ARDF Team USA shows the flag at the WC opening ceremonies. In the front row, left to right: Dave D'Epagnier KØQE, Csaba Tiszttarto, Larry Noble NØNDM, and Marvin Johnston KE6HTS. Back row: Dick Arnett WB4SUV, Bob Frey WA6EZV, Karla Leach KC7BLA, Charles Scharlau NZØI, Nadia Mayeva, Bob Cooley KF6VSE, and Harley Leach KI7XF. Gyuri Nagy KF6YKN wasn't available for this photo, but he's pictured after the results on this page. (Photos of team and Nadia by Marvin Johnston KE6HTS)
Going up against more than 300 competitors from 28 other nations, Team USA came within two minutes of bringing home its first medal. Nadia Mayeva from North Carolina (at right) took fourth place in D35 category (women ages 35 through 50) by finding all her required transmitters in 1:49:02. She was edged out by Han Chunrong of China, who won the category bronze medal in 1:47:20.
Gyuri Nagy KF6YKN of New York placed fifth out of 50 in the hotly-contested M40 (males ages 40 through 49) category. Gyuri and his family had organized a one-week training camp for members of Team USA near Gyuri's native hometown in Hungary during the week before the championships.
Here is the ARDF Team USA 2002 roster (in alphabetical order):
Name/Call Category Hometown --------- -------- -------- Dick Arnett WB4SUV M50 Erlanger, KY Bob Cooley KF6VSE M60 Pleasanton, CA Dave D'Epagnier KØQE M40 Longmont, CO Bob Frey WA6EZV M50 Cincinnati, OH Marvin Johnston KE6HTS M50 Santa Barbara, CA Harley Leach KI7XF M60 Bozeman, MT Nadia Mayeva D35 Mooresville, NC Gyuri Nagy KF6YKN M40 Maspeth, NY Larry Noble NØNDM M40 Aurora, CO Charles Scharlau NZØI M21 Chapel Hill, NC Csaba Tiszttarto M21 New York, NYIn addition, Karla Leach KC7BLA represented USA and IARU Region 2 on the International Jury overseeing the competitions. Her assignment was Course Marshal at one of the foxes. Team USA co-captains were WB4SUV and WA6EZV.
The World Championships of ARDF take place in even-numbered years. The 2002 site was Tatranske Matliare in the High Tatras of the Slovak Republic, at about 900 meters elevation. Two Slovak hotels were taken over for the exclusive use of competitors. This was USA's third trip to the World Championships.
The schedule of events was as follows:
September 2 - Monday - Arrival of the Participants September 3 - Tuesday - Training on Both Bands, Opening Ceremony September 4 - Wednesday - 2 Meter Race September 5 - Thursday - Free Day with Cultural Program September 6 - Friday - 80 Meter Race, Awarding Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Hamfest September 7 - Saturday - Departure of the Participants
The 323 competitors were divided into five categories for males and four categories for females, in accordance with newly-approved ARDF rules of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Each country was permitted to have up to three persons per category on its team.
Here are the medal winners and Team USA performances in all age/gender categories in which USA competed.
Two-meters (150 minute time limit)
D35 (Females ages 35 and older, 18 in category) Gold Oksana Shutkovskaia Russia 93:43 4 Foxes Silver Dagmar Skrivanova Czech 94:46 4 Foxes Bronze Larissa Savinykh Russia 97:36 4 Foxes Nadia Mayeva (13th) USA 147:38 4 Foxes - - - - - M21 (Males of any age, 61 in category) Gold Sergyj Shtanko Ukraine 61:58 5 Foxes Silver Peter Viskup Slovakia 65:04 5 Foxes Bronze Jakub Oma Czech 65:49 5 Foxes Csaba Tiszttarto (35th) USA 132:06 3 Foxes Charles Scharlau (Overtime) USA 156:25 4 Foxes - - - - - M40 (Males ages 40 and older, 50 in category) Gold Andres Talver Estonia 59:30 4 Foxes Silver Kinstantin Zelensky Russia 66:12 4 Foxes Bronze Milan Mittelman Slovakia 67:35 4 Foxes Gyuri Nagy ( 5th) USA 73:22 4 Foxes Dave D'Epagnier (28th) USA 121:02 4 Foxes Larry Noble (Overtime) USA 166:47 2 Foxes Team USA 8th of 13 national teams - - - - - M50 (Males ages 50 and older, 37 in category) Gold Mykola Velikanov Ukraine 62:05 4 Foxes Silver Tchermen Gouliev Russia 74:58 4 Foxes Bronze Oleg Fursa Ukraine 75:21 4 Foxes Bob Frey (30th) USA 104:01 2 Foxes Marvin Johnson (Overtime) USA 165:13 2 Foxes Dick Arnett (Overtime) USA 175:46 4 Foxes - - - - - M60 (Males ages 60 and older, 33 in category) Gold Nikolai Semenov Russia 85:28 3 Foxes Silver Eduard Kuvaldin Russia 88:33 3 foxes Bronze Karel Koudelka Czech 91:30 3 foxes Harley Leach (17th) USA 133:32 3 Foxes Bob Cooley (Overtime) USA 153:59 3 Foxes
Eighty-meters (150 minute time limit)
D35 (Females ages 35 and older, 18 in category) Gold Ljubow Prowatorowa Russia 103:51 4 Foxes Silver Oksana Shutkovskaia Russia 104:54 4 Foxes Bronze Han Chunrong China 107:20 4 Foxes Nadia Mayeva ( 4th) USA 109:42 4 Foxes - - - - - M21 (Males of any age, 60 in category) Gold Martin Baier Czech 78:26 5 Foxes Silver Jakub Oma Czech 85:29 5 Foxes Bronze Karel Fucik Czech 85:46 5 Foxes Csaba Tiszttarto (39th) USA 149:06 5 Foxes Charles Scharlau (51st) USA 135:16 3 Foxes Team USA 14th of 20 national teams - - - - - M40 (Males ages 40 and older, 50 in category) Gold Victor Romanov Russia 77:50 4 Foxes Silver Alexander Kulikov Russia 81:15 4 Foxes Bronze Jozef Simecek Slovakia 82:33 4 Foxes Gyuri Nagy (19th) USA 127:15 4 Foxes Dave D'Epagnier (25th) USA 138:45 4 Foxes Larry Noble (Overtime) USA (Not provided) Team USA 8th of 14 national teams - - - - - M50 (Males ages 50 and older, 39 in category) Gold Oleg Fursa Ukraine 88:14 4 foxes Silver Tchermen Gouliev Russia 89:41 4 foxes Bronze Viktor Korshunov Ukraine 92:15 4 foxes Dick Arnett (22nd) USA 113:54 3 Foxes Bob Frey (34th) USA 127:53 2 Foxes Marvin Johnson (36th) USA 139:31 2 Foxes Team USA 11th of 14 national teams - - - - - M60 (Males ages 60 and older, 31 in category) Gold Nikolai Semenov Russia 67:47 3 Foxes Silver Josef Tuttmann Holland 74:12 3 foxes Bronze Vladimir Kirgetov Russia 80:51 3 foxes Harley Leach (18th) USA 131:45 3 Foxes Bob Cooley (19th) USA 134:02 3 Foxes Team USA 7th of 10 national teams
Many thanks to the ARRL Foundation and the Colvin Award Fund for providing the entry fees and in-country food/lodging/transportation expenses of the USA team. Training expenses and domestic/international airfares were paid by the individual team members.
Click here for first-person accounts of the Championships and the training camp, written by Bob Frey WA6EZV and Karla Leach KC7BLA. Also, a detailed narrative and photos of Team Australia's journey has been posted by Bruce Paterson VK3TJN.
Many thanks to the stateside supporters who organized practice sessions for Team USA members. If you would like to help train our team for future events, contact the undersigned.
Joe Moell KØOV
USA ARDF Coordinator
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This page updated 23 July 2004