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Amateur Radio Direction Finding

Amateur Radio Direction Finding Fund

ARDF is a radio sport activity within the framework of the Amateur Radio service.  It deals with the taking of radio bearings and finding hidden transmitters, constructing direction finding equipment, and training amateurs in the rules of the sport and organizing events in the US and IARU countries. 

Interest and participation in ARDF activities continues to grow.  ARRL provides encouragement and support for the ARDF activities.  In the US direction finding events take place at Amateur Radio conventions and hamfests as a magnet to Amateur Radio for youth and others. 

For information about ARDF activities in the USA, contact ARDF Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV by email at

Contributions to the ARDF Fund 

 ARRL welcomes contributions to the ARDF Fund from clubs and individuals to support direction finding events.  

Contributions cannot be made for disbursement to a specific individual.

Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law

Checks should be made payable to ARRL ARDF Fund and mailed to ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington CT  06111.

ARDF Grant requests

Grant proposals will be accepted only from groups sponsoring ARDF events in the US or individuals who have qualified to represent the US in ARDF competitions sanctioned by the ARRL or the IARU.

Grant proposals should be submitted electronically to the Development Office by email and must be received at least 60 days in advance of the date when funds are required.

Grant proposals will be reviewed by the ARRL Chief Executive Officer, the ARRL Chief Development Officer and the ARDF Coordinator. 

ARRL will make decisions on the disbursement of funds.

Questions about the Ameteur Radio Direction Finding Fund? Please call the Development office at 860-594-0291.