||On Sunday, October 14, 2001, the All Japan ARDF Championships
2001 was held in Niigata-Prefecture under the auspices of JARL. Competitors
from many parts of Japan and concerned people numbered more than 150!!
The site of the competition was Kurokawa Village, Kita-Kanbara-District,
a rural landscape area.|
Registration commenced at 07:40 at which time all participants, after receiving
their starting numbers, check cards, etc. proceeded to the site of the
opening ceremony. The ceremony, which was held from 8:10 a.m., was followed
by speeches of welcome and encouragement by Mr. Kazuo Niwa, JA1AYO, Vice
President of JARL and others. Then the chief jury gave a detailed explanation
of the competition.
The competition was divided into under mentioned 5 different classes. (
)=Number of participants of this Competition.
Maps were handed out to each competitor just before the start. The actual
competition commenced at 09:25 a.m. with the first group making a start
for the goal. They were followed by 18 groups at intervals of 5 minutes
until the last group made a start at 11:25.
- YL Class: Female, no age restriction. (19)
- JN Class: Male, younger than the age of 19. (36)
- OM Class: Male, the age of 19 and older but younger than 40. (17)
- OT Class: Male, the age of 40 and older but younger than 55. (54)
- VT Class: Male, the age of 55 and older. (17)
They ran freely in forest and field areas, surrounded with greenery, aiming
at transmitters. It was so nice and warm Autumn Sunday that competitors
enjoyed ARDF fully!!
With shirts stuck to their bodies with sweat, from running high and low
in the hills and fields, all competitors appeared eager and most anxious
to hear the announcement of the rankings.
Another thing to be mentioned is the special station, 8J0RDF which was
set up in commemoration of this Championships. It was operated by many
hams to introduce the Championships on the air.