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Homing In, CQ Magazine, May 2019 -- "ARDF in the Appalachians and a New Tool for Two-Meter Foxhunting"
- "The 2019 championship courses are being designed by Illia Ivanko of Krasnyi Lyman, Ukraine. Illia is an amazing runner and radio-orienteer, winning numerous gold medals in the last three USA ARDF Championships."
- "It was the Croatians who first developed a special set of ARDF rules for unsighted and low-sighted persons and made them part of the ARDF World Championships in that country in 2010."
- "Using the yagi is a simple matter of aiming it for the strongest signal, much like aiming an outdoor TV antenna toward the station's tower."
- "The FoxRex 144 is based a design by Dr. Nicolas Roethe, DF1FO. Nick and his wife Brigitte have been frequent visiting competitors at the USA and IARU Region 2 Championships."
- "As you move through the woods on a classic ARDF event, the LCD display shows which transmitter is on and how many seconds remain in the current transmission. It also shows the estimated distance to the transmitter."
Dennis Schwendtner, WB6OBB of Santa Barbara, California (far left) took fourth place in the category for men over age 50 at the First ARDF World Championships for the Blind at Opatija, Croatia in September 2010. An ARDF competition for the blind will be part of this year's USA and IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships in North Carolina. Read all about it in Homing In for May 2019. (Photo by Marvin Johnston, KE6HTS)
Homing In, CQ Magazine, February 2019 -- "Tales of the 2018 CQ Worldwide Foxhunting Weekend"
- N8THN: "Over the river and through the woods, a sly little fox he was. So sly that this little fox sought the help of his twin."
- N8THN: "Key your radio, identify your transmission and press the 1 key. If you are close enough for the fox to hear you, it will begin transmitting a sequence of tones for 30 seconds followed by a Morse ID."
- NM9J: "Notes were compared, routes were recalled and antennas were evaluated. Here's to next time when N2EAB will be invited to play the fox."
- KR7W: "I arrived early for a two-hour walk in the woods to hide four bunnies at locations that were were progressively more difficult to find. The farthest was almost a half-mile away, sending its Bugs Bunny cartoon message, 'What's up, Doc? Heh, heh, heh, heh.'"
- N6SZO: "Each fox transmitter had a piece of colored tape on it so that when the Scouts returned, they could tell us what color of tape was on the fox they found so we could verify that they found the correct one."
A beautiful day in the Rockies brought out this foxhunting group to the annual picnic of the Ski Country Amateur Radio Club. Their two-meter equipment ranged from the usual measuring tape yagis to log-periodic beams and Arrow satellite yagi. Learn more about Foxhunting Weekend 2018 in Homing In for February 2019. (Photo by Bob Cutter, KI0G)
CQ Magazine, November 2018 -- "Most Medals Ever for ARDF Team USA in Korea"
- "This coastal city of 90,000 persons is known for its fishery products and nearby hot springs. It lies north of the 38th parallel, but it is part of South Korea."
- "I issued invitations to thirty persons to compete for USA ... Because of health issues, economic considerations and activity conflicts, only eleven were able to accept."
- "The accommodations were excellent, the nearby mountains were beautiful, and the weather was mostly dry and pleasant. Over 300 competitors gathered from 29 nations. The largest category was M50 (men ages 50 through 59), with 44 entrants."
- WB6CMD: "There were thick bushes, trees and vines everywhere, so it was very slow and you had to choose your route carefully. Going north and south was very difficult unless you went on a very small trail and had to knock through some jungle."
- "During the award ceremony, the Star Spangled Banner was played on the loudspeakers and was proudly sung by all of the Team USA members as Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI accepted a gold medal."
Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI runs to the finish line and USA's first individual gold medal in the 80-meter classic competition. Read the complete story of ARDF Team USA's trip to Korea in the November 2018 issue of CQ Magazine. (Photo by Lee Nam Kyu HL1DK)
Homing In appeared monthly in 73 Magazine from November 1988 until the magazine ceased publication with the September 2003 issue. My column then appeared in CQ VHF magazine, a quarterly publication, from 2004 through Fall 2013 and CQ-Plus Digital Magazine during 2014. Now it appears four times per year in CQ Magazine, which is available in print by subscription and in Amateur Radio Stores. You can also subscribe to CQ in digital form, viewable on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android. I welcome your input for future articles, so please continue to send me your news of mobile and on-foot transmitter hunt activities.
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