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

Texas ARDF logoAOC logo USA's national championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding will return to the Lone Star state in 2016.  The Sixteenth USA ARDF Championships take place in early April, sponsored by the Texas ARDF group and the Austin Orienteering Club (AOC).

Primary site of the competitions will be the Parrie Haynes C5 Youth Ranch and Equestrian Center, about ten miles southwest of Killeen, Texas.  The fun gets under way on Wednesday, April 6 with optional practice courses.  Thursday will be devoted to foxoring, a sport that combines RDF and classic orienteering.  The sprint event takes place on Friday, followed by a catered lunch and informational meeting.

Saturday is the day of the classic two-meter ARDF competition with a catered lunch to follow and an awards banquet at the Parrie Haynes clubhouse in the evening.  Then the classic 80-meter ARDF competition gets off to an early start on Sunday morning, followed by another lunch and awards ceremony, concluding in time for those who must catch evening flights home.

Organizing Co-Chairs for the 2016 USA Championships are Jennifer and Kenneth Harker, W5JEN and WM5R.  They have competed at the USA Championships almost every year since 2003 and have won numerous medals.  They represented USA at the ARDF World Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2014.  Jen and Ken were organizers of the first Texas ARDF Championships in October 2005 and the USA ARDF Championships in 2008.

National ARDF Championships are for individuals only. No teaming or assistance on the course is permitted. Participants are divided into six age categories for males and five age categories for females in accordance with standard IARU rules. Medals for first, second and third places will be awarded in each category for each competitive event.

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend.  Don't worry if you are inexperienced at radio-orienteering, as this is a chance to learn from experts.  An Amateur Radio license is not a requirement.  Category winners of these championships will be under consideration for membership in ARDF Team USA 2016, which will travel to Albena, Bulgaria for the 18th ARDF World Championships in September 2016.  A maximum of three competitors in each age/gender category may be on a nation's team.

PHR entry

An embargo of the competition areas is now in effect, meaning that persons who will be competing in these championships must not enter the Parrie Haynes Ranch between now and the time of the events.  There are three exceptions to this rule:

  1. It's OK to be in the hilltop complex in the southwest corner where the cabins and dining hall are.  But if you can't see the buildings, you're in an off-limits area.
  2. It's OK to be within 500 meters of the equestrian center clubhouse.  You can stay at the campground there, or the cabins, and you can walk around the camping area.
  3. You can drive on Gann Branch Road and Maxdale Road, and the driveway to the Equestrian Center.  But don't leave the road.

More information, including lodging options and registration instructions, will be posted here and in the Texas ARDF group Web site as the event dates approach.  For the latest updates, you can subscribe to a special group mailing list for participants and others interested in these championships by sending a blank e-mail to

Joe Moell K0OV
USA ARDF Coordinator

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Group photo
Competitors and volunteers just before the two-meter classic event.

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

IARUARRLThe 2015 USA and IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships took place during the last week and weekend of August.  The site was 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 included classic competitions on two meters and eighty meters, plus sprints and foxoring, all on excellent orienteering maps. 

An optional ARDF "training camp" took place on Monday through Wednesday, August 24-26, just prior to the championships.  Participants could attend as many sessions and days as they wished.  These practices concentrated on taking reliable bearings, interpreting reflected signals, determining the likely control locations, course strategies, route choices, and other essentials for doing well. 

The training venues did not include the weekend competition areas.  None of the training areas were very large, so the training courses were shorter than competition courses, and were suitable for first-timers as well as experienced radio-orienteers.

Classic two-meter and 80-meter competitions, as well as foxoring and the sprints, took 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.  It also was the source of the latest updates of the gathering locations and times for each day's events.

More than 125 captioned photos of the championships are now in this Homing In Web site.  Below are links to the official results.

Foxoring results, Thursday, August 27
Sprint results, Friday, August 28
Two-meter classic results, Saturday, August 29
Eighty-meter classic results, Sunday, August 30

Watch for a full illustrated report on these championships in the November 2015 issue of CQ Magazine.

Joe Moell KØOV

Team USA 2015
The three members of ARDF Team USA:  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

USA Invited to 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 are reciprocating.  Stateside radio-orienteers have been invited to visit their country for the 2015 China International ARDF Championships, which will take place in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province of south China from December 3 through 9. These championships are being organized by the Guangdong ARDF Radiosports Club (GARC).

There will be one day of unofficial training, followed on successive days by 80-meter classic, sprint, two-meter classic and foxoring competitions.  There will also be afternoon and evening cultural events including a Pearl River night cruise.  Awards will be 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 GARC assures us that 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.

The 2015 China International Championships entry fee is US$550 and you are responsible for your own transportation to and from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.  More information is on the English-language (mostly) GARC event Web page.  If you plan to go, please inform me by e-mail so that I can assemble a list of attendees and put USA's travelers in touch with one another.

Joe Moell KØOV USA ARDF Coordinator

Upcoming Championship ARDF Events Worldwide

2015 China ARDF Championships, December 3-9, 2015 in Guangzhou, Luogang, China.

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

2016 European Youth ARDF Championships, July 2 - 5, 2016 near Oslo, Norway.

18th IARU ARDF World Championships, September 3 - 9, 2016 near Varna, Bulgaria.

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

19th IARU ARDF World Championships, September 2018 in Korea.

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 23 November 2015