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Author Topic: midwest ARDF groups  (Read 4784 times)
KC9ATJ
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« on: March 24, 2009, 04:24:34 PM »

Are there any fox hunters in the midwest?  I know that a few groups exist out west in the Califoria area, but I don't know of any in the midwest, with the exception of a group in the Dayton/Cincinati area.

I am wanting to get started in ARDF and wanting to find an elmer that can help me get started.  I'm willing to drive to meet up with a group if they exist.

Joel Pelz
KC9ATJ
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009, 07:58:15 PM »

Did you check Joe Moell K0OV's website at www.HomingIn.com?
He has lists of contacts around the country.  If he doesn't
have a listing in your area, an email to him might give
you some leads.

The reflector ardf@kkn.net is another good resource for
this sort of inquiry.

Any chance you can attend the National ARDF Championships
in Boston?  (Joe's announcement should be a few posts below
this one, or check his web site.)  That is a good opportunity
to learn from some of the top competitors in the country.


Lack of activity is a problem in many areas, however.  
Here in Oregon we're lucky to have a practice once or
twice a year, which really isn't enough.  Having at least
one other person to help (at least to hide the transmitters
for you) is a big help:  with two hunters you can each
hide a transmitter then look for the other one.

While Oregon isn't exactly in the midwest, let me know
if I can be of assistance.
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WB9URN
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009, 07:10:12 PM »

KC9ATJ,
did u find midwest area ardf ?

I found some links for u.

http://www.w9az.com/foxhunt_main.html

http://www.homingin.com/links.html

http://www.taszi.hu/~radioklub/klublink/ardflnk1.htm

Allen
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K0OV
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2009, 09:58:58 PM »

As you may know, there are two distinct types of competitive radio foxhunts, vehicular and all-on-foot.  Since you mentioned ARDF, you probably are interested in the on-foot type.  The nearest hotbed of such activity to you centers in the Cincinnati area and it draws participants from three states (Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky).  Contact WA6EZV or WB4SUV to find out about upcoming events in the forests.  I won't post their e-mail addresses here, but if you send me a private e-mail via the address on my Web site, I'll send them to you.

If you would prefer the vehicular type (which sometimes include a bit of on-foot "sniffing" at the end, the closest activity to you is probably in Chicago.  There is also a hunt at least once a year in Kankakee.  Links to mobile foxhunting groups around the country are here:

http://www.homingin.com/links.html

Of course it might be easier to just get your local ham club interested in having its own hunts!

73,
Joe Moell K0OV
www.homingin.com
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K9RFZ
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2009, 10:11:17 AM »

Joel,

I see you live in Cromwell Indiana. Are you aware of the monthly foxhunts ran in Fort Wayne/Allen County? You can read about each month's foxhunt in the local ham newsletter posted on acarts.com. These are vehicular hunts and some of the Noble county hams have attended recent hunts. Maybe you were one. Sorry if my post is too late.

Joseph, K9RFZ
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2009, 03:53:21 PM »

The US national ARDF Championships are returning to
Cincinnati next year (see www.HomingIn for details.)

While it is great to get some practice ahead of time, you
wouldn't be the first person to try such an event without
ever having done it before.  It's a great opportunity to
meet a lot of folks and get some good pointers.

That might not help you to find a local group, but it
could serve as an incentive to get some other people
interested, and I suspect that there will be some practice
sessions organized in the area in preparation for it.

See you there!
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