Kvarner newsletter / no 32

Opatija-Gorski kotar
World amateur radiogoniometry championship

From the 13th to the 18th of September, Opatija and the wooded areas of Gorski kotar will be the venue of two major international events – the 15th World amateur radiogoniometry championship and the 1st World radiogoniometry championship for blind persons.

From the 13th to the 18th of September, the wooded areas of Gorski kotar will be the venue of the competitions of some of the world's best radiogoniometry amateurs, a discipline very similar to orienteering. In the mentioned period, the area will host two international competitions – the 15th World amateur championship and the 1st World radiogoniometry championship for blind persons (on the 14th of September). The host of the competitions is the town of Opatija, and the organiser is the Croatian Amateur Radio Association.

Amateur radiogoniometry (ARG) is a discipline similar to orienteering: competitors are required to find all the control points in the shortest possible time using radio for orientation. Transmitters located in the wood are located using goniometres, that is, radio receivers by measuring azimuth from several points. The competition takes place in nature, contributes to the overall physical condition and health, helps build a positive attitude towards environmental protection, stimulates competitive spirit and orienteering skills, helps getting around unfamiliar grounds with the help of a map and compass, and improves the skills of handling radio-equipment and exploring the phenomenon of the distribution of electromagnetic waves.

The organisers announce the arrival of ca. 500 competitors from all over the world to both competitions. The arrival has already been confirmed by a record number of national teams – as many as 35. Competitors who will be accommodated in Opatija and participate in competitions in Gorski kotar are coming from Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, Canada, USA, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain and some other European countries.

The 15th World Championship will take place on the 15th and 17th September around Delnice, because this area corresponds to the requirements of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The competition of blind radio amateurs will take place in Opatija.

The arrival of the record number of competitors from all over the world will certainly attract the attention of the spectators and will add to the overall atmosphere of the competition.