The mountains east of San Diego, California will be the site of USA's annual championships of on-foot transmitter hunting during the week and weekend after Memorial Day, 2012.
Activities will get under way on Wednesday and Thursday, May 30 - 31, when an optional two-day "training camp" will take place. The official championships opening will take place on Friday, June 1 with practice and equipment testing sessions. The two-meter contest will take place on Saturday, June 2, after which all will gather for a banquet in the evening. Sunday's schedule includes the 80-meter contest and an awards ceremony, timed to end in mid-afternoon to accommodate those who must hurry home.
These championships are a qualifying event for ARDF Team USA, which is forming to compete at the Sixteenth IARU ARDF World Championships in Serbia during September. Team members will be selected based on performance in these 2012 USA Championships and the 2011 USA Championships near Albuquerque.
National ARDF Championships are for individuals only. No teaming or assistance on the course is permitted. Participants are divided into six age categories for males and five age categories for females in accordance with standard IARU rules. Medals for first, second and third places will be awarded in each category on each band.
Even if you have never competed in an ARDF event before, you are welcome at the USA and IARU Region 2 Championships. The courses will be open to all, beginner and expert alike, with or without a ham radio license. USA's best foxtailers are expected to attend and they are always helpful to newcomers. The training camp is an outstanding opportunity and highly recommended for first-timers.
The official event Web page will be available soon with lodging information and registration forms. In the meantime, the latest information is posted at www.homingin.com
Joe Moell K0OV
ARRL ARDF Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org