2016 United States ARDF Championships
Because no official rules for Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) exist
for International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (North and South
America), these Championships will follow the current
Region 1 ARDF rules.
Any exceptions to those rules that are not stated on this page will be
announced at the event briefing and/or in the starting area before the
Age/gender categories will be M19, M21, M40, M50, M60, M70, F19, F21, F35,
F50 and F60 in accordance with current ARDF rules. If there is registration
by a sufficient number of youth, M13, F13, M16 and F16 catetories will be
added. Men competitors ages 40 or older or women competitors ages 35 or
older belong to each category from the beginning of the calendar year in
which they reach the given age. Competitors ages 19 and younger belong
to each category until the end of the calendar year in which they reach
the given age.
Normally the rules do not allow competitors to take transmitting devices
onto the course. However, 2M transceivers are allowable during the 2M
event if they are connected to a RDF antenna and are used only for
A reminder regarding GPS watches: The use of satellite positioning devices
is allowed provided they do not contain a digital map of the terrain.
The competition will use a SPORTident
electronic punch system for all timing and scoring. Paper punches will be
available at all controls in case of electronic punch failure.