 No later than 5PM EDT on the day before a Hunt,
the Fox will post a notice on QFOX
(and optionally on QRP-L) providing useful details such as his QTH,
antenna(s), etc. Because many Hounds read the list's
daily digest, changes after that time are to be
avoided, as far as possible. Since it's a "Hunt," the
Fox will not post his starting frequency.
- 1.4 The Fox will operate within +/- 10Khz of 14.060
- 1.5 The Fox will operate at an output level of 5W.
- 1.6 The Fox will call "CQ FOX DE [callsign]," "QRZ
FOX," or otherwise identify himself as the Fox during
the progress of the hunt.
- 1.7 The Fox may QSY to avoid QRM, but will indicate
his intention to do so by sending "FOX QSY," or
- 1.8 The Hounds should avoid transmitting on
the Fox's transmitting frequency. Splits (separate
transmit/receive capability or (XIT/RIT) of up to 5
Khz may be used by the Fox, but the Fox need not
indicate where he is listening. The Fox can be
expected to change his listening frequency often,
depending on the number of stations calling and the
frequency spread. Hounds who cannot work "split" or
do not have RIT should, nevertheless, operate as far
from the Fox's transmitting frequency as possible, or
wait until late in the Hunt when the Fox is working
- 1.9 The posting of "spots" (or reports about fox activity)
indicate a Fox's operating frequency is
prohibited during a hunt and will result in disqualification.
- 1.10 A valid QSO is defined as the exchange of:
- Signal Report
- Operator's Name, and
- Power Output
CO ET 500MW ... 579 ND DOC 5W
The Fox's information may, in some cases, be "deemed"
to be exchanged. That is, the Hound need not
acknowledge the Fox's information, and the Fox may
work a list. For example, the Fox may call several
stations and acknowledge their information one by one,
while sending his own information only once for the
list. Hounds must be operating at QRP power levels
(5W or less) if the contact is to count in the
competition. Hounds may participate at QRPp power
levels (1W or less,) in which case they should report
their power as 1W or as mW, as appropriate. Hounds may work
each Fox only once per
session. Hounds, having worked a Fox, must not work
the Fox again using a different call sign (e.g. a club
call). Foxes may also compete as Hounds, and may
claim one point for their own sessions as the Fox, and
one point for each other Fox operating at the same
time (this is to avoid having Foxes abandon their
frequencies in order to work each other).
- 1.11 Each Fox will post his log to the QFOX
list as soon as practical after the completion of each
hunt, ideally within 24 hours of completion of the
Hunt. The log is to be in ASCII text format, showing
one QSO per line with the following information:
Time, Call, RST (received), QTH, Operator, Power For example: 0101 N1FN 559 CO ET 5W Extraneous information such as colons in the time
entries, dates, and "QSO numbers" are to be deleted
from the Fox's log before posting.
- 2.0 Hounds will ANSWER a CQ or QRZ? call by the FOX.
not call CQ or call the Fox, nor should
they work each other in close proximity to the Hunt.
- 2.1 In his notice to QFOX and QRP-L, the Fox may
include suggestions as to preferred operating
procedure, but in the absence of any other
instructions, the Hound should send his call sign only
once after a call by the Fox or the conclusion of a
- 2.2 At the end of the Hunt, the winners will be
everyone who participated! Certificates will be sent
to the Hound who has worked the most Foxes, and the
Fox who has worked the most Hounds.
- 2.3 Good hunting, and make FUN your First Priority!
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