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There is wildlife at the site of the 2015 championships, but it's mostly friendly.  Will you be in this picture this summer?

The Fifteenth USA ARDF Championships
and Eighth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships
Elbert, Colorado, August 27-30, 2015

IARUARRLRegistration is now open for the next USA and IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships, which will take place during the last week and weekend of August.  The site will be Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, a beautiful 3300-acre facility at 7000 feet elevation, about 40 miles southeast of downtown Denver and 30 miles northeast of Colorado Springs.  Events will include classic competitions on two meters and eighty meters, plus sprints and foxoring, all on excellent orienteering maps. 

An optional ARDF "training camp" will take place on Monday through Wednesday, August 24-26, just prior to the championships.  Separate morning and afternoon sessions are being planned for each day.  Participants can attend as many sessions and days as they wish.  These practices will concentrate on taking reliable bearings, interpreting reflected signals, determining the likely control locations, course strategies, route choices, and other essentials for doing well.  There will be a small fee for each training day.

The training venues will not include the weekend competition areas.  You will probably have to drive about 70 miles round-trip to and from each day's training location.  None of the training areas are very large, so the training courses will be shorter than competition courses, and will be suitable for first-timers as well as experienced radio-orienteers.

Classic two-meter and 80-meter competitions, as well as foxoring and the sprints, will take place at the Scout Ranch.  The Event Information Page includes the schedule, transmitter frequencies, directions, plus details about maps, transportation, lodging, ranch rules, weather and much more.

To insure your place at the championships, register online now at the Orienteering USA Web site.  Do it now, because rates for the 80m and 2m classic events plus sprints and foxoring go up on August 3 when late registration begins.  Every adult and youth entering PVSR must be registered, including competitors, spectators, officials and volunteers, so that your individual liability waiver will be on file and a daily head count can be provided to PVSR staff.  Click here to start the process

Most participants will select "Non-Orienteering USA Member" on the first page.  Then on the second page, fill in your name, address, e-mail, phone(s), year of birth and gender.  If you are not in an orienteering club, select NONE.  Same for federation membership.  If you have an e-stick, enter the number and if not, check the box and you will be loaned one at no charge.

On the third page, select the events in which you will be competing.  Based on your year of birth and gender, your eligible competition categories are shown in the drop-down menu for each competitive event.  If you are participating in the training camp, select the number of transmitters you want to find in each session. Spectators, officials and volunteers should select "Not competing" for each event.  There is a box at the bottom of this page for special requests (such as camping trailers) or additional information for the registrar and organizers.

On the fourth page, select the number and size(s) of the event T-shirts you want.  Also make your selection for the Saturday night banquet.  Be sure to list any dietary restrictions in the box provided.  If you will be at PVSR as a non-competitor (e.g. spectator, official or volunteer), please select your number of non-competing days to compute your PVSR day fees.  If you wish to rent a bunkhouse room or camping pad at PVSR, please indicate the number of days.

Check your registration details on the fifth page.  If you need to go back and make corrections on a previous page, use the BACK button on your browser, make the corrections, then click the button at the bottom of the corrected page.  Complete and electronically sign the waiver on the sixth page. Make your payment via PayPal or check on the seventh page, and you're done!  If at a later date you need to revise your registration, send details in an e-mail to the Registrar.

The regular registration period ends on August 2.  Prices for each competitive event will increase during late registration beginning August 3.  To be sure of getting your T-shirt(s), you must register by August 1.

For the latest updates, subscribe to a special group mailing list for participants and others interested in these championships by sending a blank e-mail to  Send inquiries to the organizers by e-mail to

Joe Moell KØOV

Upcoming Championship ARDF Events Worldwide

20th IARU Region 1 ARDF Championships, August 17-23, 2015 at Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic.

8th IARU Region 2 and 15th USA ARDF Championships, August 27-30, 2015 in eastern Colorado.

10th IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships, September 6-12, 2015 in Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken, Japan.

18th IARU ARDF World Championships, September 2016 in Bulgaria.

The Fourteenth USA ARDF Championships
Boston, Massachusetts, June 5 - 8, 2014

This report has been expanded and moved here.

Team USA Competes in 2014 ARDF World Championships
Burabay, Kazakhstan, September 6 - 13, 2014

This report has been expanded and moved here.

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

SoCal 2015 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2015.

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.

SoCal 2010 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2010, including Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Schabarum Regional Park, Travel Town, Mt. Laguna, Mt. Pinos (2) and Tri-City Park.

SoCal 2009 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2009, including Bonelli Regional Park, Topanga State Park, Tri-City Park, Schabarum Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area and Lake Los Carneros.

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.

May 21 - 23, 2010 -- Tenth USA ARDF Championships near Cincinnati, OH.

June 5 - 7, 2009 -- Ninth USA and Fifth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Boston, MA.

For results and stories of events before 2009, 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 29 July 2015