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Team Leader:

Andrej Ruse, YO3JR

Other callsigns: YR1A, WW2JR
Country: Romania
Age (WRTC 2018): 38
Previous WRTC experience: Competitor: 2006, 2010, 2014
Occupation: Psychologist
I got my amateur radio license at an early age and radio contesting was from the start my main passion. My interest in radio contesting was even more amplified after following the WRTC events in 2000.
So, over the years with lots of training and determination, I was able to be a part of WRTC as a competitor in 3 previous events: Brazil 2006 (PW5Z), Russia 2010 (R37L) and USA 2014 (N1S). Those were some of the best years of my life as they had a huge impact in improving my operating skills as well as my tactical and technical abilities, which are the main ingredients required in order to be considered a top contester. Just like WRTC has evolved over the years and changed significantly the contesting stage, so it's participants. I, just like the rest of the participants, had to constantly learn and master new technologies, troubleshooting skills and operating techniques.
Similarly, the knowledge I gained over the years from each edition of WRTC was shared with other contesters, helping them to improve their skills and technical knowhow. And this, in my opinion, has a snowball effect where knowledge sharing improves the contesting community overall.
Whenever I have participated in a contesting event, I've put extra effort in testing new technologies and equipment or using the latest knowledge in propagation phenomena.
Using these tools is a must in today's radio contesting events if one wants to be competitive. All these improvements in my skill set have culminated with wining the Highest CW QSOs award at WRTC 2014 in New England, USA.

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Team Mate:

Adrian Ciuperca, YO8SCA

Other callsigns: KO8SCA
Country: Romania
Age (WRTC 2018): 44
Previous WRTC experience: n/a
Occupation: IT Consultant in New York
I am writing these words while on my flight to Australia where I'll join a DXpedition team going to Christmas Island (VK9XI) and Cocos Keeling Island (VK9CI). The team will try to give as many ATNOs as possible, but more importantly we will be giving a rare multiplier on both the Oceania DX Contest Phone and CW.
Going on DXpeditions was a dream of mine since working my first DX station: ZA1A, when it first went on the air. I received my license and call sign in 1990. I was 16 years old and my call sign was YO8SCA. I found learning CW easy and soon that was my main operating mode.
The technical side and the lure of the DX is what attracted me first to the hobby. I love electronics, computers and technology in general and decided to make a career out of it. I studied Computer Science at the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, Romania. Soon after finishing college, I moved to USA and currently I work as an IT Consultant for a firm in New York City.
I hold an US Extra amateur radio license and have the vanity call sign KO8SCA. I choose this call sign so that it resembles my first call sign, YO8SCA which is so dear to me. It reminds me of my teenage years when I used to spend countless fun hours at the local radio club as well as the many QRV outings we did for the VHF/UHF contests.
I am married to my lovely wife Mioara who never minds me taking the radio with me whenever we travel overseas to some interesting DX spot. Apart from ham radio, I also enjoy traveling, sailing and skiing.
Life and career took over and ham radio took a back seat for a number of years, but recently I fell in love with another side of the hobby: contesting. I believe contesting is indeed the challenging side of the hobby. Challenges are what improves our skills and knowledge. It takes a lot of stamina, both physical and psychological, to withstand the 24 or 48 hours of constant pileups. That stamina needs to be blended with strategy, operating skills and technical skills.
And the biggest challenge of all in amateur radio contesting is WRTC.
I thank Andy (YO3JR), my friend and my WRTC team leader, for inviting me to be his team mate. I hope that my enthusiasm and my skills will be an asset for our team.
Recently I was lucky to be a guest operator at some big gun stations, such as the NR4M (The Goat Farm),or take part in the ARRL Field Day contests at N2SF and experience contesting at its best.
I also spend a lot a time at WE2OEM (The Barn), giving back to the hobby by being a VE Examiner.
I am looking forward to meeting some of the best operators in the world at WRTC 2018 in Germany! This is the type of place were friendships are made that last a life time.
See you in Germany and in the pileups!

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