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A ‘fox hunt’ that involved no weapons

Staff Reporter

18th Hamfest India to be held in Bangalore in November


Over 25 teams take part in ‘Bangalore ARDF Fox Hunt’

Hariharan Srinivasan’s team wins the event


— Photo: K Murali Kumar

Flag off: Participants of the ‘Bangalore ARDF Fox Hunt’ in Bangalore on Sunday.

BANGALORE: This was one “fox hunt” which did not have animal rights activists howling.

The Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (BARC) organised “Bangalore ARDF (Amateur Radio Direction Finding) Fox Hunt” here on Sunday.

The event, which coincides with the golden jubilee celebrations of the BARC, was flagged off in the morning at the Bharat Scouts and Guides headquarters. The event demands the participants, who can either be Hams or wannabe Hams with Direction Finding Facility, to locate a hidden transmitter, which is called “The Fox”, based on a signal transmitted for exactly one minute.

More than 25 teams participated in the three-hour event. The competition drew a range of participants such as Deepa Girimaji, a first-year engineering student, and Abhay Girimaji, who is in his ninth standard, to 80-year-old Sridhara Murthy, a retired LRDE official. The winning team, headed by Hariharan Srinivasan, located the transmitter near Kanakapura RoadHam festivals are social gatherings organised by amateur radio enthusiasts facilitating display and sales of radio equipment. In India, they have been organised every year in different cities since 1991, mainly to create awareness concerning Ham Radio and other new technologies.

Ham Radio enables an individual to set up a radio station of his own to communicate with others with similar facilities. The 18th Hamfest India will be held in Bangalore on November 7 and 8 at Sri Nijagunara Kshetra, opposite the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi. The winners of the “Bangalore ARDF Fox Hunt” will be felicitated on this day.

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