Championship ARDF News

From USA and Around the World

North Carolina forest
The forests of North Carolina are beckoning.  You should be in this picture in October!

Announcing the Twentieth USA National ARDF Championships
North Carolina, October 14 - 17, 2021

BOK logoLast year’s USA ARDF Championship events were canceled due to COVID-19.  While the pandemic situation remains unpredictable, the recent approvals of vaccines raise hope that it can be brought under control sometime in 2021.  In anticipation of safer conditions, the ARRL ARDF Committee has tentatively approved the next USA ARDF Championships for October 14-17, 2021 in North Carolina, to be sponsored by the Backwoods Orienteering Klub (BOK).

Precise venues have not yet been selected but will be in the central part of the state, between Asheboro and Raleigh.  Practices and training sessions are planned for the days leading up to the Championships.

As always, the competitive courses will be open to anyone of any age, with or without an Amateur Radio license.  Visiting competitors from outside USA are welcome.  Medals will be awarded in six age categories for males and five for females, in accordance with rules of the International Amateur Radio Union.  Stateside winners of these championships will be under consideration for membership in ARDF Team USA, which will travel to the 2023 World ARDF Championships.

More information will be posted here when available.

Zlatibor, Serbia
The resort at Zlatibor, Serbia will be the site of the 2020 ARDF World Championships

Team USA Forming for Next ARDF World Championships
Zlatibor, Serbia, August 29 - September 4, 2021

Every two years, hams from around the world gather to see who is best at on-foot hidden transmitter hunting.  USA has been represented at every one of these ARDF World Championships since 1998, and 2021 will be no exception.  Team USA is now forming for the 20th World Championships, which will take place in Zlatibor, Serbia (230 km from Belgrade) from August 29 through September 4 (rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID-19).  There will be separate classic ARDF events on separate days for national teams on eighty meters and two meters, each with up to five transmitters scattered in a forest that might encompass 1000 acres or more.  There will also be competitions in sprints and foxoring.

For the World Championships, each country may send up to three competitors in each of eleven age categories, six for males and five for females, in accordance with rules of the International Amateur Radio Union.  Team members are responsible for their own registration/room/board fees and for transportation expenses to and from Serbia.

Extra!  The organizers have announced that there will be optional training prior to the championships as well as a "World Cup" competition for individual medals from August 23-28.  Unlike the World Championships, there are no per-country competitor limits for the World Cup.

USA's Letter of Intent to Participate will be submitted by March 31, 2021 to the organizers, including the estimated number of competitors and non-competing visitors.  The final team roster will be submitted in mid-summer.  Team USA selection in competed categories (where more than three wish to attend) will be based on performances and standings in the Eighteenth USA ARDF Championships (Truckee, California, June 2018) and the Nineteenth USA ARDF Championships (North Carolina, August 2019).  The categories for males under 50 and for females sometimes have uncontested openings, so it may be possible for inexperienced radio-orienteers in these ranges to join the team.  It is also possible to attend as a non-competing visitor, but all visitors must be listed as such on the national team roster and their fees must be submitted along with those of the team members.

If you are interested in traveling to the 2021 ARDF World Championships as a member of Team USA, a World Cup competitor or a USA visitor, contact the ARRL ARDF Committee by e-mail (  If you have not been on Team USA before, include your full name, call sign, mailing address, phone number, and date of birth.  Do not contact the Serbian organizers directly.

If you wish to participate as a citizen or resident of another North or South American country, contact Ken Harker WM5R by e-mail to  Canadians should also contact Joe Young VE7BFK by e-mail to

For more about the 2021 ARDF World Championships and World Cup, visit the World Championships Web site of the Amateur Radio Union of Serbia (SRS).

Stateside "Training camps" are being planned for Team USA members and others who wish to improve their radio-orienteering skills.  More information about these sessions will be posted here when available.

Joe Moell KØOV

Upcoming Championship ARDF Events Worldwide

5th IARU World ARDF Youth Championships, Summer 2021 in Romania.

20th IARU ARDF World Championships, August 29 - September 4, 2021 in Zlatibor, Serbia.

20th USA ARDF Championships, October 14 - 17, 2021 in North Carolina.

World Radio Orienteering Championships 2021, December 20 - 26, 2021 in Side, Turkey.

5th IARU World ARDF Youth Championships, Summer 2022 in Poland.

23rd IARU Region 1 ARDF Championships, September 2022 in Razlog, Bulgaria.

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

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 Other Stateside ARDF Events in Recent Years

Current SoCal sessions -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2018-2019.

SoCal 2017 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2017, including Hillcrest Park, Lindo Lake Park, Mt. Pinos, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Bonelli Regional Park.

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

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

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

June 13 - 17, 2018 -- Eighteenth USA ARDF Championships near Truckee, CA.

July 31 - August 6, 2017 -- Seventeenth USA and Ninth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Cincinnati, OH.

April 6 - 10, 2016 -- Sixteenth USA ARDF Championships near Killeen, TX.

August 27-30, 2015 -- Fifteenth USA and Eighth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Elbert, CO.

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

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

For results and stories of events before 2013, 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 15 January 2021