Radio Enthusiasts from 25 Countries Compete in Borovoye

BOROVOYE – More than 300 amateur radio enthusiasts from 25 countries gathered in Borovoye Sept. 6-13 for the 17th Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championship.

1410176902_080914-6df1b1ARDF, also known as “fox hunting,” is a radio-based discipline that originated in Denmark and England after World War II. Competitors use maps, compasses and radios with directional antennas to find five transmitters (“foxes”) in the woods or in rough terrain in the shortest amount of time. Participation requires physical and mental skill.

Akmola Region Deputy Akim (Deputy Governor) Nurlan Nurkenov and ARDF Vice-President Ole Karpestad of Norway spoke at the competition’s opening ceremony.

The largest delegation of competitors in this competition was from China, with 64 participants. The Russian delegation had 40 participants, the Czech Republic 37, Kazakhstan 30 and Japan 25.

In the end, Russia took gold, Ukraine won silver and the Czech Republic won bronze. Lithuania and Kazakhstan took fourth and fifth places respectively.

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