A cold morning saw Greg out of bed early and wandering around Candlebark Park in Doncaster setting out five 80M transmitters. The event got underway just after the advertised start time of 10:00am. Ten people decided to have a go locating the TXs and Sports Ident was used for scoring.
Some of the early competitors were not made aware of the time limit (was to be 90 Mins) so the following results do not include any time penalties.
For those who would like to check leg time etc the detailed results are at the end of this report.
Soup was provided at the end of the event and it seems a good time was had by all. Many Thanks to Marg for assisting and Ian Stirling for organising the transmitters; Bruce for the SI gear, Ewen for the map, Jack for the club receivers and headphones, the latter three also helped in collecting transmitters.
Individual Results – Rows are – TX No; Elapsed Time; Leg Time
The Gardiner’s Bend RadiO event on Saturday 9 September 2017 took place on a gloriously sunny spring afternoon and was an opportunity to explore the parkland around Gardiner’s Creek and Ashburton.
6 participants tried out the RadiO combo course – a combination of foxor TXs and street-o controls. 2 went for foxors only.
Darian and Pierre took a conservative approach and collected 5 foxors without giving in to the lure of more far-flung foxors and controls. Neale did a very efficient course and returned well within the time. It was a long course if you tried to collect them all (over 15 km!). Hamish, Monica and Ian succumbed to temptation and had adventures and were late returning – Monica plagued by an injured ankle and Ian chasing reflections from the Monash Freeway wall.
Jack and Peter enjoyed the sunshine and visited the foxors only – Peter taking the scenic route home.
Thanks to all for coming and helping with the setup and pull down.
GARDINERS BEND RESULTS RADI-O EVENT 9 SEPTEMBER 2017
From Monica Lo Presti – a teacher at Dromana College,
Dromana College offers a STEAM enhancement class for Year 7 and 8 students before school once a week. This term, students began to look at some of the basics of electronics, and even built their own crystal radio from a kit. As part of this program, one of the teachers in charge asked me if I could run a session based on my experiences with amateur radio and ARDF. As a result, on Tuesday 8th August I was able to speak to the students about what Ham radio is, and the activities that those with and without an amateur licence can participate in.
After running through the basics, and showing a short video from one of the Mount Gambier foxhunting championships, students were shown a fox-or transmitter, and how to use a sniffer to find it. I set up a course of five transmitters that were hidden around the school that students then worked in pairs to find. There were varying levels of success with most groups finding at least two transmitters, while some were able to find all five. Some groups also struggled as an unknown source was transmitting a signal in one corner of the course.
Overall students had lots of positive feedback for the morning. Many commented on how much fun they had, along with enjoying the practical nature of the event and excitement of finding the transmitters.
The RadiO event at Woodlands Historic Park on 20 August 2017 took place on a delightful winter’s day – sunshine, blue skies, no wind and an open bush setting where the wattle is starting to bloom. And some interesting large river gums and creeks for a foxor hunt!
ARDF course setter Suzanne O’Callaghan VK3FSZI collaborated with Tuckonie Orienteering Club to put together a combination course of foxor transmitters and bush orienteering controls – or for those who prefer RadiO on its own, a course of foxor transmitters only.
5 intrepid ARDF members tried out the RadiO courses, alongside around 150 competitors for the MelBushO orienteering course.
Darian Panter VK3FAST was his usual speedy self and cleaned up the foxor only course in under an hour.
Ian Dodd whipped around the combination course, collecting all orienteering controls and the foxors in under 90 minutes. Peter Maloney dropped the furthest controls and foxor for a very respectable second place. And Mike Hubbert and Hamish McDonald explored the creeks for an intense orienteering and foxoring experience.
RadiO A – Combo MelBushO and Foxor TXs 90 minutes
RadiO B – Foxor TXs only 90 minutes
Thanks to Ian Dodd for programming the RadiO event into the MelBushO results system.
And to Warwick Davis from Tuckonie Orienteering Club for the MelBushO map.
It was a cold morning with frost on the ground but the sun was shining and there was no rain about. Ian VK3MZ, Doug VK3JDO and Greg VK3VT had the transmitters out and ready at 10:30 and a steady stream of participants arrived to try their hand at the 2M full ARDF course or the 80M “Half Sprint”. Ian VK3MZ had been busy re-programming the 80M transmitters for Sprint use so this was the first Sprint event we have tried. While there are still a few issues with the keying most participants were able to identify which transmitter they were hearing. In a Sprint event each transmitter is on for just 12 seconds rather than the usual 60 seconds of a normal ARDF event. The transmitters are closer together and the overall elapsed time is expected to be within about 60 minutes.
The temperature remained rather low, in the low teens, the whole day but as can be seen from the results a total of twelve participants turned out and had a go at one or both of the courses. My sincere thanks to Ian and Doug for helping organise the event and setting up the gear and to Dianne for the excellent scones. Also to those that helped pack up.
Many thanks to the Yarra Valley Orienteering club for the use of their map.
Nine runners enjoyed the ARDF competition and fine weather at Woodlands Historic Reserve on 17 July 2016. A short 2m Fox-Or course was also set up with three transmitters for people to try.
All went well apart from Tx 4 antenna wire falling out of the limb I’d thrown it over resulting in a weak signal which made everyone think Tx4 was miles away! This was exacerbated by Tx 5 strong signal, that location was more in the open. Not having set up 80 m before I was learning on the go and I did not install all of the antennas the same way which added to the variables. Kris Ruuska instructed novice James Kanjo in the art of ARDF but they still ran the course in 55 minutes, Jack doing very well equalling their time and making a video with the Go Pro. Some had time to compete in the orienteering as well.
One fox-Or transmitter also had very low power (afterwards I find it was set to low power), this combined with hearing signals from the other two fox-ors, one quite strong due to the topography, made for some extra running about!
Thanks to everyone who assisted and for efficiently collecting the transmitters afterwards.
Woodlands Historic Park, 17 July 2016
ARDF Orienteering, 80 m, 5 Transmitters, course length approx 5.1 Km
The weather gods shone on us at Abbey Walk and so did the sun. A magnificent afternoon for strolling or running through the creeklands and surrounding streets.
With the five fox-or controls each worth 15 points the main incentive was to find them and perhaps pick up a few low value plate controls on the way. Most RadiO enthusiasts did just that and returned within the 75min time limit to enjoy the “CakeO” refreshments at the Finish.
It was a lovely day to test your foxoring skills in some urban parkland and 11 competitors turned out for the event at Valley Reserve on Saturday 7 May.
The competition for both the Radi-O combo and the straight Radi-O courses was tight. Kris Ruuska and Ian Dodd were neck and neck for the Radi-O combo. Ian won out on points, when Kris was a couple of minutes late and lost his lead on penalties. Jenelle Templeton went out to collect all 5 foxors in the Radi-O event and came back first followed shortly by Greg Williams and Dennis Haustorfer.
Thanks to all for your help and yummy eaties afterwards!
Darebin Park is surprisingly wild and rocky and Jack Bramham took advantage of its features to set an interesting combination course: a hageby with 2 orienteering loops (1 easy and 1 more difficult); and 1 loop of foxors.
The fine weather drew a mixed group of 29 orienteers and amateur radio foxhunters to test their skills in Darebin Park.
Thanks to Jack for his thoughtful course-setting that provided simple courses for novices and some challenges for the more advanced (and for making sure all the controls were on the map!). And to Di Shalders for organising the administration and the sausage and rissole sizzle afterwards.
Had a field of 6 competitors for the 80M Ardf at Yarra Bend on Sun 2 Aug 2015
The early weather reports were looking like rain, but it managed to hold off until everyone had gone home and all the controls were picked up.
My attempts to make control number 1 and 2 quick and easy, seemed to fall off the rails , with everyone reporting a strong signal from above the road SE (and out of bounds).
Followed by a correction to NE once people got to the road. (Many competitors did this control last)
Intermittent transmission of control 4 also caused a bit of confusion.
I had hoped 5 would be more difficult for the advanced runners, but most people seemed to take it in their stride, getting a good bearing from 3 and running down a geographically constrained area past the control.
1 Bruce Paterson 1:06:57 1-2-3-5-4
2 Ian Dodd 1:11:11 1-4-3-5-2
3 Greg Williams 1:37:58 1-5-3-4-2
4 Jenelle Templeton 1:27:37 1-2-3-5
5 Peter Maloney 1:00:13 3
6 Suzanne O’Callaghan 1:01:10 1
As for the Mystery, pin the tail on the donkey event, several people had difficulty hearing this control, and when collecting controls I had found that most of the extendable sections of squid pole, (used to hang the antenna wire) had telescoped, giving very poor radiation. It was fully extended at 7AM, with a little extra force applied to each section, but somewhere along the way, it collapsed.
Bruce was the first on this event, and reported that the antenna may have fallen down during his run, about 12:30, with an unexplained drop in power.
Bruce and Jenelle were equal first, with Ian coming 3rd.
The sun came out for our frolic with sniffers through Woodlands Historic Park on Sunday 5 July 2015.
It was a combo course with bush-o controls and foxors.
Some very good scores in a competitive group. I won’t name names – you can see for yourself below!
While others went out to enjoy themselves or just to do the foxors. We hope you had a good time.
And welcome to Andrew, who set off with a sniffer to learn how it works and came back with all 6 Radi-O controls.
Thanks to the people who helped organise the equipment, set up the ARDF tent and integrate the Radi-O event with the Melbush-O so smoothly! I couldn’t have done it without you.
Where is Greendale and what is the orienteering map?
A call to the Sheahans put me onto Lindsay Thomas of Tuckonie Orienteering Club. He searched his map archives and only found a scanned PDF, then E-mailed the Sunleys (now in Canberra) and Julie sent soft copies. In business! Off to the site to tape some control locations. It’s steep and thick in the gullies so I decide not to make it too serious. Charged and checked the transmitters, No. 4 did not work. Too late to obtain the spare, so the course was re-arranged to suit four transmitters.
On the day it was cold, cloudy and there was drizzle early on. Put out No 5 with assistance from a visiting ham from NSW (sorry, forgot the name and call) who was seeing how we do things. Returned to the start and some had arrived early, so left them to register while I put out the remaining three transmitters on foot. On my return Bruce had obviously heard the four going and got things started. It was interesting to see which way many went from the start and this was an indication of what was to happen out on the course. Basically reflections ruled the day and all competitors traveled significant distances chasing the imaginary!
In short it was extremely challenging, more than intended… Well, they all seemed to have fun. Dianne and Henk had the best walk after losing concentration on the way back and going the wrong way down one of the many tracks!
Bruce just winning by a small time margin from Kristian. Apologies for not clarifying a time limit. After Tx pickup it was off to the Greendale pub!
On a cold wet miserable day a few hardy souls braved the weather and competed in the event. Five ARDF Tx’s and six 80m fox-ors were distributed around the park. Competitors could compete in one or more of the events on offer: ie bush orienteering (several courses), ARDF and fox-or.
Three people undertook the ARDF and results as follows:
Kristian R: 5 Tx’s 32m (also did an orienteering course)
Mark B: 5 Tx’s 91m
Jack B: 5 Tx’s 135m
No one did the fox-or course but 6 of the orienteers had a go at finding the close in control (30-40m away) the teenage girls thought it was cool, haven’t convinced Vic S but others might have a go in future. I don’t think they are as intimidated with 80m sniffers as the 2 m ones. Dianne and Kristian did each find two 80m fox-ors when picking up the equipment.
Thanks to Dianne for getting up at an unearthly hour to help put out the Tx’s.