A five-man representing Canada, four from B.C. and one from Quebec are travelling to Croatia to compete in the Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championships taking place from Sept. 13 to 18 in Opatia, near Rijeka.
Here’s the team:
G. D. (Joe) Young – VE7BFK – Member of Friendship Amateur Radio Society Canada
Joe’s been ARDF coordinator for Radio Amateurs of Canada since 2002. He’s been a driving and supporting force in radio sport – ARDF development in Canada and BC. He’s been regarded as an important and valuable member of Radio Amateurs of Canada ARDF. He has also been active in the Friendship Amateur Radio Society Canada and Worldwide.
Les Tocko – VA7OM – Member of Maple Ridge Radio Amateur Club and BCRadioSport
Les was a Czechoslovakian and European champion in multiple categories, as an individual and in team competitions. For more details see Appendix A. He is also an active promoter and teacher of Radio Direction Finding skills in Maple Ridge BC area. His excellent technical building skills have produced high quality equipment for radio direction finding.
Amel Krdzalic – VA7KBA – Member of Burnaby Amateur Radio Club and BCRadioSport
Amel was a national champion of ex.Yugoslavia and Bosnia in multiple categories, as an individual and in team competitions. He is also a reigning champion from the last International Friendship Amateur Radio Games 2008 in ARDF, in category “men below 45years” (for more details see Appendix A). He is also an active promoter and teacher of Radio Direction Finding skills in Vancouver BC area. He’s been recognized by many radio amateur clubs for development of Radio Direction Finding movement (BCRadioSport) in Vancouver BC region.
John MacConnachie – VE7GED – Member of Friendship Amateur Radio Society Canada
John is a member of the Friendship Amateur Radio Society Canada and has participated in ARDF competitions hosted by that organization since 1993. He has also been involved in hosting regular practice/demo ARDF sessions in Victoria since that time to the present. Valeri Geuorguiev Valeri has been active in the Montreal Amateur Radio club. He has increased their ARDF activities recently by contributing a design for a 2m ARDF receiver that was then constructed as a club project so that there are now a couple dozen equipped to participate in ARDF. He competed on the European and Region II ARDF levels and had great results.
For more information here’s a link to the BCRadioSport – ARDF Canada blog.
Web sites for further information on Amateur Radio Direction Finding:
Event official web site
Region II ARDF web site
Radio Amateurs of Canada ARDF web site
BC area ARDF announcements
Joe Moell’s (U. S. ARDF Coordinator) web site