Club News

Members should check out the Members Access area of the Web site for meeting minutes and other restricted information.

April 25th General Meeting and April 11 Board Meeting Minutes posted to site.

Transmitter (Bunny) Hunts

2017 USA and IARU Region 2 Championships
of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF)

Registration is now open for the 2017 USA and IARU Region 2 championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF), which will take place August 3 through 6. Sites of the competitions will near Harrison, Ohio, which is northwest of Cincinnati near the Indiana border.

Three optional training days are being planned for Monday through Wednesday, July 31 - August 2, just prior to the championships. Thursday, August 3 will be devoted to the sprint event. Friday morning will be foxoring, a combination of radio direction finding and classic orienteering, followed by a model event for equipment testing and a competitor briefing.

Classic two-meter and 80-meter competitions will take place Saturday and Sunday, respectively. There will be an awards banquet on Saturday evening for presentation of medals for foxoring, sprint and two-meter classic. Awards for 80-meter classic will be given Sunday afternoon immediately after the competition, in time for those who most leave to get home.

Organizers for the 2017 USA and IARU Region 2 Championships are members of the OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society. They are experienced radio-orienteers who organized the successful championships of 2003 and 2010. Assisting them will be members of Orienteering Cincinnati.

The 2017 Championships tab in the Web site includes the schedule, technical details, lodging, site embargoes, tourism, weather and much more. Information about the sport of ARDF is at

Please pass this message along to anyone interested in on-foot hidden transmitter hunting.

Thanks and 73,
Joe Moell K0OV
ARRL ARDF Coordinator

Tacoma, WA Bunny Hunt

Location: Ft Nisqually area in Point Defiance Park.
Field Open: 10 AM to 2 PM.

This hunt is designed to RE-expose ARDF / Bunny Hunting to Radio Club of Tacoma area hams.

A small number of Tacoma hams are getting involved with building Tape Measure Yagis and buying/building attenuator kits.

The Plan: 4 discrete frequency 2 Meter Hidden-Ts ( variations of - 30 seconds ON / 30 seconds OFF transmissions). Very Easy+very close to approx 1.5 crow-fly miles away, designed to be found with Active Attenuators and Handy Talkie.

The Hidden-T field: The Park is a wooded forest setting with nice hiking trails with many intersections. There's the added challenge of cars on adjacent roads, runners, bicyclists and dog walkers- which adds an element of chaos. Hiking boots not needed, however- prepare for wet feet as Bunnies will be hidden in foliage and it also rains in Tacoma.

Info here:

Map used for hunt here:

Check Radio Club of Tacoma for changes and updates. There's some photos of hams building Tape Measure Yagis in the current on-line newsletter.

FYI, Rich KR7W

Tacoma, USA

DX News


Local Area Repeaters

442.500* Tone 100
224.160 Tone 100
224.600* Tone 100
224.960 Tone 100
(224.600 is tied to 442.500)

145.330 Tone 186.2

NW Division
ARRL Centennial