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Radio Direction Finding Basics

Course Description and Materials


Overview: This is an introductory training course for hams who are interested in Radio Direction Finding.
Intended Audience: Any Ham that has an interest in directional finding and the techniques and equipment involved.

Valid Technician class or higher Amateur Radio license

Course: There is no prerequisite course.

Length: 2- 3 hours
Students should bring:
  • Copy of course materials (see below)
  • Pen/pencil and pad of paper
  • Any equipment they currently have or use for radio directional finding.
Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe what DF'ing is all about.
  • Describe how to get started in DF'ing.
  • Describe how to prepare for "the hunt".
  • Describe how to find a local T-Hunt
  • Describe what techniques work for various situations.
  • Describe the role of the Amateur Auxiliary and the FCC
  • Explain how to escalate issues to the OOC.
  • Explain where to go for more information.
  • Elaborate on what other people use for DF'ing.
Topics Covered:

The course agenda includes:

  • What is DF'ing
  • What is a T-Hunt
  • Issues with DF'ing
  • DF tools and techniques
  • ARRL Amateur Auxiliary
  • Escalating jamming problems in SCV
  • Helping out the SCV OOC
Scheduling Info:
Class Materials:

Revised:  27-Jun-2011


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