On The Cover: April  2009


Mike Davidson, N5MT,
of Houston, Texas

On the Cover

Mike Davidson, N5MT, of Houston, Texas, tracks down a “fox,” or hidden transmitter, during a “foxhunt” with the Pearland, Texas, Amateur Radio Club. Mike, who’s been foxhunting for about 25 years, says he normally uses a three-element 2-meter beam while driving to the general location of the “fox,” adding attenuation as he gets closer, and then switches to the Doppler-equipped antenna system seen in the photo for zeroing in on the hidden transmitter. The system uses a null in the received audio to let him know that he’s pointing directly at the “fox” transmitter.

Mike says each foxhunt is a learning experience for him, further sharpening his skills. “When you go to one of these things, you’ll nearly always discover something unusual that you hadn’t encountered before,” he explains, noting that the toughest targets to find are “walking foxes,” where the transmitter is on the move. Yet he says the ability to track down a moving target is important to helping public safety and other agencies locate unidentified transmitters, something hams with foxhunting experience are sometimes asked to do. To learn more about foxhunting and how you can get involved, see KØOV’s article in this issue, “Bring Radio Foxhunting to Your Town,” on page 24.

While very active as a foxhunter (“I’m probably the best hunter in Houston,” he says), Mike is primarily a DXer, as you might gather from the Texas DX Society shirt he’s wearing. He is a longtime member and past president of the society, as well as being the DX Editor for the 10-10 International News and manager of 10-10’s country awards program. Professionally, he is a retired “computer guru,” specializing in databases and disaster recovery. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)

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