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The Australian Radio Fox Hunting Championship attracted amateur radio enthusiasts far and wide to Mount Gambier recently.

This year an electronic scoring system was used that was in part funded by a government grant by Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin.

There were eight teams, including six from Victoria, who participated in events on foot and on road including a four-transmitter rotating time frame event, a night hunt and a very high frequency tracking event.

The convention, run by the South East Radio Group, has been operating for over 50 years but due to COVID-19 could not take place over the last two years.

Australian Radio Fox Hunting Championship event coordinator Andrew Mckinnis said numbers of competitors this year were just under what they would usually be despite the COVID-19 induced break.

“Mount Gambier is the best place to have the last leg of the championships because of our location and the time of year,” he said.

“It is a sporting event that is rehearsed for skills in emergency management, and this is the only event of its kind in Australia where competitors can hunt a range of frequencies.”

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