[CQ-Contest] ARDF (was: Re: Recruiting Women into Contesting)

Kenneth E. Harker kenharker at kenharker.com
Tue Aug 10 10:58:48 EDT 2004

On Thu, Aug 05, 2004 at 06:30:33PM -0600, Grillo's wrote:

> Are you familiar with the European "fox hunting" idea?  This is hiding a
> transmitter and everyone trying to find it with directional antennas hooked
> up to portable receivers, while running in the woods getting bearings until
> the fox is found.  

This is known as Amateur Radio Direction Finding, or ARDF.  There is a 
steadily growing amount of ARDF activity in the United States and Canada.
Interestingly, major ARDF meets in North America in recent years have been 
attracting roughly a 15-20% female participation rate - making it an order 
of magnitude more popular among women than HF radio contesting:


>                                                      It could be set up as a
> club activity in densly populated amateur radio communities.  Alas, such is
> not the case in Colorado.

One of the most active clubs in the country is the Albuquerque Transmitter 
Hunters (http://home.att.net/~wb8wfk/), who hosted the 2001 USA ARDF 
Championships.  If they can drum up activity, I should think that the 
greater Denver area could, too... :-)

Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
kenharker at kenharker.com

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