KPC3335: The 19th World ARDF Championships

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(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:

Stamp sheet for KPC3335.

Information regarding the stamp:

제19회 세계 전파방향탐지 선수권대회

우표번호 3335
종수 1
발행량 688,000
디자인 폭스를 찾아라
인쇄 및 색수 평판4도, thermochronic ink
전지구성 4 × 4
디자이너 김소정
발행일 2018. 8. 31.
액면가격 330
우표크기 45 × 28
인면 45 × 28
천공 13¼ x 13½
용지 평판원지
인쇄처 POSA(Cartor)

The FDC cancellation for this series:

FDC cancellation for KPC3335.

KoreaPost also released this text regarding the stamp and the ARDF Championships:

The 19th World Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championship is scheduled to take place from September 2 – 8, 2018, in Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, as a festival for amateur radio practitioners from all over the globe. The competition calls upon amateur radio practitioners to use receivers, compasses and topographic maps in order to search for radio transmitters, or foxes, hidden in nearby mountainous terrains within a set amount of time. The entry categories are determined by age, while competitors are ranked within their category based on how fast they are able to locate the transmitters. It is a dynamic sport that requires agility, keen judgement and endurance.

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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7 thoughts on “KPC3335: The 19th World ARDF Championships

  1. I am in the US and would like to buy some of these. I’ve searched to but couldn’t fine a place to do so. Could you point me in the right direction please?

    1. Congratulations on holding an amateur radio “fox hunt” and presenting a commemorative stamp.
      How might I obtain a stamp, a sheet, or a FDC?

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