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Wittenberg. (Xv) If you want to attend the opening ceremony in three weeks time on the 12th of July and the award ceremony four days later, you have to hurry while there are still some tickets available. Tickets can be conveniently purchased via the internet at https://booking.wrtc2018.de, (this site requires you to register your details to gain access). After logging in click on the green "User account" button to get a list of events that can still be booked. In addition to tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies, sightseeing tours or hotels can also be booked. The system guides customers through the payment process, so there's nothing standing in the way of you joining the big party with the top contesters, old and new friends and the WRTC "family". However, get a move on, as next Tuesday, the 26th of July, ticket sales for the opening and closing ceremonies will close.

Wittenberg. (xv) The Amateur Radio World Championship in Germany inspires whole families. An example from Chemnitz shows this: Rita Görner, DG0EQ, and her OM Carsten Görner, DG0JCG, were able to effortlessly inspire their son Tim, a short wave listener, to get involved with the helper teams. Rita and Carsten Görner have been licensed since 1992 and participate in the Chemnitz S54 radio club regularly on Field Days and other events such as the mountain day activities. The prospect of experiencing the, always very positive, Fieldday atmosphere in the WRTC 2018 AR World Cup was reason enough for the family team to get involved. 

Wittenberg. (xv) The WRTC is to be covered in two special broadcasts by Radio DARC. The radio show of the German Amateur Radio Club e.V. will broadcast a program in English on Saturday, July 14 from 11.00 to 12.00 UTC using the 49m short-wave band on 6070 kHz. Especially for the many people interested in WRTC from North America, the program will also be broadcast on 13860 kHz at the same timeThe 6-hour time difference makes it possible for the show to serve as a "breakfast radio" WRTC News on the East Coast of North America. There is expected to be a high level of interest from North America as not only did a total of 14 teams from North America qualify but also the defending champions Daniel Craig (N6MJ) and Chris Hurlbut (KL9A) are from the USA. 

Wittenberg. (xv) At the World Championship, ensuring all competing teams have the same operational conditions is of core importance. This does not only apply to topographical conditions, which have recently been verified in detail. This also applies to the antennas. It's not good enough just to build the same type of antennas and get them "somewhere around"  resonance. In order to create the same conditions for all competitors great importance was placed on the accuracy of the measuring equipment to be used in this area.

Friedrichshafen. (xv) Ham Radio, the most important show for radio amateurs in Europe, was the prelude to the final spurt to the Amateur Radio World Championship in Germany for the WRTC organizing team. During the three days of the fair, information was distributed to many interested visitors at the WRTC stand. Visitors were also encouraged to participate and this effort was successful with additional volunteer helpers joining there. On the stage of the exhibition hall Chris Janßen, DL1MGB, and Michael Höding, DL6MHW, presented in words and pictures the status of the preparation processes in hand  for the WRTC. The interest level was consistently high, hardly a chair remained unoccupied. Also encouraging was the interest of the many volunteer helpers who gathered at the WRTC stand to discuss and clarify final questions about the technology in use and general organization. Manfred Wolf DJ5MW, a participant from the 2014 World Championships was available at the WRTC stand to answer all visitors questions. Concurrently the organizing team used the Hamfest weekend to clarify organizational details. The World Championship for radio amateurs starts in just 35 days! 

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