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World Championship ended with a great closing ceremony

The winners of the World Championship of Radio Amateurs are from Lithuania. Gedas Lucinskas (LY9A) and Mindis Jukna (LY4L) won ahead of the German team with Manfred Wolf (DJ5MW) and Stefan von Baltz (DL1IAO) from Baden-Württemberg. In third place are Chris Hurlbut (KL9A) and Daniel Craig (N6MJ), who became world champions four years ago in Boston.

In total, radio amateurs from all over the world were reached by the 63 competition teams with 262,746 contacts during the 24-hour competition. More than 40 nations were represented in Wittenberg with the competitors and referees.

The trophies were handed over to the winning teams and all teams were very happy..

In his welcome address Christian Janßen, DL1MGB, looked back on the eventful 4 years. Especially on the performance of the great team he formed. Chris called to represent over 300 helpers, four supporters on to the stage, who have performed great work in the background. Oskar Radwan, DL3OF, and Renate Radwan, DG2HUF, managed the warehouse in Jessen. Frank Neumann, DM5WF, has explored the sites and Steffen Kaiser, DL5SFI, acted as chief photographer. They were honored with great applause and a gold medal.

The Jessen Mayor Michael Jahn expressed his appreciation and thanks to the competitors, referees and helpers. "The accomplishments of the helpers are large. To build 65 large antennas - to support the tents and the power generators - that is great. I'm convinced that you can count on radio amateurs, "he said in his speech in front of over 600 World Championship participants - because everyone who helped with this event has the right to consider himself a participant in the World Championship.

An exciting and busy week lies behind all WRTC contributors.

With regard the extensive four-year long preparation, Mayor Jahn stated: "Andreas Winter, DK4WA, and Frank Neumann, DM5WF, from Mühlberg have managed to win over the land owners for this great project. The agricultural cooperatives gladly made their land available. I am proud of our local people. Frank and Andreas gave special thanks for this incredible work in volunteering. "

The chairman of the German Amateur Radio Club, Steffen Schöppe, DL7ATE, also sent his thanks. He was represented by Ron Jerke, DG2RON, who heads the District of Brandenburg. Steffen emphasized that there were also many volunteers in the run-up to the event, who bought and processed material and used countless hours or days to organize the smooth running of the World Championship in the background.

The helpers came not only from the host country of the World Championship in Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt, but from all over Germany and also from abroad. For this he expressed his heartfelt thanks.

It got a bit more technical in a presentation from Paul Bigwood, G3WYW, the representative of prime sponsor YAESU. He reported on the history and current trends in amateur radio, from the perspective of a manufacturer. For the entire organization he found very complimentary words and expressed his thanks to the organizers.

The presentation of the WRTC trophies was moderated by Randy Thomson, K5ZD. He reported that the evaluation committee received 3500 logs within 16 hours, which could be used for the audit.

The following awards were awarded

WRTC 2018 SSB Leaders were awarded to Jeff Briggs, VY2ZM and Patrick Briggs, KK6ZM by Michael Jahn

WRTC 2018 CW Leaders were Tonno Vakh, ES5TV and Tiovo Hallikivi, ES2RR awarded by Ralf Theunert, DK1DSA

WRTC 2018 Multiplier Leaders were Tonno Vakh ES5TV and Tiovo Hallikivi, ES2RR awarded by Ulf Ehrlich, DL5AXX.

WRTC 2018 Accuracy Leaders were Leo Slavov, OR2F, and Pascal Lierman, ON5RA awarded by Dietmar Kasper, DL3DXX

Before the main places on the podium were awarded, Chris, DL1MGB, awarded the best youth team award to Alexandru Mancus, YO8TTT, and Leonid Kharchenko, UT5GW, who were the best of the youth teams and finished 14th in the overall standings.

Then the "Best of the Best" were called up.

The bronze medal went to previous World Champions Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, and Daniel Craig, N6MJ. The trophy was awarded by Uwe, DL8OBF.

The silver medal was won by Manfred Wolf, DJ5MW, and Stefan von Baltz, DL1IAO. The trophy was presented by Michael Höding, DL6MHW.

New World Champions are Gedas Lucinskas, LY9A, and Mindis Jukna, LY4L. The trophy was presented by Christian Janßen, DL1MGB.

Michael Jahn and Chris, DL1MGB, ended the awards ceremony with great applause from the audience. A moving moment for the new World Champions and all those involved in the WRTC 2018.

Finally, the WRTC was formally ended by the chairman of the Sanctioning Committee. He also expressed his gratitude for the unforgettable days in Jessen / Wittenberg. He announced with great applause that the next WRTC will take place in Italy.

The WRTC 2018 ended with a celebration where helpers, competitors and referees discussed their great experiences with each other.   

DL8DYL talking to the WRTC media team

Wittenberg. (xv) "With 100 watts to get a pile up to North America on the low bands - that was phenomenal. I was really challenged and it was great to be able to really get into it, "enthused Irina Stieber (DL8DYL) from Dresden, expressing her personal impressions of the WRTC. Team partner of Maddin Riederer (DL4NAC) from Bayreuth, both have achieved more than 4100 QSOs and about 75% of them have been on CW. For Irina it was amazing what can be achieved with a 12m high dipolet: "I am very pleased that it was relatively easy to reach stations outside of Europe with only this transmitter power." Irina had concentrated on Morse telegraphy. In phases I managed more than 200 contacts per hour.

Foto: Marko Schoeneberg

A few days before the start of the amateur radio world championship, we had the opportunity to interview the mayor of Wittenberg, Jochen Kirchner.

Wittenberg will become in the next few days, the centre of organization for the amateur radio world championship and the location for especially important events such as the opening and award ceremonies. Many guests will get to know the "Lutherstadt" whether they are from Germany or abroad. What can you say about how this very special World Championship is perceived by the Wittenberg locals?

Wittenberg. (xv) It is now also apparent from the outside that the Luther Hotel has become the hotspot for radio sport - the World Radiosport Team Championship WRTC while over the last couple of days, Ulf Ehrlich (DL5AXX) and Michael Höding (DL6MHW ) have mounted the first antennas on the roof of the hotelInitially, a Butternut HF6V and a FD4 have been installed. This allows the HQ station to be operational on all contest bands. The comparatively simple antennas will allow numerous WRTC contacts because of the short distance to the competitors sites.
The participants also have an opportunity to complete their last training sessions before the competition. the station also creates a good way to test the current propagation conditions. Furthermore, the station at the Luther Hotel allows the organizers to listen-in during the IARU contest at the weekend. This will indicate how the competition is running and how the pile-up's are going. Of course the organizers and helpers left behind at the hotel will also have the opportunity to participate in the contest that starts on Saturday at 2 pm and to give points to the competitors, because every contact counts.
The hotel hosts most of the participants and referees during the WRTC week. From here, the event is controlled and organized. The organizing team headed by the President of WRTC 2018 e.V., Christian Janßen (DL1MGB) and his Second in Command, Michael Höding (DL6MHW), are in constant contact with the site managers, the referees and the logistics center. "For this purpose, an extensive communication structure is being set up at the moment, which has been prepared and tested in recent months. This includes setting up the score board, which is important for the competitors, "explains Chris Janßen." At the hotel, it is displayed on monitors and updated every minute on the internet showing who is in the lead during the competition." "Whether the teams in the lead at the end also win the contest will only be known after the detailed evaluation of all logs by the competition judges," adds Michael Höding. The judging team, which is also based in the headquarters hotel, has its hands full after 2pm on Sunday. Who the actual winning team is, will only be clear on Monday (16 July). The award ceremony takes place on Monday evening. After that the first ever World Radio Championship in Germany ends and from the headquarters out the large cleaning and packing up work starts.

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.

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