Team USA at the 2010 World ARDF Championships

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Photos by Dick Arnett WB4SUV, Ken Harker WM5R, Jay Hennigan WB6RDV, Joseph Huberman K5JGH, Dale Hunt WB6BYU and Marvin Johnston KE6HTS

Kuon Hunt KB7WRG was co-captain of Team USA along with hubby Dale Hunt WB6BYU. Among many other duties, Kuon made sure that all team members were aware of the latest information and that they got onto the bus on time each morning.  (WM5R)

The impound area with hundreds of two-meter and 80-meter ARDF sets to be used later by competitors. Each competitor provides his or her own sets.  (WM5R)

Jerry Boyd WB8WFK in the starting tent getting ready for his 80-meter run on competition day one.  (WB4SUV)

Jennifer Harker W5JEN was happy and eager as she prepared for her 80-meter run on day one. She was even happier later, after finding three of the four W35 transmitters and reaching the finish line.  (WM5R)

Harley Leach KI7XF gets a little TLC from Karla Leach KC7BLA as they wait for their starting times.  (WM5R)

A competitor's eye view of the finish line on competition day one, which was sunny.  (WB4SUV)

W5JEN took this shot of Karla Leach KC7BLA as she approached the finish line after finding two of the W60 80-meter transmitters in 86 minutes.  (WM5R)

The German team brought vuvuzelas to the first awards ceremony on the patio of the Hotel Opatija.  (WM5R)

Ruth Bromer WB4QZG and Karla Leach KC7BLA took second place among national teams in category W60 on two meters. Here they are with the USA flag and their silver medals on the podium of the first awards ceremony.  To the right of them are the gold medal winners in that category, from Russia.  (WB6RDV)

Dale Hunt WB6BYU, ARDF Coordinator for IARU Region 2, presented the medals to Ruth and Karla.  (K5JGH)

It rained all night before the second competition day and it was still raining when the competition started.  (KE6HTS)

Normally, maps are given to competitors only about ten minutes before they start onto a course. When it was learned that some competitors already possessed maps of the competition area and some had even done orienteering there, giving them an unfair advantage, the organizers posted the maps on the waiting tent walls for all to study.  (WB6BYU)

Waiting her starting time is Yoshiko Yamagami JQ1LCW of Japan, a long-time friend and supporter of ARDF in the USA. She first visited USA for the Friendship Radiosport Games in 1991.  (WB6BYU)

Waiting in the rain for a turn in the portapotty.  (WB6BYU)

Ken Harker (#491) studies his map before he sets out on 80 meters.  (KE6HTS)

Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI (#485) is eager to go on two meters.  (KE6HTS)

Alla Mezhevaya (leftmost in the row) awaits her turn on two meters.  (KE6HTS)

A group of competitors heads off into the rain.  Just stepping out of the tent is Lori Huberman, who will finish in fourth place on two meters in W21 category. This year, W21 competitors had to find all five foxes. (KE6HTS)

A competitor punches in at the finish line on the second day. Note that there are two punch stations in case of a "photo finish."  (KE6HTS)

Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI is almost at the finish line after his soggy two-meter run.  (WB4SUV)

Jay Hennigan WB6RDV was soaked at the finish of his 80-meter run.  (WB4SUV)

Nikolay Ivanchihin UR8UA of Ukraine dries off after his 11th place finish on 80 meters in M50. Two days earlier, he was the gold medalist on two-meters in his category. Nick was a visiting competitor at the 2009 USA ARDF Championships near Boston where he won two gold medals.  Behind Nikolay is Kentaro Kurogi JL4NDN, who also came to the 2009 USA championships in Boston.  (WB6BYU)

These Japanese ladies wore traditional kimonos to the closing banquet at the Hotel Kvarner.  (WM5R)

George Neal KF6YKN received a bronze medal for his 80-meter run in M50 category.  (WM5R)

Before and after the championships, many of the team members did independent travel to sites in Croatia, including Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka Jezera) National Park. Sixteen lakes are separated by natural dams of travertine.  (K5JGH)

A popular tourist spot in Opatija is the Maiden with the Seagull statue by Zvonko Car.  (K5JGH)

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