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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.

"I sent it faster than usual, but also adapted to the speed of the calling station, there were only a few repeat requests," she continues. Her team partner Maddin said yesterday after the contest he was very positive about the operating standards of the German stations calling: "The German stations have sent precise and short messages with their call sign and report, there were also no repeat requests or corrections." The notes supplied on operating procedure for this competition in the run-up to the WRTC were obviously heeded. Useful to make sure there were many contacts, the special call signs that the Federal Network Agency allocated for the WRTC stations. "With our Y89D call sign we were very popular on the bands.“ The concentration level needed in the pile ups was probably less than usual. "After a busy night, we had a small headache on Sunday morning before getting into the final hours of the competition," says Irina. Conditions were demanding not only in radio operation but also the weather conditions: "During the day around 30 ° C and at night as cold as in Alaska," someone from the helper team had said. Irina can not make friends with the cold weather: "I had everything there just in case and with the „onion technique" I was able to keep warm, a thick jacket and a blanket were very useful." Irina was grateful for the effort of canadian referee Nick Lekic (VE3EY) and... "Our helpers provided a great service. Whether it was related to the supply of drinks and food or when we needed technical help before the start of the contest, there was always someone approachable and immediately on hand to fulfill every wish, "says the sympathetic Dresden woman, the appreciation of the help is clear. When asked about the station's technology, she raises her eyebrows slightly. "The station setup I have at home is more handy than a WRTC station and there's also the division of labour. When such a station is built, an IT technician is as necessary as well as someone with an overview of the entire wiring system" she tells us.
Whether she will compete again in 2022 at the next WRTC, she keeps her options open. "The needed qualifying competition time puts a strain on the family. Organizing holiday periods on contest weekends is not always family-friendly, "she admits.
All in all, Irina draws a very positive conclusion. "A World Championship is something special and it's great to be there. Apart from the contest, meeting old friends, making new friends, and experiencing this great atmosphere is THE aspect that makes the long road from the first qualifying competition to the last minute of the contest truly worthwhile" she says, heading off to to spend a relaxing afternoon with her family in Wittenberg. The family is happy because they have had to give up Irina for many hours.

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