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The WRTC is a serious event. On Thursday morning, participants and referees for the radio sports world championship had to get up early for a very important meeting at 8 am! During the briefing by the competition management all rule principles were again explained and all questions answered. Moderator Uwe, DL8OBF, was supported by the Judging Committee. Led by Ulf, DL5AXX, the Judging Committee contains experienced contest experts from four continents. Randy, K5ZD, has a lot of experience as organizer of WRTC 2014, Nodir, EY8MM was a member of the Judging committee in 2014 and Bernd, VK2IA, was referee in 2014 and multiple times a WRTC participant. Dietmar, DL3DXX, organizes the log check team and has developed special evaluation software.

Competitors and referees asked for a lot of detail. Especially as regards correct log keeping and rating of QSOs, such as what to do when the QSO partner sent the wrong zone. The guidelines given at the meeting are a building block for fair competition, which must indeed be reflected during contest operation and not only through subsequent regulatory discussions.

In another meeting there was a detailed briefing for the referees. Here, among other things, the function of the power checking meter was described and the configuration of the score collection computer explained.

The WRTC is not just an amateur radio competition, it is also a meeting of amateurs with many participants accompanied by partners or families. To provide a good welcome to the five-day event, Bill Vinci started the Ham Widows Ball at the WRTC in Boston in 2014 - an exclusive event for the sometimes neglected partners. In the historic Luther House, 78 wives, husbands and children met. Bill Vinci acted as host for this unique event. The Californian painter quickly melted the ice. Without any problems, he was able to overcome language and cultural barriers and make sure that everyone understood each other well. You did not have to understand perfect English to have fun on this evening. Friendships were developed or revived. A good start for the WRTC and for the very important “contest-life balance”.

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The daily report of today.

Wednesday has seen antenna installation actions at the sites. The objective of the 16 antenna teams was for each team to set up the antenna systems at 2 sites. The antenna teams were met by the site teams who were already there assembling the tent and installing the needed contents as well as setting up the generator. With the help of detailed manuals, the teams were able to get down to business. Minor problems were resolved locally. Some problems were passed to the operations center in the HQ-Hotel and a coordinated solution found.

The police were also interested in what was going on. The officers in their patrol car saw the work in progress, stopped and asked for the site manager. After a full explanation, they were happy and wished the installation team good luck and the competitors lots of points. In the meantime we have half of the WRTC sites ready for use.


Today is the main arrival day for the radiosport world championship. Numerous radio operators and referees landed at the Berlin-Tegel airport. Already while in the transit area, there were many warm welcomes taking place. There was also excitement in the air. Has all the luggage arrived and is it undamaged? Are all the customs papers in order? After clearing customs, the contesters were greeted by DX legends Rolf DL7VEE, Wolf DL7HU and Gerd, DL7VOG. Then into the shuttle buses and off in the direction of Wittenberg. The mood was a mixture of anticipation and excitement.

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