The WRTC2018 will consist of up to 63 two-operator teams coming from qualifying regions around the world. The qualifying process is based on results in selected ham radio contests over two years. Team leaders are selected based on their 12 best scores compared to others in their region. See team selection for more information on the regions and qualifying process.
The WRTC2018 Organizing Committee is tracking the qualification process of operators around the world. With the claimed scores of the first qualifying event (ARRL DX Internation DX Contest CW 2015) we will provide qualification standings here on our website. More information about this later. Each team will have its own referee. The qualification process will be published later.
The following FAQ’s will possibly help to answer remaining questions about the qualification rules:
Q: Why has the period of qualification been reduced from 2.5 to 2 years while maintaining 12 qualifying events?
A: In WRTC2014 a great number of participants suggested to shorten the qualification period. By this there is sufficient time to form teams during 2017 who can prepare their WRTC-setups. If we reduced the qualifying events to less then 12 in two years, chances would be high to get more tie scores and additional contest scores would have to be shown to break the tie.
Q: Why this choice of contests and their weighing?
A: After careful consideration the committee has come to the result published in the WRTC2018 rules.
Q: Why do not have all WRTC’s the same qualification rules?
A: The WRTC Sanctioning Committee gives WRTC organizers the right to amend qualification rules according to experiences from previous WRTC events.
Q: Why has the weighting of Multi-OP categories been reduced so much?
A: We are of the opinion that an operator’s skill cannot be assessed from the result of an MS-team of 10 or an MM-team of 20 operators, but that it is mirrored best in the single operator category. MS, M2 and MM operations are very different from the team-of-two operation in a WRTC-event.
Q: According to which principles have the selection areas been formed?
A: They have been formed according to geographical regions with more or less similar propagation.
Q: Can a non-DL operate the IARU R1 Fieldday and earn points for the qualification?
A: Yes, if he operates from Germany in the 'Portable, multi operator, low power, non-assisted' category and registered in advance according to section 4 of the Fieldday rules (including checking 'WRTC...' in the online registration form).
Q: Why are the points for some stations removed in the CQWPX-SSB results?
A: We only can give qualification points for WRTC 2018 for logs which are 100% compliant with the rules of the appropriate qualification contest (see also Qualification Rules 7.2). Thus we agreed with the CQWPX director to remove the WRTC qualification points for all entries, which were sent after the deadline without requesting an extension.