Chongqing Woman Claims Gold at Radio Orienteering World Contes

September 13, 2018  Editor: Wu Shanshan
Chongqing Lady Claims Gold at Radio Orienteering World Contes
Deng Keli (center), 52, wins a gold medal in W50 (ages 50 and above) at the 2018 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships held in South Korea. [China Daily]

 

Deng Keli, 52, a hospital office worker in Southwest China's Chongqing, won a gold medal in W50 (ages 50 and above) at the 2018 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships held in South Korea last week.

Amateur radio direction finding, also known as radio orienteering, is an amateur racing sport that combines radio direction finding with the map and compass skills of orienteering. The timed race charges individual competitors to use a topographic map, a magnetic compass and radio direction finding apparatus to navigate diverse wooded terrain while searching for radio transmitters.

Back in 1980s, this sport was very popular in China when many cities set up their teams. The Chongqing team selected Deng, thanks to her outstanding athletic abilities, but she quit the sport after two years to focus on study.

About three decades later, in 2016, Deng happened to learn about a national ARDF tournament for senior players in Chengdu, Sichuan province, and she decided to return to the field.

To her surprise, Deng won the gold in the 50 and above age group. Later, she began to participate in more national games in the 35 and above age group, since there were few senior players competing in matches.

In 2017, she made it into the national team with her excellent performance and finished second in the 2017 ARDF Asian Championships.

"Though I won a title in fast orienteering, I still have a lot of room to improve in other categories, such as Fox Oring," she said.

Now she is trying to make the sport popular again in her hometown. In addition to setting up a city team, she hopes more young students can get interested in this sport.

"Chongqing is a mountain city, which is very suitable for this sport," she said. "Radio orienteering combines modern technology and physical activities, which is very good for young people."

 

Chongqing Lady Claims Gold at Radio Orienteering World Contes
Deng Keli competes at the 2018 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships held in South Korea. [China Daily]
Chongqing Lady Claims Gold at Radio Orienteering World Contes
Deng Keli, 52, wins a gold medal in W50 (ages 50 and above) at the 2018 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships held in South Korea. [China Daily]

 

(Source: China Daily)

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