May 18th 2013 – Saturday – SARC ARDF 2m band fox-hunt and BBQ, place and times to be announced by VE7SAR, please visit:
Jun 9th – Sunday 9:00AM- Practice ARDF 2m band, Confederation Park Burnaby
Jun 30th – Sunday 9:00AM – Practice ARDF 2m band, Byrnecreek Park Burnaby
We would also like to consider doing in July/August/September – all suggestions are welcome:
- VE7BAR annual ARDF 2m band foxhunt
- Visit to Victoria FARS and 2m or 80m band foxhunt
- MRARC annual ARDF 2m band foxhunt in Maple Ridge area.
Since ARDF only involves receiving radio signals you do not need to hold an amateur radio license in order to participate.
Everyone is welcome to compete or just watch and have fun. We have a few spare 2m fox receivers on first come first serve basis.
Radio Orienteering (or Radio Direction Finding) is a sport of skill in finding hidden objects. It’s similar to Geo Caching, but instead of using a GPS we use radio receivers and orienteering skills to find the location of hidden radio transmitters. It’s a great way to learn how to navigate in the woods with a map and compass and a fine way to spend a sunny day exploring your parks and forests.
Everyone is welcome to participate in our events. You don’t need to have any radio experience, or even your amateur radio license to hunt!
To participate in our events you will need some sort of radio receiver with a signal level indicator. Many participants use a radio receiver (with signal strength indicator) capable of receiving in the 140-150 MHz (2 meter) radio band. Scanners and 2 meter amateur radio handhelds combined with an attenuator and directional antenna are a great way to get started.
If you enjoy building electronic equipment, there are many low cost kits and circuit designs you can use to build your own equipment. There is also a variety of pre-built equipment.
In this age of cellphones, Internet, and cheap consumer electronics, many of us lose interest in how things work. Radio orienteering provides an opportunity for Do It Yourself construction and experimentation, fun, exercise, fresh air, beautiful scenery, map-reading, socializing, messing around to try to change the laws of physics, and lots of laughs.
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