Texas ARDF: Amateur Radio Direction Finding
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Rules for Texas ARDF Competitions

Because no official rules for Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) exist for International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (North and South America), Texas ARDF meets 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 meet.

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 direction-finding.

GPS units with a visible display may not be used by competitors. GPS recording-only devices are permitted.

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.


Send comments to: Ken Harker WM5R wm5r@wm5r.org
Last updated: 17 April 2016