Championship Radio Foxhunting News

From USA and Around the World

Colorado site
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

IARUARRLPlans are coming together 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. 

The Event Information Page includes the schedule, transmitter frequencies, directions, plus details about maps, transportation, lodging, ranch rules, weather and much more.  More details will be added when available.  Registration will begin soon.

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 determining 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.

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

16th European Youth ARDF Championships, June 4 - 8, 2015 near Zamosc, Poland.

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.

Competitor group photo
Group photo of the competitors just before the two-meter competition on Saturday, June 7, taken by Marvin Johnston KE6HTS.

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

Vadim Afonkin KB1RLIBoston ARDF championships logo USA's national ARDF championships returned to the northeast in 2014.  Radio-orienteers of all skill levels gathered in Boston for four days of intense competition.  The events were open to any fan of on-foot hidden transmitter hunting, with or without a ham license.  Visiting competitors from outside USA were welcome.

Classic five-transmitter competitions took place on the weekend, two meters on Saturday and 80 meters on Sunday.  Prior to that were optional competitions in sprints and foxoring on Thursday and Friday.

Organizing and hosting these championships was Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI (pictured at right), one of USA's most accomplished radio-orienteers.  As a youth, he learned ARDF and won awards for it in his native Russia.  After coming to America, he first participated in USA's national championships in 2003, where he won silver and bronze medals in the five-fox M21 category.  He has competed in almost every USA championships since then and has won numerous gold medals.  As a member of ARDF Team USA, he has been to every World Championships since 2004.  In 2012, he won a gold medal for USA in the classic 80-meter competition, M40 category plus three other medals.  For the 2014 championships, Vadim was assisted by members of Cambridge Sports Union (CSU).

Here are complete results and transmitter location maps.

Here are four pages of photos.

A detailed report on the competitions is in my Homing In column for December 2014.

Joe Moell KØOV
USA ARDF Coordinator

2014 medals
Gold, silver and bronze medals awaited the best three finishers of each event in each age/gender category at the 2014 USA ARDF Championships.  Medals were presented at the awards dinner on Saturday night and after the 80-meter event on Sunday.  (Photo by Ken Harker WM5R)

M40 winners
Silver medalist Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI (left) shakes hands with gold medalist Mikhail Kirgetov of Russia on the medal podium at the World ARDF Championships awards ceremony.  (Photo by Ken Harker WM5R)

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

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 1988, and 2014 is no exception.  Team USA formed and performed in the 17th World Championships, which took place in Burabay, Kazakhstan from September 6 - 13.  There were separate events on separate days for each competitor on eighty meters and two meters, each with up to five transmitters scattered in a forest that might encompass 1000 acres or more.  Also taking place during championships week were the World Sprint and Foxoring Championships.

                 TEAM USA 2014
     Name                Category  Home town
     Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI   M40  Boston, MA
     Ruth Bromer WB4QZG     W60  Raleigh, NC
     Jennifer Harker W5JEN  W35  Austin, TX
     Ken Harker WM5R        M40  Austin, TX 
     Joseph Huberman K5JGH  M60  Raleigh, NC 
     Lori Huberman          W21  Berkeley, CA
     Leszek Lechowicz NI1L  M40  Bridgewater, MA

The 2014 World Championships attracted 277 competitors from 25 nations.  Team USA selection in competed categories (where more than three wished to attend) was based on performances and standings in the Thirteenth USA ARDF Championships (North Carolina, October 2013) and the Fourteenth USA ARDF Championships (Massachusetts, June 2014, see news item above).  Team members are responsible for their own registration/room/board fees (250 to 490 Euros, depending on events) and for transportation expenses to and from Kazakhstan.

Team USA medalled on the first day of competition.  Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI of Boston, Massachusetts took silver in M40 category during the two-meter event on September 8.  Then in the 80-meter sprint competition on September 11, Vadim took fourth place.  His sprint time was just four seconds greater than the bronze medalist from Lithuania and it was just one and a half minutes greater than the gold medalist from Hungary. 

For more about the 2014 ARDF World Championships, visit the World Championships Web site of the Kazakhstan Federation of Radiosport and Radioamateur (KFRR).  Complete results of all competitions are here in the German ARDF site.  A detailed report on the USA's participation is in my Homing In column for December 2014.

Joe Moell KØOV
USA ARDF Coordinator

WC medal 2014
2014 World Championship medal.  (Photo by Ken Harker WM5R)

The Thirteenth USA National ARDF Championships
And Seventh IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships
Asheboro, North Carolina, October 9 - 13, 2013

This report has been expanded and moved here.

Team USA Competes in the 2012 ARDF World Championships
Kopaonik, Serbia, September 10 - 16, 2012

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 Recent Stateside ARDF Events

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 27 February 2015