"Three Country hamradio Meeting"
International VERON FoxOring

Hereby we invite you to the International Dutch Foxoring contest on 20 July 2019
followed on 21 July by the Belgian ARDF Championships in the same field

Saturday, July 20, 2019.
Meeting point:
Cafť restaurant "De Salamander"
Weg naar As 280 (N763)
3630 Maasmechelen
GPS: N 50 58 41.9, E 5 39 34.2

In addition, 5 other races
with a
"Three Country Meeting"
Germany, Belgium and Holland
More countries are most welcome.

Impression des Gelšndes

An impression of the competition area. Level difference 45 m.

The International VERON Foxoring on 20 July 2019.

Registration from 10:00 Hours.
There can be started freely between 10.00 Hours and 11.30 Hours.
Maximum allowed time to run is ending on 14:00 Hours.
So runners who start early on 10.00 Hours do have 240 Minutes to run.

There are a total of 16 transmitters at 3.5 MHz over a distance of about 12Km. There can be chosen to find all 16 transmitters or only 8 freely to choose. For the winners 1-2-3, of each race there are beautiful medals to win. For each participant there is a certificate available via the internet The country with the best average performance per participant wins the trophy of the restaurant. We use SportIdent for timekeeping. Runners who do not possess a Sportident chip can rent one. OL-maps of the terrain, with recent updates, are available at the start for 1 € including insurance.

Each participant is insured for FREE against accidents.

The rest of the Saturday 14/7:
- 10.00 Hours begin International FoxOring contest.
- 15.00 Hours Sprint 80m.
- 18.00 Hours Award ceremony.
- 19:00 Hours BBQ.

To keep the participants who arrive Friday pleasantly entertained, the following activities will be held on Friday 13/7.

- 19.00 Hours race at 80m with three stations to indicate on the map and then look for a little fox *.
* The little fox is not a real fox, but a small radio transmitter with a range of about only 50 m.
Click here for a more detailed explanation with images by Charly

The Belgian Championship on 21/7.
To the UBA club we made proposals to achieve a "Three Country Meeting". Therefore on Sunday 21/7 the Belgian Championship will also be held in Maasmechelen at the same location. For more information, see the UBA website:

Stay during the races.
To the restaurant is a campsite with swimming pool and showers, of which the contest participants may use also (small fee). There is the possibility to stay in a tent or camper and there is a bungalow available with multiple beds. For tents and caravans there is always enough room, but would you really be sure, than book via Joe PAōSOM or even just directly call the Salamander restaurant on: +32 89 764 942 or via Mobil-number or WhatsApp on: +32 476 204699. Feel free to take your HF-transceiver with you. At the campsite is enough room to install antennas.
Also if you are looking for a hotel or B & B I would like to help you.

I would be very pleased to see you. Please send me an e-mail when you intend to take part. So that I can print sufficient maps and certificates.

Joe Somers PAōSOM (ON9SOM)
E-mail: pa0som (AT) scarlet.be
Telephone: 0032 89 763681

On motorway E314 exit 32, Genk-Oost N75. Drive on the N75 direction Dilsen - Stokkem - Lanklaar (direction east). After about 5 Km go to the right and take the N763 to Maasmechelen. After again about 5 Km, drive on to the parking of cafť restaurant "De Salamander". Follow the ARDF-arrows to the start. GPS coordinates to the restaurant: N 50 58 41.9, E 5 39 34.2

Repeater: PI3ZLB - from: 09.00 hours - Freq: 145.725 / 145.125 Mhz.

Route map Maasmechelen

Anfahrtsskizze Maasmechelen

For this competition permission has been given by the official authorities and it does not conflict with any rights of other persons or clubs. The OL-map has been designed by the organizer him selves. Copyright ©PA0SOM. The competition will not be sponsored by the Belgian Radio Amateur club the UBA.

  In the afternoon of 20/7 restaurant
"The Salamander"
will keep its annual summer barbecue.
Participants of the FoxOring are welcome.

Click here for photos and results FoxOring 2013


FoxOring - what does it mean?

FoxOring is a combination of the sport of orienteering and ARDF, better known as foxhunting. Every participant gets a map of the area with 16 locations, each marked by a small circle. On the ground, each circle represents an area with a diameter of about 60 m. Inside every circle the signals from a small transmitter can be heard and located with a radio receiver and a directional antenna. The transmitter may be inside the circle, but may also lie outside it. Unlike classic ARDF transmitters, the signal produced by a FoxOring transmitter is only weak and transmits continuously on 3.580 MHz.

Einer die 16 Sender

One of the16 transmitters

As usual in the orienteering sport, the participants search firstly with the help of the area maps and their compasses for the marked spots on the map, and then they locate the transmitters with their receivers. The transmitters are very well hidden and not marked with a flag. There is only a punch to mark the control card. The transmitters may be found in any order.

The participant who can find the most transmitters in the shortest time is the winner and deserves honour and glory! Participants who exceed the maximum running time of 3 hours are placed lower down on the score list, according their running time. Therefore it is better to find 1 transmitter in time, than 16 out of time.

At the start a test transmitter is provided to aid tuning the receiver and listening to a signal before running. At the start and finish there is also a transmitter signalling the letters "MO" in Morse code on 3.530 MHz to make it easier to find the start and finish again. This transmitter is more powerful and has a range throughout the area.a

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