WRTC 2018 is coming - 500 days to go
Often the WRTC is rightly referred to as the Olympic Games of Radio Sport. “Olympiad” originally meant the the period between the actual Olympic Games. There are now just 500 days in our “Olympiad” until the opening ceremony. A lot has already happened - but there is still a lot left to be done and time flies.
Deadline for WRTC 2018 Sponsored Teams
Sponsored teams are a long-standing tradition in WRTC and a substantial part of fundraising. Dedicated contesters who cannot qualify because of other serious commitments are given the chance to take part in the WRTC. As shown in WRTC 2014 Sponsored Teams do compete with qualified teams on the same level and have reached top scores.
Now the last qualification contest is over and its raw scores are online. We already have assigned three of five sponsored teams. Because we have now received several request for sponsored teams we will set the deadline for requests to the 21st February 2017 2359 UTC.
WRTC 2018 Official Competition Rules Released
WRTC 2018 e.V., host of the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship, announced that the official competition rules have been published at http://wrtc2018.de/index.php/en/competition.
ICOM is Platinum Sponsor of WRTC 2018
The organizers of the WRTC 2018 are happy to announce that ICOM Inc. will support the WRTC 2018 as Platinum Sponsor. This Japanese company has been leading in the development of novel techniques for short wave and VHF/UHF equipment for several decades. The company‘s close links to contesting can be seen in the initiative of the ICOM Contest Team and the support of the Contest University. As the main sponsor ICOM America had a great share in the success of the Olympic Games for radio amateurs in the WRTC 2014 in New England.
WRTC Test Session 2016
(wittenberg, 7th July 2016) During the second weekend of July, exactly two years before the ham radio Olympics in Germany, the WRTC team meets for a first test session in the Jessen/Wittenberg area. We will set up the selected antennas at five sites and test this configuration in a real contest.
The test session addresses several goals. The first is to evaluate the antenna system and the setup procedure with different teams to detect optimization potentials. Furthermore, planning and logistics will be evaluated.
Additionally, we focus on public relations bringing the WRTC spirit to the residents of the region and to regional newspapers and TV stations. Moreover, we check the radio characteristics of the different sites using the world wide CW skimmer network. Beside this, five teams will take part in the IARU HF Championship contest with the goal to find the best team in an internal competition.
The planned callsigns for this radio activity are
- for the contest: DD5M, DK2O, DR1X, DM5D and DR5L
- for the CW skimmer test: DB2B, DK7C, DM3W, DP9A and DR3W
The general goal of the test session is to learn and to detect chances for improvement in equipment and processes.