Winter Fox Hunt Rules:
These rules apply equally to the 40M and 80M
QRP Fox Hunts, which will be conducted on Tuesday (40M) and Thursday
(80M) evenings throughout the winter season..
Each Hunt will start at 0200Z (0100Z if Daylight Saving Time is in effect), and last for 90
minutes. The last valid log entry can be no later than 0329Z (0229 DST).
The local Tuesday and Thursday evening starting times will be as follows in North
In each week there will be four Hunts, i.e. two Foxes
operating simultaneously on each of the two bands.
- 1.1 The Fox tries to complete as many CW QRP QSOs
as possible during the 90 minute hunt.
- 1.2 Each 40M Fox and each 80M 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 EST on the day before a Hunt,
the Fox will post a notice on the QFOX list providing useful
details such as his QTH, equipment, antenna(s), etc. Because many
Hunters read the listserver's daily digest, changes after that time are
to be avoided, as far as possible. Since it's a "Hunt," the Foxes will
not post their starting frequencies.
- 1.4 The 40M Foxes will operate within +/- 10Khz of 7.040
MHz. The 80M Foxes will operate within +/- 10Khz of 3.560
- 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.
- 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 will not
ordinarily 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 zero-beat.
- 1.9 The reporting of "spots" (or reports about fox activity that
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
Examples: 559 CO ET 1W
579 NM DOC 5W
The Fox's information may in some cases be "deemed" to be
exchanged. That is, the Hunter 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 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 QFOX 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:
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. Hounds do
not call CQ, nor do they work each other in
proximity to the hunt.
- 2.1 In his notice to the listserver, 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 QSO.
- 2.2 Hounds participating in the 40M and 80M Hunts may organize themselves into Teams of
five members, with the Teams competing separately with
each other for "40M and 80M team honors." Teams are to advise
their rosters to the Teams Coordinator, via the QFOX List before the third Hunt (Week 2). No Team member changes can be accepted after the 3rd hunt deadline.
- "Sub-contests" are
encouraged (for example, a competition between hounds in one state or region), but are the sole
responsibility of the person who decides to organize
- 2.3 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.
- 2.4 Good hunting, and make FUN your First Priority!