Fifteen of the best on-foot hidden transmitter hunters in the US are back home after picking up seven medals in the 18th World Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Championships and World Cup events in Bulgaria. The competition got under way on August 30 with the 80 meter “classic” event of the ARDF World Cup, an optional competition for individuals that precedes the Championships. Eight Team USA members participated in the World Cup.
On August 30 in the World Cup 80 meter “classic” competition, Vadim Afonkin, KB1RLI, of Massachusetts placed third in the M40 category to pick up a bronze medal. He found all of his required transmitters in 1:02:43, which was 8 minutes behind Alexander Sheynis of Russia, who took gold. The minimum M40 course length that day was 5.6 kilometers. On Wednesday, August 31, in the World Cup 2 meter classic competition, Alla Mezhevaya of Illinois won the silver medal in the W35 category, finding all required transmitters on a 5.8 kilometer course in 1:18:53, just 4 minutes behind gold medalist Steliana Mateeva of Bulgaria.