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Dave Siddal, K3ZJ, will support WRTC doing a very special task in the media team. He is a WRTC veteran, managing a cluster of sites during the last WRTC 2014 in Boston. He also supported WRTC 2018 as an ambassador for USA and wrote many articles which were published in the CQ magazine, where he is the columnist of the contest department. WRTC 2018 asked Dave to support us by writing "The Book about WRTC 2018 in Germany".

We are proud to announce that he has agreed to do so. A book is always a long remaining artifact of an event which will remain when all tweets or webpages are lost. We hope the Book from David will help to ensure the future of the WRTC idea and principals over the next decades. Through photos and stories, the spirit of friendship, sport and volunteering in the WRTC event will be presented to the world. Dave will contact participants in Jessen/Wittenberg as well as contributors from all over the world. Please give Dave your full support if he asks you questions.

The WRTC is not only a radio sport event. It is also a large gathering of Radio Amateurs. Many competitors are accompanied by their partners and family members. To give them a good start to the five days of the WRTC Bill Vinci introduced the Ham Widow’s Ball in 2014.

Oskar Radwan (DL3OF) and Andreas Winter (DK4WA) are highly regarded in Jessen
 
The officials of the municipalities of the area where the WRTC is to take place are important contacts for the organizers. We spoke with Daniel Lehmann, Deputy Mayor of Jessen about the World Championships.
 
"Mr. Lehmann, over the second weekend of July, many thousands of people are straining their ears: the Amateur Radio world championship will begin here in Jessen and in the region around Jessen. Sixty three teams from thirty one nations are taking part. Radio amateurs' antennas are being targeted worldwide towards this region and many thousands of radio contacts are expected to take place. Well over 300 helpers organize this mammoth project on a voluntary basis.

While preparing for the WRTC2018 we thought, that it would be a good idea to talk with younger participants about ham radio and about the WRTC in Germany. Today we focus on Xenia Berger, ZL4YL and Mathias Acevedo, CE2LR.
First of all many thanks to both of you, for finding some time for the Interview. We all know, that you have lots of things to do.

Mühlberg / Elbe. (xv) With respect to our world championship, the World Radiosport Team Championship -short WRTC-, organizers require that the communities in which the 65 competition stations are to be set up, be fully informed. "In addition to general information, what the World Championship in amateur radio is all about, discussion of regulatory authority aspects are also required," said Frank Neumann (DM5WF), who travelled to Mühlberg / Elbe, to visit the local government office to check the status of the planned locations and to report on progress. Mühlberg's mayor Hannelore Brendel did not miss the chance to wish the World Championship good luck.

Wittenberg. (xv) What are 70 phones needed for, when radio and antennas around the globe are used? "For emergencies and to coordinate in emergency situations, it was absolutely essential to equip the organizational center in Wittenberg with standard, easy-to-use telephones and not smart phones," explains Michael Höding (DL6MHW) from the board of the WRTC 2018 eV "At each location the referee is allocated one of these telephones. This allows him to communicate with the central office if, for example, problems with the competition need to be addressed, "continues Michael Höding.

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