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Perhaps with reference to the WRTC 2018, the motto of HAM RADIO this year is "Germany plays host to the world" WRTC 2018 is presented in several places at the fair and in the seminar program. Chris, DL1MGB, speaks at the official opening of the hamfest. In addition to our stand in Hall A1, we will build a WRTC portable station in the courtyard.

The relevant times and dates can be found in the specific WRTC program, which is available here. The highlight of the event is certainly the "Meet the WRTC" on Saturday at the action stage, where WRTC participants from the last 30 years, sponsors and organizers will be greeted.

Do not miss the raffles, with prizes worth over 20,000 euros distributed across the five raffles!

     

The WRTC test day 2017 brought together more than 100 volunteers in the Jessen/Wittenberg region, to set up field day stations at 15 locations.

WRTC 2018 Test Session in Jessen

In preparation for WRTC 2018, the second WRTC test day will take place from the 23rd to the 25th of June in Jessen and surrounding area. The focus will be on testing logistics and training the support teams. Radio operation and event reporting through social media will also take place during the tests. Nearly 100 volunteers are coming from all over Germany to build the fifteen stations.

 

WRTC 2018 is pleased to announce that Ham Radio Outlet will support the World Radiosport Team Championship in Germany as a Silver Sponsor.

Ham Radio Outlet was founded in 1971 by Bob Ferrero, W6RJ (now sk). The succesful family owned business has 15 sales locations throughout the United States. Its formidable presence on the Internet making it the largest Ham Radio dealership in the world. Bob W6RJ, was one of the early commercial sponsors of the WRTC idea. Following this tradition his son Robert W6KR, has signed the sponsorship agreement to support WRTC 2018 in Germany as a Silver Sponsor.

Robert pointed out “We are very excited to help promote such a fantastic event for ham radio!”

Christian Janssen DL1MGB, president of the WRTC-2018 Organizing Committee, emphasized the importance of long term partners like Ham Radio Outlet : “The tradition of WRTCs started on the west coast of the USA. We are very grateful for the pioneering spirit of the ham community and ham radio suppliers. We will do our very best organizing the WRTC 2018 in Germany”.

 

Christian presented the sponsors plaque during Hamvention in Dayton 2017 to Bob W6KR, and Robert W6RJ, who represent the third generation of Ham Radio Outlet.

WRTC 2018 is delighted to announce the approval of the last two Sponsored Teams. The selection process was focused on radio sport skills (competitiveness), support of the WRTC principals and the contribution of technological improvements in radiosport. Numerous excellent applications reached the committee. We are sure the selected teams will play an important role in the 2018 championship and will fight for top places.

Team YO3JR

Team #4 is led by Andrei Ruse, YO3JR, from Romania. He pointed out that his existing interest in radio contesting was amplified following the WRTC event in 2000 in Slovenia. Only 26 years old Andy took part in WRTC 2006 in Brasilia and also came back for the WRTCs in Russia 2010 and USA 2014. He is an example of how the WRTC and ham radio in general have a huge impact on young hams in improving operating skills as well as their tactical and technical abilities. These are the main ingredients required in order to be considered a top contester.

Photo: Andy, YO3JR, before the opening of WRTC 2014 in New England

Team #5 is led by Ivo Pezer, E73A/9A3A. Ivo can be called an WRTC veteran. As a team leader he took part in three previous WRTCs in San Francisco 1996, Slovenia 2000 and Brazil 2006. He missed WRTC 2014 only because of a visa problem. Ivo’s competitiveness is documented by outstanding contest scores resulting in an excellent qualification score in the very competitive EU#5 region. As an employee of the UN he has traveled to many countries, operating as a single op or part of multi op teams. Ivo plans to implement advanced SDR technology with the help of his announced team mate Ranko, 4O3A. This will again underline the impact of the WRTC movement on technological progress in ham radio contesting.

Team 1
Ranko, 4O3A, and Ivo, E73A, working as a well-practised team

The selection of sponsored teams is now finished. WRTC 2018 has more excellent applications and every applicant would be an excellent team leader for the event. Unfortunately we are limited to only five sponsored teams.

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