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20th ARDF World Championships in Bulgaria

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The 20th IARU World Championships hosted by the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) is in Borovets, Bulgaria on August 28 - September 3, 2022. Bulletin 3 has been published, and the event website is now up. Please contact the ARRL ARDF Committee for more information regarding the ARDF World Championships.

USA Radio Orienteering Championships 2023

The 22nd USA Radio Orienteering Championships will be held April 19-23, 2023 near Dallas, Texas. Gerald Boyd, WB8WFK, the event's director, has announced that Bulletin 1 has been published. Everyone, of all experience levels, is welcome to attend and participate. April 19 will be set aside for radio direction-finding training and practice. Results of the competitions April 20-23 will help determine the members of Team USA who will compete in the ARDF World Championships scheduled for the fall of 2023 in Liberec, Czech Republic. Start making your plans to attend!

Same Sport, New-ish Name
An announcement from the ARRL ARDF Coordinators:

The name Radio Orienteering has been around for a very long time and has frequently been applied to the sport of ARDF, but it hasn't been recognized in any official sense. Because Radio Orienteering is more descriptive of the sport (especially to the orienteering community), and because Amateur Radio Direction Finding is often confused with other radio direction-finding activities (like mobile t-hunting), the ARRL ARDF committee has decided to officially favor the use of the term Radio Orienteering. We believe that a transition to that name will result in less confusion, and perhaps, quicker acceptance of the sport by orienteers and others who will more readily grasp the essence of the sport. So look for more references to Radio Orienteering going forward, and don't be confused: it is the same radio navigation sport we all enjoy, but with a more descriptive name.

21st USA ARDF Championships are a Success

The results are in for the 21st USA Championships in Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF). As reported in ARRL News, the four days of competitions were held April 7 – 10 in Prince William Forest Park (PWFP) in northern Virginia. The results will help determine the makeup of the USA ARDF team at the 20th ARDF World Championships, set for September 2022. Results of this year's USA event can be found on the BOK website.

IARU World Youth ARDF Championship Coming This Summer!

The Romanian Federation of Radio Amateurs in partnership with The Children's Palace Târgu Jiu are hosting the 4th IARU World Youth ARDF Championship in Târgu Jiu, Romania, June 29 - July 3, 2022. Please contact the ARRL ARDF Committee if you know of a youth aged 16 or younger who would like to represent the USA at this championship.

Future USA Radio Orienteering Championships

It is always a good year to bring the biggest annual USA Radio Orienteering event to your town. Download and share the trifold brochure to drum up the excitement, then apply online to host the USA Radio Orienteering Championships. The ARRL ARDF Committee is standing by to help you arrange for everything you need.

About Radio Orienteering

In this sport there are no vehicles, traffic jams, or exhaust fumes. Radio Orienteering (aka, Amateur Radio Direction Finding, or ARDF) brings radios into the great outdoors with maps and compasses, providing a uniquely enjoyable way to learn new radio skills. This radio sports activity deals with the taking of radio bearings to navigate through wooded areas in search of transmitters. It involves constructing direction-finding equipment, training amateurs in the rules of the sport, and organizing events in the USA and other IARU countries.

Interest and participation in Radio Orienteering activities are growing, and ARRL provides encouragement and support for Radio Orienteering activities across the United States. Events often take place at amateur radio conventions and hamfests as a magnet to amateur radio for youth and others. Championship competitions are held annually to help decide membership on the US team at the ARDF World Championships.

Join Team USA!

Would you like to represent the USA at international Radio Orienteering competitions? There are World Championships held biannually, and World Youth ARDF Championships (WYAC) have been held annually since 2017. Citizens of the USA, Green Card holders, and those who have lived in the USA for the previous year and have not competed for the title of Champion in any other country during that time, are eligible for membership on Radio Orienteering Team USA.

The only way to ensure an invitation to join the team is to prove your mettle by competing in ARRL-sanctioned Radio Orienteering competitions such as the USA Radio Orienteering Championships. But occasionally there are open team positions available that can be filled by qualified individuals lacking competitive results. A limited number of non-competing visitors may also travel with the team. USA Team members and visitors are responsible for all expenses associated with their participation, including paying for their own transportation, room, board and entry fees. Contact the ARRL ARDF Committee for full details.

ARDF Schedule

Take a look at this list of Radio Orienteering activities to find out what is happening in your area. If you are planning to hold an ARDF activity then please email the ARDF Committee to get it added to the list!

ARRL Learning Network ARDF Webinar Video

We hope that ARRL members took advantage of the opportunity to learn the basics of The Sport of Finding Hidden Transmitters On Foot, presented by Robert Frey, WA6EZV. For those who missed it, and those who would like to see it again, please view the video online.

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  • ARRL ARDF Committee

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  • ARDF World Championships

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  • The ARDF Handbook

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