Mia Mia Night ARDF

20th November, 2010

After many successive weekends of heavy rain, we were a little bit worried… But the weekend of 20th/21st November turned out to be dry and warm, perfect for a night ARDF. We ran our event in conjunction with the Night Orienteering Championships, on the Mia Mia map near Maldon. The open bushland and extensive track network made the area ideal for night radio orienteering, and although a number of people did fall over, this did not deter anyone from finishing their course.   David set the course with the aid of Google Earth; a lot of thought went into ensuring that signal propagation would be adequate. It was so adequate, in fact, that it was picked up by a couple of hounds in Maldon, 7km away! The entire course was set to be about 6.5km, straight line distance.   Bruce stormed home first in just over 1.25 hours, despite having to waste ten minutes changing the batteries on his sniffer. Next in were Gary and Darian, half an hour later, who had ended up chasing each other the whole way after meeting up near the first control. Gary managed to pip Darian at the finish by 15 seconds. Arnneka and Adam came in next, having walked the whole course. Since they started fifteen minutes late, this actually meant that they completed the event in less time than Gary and Darian, to their consternation! Kristian, competing in his first ARDF after trying a couple of Fox-Oring events, came in next, having enjoyed himself and, moreover, having located all five transmitters! Well done, Kristian! Ewen came in afer him, and Suzanne a couple of minutes later. She went around with Geoff to pick up some tips on successfully completing ARDF courses, and found 4 Txs, so was quite happy. Geoff came in a bit later, since he wanted to finish off the course by grabbing nearby Tx 3, which was just outside the exclusion circle. The Henk, Pierre and Ryordan team came in 20 minutes later, having succesfully found 3 transmitters. Next came Mark, just before midnight, and then Peter M, who had started just as Bruce came in.   Results are below:  

 CompetitorTime# TXs 
Adam and Arnneka1:42:405
Mark B2:50:004
Henk, Pierre and Ryordan2:48:303
Peter M1:40:001

Croydon Hills RadiO

RADIO -O RESULTS – Croydon Hills – Saturday 28th August, 2010
Name2 pt3 pt4 pt5 pt10 ptSub-TotalPenaltyOrderTOTALPoints


Bruce Paterson25445105
Gary Panter21555102
Adam Scammell3234594
Kristian Ruuska3134591
Ewen Templeton2243481
Keith Anker1134477
Pierre Brokner12562
Ryordan Panter12562
Darian Panter2211349
Bryan Ackerly2211349
Dianne Shalders & Tanya Panter1121238

Westerfolds RadiO Event

Sunday 25th July, 2010

80m ARDF

NameNo of TxTime
Tim Hatley50:43
Clifford Heath50:51
Jack Bramham50:54
Gary Panter50:54
Ian Stirling50:57
Greg Williams51:00
Peter Maloney51:12
Doug Canning51:25
Pam King51:44
Keith Anker52:00
Martin Boland52:25
Diana Mittag52:25
Suzanne O’Callaghan52:28
Pierre Brokner20:36
Pano and Darian10:25
Kristian and Greg1???

2m Fox-Or

NameNo of TxTime
Gary Panter80:32
Clifford Heath80:35
Kristian Ruuska80:40
Stephen Cimpoern80:50
Ian Stirling80:53
Darian Panter80:57
Pano Mitropoulos80:57
Jeff Hughes81:00
Katherine Turner81:01
Martin Boland81:10
Diana Mittag81:10
Pierre Brokner81:17
Ryordan Panter81:18
Christine Ryan81:20
Sarah Eriksson81:20
Keith Anker81:20
Miles Glaspole81:24
Ambrose Glaspole81:25
Middleton Family81:56
Chris and Denise McLaughlin82:04
Mike Hubbert82:09
Chris (Newbury Navigators)

Plenty River ARDF

Sun, 30 May, 2010

An ARDF event (2m band) was held in conjunction with the Plenty River Sunday Special event on 30th May 2010.

The course was set by Mark Besley who thought that he was well-organised until it actually came to putting out the transmitters! There was no car access so all transmitters had to be put out on foot. This was taking longer than anticipated, however the real blow came when Mark arrived at the location for TX4 (one of the furthest away of course) and realised that in his haste, he had misread the labels and picked up TXH (the homing beacon) rather than TX4! As this could not be used as one of the five, he had no choice but to run from way down south near the river, up to the car park, swap transmitters and then run back again.

Unfortunately this led to the event starting 30 minutes later than anticipated, however several ARDF members helped to quickly set up the start and most competitors were out on the course soon after 11 am. Despite some gusty winds and threatening cloud cover at times, the weather stayed dry. Eight competitors enjoyed the course and their results are tabulated below.

Thanks to Bruce, Ewen, Marta and David for picking up transmitters. Keith Anker, despite not competing in the event, went out with a sniffer and a hint as to the location and fetched TX5.

NameElapsed TimeNo. TransmittersPlace
Bruce Paterson1:0951
Ewen Templeton1:2852
David Beard1:3653
Geoff Hudson1:5554
Marta Salek1:5145
Suzanne O’Callaghan2:0036
Peter Maloney1:4917
Dianne Shalders1:5918

RadiO Hageby 2010

Sun, 16 May, 2010

Perfect conditions greeted the competitors for the 2010 RadiO Hageby, despite the near freezing start for the organisers earlier in the morning. This event was held in conjunction, as in previous years, with the BK Bush-O event, sharing infrastructure and a Bush-O leg.
The event consisted of up to 4 loops. 2m FoxOr, Standard Bush Orienteering, 80m ARDF and a 5-in-5 2m ARDF course. Despite efforts by the organiser to set a shorter event than last year, the terrain was quite a bit tougher than it looked on the map (for the Bush-O competitors too), so times were similar. A few competitors took the option of skipping legs which was allowed this year. Some also (sometimes unintentionally) cut short some of the legs themselves.

A huge thanks must go to Greg Tamblyn who, having finished putting all the Bush-O controls out the previous day, offered to help put out some of the radiO controls on the cold Sunday morning. I doubt I’d have got them all out in time otherwise ! Suzanne O’Callaghan setup the start whilst I was out putting out controls and had everyone organised already with SI sticks. Also thanks the Henry Post who has got the dual event entry down pat now. I appreciate you bringing the big battery Ewen. It’s good to know it exists for the future.

start I realised once I started turning on the 5-in-5 2m transmitters that, due to getting the FoxOrs only the Saturday afternoon following the Ringwood FoxOr and heading straight up to Daylesford, I’d completely forgotten the need to re-program the FoxOrs to a different frequency from the 145.3 MHz 2m ARDF transmitters. Ooops. I can’t have  those all going while people are trying to find the low powered FoxOrs !  I briefly contemplated going out and re-visiting every FoxOr to re-program, but that would have taken way too long, and besides, I didn’t know where Greg had hidden half of them. Instead elected to simply swap the 5-in-5 to be the last leg, and hoped everyone would have finished the 1st leg FoxOr before I had to start turning them on. Luckily this just about worked, except for poor Peter who had to contend with them beeping away while he was still trying to FoxOr. I figured it was mainly his own fault for starting late though. I managed to get them all turned on in 14 minutes or so by sprinting back and forth with the transmitters so as to not have to wait 4 minutes at every one to sync them up.

After all the RadiO controls were finally brought in (Thanks to just about eveyone), we met for coffee and post-event dicussions in Daylesford.

Recording loops splits using SI controls was a success, and after a fair bit of mucking about I’ve been able to piece together the results from those competitors who skipped loops or did them out of order. Here are the full results:

RD Short Course

Darian Panter20402800:26:4400:00:2600:16:2600:48:2200:10:5400:12:2000:13:2600:14:1500:20:2300:21:5301:53:51
Ry Panter43099200:34:0400:00:1900:18:5100:55:2600:00:3700:01:4500:02:4400:03:3200:05:2000:06:2901:55:09
Pierre Brockner20426000:34:0100:00:2500:18:4400:55:2900:00:4300:01:5500:02:5400:03:4800:05:2900:07:0101:55:40
Henk DeJong20413101:03:0000:04:1200:36:17
00:00:5200:02:0100:03:0800:04:1600:07:5800:11:0101:54:30No ARDF
Suzanne O’Callaghan25338301:12:2800:00:5600:26:0000:54:0000:01:2700:07:4200:10:0600:23:3200:41:3300:44:1102:23:35No ARDF
Peter Maloney43084401:47:0500:14:0001:01:21

01:01:4603:59:34No ARDF/3x5in5
Jack Bramham43084200:54:1600:07:1400:46:55

01:48:25No 5in5/No Bush/4xARDF
Di Shalders50292701:31:4400:04:1500:44:23

02:20:22No ARDF/No 5in5/3xFoxOrs

RB Long Course

Adam Scammell117917900:30:4700:00:0700:23:2600:58:4200:00:4000:01:3900:02:3700:03:2500:05:0000:05:5901:59:01
Gary Panter50292900:34:4000:00:5500:37:2001:17:5200:00:4200:01:3000:02:3900:03:4400:05:0200:05:5202:36:39
Ewen Templeton20415500:47:3100:02:1300:38:0501:19:1100:00:4000:01:57

start Well done to Adam and Darian for taking out the honours in the Long and Short courses. I’m also particularly impressed by the results of the Pierre/Ryordan partnership, with times only a couple of minutes after Darian.

There was some feedback on the event, and some of my own observations, and all will be taken into account for the next RadiO Hageby.

  • FoxOr still a bit long. I agree. This was partly imposed by the rugged and in parts green-ish terrain. The trick was to avoid the green, but sometimes there was a bit more than was mapped. Since I don’t think we should put FoxOrs any closer together than they were, potentially causing interference issues, I think instead 6 FoxOr circles would be plenty for the Hageby loop. This has the added advantage there are fewer to put out, which helps for the early morning scramble to get 3 sets of gear out.
  • A number electing to skip loops. Again mostly terrain related. I’d set the course to roughly match the Bush-O loops in length, but of course you often travel quite a bit further for RadiO, so the loops need to be shorter than the corresponding Bush-O for the same category. Suggestion that we have a really easy course option (eg. RD much easier than I had, RC and RA course options). RD might only have to get a single pre-nominated ARDF TX and have only 2 or 3 FoxOrs.
  • 5-in-5 shouldn’t have a barrier in the middle. I wanted to send competitors out in a new direction from the other loops and also didn’t want them stumbing across 5-in-5 TX’s whilst on earlier loops. The only way to go out in that direction was around the railway cutting barrier. I’m not sure if a barrier is such a bad thing anyway. The 5-in-5 is meant to be training exercise for ARDF close in to controls, and there is no guarantee there won’t be some sort of barrier in ARDF. Suspect a better solution is simply to have more 5-in-5 events at low key events. As they are short they’d make a good fit for post-O tryouts.
  • TX-5 for 5-in-5 was too far. Possibly a little. It is meant to get harder as you go, and slipping only 5 minutes isn’t a big deal. I note those who had trouble on the 5-in-5 didn’t slip just 5 minutes, but many cycles, and not only on TX 5. Reflections (and brain fade) seem to have been more the problem, and this is just one of the things you have to practice in ARDF.
  • The new 80m squid poles are fantastic. Thanks Gary. I used the pole, held high in my hand, to loop the wire over a branch or stub on a tree rather than actually holding up the wire full time. That way you can end up without excess vertical wire on the ground, and you don’t need to secure the squid pole.
  • Some of the club 80m receivers seem deafer than others. We can check these out properly when we have the sniffer mod day. Since the distances on the 80m ARDF were shorter than a full ARDF, the receivers should have had no problems at all. There is also an extra mystery receiver in a plastic bag. Does it work OK ?
  • Part of the map seems to be private property.  Yes. I even herad a rumour that the start location was on private propertly, but only discovered the day before ! This was not my fault. A competitor should assume anywhere the map says is OK to go they can go, but just beware the evil Mastiff and any unhinged shotgun wielders.
  • The 5-in-5 transmitters have no O flags. They never have. A 50s walk between the TXs means you’d have a good chance of seeing the flag from the previous location. You also don’t want them to be found (too often) on earlier loops. Suzanne’s SI punch of 33 during an earlier loop caused me all sorts of confusion when formating the raw results from the sticks 🙂
  • I didn’t notice the 5-in-5 transmitters had SI controls till I saw one on TX-3. Read the pre-event instructions ! No sympathy 🙂
  • How many FoxOrs do I have to get ? Read the pre-event instructions and/or the map.

FoxOr at Sprint Championships Deakin Uni

Sun, 30 August, 2009

Deakin FoxOr

Mike Hubbert set a fast FoxOr course today to follow the Sprint Championships. Some did the Sprints, then the FoxOr, some did just the FoxOr, and the hardy did Sprints, Campus Challenge and FoxOr.

The weather was cool but sunny; perfect running conditions. The threatened showers did not appear.

It was an ideal opportunity for such an introductory style event, as the Sprints were very quick and many people were looking to do something more.

A number tried FoxOr-ing just to give-it-a-go without having time to do the whole course, so I’ve added these in the Come-And-Try-It (CATI) section.

The club used it’s new set of VHF FoxOrs for the first time this event, and they proved to function very well, with reasonably consistant signal strengths.

Peter managed to head out on a course with a map with no circles on it, so he did well to find 8 !

Full 9 FoxOr Course

Name# FoxOrsTime (mins)Order
Bruce Paterson9141
Gary Panter9172
Darian Panter9183
Ewen Templeton9224
John Erwin9224
Tanya Panter9286

Irishtown RadiO Hageby

Deadman’s Flat 28th June

Before the event I had 14 intendeds. Wow, if they all actually showed up it might even be a record attendance for one of our radiO events, perhaps challenged only by Ian’s super organised Woodlands event a while back, and of course eclipsed by the 2003 Region 3 championships (but not in number of local competitors).

The day dawned freezing as I crawled out of my tent equiped with multiple layers, beanie and gloves. However it promised to be a fine day and at times it turned out quite sunny. I’d taken the opportunity to string up the 80m antennas the afternoon before (with help from Jun & Greg). We really must get those poles sorted out now we have them though ! I’ve had enough of attempting to fling small rocks through high branches only to have the rock fall off the wire, or, more typically with my aim, miss altogether. I had only to put out the 7 FoxOrs, attach the 5 80m ARDF boxes (what happened to those “day before” timers we used to have?) and quickly place the 2m 5-in-5 course near the Start. This all took about 2 hours (driving, riding, running, clambering(!), gradually divesting all those layers of clothing), but I did have the fall back option of placing the 5-in-5 after competitors were already out on their 1st leg.

For some reason bush-O competitors were still not in evidence at 10:25, a mere 5 minutes before their mass start, but a fair RadiO crowd was gathering. Turns out, though Peter predicatably wasn’t able to make it in time, we gained an extra 3 with Grant Jeffrey , Pierre Brockner and Douggie joining in the RadiO. 16 ! Grant had to choose between the RadiO and the Bush-O he’d come up to do, so despite the fairly lengthy Long course I hope he had a good time. People were still getting organised so I ducked off to fix an errant TX#4 in the 5-in-5 leg that didn’t seem to have come on.

The briefing outlined the 4 loops competitors had to do. There was some confusion about frequencies and which-leg-to-do-next for those who weren’t listening closely. The Long and Short had a different order in order to maximise the availablity of 80m sniffers. As it turned out this wasn’t a problem at all and I had a spare unit, plus my own left unused.


The FoxOr on 2m consisted of Long: 6 out of 7 or Short: 4 out of 7 FoxOr circles. Some thought had gone into the placement so that the best ones to do were not immediately obvious due to terrain, rather than just distance.

Unfortunately we had some problems with signal strength on some of the legs. All were set on low power, but it seems this differs somewhat between units. There also appears to be a noticeable difference in sniffer sensitivity, with Mk4 LCD > Mk4 LED > Ultra making it harder for some. David has now taken all the FoxOrs and will perform some comparative tests to figure out what is going on.

This made what was probably a bit too long a loop even longer. I had made this loop for Long roughly the same length as one of the Bush-O A course loops, worried that the 5-in-5 would make the total too short. Well in line distance it did seem on the short side, but the map is quite deceptive ! I should not have worried about course length being too short as it turned out. Next Hageby the FoxOr loop will be shorter. Promise !


Most enjoyed the 80m ARDF. Short course had to get any 3 of the 5, and Long all 5. They were spaced closer than International rules to make the loop short. With the terrain involved many would consider this quite long enough, thankyou. Again the quickest loop was possibly not the shortest. A couple of Txs were right near the Finish/Assembly to keep in tune with the Hageby concept (so near yet so far…). Well done to Grant tackling a full 5 ARDF for the first time.

5 in 5

We’ve only had a couple of these in the past, but I thought it’d make an ideal short Hageby loop. I placed the course fairly simply by walking in a line for about 50s and plonking done a 2m ARDF transmitter, then on to the next (I couldn’t carry them all so a couple of trips back to the Start to pick up more). I was careful to not make a circle, but instead have the course cross over itself.

Each TX was equipped also with a SportIdent control for quick punching, and the homing beacon at the Start has the Finish punch. The Start punch on the changeover table was later used to calculate the amount of time to deduct from each competitors total as the 5in5 has to be started on TX1 time, not when a competitor arrives from a prior loop. Good idea Adam.

I think next time we won’t bother with the homing beacon, instead competitors can just navigate back. It interferes a bit with comptitors heading off from the Start.

Adam proved the 5-in-5 was do-able, completing the loop in just over 6 minutes. He said he had to run fairly hard though, so perhaps a 50s fast walk is a bit far considering the overhead of punching and Dfing. No-one else managed it in 5. Ewen claims sniffer beam issues mid course, and others had a truly dreadful time, in some cases taking longer than their entire 80m ARDF leg ! Not sure why there were so many reflections because each TX would have been line-of-sight to the next, except perhaps the final leg TX#5.

I also later discovered the reason for the recalcitrant Finish punch. For some reason I had managed to reprogram it as a Start control (which is weird because it was definitely a “wired” finish at the recent MTBO event). Hence the Cleared punches I had on the table all beeped when tested… a Start was what they were expecting, but anyone who’d done the course didn’t beep (already ‘Start’ed). All makes sense now, so we don’t have to blame new fangled SI sticks or the Homing Beacon causing EMC.


Most headed off with (tired) relief on the final Bush-O leg to the finish. Not everyone had a great time on this one though. Greg was sighted waving from the wrong side of a chasm on a couple of occasions and admits he really should have read the map a bit better. We all know that feeling ! I’ve also heard rumours that Loiuse was so annoyed she managed to miss the Finish altogether and was overheard blowtorching the surrounding bushland with deep felt profanity when the Registration tent simply refused to metamorphise into a Finish tent.

In map image:
151->155 is the 80m ARDF leg
1->7 is the 2m FoxOr leg
5-in-5 is not shown
Bush-O legs for Short and Long Orange and Green

Map of Hageby


I hope everyone had a good time, despite the Long course being a bit long (but that line distance is indeed correct). The DNF’s below unfortunately do not show the successful good legs these competitors did. Might be worth keeping a rough record of the stage times in the future. Hope Marta is feeling better.

Special mention to Greg Williams for (mostly) completing his course entirely walking in one of his rare bush appearances (hopefully we’ll see more of him, and Douggie). Very well done to Grant for completing a Long course in his first major radiO event.

PS: Where did Douggie go ? He never made it back to the Start on one of thelegs.

Radio Long

1 Gary Panter AR 129.10

2 Ewen Templeton AR 173.57

3 Grant Jeffrey BK 175.50

Louise Hall DR DNF

David Beard AR DNF

Marta Salek AR DNF

Radio Short

1 Adam Scammell AR 76.53

2 Darrian Panter AR 122.55

3 Mark Besley AR 149.42

4 Suzanne OCallaghan AR 153.28

5 Greg Williams AR 175.59

6 Clifford Heath AR 183.58

Pierre Brockner BK DNF

Doug Canning AR DNF

Dianne Shalders AR DNF

Dale Creek ARDF

Sunday 24th May 2009

Henk DeJong       This event was intended to be an easy course, around 6km long, with each control a short stroll from a drivable track, not hidden (orienteering-style) in the deepest, most inaccesible gullies, and all accessible from most directions within a reasonable distance. It proved to be a bit more challenging with some interesting propagation effects (editor’s note: probably due to the multiple mountain ranges separating some of the controls!!!).   Thanks to Tuckonie for their use of the map, and also for the use of their tent as a support for our own shelter, which was in considerable danger of being blown away in the gale-force wind. Thanks also to Ewen for help in checking out control locations and putting out controls. Results are below:  

 CompetitorTime# TXs 
Gary Panter1:35:005
Marta Salek1:55:005
Bruce Paterson2:00:005
Pierre Brokner1:52:004
David Beard1:46:003
Peter Maloney2:00:003
Suzanne O’Callaghan1:59:002
Dianne Shalders2:00:002
Alan Davis1:42:001

Map showing Tx locations


29 MARCH 2009

RA (90 mins)

Bruce Paterson80:35

Alan Garde
Marta Salek87:42330
Geoff Hudson91:4228020
Mark Besley85:30220
Ryordan Panter

Pierre Brokner
David Beard88:30110
RB (60 mins)

Darian Panter

Catherine Sheahan
Peter Maloney

Dianne Shalders

Pat & Barrie O’Callaghan71:00


Smiths Reef Night ARDF

Saturday 15th November 2008

In conjunction with the night orienteering event held by Nillumbik Emus, we decided to try a night RadiO course of their own. After much discussion with club members, we decided that the main format for the night would be a 2m ARDF course, following international rules (750m exclusion circle, transmitters at least 500m apart), and with total course distance being approximately 7km. For an added challenge, Rex Niven, the course setter for the orienteering course, kindly allowed us to show six of the orienteering controls on each competitor’s map, so that, as an added challenge, people could choose to find some or all of these as well as the ARDF transmitters. It was a perfect map for such an event – there were hills, but not so many as to make the reflections overwhelming or the terrain unrunnable, and the bush was very open, making beeline navigation between transmitters almost a viable option!   Now, as we’ve never run an ARDF course at night before, and had no idea how difficult such an event would prove, we made a few changes to how we set up the course.

  1. Joyce kindly provided us with some reflective tapes, which we attached to the ARDF flags so that, as is the intention during the day, if you got reasonably close, you had a good chance of finding the transmitter. These things were incredible! You could see them from a mile away and they reflected so brightly, that it was easy to mistake them for other people’s torches!
  2. We also placed 5 2m Fox-Ors, transmitting on 144.250 MHz, out on the course. Their purpose was twofold. First, those that did not feel confident about completing an ARDF course at night could instead just complete the Fox-Or. Secondly, we placed the ARDF transmitters into the same 200m circle as the five Fox-Or-ing controls. The theory was that if people got close to the ARDF transmitter but couldn’t quite find it, then they could use the continuously transmitting Fox-Ors to zero in on them a bit. In future events, we probably won’t do this. Some people chose not to use the Fox-Ors and complete the ARDF course in the traditional way, while those that did felt they could have coped without them.
  3. On each transmitter, we placed a segment of the map showing the 200m circle that the transmitter was located in. If people had lost contact with the map, which is a common occurrence even during the day, let alone at night, then they could use this segment to help them relocate themselves.
  4. We placed the transmitters so that getting them in order was the most efficient route. Not everyone realised this, but for those that did, it meant less zig-zagging around than on some of the ARDF courses.
  5. We asked everyone to return at midnight, with everyone starting no later than 9:05pm. Without the usual 90 or 120 minute time restrictions, we figured people would be able to take their time and find the transmitters without feeling the need to rush back to the start.

  We had great turnout for this event – ten competitors. Starting most people off at 9pm, except for a couple of stragglers that started a couple of minutes later, we settled down to wait for the verdict. David had just managed to lodge the homing beacon up a nearby tree when Rex, our fellow orienteering course setter, expressed an interest in night ARDF, saying he had tried the format in the past but without a great deal of success. Figuring most people wouldn’t be back for a while, we headed off with him to give him some moral support as he found a couple of the transmitters. He enjoyed himself, and managed to find 3 transmitters in the 2 and a half hours or so that he was out on the course. And he drew some extremely accurate bearings in the meantime, too – two of which crossed perfectly on Tx2’s location.   After an hour or so out on the course with Rex, however, I had that uncomfortable feeling that we’d forgotten something… Racking my brains, it finally hit me – although the homing beacon was in the tree, it wasn’t actually ON! I rushed back to the start with my rapidly flattening torch batteries to turn it on – and lucky I did, because not only did Adam beat me back to the finish (having done all the ARDF transmitters and a couple of O controls in just over an hour – brilliant effort, before returning to drop off his sniffer and heading out again to get the rest of the controls), but also Bryan was not far from home when I arrived! It’s worth mentioning that not only did Bryan find all the ARDF controls without a compass and without tuning in to the colocated Fox-Ors, but he also managed to find his way back to the finish the old fashioned way – navigating by the stars – since I only turned the homing beacon on about 10 minutes before he got back. Well done, Bryan, and sorry about the delay!   Other competitors returned later, with most enjoying their run and finding what they’d set out to get. Bruce, Mark, Geoff and Gary all found the five ARDF controls, with Bruce finding three of the orienteering controls as well, despite taking out a northern hemisphere compass! Ryordan and Darian went out together and found all five of their Fox-Ors while Suzanne headed out to get a couple of the Fox-Ors and some orienteering controls as well. Peter M had a bit of difficulty, but still found two of the ARDFs and two orienteering controls, so well done to him! No-one noticed the echidna which had been making itself comfortable at transmitter four when we put the controls out, so perhaps it had moved on by the time everyone arrived.   All in all, night ARDF seems a promising concept. No-one got too badly lost and, provided the terrain is good, it looks like people can still complete fairly accurate and rapid runs. The colocation of Fox-Oring controls is probably unnecessary, so I don’t think we should repeat that next time around, but other than that, I recommend the format to people looking for a course to set in the future!  

 CompetitorTimeARDF Controls  
Adam Scammell1:09:095
Bryan Ackerly1:18:025
Gary Panter2:02:015
Mark Besley2:43:115
Geoff Hudson2:47:285
Rex Niven2:15:003
 CompetitorTimeARDF ControlsO Controls 
Adam Scammell1:25:0056
Bruce Paterson2:01:2053
Peter Maloney2:24:1522
 CompetitorTimeARDF ControlsO Controls 
Ryordan/Darian Panter2:17:5050
Suzanne O’Callaghan1:57:2023

RadiO Hageby Melee

Sun 13 April, 2008

What an interesting event !

There was drama, as Bryan arrived late after getting a bit navigationally embarassed relying on his GPS to negotiate the new freeway, cards lost and found, compasses lost at night and found one the “one last just-in-case check” and even Birthday cake.

There was exhaustion, as David just couldn’t contemplate that final A loop, and the opposite as Bryan flew through the B course, much to his own surprise, and fever as Adam couldn’t get his head together.

The forecast showers stayed away, and despite the few dramas, it went pretty smoothly. Hopefully it was woth having to wake up before 7am (!), to get all the RadiO controls, both FoxOr (it was fun finding places to put them, despite having to push the bike up one of the hills) and 80m ARDF (antennas were slung the night before; a well worthwhile time saving precaution) in place.

Thanks to Suzanne for the cakey bits, Greg for all his help merging the event with the BK Hageby, Bryan for (eventually) bringing the 80m receivers and all the competitors. Thanks also to those who helped pickup controls, including Pru and Peter who hadn’t competed in the RadiO.

Competitors had to start with the VHF 2m FoxOr, doing any 4 or 6 of the 7 large circles, then a bush-O leg, followed by HF 80m ARDF, doing and 3 or 5 of 5, then another bush-O leg to the finish.

Here are the results:

RAMarta Salek2:22:161st

David BeardDNF
RBBryan Ackerly1:11:301st

Ewen Templeton1:34:052nd

Darian Panter1:47:583rd

Mark Besley1:58:064th

Suzanne O’Callaghan2:30:025th

Woodlands RadiO


RA (90 mins)

Adam Scammell

Marta Salek87:40370
Bruce Paterson93:2037012
Geoff Hudson90:403103
Mark Besley85:00280
Ewen Templeton85:48270
David Beard104:2731045
Gary Panter99:4129030
Prue Dobbin80:30240
Mike Hubbert85:45190
Peter Maloney76:24190
Keith Anker97:4619024
RB (60 mins)

Darian Panter

Jun Okabe59:56140

Pam King73:36170
Dianne Shalders69:47110
Ryordan Panter62:0580
Arrneka Panter62:0580