Championship Radio Foxhunting News

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Group photo
Competitors and volunteers just before the start of the 80-meter classic event.  (Click photo for larger version.)  More photos will be posted soon.

The Seventeenth USA National ARDF Championships
And Ninth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships
Near Cincinnati, Ohio, July 31 - August 6, 2017

OH-KY-IN logoARDF USA lapel pin Dozens of happy radio-orienteers are heading home from this year's USA Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding.  Members of the OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society provided a full week of radio-orienteering fun.  This year's USA Championships were combined with the biennial championships of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (North and South America).  Radio-orienteers from all parts of the USA plus visitors from abroad were in attendance.

In the schedule were three optional practice days on July 31, August 1 and 2.  The sprint and foxoring competitions were August 3 and 4 respectively, followed by the 2m and 80m classic competitions on the weekend of August 5 and 6.  Awards were presented at a banquet on Saturday night and at a luncheon on Sunday after the final competition.

The competitive courses were open to anyone of any age, with or without an Amateur Radio license.  Medals were awarded in six age categories for males and five for females, in accordance with rules of the International Amateur Radio Union.  Eligible winners of these championships will be under consideration for membership in ARDF Team USA, which will travel to Korea for the 19th ARDF World Championships in September 2018.  A maximum of three competitors in each age-gender category may be on a nation's team.

BOK logoTo get a head start on preparations for the championships in Ohio, some participants attended a special training camp in North Carolina from July 24 through 28. Members of the Backwoods Orienteering Klub (BOK), which organized USA's national championships in 2013, offered a day of learning about map reading, followed by four days of 2m and 80m classic courses, sprints and foxoring.  The well-mapped training camp site was about 15 minutes from Asheboro. 

Click for seven pages of photos in this Homing In site.  Complete individual results of the Ohio championships are in in OH-KY-IN's event Web site (  Background information, including lodging, transportation, frequencies and climate are also in the event site.

Joe Moell KØOV

USA ARDF Championships 2018
Let's Start Planning Now

IARUARRLEvery year of the new millennium, stateside hams have been treated to outstanding national championship events.  From preteens to septuagenarians, they have found radio foxes in the woods and have taken home medals.  More Amateur Radio operators in the USA are aware of and have participated in international rules transmitter hunts than ever before.

It's time to look forward to 2018.  As ARRL's ARDF Coordinator, I am seeking organizers for the USA ARDF Championships, to be held no later than mid-June.  The selected city will invite radio-orienteers from all over the USA plus visitors from abroad.  They will stage separate classic events on 2 meters and 80 meters, plus sprints and foxoring, in accordance with IARU's rules for ARDF competitions.  They will provide medals and host a dinner at which the medals will be awarded.  And if they organize it well, they will have lots of fun.

Those who have experienced international-style foxhunting already know how the sport promotes technical skills, builds physical ability, and fosters camaraderie.  Putting on large-scale radio-orienteering events can add even more excitement.

If your local radio club or club council has ever put on a hamfest or ARRL convention, then all the necessary organizational skills and experience to stage an event of this type are probably available to you.  Hams who have organized previous championships will have plenty of advice about foxtailing sites, mapping, housing, publicity, transportation, finances, and so forth.  A page of tips for hosting ARDF championships is now in this Homing In site.

If you believe that the hams in your area would be seriously interested in hosting the 2018 USA ARDF Championships, please contact me via e-mail now.  I can provide information to help you approach your club/council leaders about it.

What better way to generate enthusiasm within your club, help your fellow hams, promote international goodwill, and have a great time doing it!  Let's get started!

Joe Moell KØOV

Team USA Competes in the 2016 ARDF World Championships
and ARDF World Cup
Albena, Bulgaria, August 29 through September 9, 2016

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The Sixteenth USA National ARDF Championships
Killeen, Texas, April 6 - 10, 2016

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Displaying their medals in China are ARDF Team USA members Ruth Bromer WB4QZG, Joseph Huberman K5JGH and Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI.  (Photo courtesy KB1RLI)

USA Participates in China International ARDF Championships
Guangzhou, China, December 3 - 9, 2015

Chinese championshipsOver four dozen middle- and high-school youth plus some of their teachers, coaches and parents came to the USA in August 2015 to participate in the USA and IARU Region 2 ARDF championships.  They were from Guangzhou No. 2 High School in China, where ARDF is a popular extracurricular sport.

The Guangzhou school group had such a good time in the USA that they reciprocated later in the year.  Stateside radio-orienteers were invited to visit their country for the 2015 China International ARDF Championships, which took place in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province of south China from December 3 through 9.  These championships were organized by the Guangdong ARDF Radiosports Club (GARC).

Events included one day of unofficial training, followed on successive days by 80-meter classic, sprint, two-meter classic and foxoring competitions.  There were also afternoon and evening cultural events including a Pearl River night cruise.  Awards were presented in all eleven IARU championship age/gender categories, plus M13, M16, W13 and W16.

December might seem like a cold month for ARDF in the northern hemisphere, but Guangzhou, also known as "Flower City," is considered to be "the Hawaii of China" with average December high temperatures of 69.1 degrees Fahrenheit and average lows of 62.7.  Its pleasant subtropical climate in the Pearl River Delta may explain why Guangzhou has become the third largest city in China.

Here are some photos of USA's participation.  More information is on the English-language (mostly) GARC event Web page

Team USA 2015
The three members of ARDF Team USA in Japan:  Nicolai Mejevoi, Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI and Alla Mezhevaya.  Each stood on this gold medal platform at least twice.  (Photos courtesy KB1RLI)

Team USA Earns Ten Medals at IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships
Gunma, Japan, September 6 - 11, 2015

R3 2015 championshipsRegion three of the International Amateur Radio Union encompasses much of Asia and Oceania.  USA has territories within Region 3 (Guam, for instance).  Because of this, ARRL is a member society of IARU Region 3 and USA is entitled to enter a team of competitors in Region 3 ARDF events.  So it was that three radio-orienteers from USA traveled to Gunma, Japan for the 2015 IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships.  Competing against over one hundred ARDF experts from Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Kazakhstan, each of the three brought home medals.

In the first classic race on September 8, USA's Alla Mezhevaya was the only competitor in her category to find all required transmitters.  Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI won gold by finding all of his transmitters in just 0:46:54, which was 21 minutes faster than the silver medalist.  Next day, Alla and Vadim captured gold again in the sprint.  In the second classic race on September 10, Nicolai Mejevoi tied for first place with Inwon Lee of China.  Each found all required transmitters in exactly 0:44:22 to receive gold.  Alla won gold and Vadim won silver.  In foxoring on the final competition day, Alla's time for all required transmitters was an hour and 27 minutes better than second place.  Vadim and Nicolai also won gold in their categories.

     Alla Mezhevaya W35
          Classic 1 gold 
          Sprint gold
          Classic 2 gold
          Foxoring gold
     Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI M40
          Classic 1 gold
          Sprint gold
          Classic 2 silver
          Foxoring gold
     Nicolai Mejevoi M50
          Classic 2 gold (tie)
          Foxoring gold

Congratulations ARDF Team USA!

Joe Moell KØOV

Upcoming Championship ARDF Events Worldwide

11th IARU ARDF Region 3 Championships, August 20 - 25, 2017 in Mongolia.

21st IARU Region 1 ARDF Championships, September 4 - 10, 2017 at Druskininkai Spa Resort in southern Lithuania.

19th IARU ARDF World Championships, September 2 - 8, 2018 in Sokcho, Kangwon province, Korea.

ARDF is a Growing Sport in Canada

ARDF Team Canada logoTeam Canada membersThe first formal international-rules ARDF event in North America took place during the Second Friendship Radiosports Games in Portland back in 1991. Two years later, hams in Victoria, Canada hosted the Third Friendship Games, including that country's first radio-orienteering event. Those hams formed the nucleus of a group that continues to grow and promote ARDF throughout all of Canada. Joe Young VE7BFK, a participant in those 1993 games, is now the ARDF Coordinator for Radio Amateurs of Canada, the country's national Amateur Radio organization.

In 2010, Canada sent a team to the ARDF World Championships for the first time. Team Canada participated in the Sixth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico during 2011.

The ARDF in Canada Web site ( coordinates and announces ARDF events all over the country and provides all Canadian hams with information about the sport and about ARDF Team Canada. There is also another a Web site with a blog and announcements of ARDF events in British Columbia.

In the photo at right above: Three ARDF Team Canada members examine a miniature transmitter at the ARDF World Championships in Croatia during 2010. They are Les Tocko VA7OM, Joe Young VE7BFK and John MacConnachie VE7GED. (Photo by Ken Harker WM5R)

ARRL ARDF Development Fund Seeks Donations

ARRL logoThe ARRL Fund for the Development of Amateur Radio Direction Finding is now accepting monetary donations to support deserving groups and individuals as they expand international-rules ARDF activities in the USA.

This fund was first established in year 2000 with "seed money" from the Colvin Award, the ARRL Foundation and the ARRL General Fund. In its first five years, payments from the fund were made on behalf of 18 individuals to help defray the cost of their participation in three ARDF World Championships. Grants from the fund have also been made to the organizers of two USA ARDF Championships.

No further contributions are anticipated from the original sources, so the fund has been opened to contributions from individuals and clubs. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged by ARRL, a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions may not be designated by donors to be granted to any specific recipient, individual or group.

Grants from the fund may be requested by groups sponsoring ARDF events in the USA and by individuals who have qualified to represent the USA in ARDF competitions sanctioned by the ARRL or the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Requests for grants should be submitted electronically at least 60 days in advance of need to Mary Hobart K1MMH at ARRL Headquarters ( They will be reviewed by a committee that includes ARRL's Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer and ARDF Coordinator.

You can help support ARDF in the USA by sending a donation to ARDF Development Fund, c/o ARRL, 225 East Main Street, Newington, CT 06111. Checks should be made out to ARRL with "ARDF Development Fund" on the memo line.

The not-for-profit American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association of Amateur Radio operators, founded in 1914. ARRL is a member society of the IARU.

Joe Moell KØOV
ARRL ARDF Coordinator

ARDF Training and Practice

Local ARDF sessions for training and practice are sometimes held in the areas listed below. If you are close to any of them, get involved! If you're not, the task of developing ARDF locally is yours. With the help of other hams in your town, it can be relatively easy and fun. This may be just the activity to shake the doldrums out of your club. Start planning now!

Results and Photos of Some Other Recent Stateside ARDF Events

Current SoCal sessions -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2017.

SoCal 2016 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2016, including Bonelli Regional Park, Griffith Park, Schabarum Regional Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Hillcrest Park, Lake Murray, Lake Los Carneros(2), Mt. Pinos and Hahn State Recreation Area.

SoCal 2015 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2015, including Schabarum Regional Park, Vasquez Rocks State Recreation Area, Bonelli Regional Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Hillcrest Park, Mt. Laguna, Angel's Gate Park, El Dorado Park and Lake Los Carneros.

SoCal 2014 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2014, including Topanga State Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Santa Fe Dam, Schabarum Regional Park, Tri-City Park, Mt. Pinos (2), Bonelli Regional Park and Lake Los Carneros.

SoCal 2013 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2013, including Tri-City Park, Lake Los Carneros (4), Mt. Pinos (2), Santa Fe Dam, Schabarum Regional Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Bonelli Regional Park.

SoCal 2012 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2012, including Travel Town, Tri-City Park, Lake Los Carneros, San Dieguito Park, Mt. Pinos (3), Murray Community Center, Santa Fe Dam, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Bonelli Regional Park.

SoCal 2011 -- Southern California (and Arizona) practice/demonstration events of 2011, including Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Yuma Fairgrounds, Lake Los Carneros (2), Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Schabarum Regional Park, Topanga State Park, Angel's Gate Park, Bonelli Regional Park and Tri-City Park.

August 27 - 30, 2015 -- Fifteenth USA ARDF Championships near Elbert, CO.

June 5 - 8, 2014 -- Fourteenth USA ARDF Championships near Boston, MA.

October 9 - 13, 2013 -- Thirteenth USA ARDF Championships and Seventh IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Asheboro, NC.

June 1 - 3, 2012 -- Twelfth USA ARDF Championships near Mt. Laguna, CA.

September 16 - 18, 2011 -- Eleventh USA and Sixth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Albuquerque, NM.

For results and stories of events before 2011, see this site's Table of Contents

Additional ARDF Resources In This Site

THRDFS cover Go to International-Style Foxhunting Comes To The Americas -- An introduction to the sport with the history of its development in the Western Hemisphere

Go to Equipment Ideas for Radio-Orienteering -- Simple and inexpensive receiving and transmitting solutions

Go to Radio-Orienteering News for Southern California -- Results and stories of recent radio-orienteering events in southern California, plus announcements of upcoming ones.

Go to Foxhunting for Scouts -- Let's get the kids involved

Go to Extenders Aid Handicapped Foxhunters -- A novel way to include persons with disabilities

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This page updated 25 August 2017