Three months ago we arranged with the Leicestershire Orienteering Club to share their event location at Hick's Lodge. LEI have been unable to get a level of permission that would allow a reasonable event to be held at Hick's Lodge (the cycling trails present a real difficulty and are very popular). LEI are now having an urban event around Coalville and this area is unsuitable for ARDF. We have requested permission to use Donisthorpe Woodland Park instead and hopefully this will be agreed. Assuming we get the 'OK', the event will take place there and parking will be in the small public car park next to the Church in Donisthorpe. Parking here is free but there are no facilities.
Click here for a map showing the location.
Permission now obtained
The event is designed for members of Radio Clubs in Regions 5 and 13 (although anyone is welcome to participate). In the majority of radio clubs there are only two or three members interested in going beyond the annual Club DF hunt. This series is an attempt to draw together such members with more than the usual interest in ARDF.
The key elements are as follows:
- the series will use the 80m amateur band for the hidden transmitters.
- there will be five hidden transmitters deployed.
- the five hidden transmitters send for one minute and one after the other, all on the same frequency.
- 80m receivers with a built in directional antenna will be available on loan.
- there will be a small fee to cover the cost of the maps and other incidental expenses. At the time of writing £2 will cover this unless unforseen expenses arise.
What to bring and what to wear:
- wear clothing suitable for walking around in woodland.
- bring one of those compasses with a rectangular base plate
- bring some sort of lightweight A4 board onto which the map (supplied) can be taped. Electrical tape works pretty well for this.
- bring a spirit pen to draw bearings onto the map. Red is best because red is not used on the map print.
- bring a whistle to summon help should you fall and incapacitate yourself. The alarm signal is 6 short blasts repeated at one minute intervals.
- proof of visiting a transmitter will be by pin punch and control card. Both items are provided but safety pins to attach the control card to your clothing are a good idea.
- please provide your own headphones (3.5mm plug). There are some tatty ones available on loan, but you would be better off with something you are comfortable with.
1000 Registration opens. Information sheets issued to all competitors
1030 First starter.
1130 Last starter
1330 Course closes.
Time allowed 2 hours. (If you are over this time you will be classified below anyone inside the time even if you have found more transmitters)
Help and Tuition:
- there will be tuition on how to operate the 'sense' feature on the 80m DF receiver.
- there will be some roving helpers in the area who could come to your aid if there are things that you need clarifying during the competition.
- check out the RSGB web site (www.rsgb.org>main site>onthe air>ARDF>Hints & Tips)
The next event:
This will take place at Fosse Meadows in South Leicestershire.
The date is Saturday 28 July.
Competitors are responsible for their own safety and take part at their
A whistle should be carried and the emergency signal is 6 short blasts
on the whistle, repeated at one minute intervals.
The area is used by walkers, for dog-walking and by the general public. Please be courteous to all other users in the wood.
Dates for the Diary:
The full list of dates for the five events is:
Sun 27 May
Sat 23 June
Sat 28 July
Sat 25 Aug
Sun 23 Sep