The Sangamon Valley Radio Club will sponsor radio orientation activities

San Diego, CA, August 04, 2022 –(PR.com)– Radio Orienteering, also known as Amateur Direction Finding (ARDF), is an international sport in which participants use handheld directional radio receivers , compass, map, and direction finding skills to search for transmitters operating in the 2 meter and 80 meter bands. Relying on their athletic, orientation and technical skills, they attempt to locate up to 5 low power transmitters and reach the finish line first.

While the sport is hugely popular in Europe, as well as parts of Asia, growth in the United States and Canada has been slow. There are two main reasons for this: the lack of youth involvement and the availability of affordable equipment. With a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), the Sangamon Valley Radio Club in Springfield, IL hopes to remedy this situation. With a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), the club will purchase transmitters, controllers, receivers, cards and other items needed to run successful radio orientation events.

Additionally, the club will host several events for SVRC members and local youth groups such as Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol. The events will equip participants with the technical and outdoor skills needed to succeed in radio orienteering. The club plans to hold at least two events this summer and fall and to stage a full series of events in 2023.

Once the club has run several successful events, they plan to publish a list of equipment that other clubs would need and offer advice on how to run radio orienteering events. This information will help clubs wishing to get involved in radio orienteering. They are also studying the possibility of establishing and maintaining a pool of equipment that can be made available to other clubs wishing to organize their own events.

About Sangamon Valley Radio Club
Based in Springfield, Illinois, the Sangamon Valley Radio Club (SVRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that draws its members primarily from Sangamon County in central Illinois and communities neighbours. The club offers a wide range of activities and services, including monthly meetings, amateur radio license courses and tests, technical information, networking, social events, mentorship programs and emergency communications and public service. For more information on SVRC, visit http://svrc.org.

About ARDC
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with its roots in amateur radio and Internet communication technology. The organization got its start by managing the AMPRNet address space, which is reserved for licensed amateur radio operators worldwide. In addition, the ARDC provides grants to projects and organizations that follow the practice and tradition of amateur radio technical experimentation in the fields of amateur radio and digital communication. Such experimentation has led to advances that benefit the general public, including mobile telephony and wireless Internet technology. ARDC envisions a world where all of these technologies are available through open source hardware and software, and anyone has the ability to innovate on them. To learn more about ARDC, please visit https://www.ampr.org.

Dino J. Dotson