Championship ARDF News

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Zlatibor, Serbia
The resort at Zlatibor, Serbia was scheduled to be the site of the 2022 ARDF World Championships.

Serbia Withdraws as Organizer for 2022 ARDF World Championships
IARU Officials Seeking Another Host

WC22 logoOn May 9, 2022, the Amateur Radio Union of Serbia (SRS) announced that it was cancelling plans to host the 20th IARU ARDF World Championships in Zlatibor from August 28 through September 3, 2022.  In a letter to the IARU ARDF Working Group, SRS President Zoran Mladenovic YU1EW stated that "there are two big problems that have a huge negative impact on the number of participants."

SRS was originally scheduled to host the World Championships in 2020 but had to cancel due to the pandemic.  The rescheduled championships could also not take place in 2021 due to COVID.  It was thought that case counts would be significantly lower and travel restrictions would be lifted in time for the championships in 2022, but many Asian countries are still under severe limitations.  Korea was the only country in IARU Region 3 that submitted a Letter of Intent to participate.

The war in Ukraine has created the other problem.  Russia submitted a Letter of Intent to field 47 competitors.  Numerous other national teams and individuals have let it be known that they would not compete if a Russian team were allowed to attend, but IARU leaders have taken the position that there will be no restrictions on the participation of any IARU member societies.  YU1EW writes, "This makes it clear that a minimum number of competitors that would meet the usual norms for the World championship cannot be achieved."

Jiri Maracek OK2BWN, the IARU Region 1 ARDF Coordinator, has announced that another host for the 2022 World Championships is being sought.  He stated that he realizes it is very difficult to arrange this global sporting event in less than four months, but it is certainly worth it to try.

World Championshps feature classic competitions on two meters and 80 meters, plus sprints and foxoring.  National teams may send only three persons per age/gender category to the IARU World Championships.  Team members are responsible for their own registration/room/board fees and for transportation expenses to and from Serbia.

On April 27, the ARRL ARDF Team Selection Subcommittee announced that 24 persons had been selected to represent USA at the 2022 World Championships.  If all were to accept, this would be the largest number of ARDF Team USA members ever to participate in the World Championships and would include 17 men, 6 women and one youth.

If another host is found for the 2022 World Championships, it will be announced promptly in this Homing In site.

Prince William Park
The beautiful serenity of Prince William Forest Park welcomed radio-orienteers in April, 2022.

The 21st USA ARDF Championships
Triangle, Virginia, April 7 - 10, 2022

Backwoods Orienteering Klub logoThe 21st annual USA Championships of ARDF took place April 7 - 10 near Triangle, Virginia, sponsored by the Backwoods Orienteering Klub (BOK).  Radio-orienteers from all over the country plus visitors from abroad were invited to attend.  The competitive courses were open to anyone of any age, with or without an Amateur Radio license.

The fun got under way on Wednesday, April 6 as participants fine-tuned their skills and aligned their direction-finding equipment on practice courses.  From Thursday through Sunday, competitors had the opportunity to comptete in the sprint, foxoring and classic courses on two meters and 80 meters.  Award ceremonies followed the events.

Ruth and Joseph Primary site of the competition was Prince William Forest Park, adjacent to Triangle, Virginia.  It borders the Quantico Marine Corps Reservation, 19 miles northeast of Fredricksburg and 29 miles southwest of Washington, DC.  This park features almost 17,000 acres of mature hardwood forest including springs, ferns, creeks, and ponds.  It is habitat for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, beaver and large concentrations of woodland birds, including thrush and warblers.

The park was under embargo for ARDF before the competition.  Public orienteering maps were available for study in advance.

These USA Championships are concluding just in time for final selection of ARDF Team USA 2022 members, who will travel in late August to Zlatibor, Serbia for the 20th ARDF World Championships (see news item below).  USA's team positions will be filled based on performances in these 2022 events in Virginia and the 2021 events in North Carolina.

Organizing Co-Chairs for the 2022 USA Championships were Joseph Huberman K5JGH (Meet Director) and Ruth Bromer WB4QZG (Registrar), shown at right.  They have competed at many USA Championships and also have been on ARDF Team USA to the World Championships.  Course Designer and leader of the setting team was Charles Scharlau NZØI.

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 six age categories for females in accordance with standard IARU rules.  Awards for first, second and third places were awarded in each category on each band.

Bulletin 2 has details of the locations, schedule, map sizes, frequencies and the free tent camping at event headquarters.  You may also subscribe to the ARDF-USA e-mail list for updates and discussions of plans for the championships.

Here are links to the official results.

     Sprint competition, Thursday, April 7
     FoxOring competition, Friday, April 8
     Two-meter classic competition, Saturday, April 9
     Eighty-meter classic competition, Sunday, April 10

The Twentieth USA National ARDF Championships
North Carolina, October 14 - 17, 2021

This report has been updated and moved here.

Listing of Upcoming Championship ARDF Events Worldwide

(All subject to change)

4th IARU World ARDF Youth Championships, June 29 - July 3, 2022 in Targu Jiu, Romania.

21st IARU ARDF World Championships, Summer 2023 in Czech Republic.

24th IARU Region 1 ARDF Championships, September 2024, possibly in Hungary.

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

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 Other Stateside ARDF Events in Recent Years

Current SoCal sessions -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2021.

SoCal 2019 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2019, including Bonelli Regional Park, Mt. Pinos, Guajome Regional Park, Hillcrest Park, Mission Viejo Community Park, Yuma Hamfest and Lake Los Carneros.

SoCal 2018 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2018, including Hillcrest Park, Lake Los Carneros (2), Mt. Pinos, Santa Fe Dam, Mission Bay Park and Bonelli Regional Park.

SoCal 2017 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2017, including Hillcrest Park, Lindo Lake Park, Mt. Pinos, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Bonelli Regional Park.

SoCal 2016 -- Southern California (and Arizona) practice/demonstration events of 2016, including Hillcrest Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Griffith Park, Lake Murray, Mt. Pinos, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Lake Los Carneros (2), Schabarum Regional Park and Bonelli Regional Park (2).

SoCal 2015 -- Southern California practice/demonstration events of 2015, including Lake Los Carneros, El Dorado Park, Angel's Gate Park, Mt. Laguna, Hillcrest Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Bonelli Regional Park, Vasquez Rocks State Park and Schabarum Regional Park.

July 28 - August 4, 2019 -- Nineteenth USA and Tenth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Raleigh, NC.

June 13 - 17, 2018 -- Eighteenth USA ARDF Championships near Truckee, CA.

July 31 - August 6, 2017 -- Seventeenth USA and Ninth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Cincinnati, OH.

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

August 27-30, 2015 -- Fifteenth USA and Eighth IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships near Elbert, CO.

For results and stories of events before 2015, 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 9 May 2022