Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: May 17 2004,8:04 pm
It looks like Fox Hunting (radio direction finding) is a really serious hobby; a National Championship is coming up next month! Following is copied from "The ARRL Letter" with info and pertinent links.
==>USA ARDF CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO CALIFORNIA IN MID-JUNE
Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) enthusiasts across the US are
gearing up for the fourth annual national ARDF Championships next month.
ARRL ARDF Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV, says, the sport--also known as
radio-orienteering or foxtailing--is an all-on-foot "adventure in the
woods" to see who can track down and find the most hidden transmitters in
the shortest time. The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC)
<http://www.sbarc.org> will host the competition. Radio-orienteers from
all over the country plus visitors from abroad are expected to attend.
Moell anticipates a mix of experts and newcomers who aspire to be future
champions. He says equipment need not be elaborate or expensive.
"Most beginners do very well by augmenting their handheld VHF transceivers
with simple Yagi antennas made out of a steel measuring tape and PVC pipe
from the hardware store," he said. For "closing in," he says an offset RF
attenuator consisting of some $15 worth of small parts will knock down the
signal and keep the receiver's S-meter within its scale. "Plans are on the
Web <http://members.aol.com/joek0ov/offatten.html>, and kits are
available, so warm up your soldering iron," he adds.
The ARDF competitive courses are open to anyone of any age and at any
foxhunting skill level. No Amateur Radio license is needed. Medals in the
event will be awarded in five age categories for males and four for
females, in accordance with International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) rules
Heading up the USA ARDF Championships is Marvin Johnston, KE6HTS, a
medalist at the last two USA ARDF Championships.
An optional training camp with map-and-compass orienteering kicks off the
ARDF action June 12-13. The main program gets under way Wednesday, June
16. The 2-meter competition takes place Friday, June 18. The 80-meter
competition is the next day.
The California events end just in time for final selection of ARDF Team
USA 2004 members, who will travel to the Czech Republic for the 12th ARDF
World Championships September 7-12. More than 200 participants
representing two dozen or more countries are expected to turn out for the
event. Moell says Team USA's positions will be filled based on
performances in this year's national championships in California and in
last year's national championships in Ohio.
There's more information on the 2004 USA ARDF Championships on the SBARC
Web site <http://www.sbarc.org/ardf/index.shtml>. A downloadable
registration form and additional information are on Moell's "Homing In"
Web site <http://www.homingin.com>.--Joe Moell K0OV
"If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost!"