(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 31 August 2018 KoreaPost released a stamp commemorating “The 19th World ARDF Championships” or “제19회 세계 전파방향탐지 선수권대회”. For more information on the ARDF Championships see the Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) website.
KoreaPost released this stamp in a commemorative stamp sheet of 16 (4×4) stamps of 330 won each, printed by Cartor for POSA:
Information regarding the stamp:
제19회 세계 전파방향탐지 선수권대회
|인쇄 및 색수
|평판4도, thermochronic ink
|4 × 4
|2018. 8. 31.
|45 × 28
|45 × 28
|13¼ x 13½
The FDC cancellation for this series:
KoreaPost also released this text regarding the stamp and the ARDF Championships:
The sport is also called fox hunting as it originated in the West as a game in which people attach a bell to a fox s neck and search for it and the hidden transmitter is often referred to as a fox. Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) is a sport that utilizes radio and science, while being considered as a treasure hunt using radio frequencies. Anyone can attend ARDF competitions as long as they know how to operate a receiver, as well as know a few Morse codes, enabling the diffusion of the sport primarily across Europe and Asia. As of recently, Korea has also seen a rise in local and national competitions. This sport provides a wholesome opportunity for modern-day people to grow friendlier with nature and maintain their health, resulting in its popularity going beyond just amateur radio practitioners to everyday people.
The inaugural World Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championship took place in Poland in 1980, and continues to be held on a biannual basis. South Korea has been participating in the world championships since 1986, leading up to the 14th World Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championship being held in Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do in 2008. The 19th World ARDF Championship, hosted by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and the Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL), will gather participants from around 30 countries all over the world, including Korea, the U.S., Australia, Japan, China, Mongolia, Germany, France, Russia, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden and the Ukraine.
Korea Post is issuing commemorative stamps in celebration of the 19th World ARDF Championship and anticipates that this will serve as an opportunity to increase interest and participation in amateur radio.
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