Radio Orienteering Classes

Filed under: Event Results,Radio Orienteering by admin on April 12th, 2024

See course results from April 21 and 28.

Learn Radio Orienteering (aka, ARDF) as the pros learned it. Nadia Scharlau got her start in radio-O at age 13 and went on to become a world champion. Later, she taught classes to beginners who became world champions themselves. She still uses the same no-frustration step-by-step approach by which she learned the sport 40+ years ago. Now you can learn that way, too.

These classes are for those new to the sport and would like to learn how it is played. Emphasis will be placed on learning to use a radio receiver. Those who have attended previous beginner class sessions and would like a refresher course are also welcome.

Classes are free, but you need to register in our store. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Short 80m classic practice courses will be set up, which experienced radio orienteers can use for practice. Everyone needs to register.


  • Event Type: Radio Orienteering Beginner Training on the 80m band
  • Choose the dates that work for you from three consecutive weekends: Sunday, April 21, 28, and Saturday, May 4
    Note this is two Sundays and a Saturday.
  • Location: 2337-2307 Old Reedy Creek Rd, Cary, NC 27513
    GPS: 35.844772, -78.777725
    Park on the shoulder on the east side of the road. Do not park at the gate or in front of the house at the gate on Old Reedy Creek Rd.
  • Start Time: Everyone should arrive by noon
  • Class Ends / Course Closes: 2:00 PM
  • Instructors: Nadia, KO4ADV and Charles, NZØI

All necessary equipment will be provided at no charge. New concepts will be introduced in sequence at each session, but if you can’t attend both sessions, just come when you can. Previously covered concepts will be reviewed at each session so that you can jump right in.

First Timers: A short beginner course will be set with constantly-operating transmitters.

Second Timers: A longer beginner course will be set with “cycling” transmitters.

We will be hiking the courses together as a group, so please arrive by noon to avoid getting left behind!

Those who complete both class sessions may want to try their first solo course on Saturday, May 4, at the same location!

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