2016 United States ARDF Championships
3.5 MHz Sprint Competition
Friday, April 8, 2016
Haynes C5 Youth Ranch
Ranch entrance: 30.999643, -97.850772
Hilltop Complex: 30.999693, -97.861255
General directions from Killeen: Take State Highway 195 (also known as
Fort Hood Road) south from Killeen. Turn right (west) on FM 2670.
Turn right (north) on N. Maxdale Road. In about 1000 feet, turn left
onto Gann Branch Road, a gravel/caliche road. Follow signs all the
way to the end of the road, about 2 miles (3.5 km). The entrance
to the ranch will have a gate. If it is closed, the gate code will be
on a card at the keypad. As of April 7, the code was "5555".
Maxdale Road is a caliche/gravel road between Clear Creek Road (State
Highway 201) at its northern end and Million Dollar Road (it is a
paved surface from Million Dollar Road onward to the south.) Gann Branch
Road is also a caliche/gravel road for its entire length between Maxdale
Road and the C5 Youth Ranch Hilltop Complex. You will not need four-wheel
drive to traverse the roads, but you might wish to drive slower to avoid
the occasional pothole or bump. Maxdale Road is a public road with a
40 MPH speed limit on the gravel/caliche section. Gann Branch Road is
a private road with a 30 MPH speed limit.
If you are approaching the ranch from the southeast on FM 2670
from Ding Dong, the signage will indicate that Maxdale Road continues
straight and North Maxdale Road is a right turn. You want to turn right
on North Maxdale Road.
Directions from Maxdale Road: Competitors should
drive the length of Gann Branch Road, a gravel/caliche surface outside
of the ranch (paved after the Ranch entrance gate),
from Maxdale Road to the Hilltop Complex, which will be the parking
area and close to the start and finish areas. The road can be
traversed by any vehicle, but you should allow 10 minutes to get from
Maxdale Road to the Hilltop Complex. You will cross a total of three
cattle guards on your drive: one outside of the Ranch, one at the
Ranch entrance gate, and one near the Hilltop Complex. Drive over these
slowly, especially the first one. There are two forks/intersections on
the way. Outside of the Ranch, one is signed "Ware" to the left and
"PHR" to the right - head right. The other is inside the ranch, where
you should turn left to go to the Hilltop Complex.
NOTE: We are asking all competitors to NOT turn on their 80 meter
receivers from the time you enter the ranch until you pick up
the receiver out of impound.
9:00 AM Competitors arrive and park at the Hilltop
Complex at the end of Gann Branch Road. Competitors should bring both
3.5 MHz and 144 MHz receivers with them. Park in the vicinity of the
large grass field just south of the large open-air pavilion. The Longhorn
Lodge, a building due east of the pavilion will be the waiting area and
impound. The start area where you collect maps will be a short walk from
the Longhorn Lodge - follow the pink streamer tape and/or signs.
9:30 AM Equipment impound at Longhorn Lodge.
10:00 AM First start. Cometitors will be called up
six minutes prior to their start time. There will be a 60 minute time
limit for this competition.
List of transmitters to
12:00 PM All competitors have finished.
12:00 PM Catered lunch.
1:00 PM Competitor Meeting. Following the competitor
meeting, both 3.5 MHz and 144 MHz transmitters will be placed in the
woods, using power levels and transmit sequences consistent with what
will be used in the classic-length competitions on Saturday and Sunday.
Competitors will use this opportunity to verify operation of their
4:00 PM All transmitters turned off.
Safety Bearing: South to Gann Branch Road, then west to
the Hilltop Complex.
The map will be 8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 cm x 28 cm), landscape orientation,
at 1:5000 scale with five (5) meter contours.
Exclusion areas around the start and finish will be marked on the maps.
Most established trails on the Parrie Haynes Ranch are double-track
(created by two horseback riders side-by-side.) Most are also blazed
with either painted rocks or colored streamer tape tied to tree branches
about 6 feet (2 meters) above ground. A few of the trails on the map are
relatively new and may be easiest to follow by using the streamers. Some
trails in the blocks that are predominantly grassland are mowed.
Anywhere you are walking on trails used by horses, take care to avoid
holes and ruts caused by horses walking through mud that has dried.
There is trail access to the Lampasas River from the Hilltop Complex
for those who want to wade/swim. Swimming is at your own risk.
The map for Parrie Haynes Ranch was created in 2015-2016 by
At Parrie Haynes Ranch, most trails are used for horseback riding. We are not
expecting a large number of riders on Friday.
Hikers give way to bikers and horse riders.
Bikers give way to horse riders.
Some parts of the trails show damage from horse traffic.
You may also encounter all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
Course Setters Notes
Slow Control Transmitter Frequency: 3.510 MHz
Spectator/Homing Beacon Transmitter Frequency: 3.540 MHz
Fast Control Transmitter Frequency: 3.570 MHz
Prior to your start, we ask that runners stay at or near the large
picnic pavilion, but definitely within sight of the buildings.