Bastrop (population 8000) is the second oldest town in Texas, so it is full of historic sites. At the corner of Church and Buttonwood Streets is the Bastrop Military School, founded in 1852.
Bastrop's Army Recruiting Depot is at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets in the historic district.
With rolling terrain and woods full of loblolly pines, Bastrop State Park is an ideal orienteering venue. Locals call these trees the Lost Pines, because they are separated by 150 miles from the large forests of east Texas. Nadia Scharlau is checking her 80m receiver on Thursday, May 8 at Event Headquarters, the Copperas Creek campground. In 2006, she medalled at the ARDF World Championships in Bulgaria.
Matthew Robbins AA9YH (left) and Dick Arnett WB4SUV did some quick repairs to a two-meter transmitter on Thursday. These little one-piece transmitter/antenna sets were made by ARDFers in the Cincinnati area.
One of the 80m transmitters with crappie fishing pole antenna. Note the loading coil and the two radials.
April Moell WA6OPS (left) draws numbers from a hat to determine the starting order for Friday. The same order, in reverse, was used on Saturday. Jennifer and Kenneth Harker, W5JEN and WM5R, are the organizers of this year's championships.
Marvin Johnston KE6HTS (right) brought electronic scoring equipment on loan from the Los Angeles Orienteering Club. This provided a complete record of each competitor's performance, including time at each fox transmitter.
Mike Urich KA5CVH rebuilt his 2m tape-measure yagi on Thursday to provide a convenient mount for his receiver. He got help from Harley Leach KI7XF.
Matthew Robbins AA9YH (pictured) presented basic ARDF Thursday evening, followed by a talk on championship rules and course hazards by Ken Harker WM5R.
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