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World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 Formally Opens In Germany:

from The ARRL Letter on July 12, 2018
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World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 Formally Opens In Germany:

Be ready to listen for call signs in the Y2A - Y9A series this weekend. Following 4 years of preparation, World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018 formally opened on July 12. Now attention turns to see how the 63 competing teams fare in the 24-hour event, July 14 - 15 in and around Wittenberg, Germany. Observers will be able to follow their progress via social media or the WRTC 2018 Live Scoreboard Fourteen North American teams are on the roster, including defending champions Daniel Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A. Several well-known US contesting personalities are among those serving as referees at each site. Even as the competition neared, WRTC 2018 organizers were searching for a last-minute replacement for a team leader who had to drop out.

A competition within a contest, WRTC 2018 takes place in conjunction with the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU HF Championship, although with different or additional rules. Both events get under way on Saturday at 1200 UTC and conclude on Sunday at 1159 UTC, and all radio amateurs may take part in the IARU event. The ARRL Headquarters station will be W1AW/4 in Georgia. The IARU HQ station will identify as NU1AW/9 from Illinois. These and other HQ stations count as multipliers in calculating IARU contest scores.

WRTC 2018 organizers have set up a program of awards and activities intended to "create big pileups for the WRTC stations" from those who will be on the IARU HF Championship side of the competition. Awards for outside participants include:

Worked All WRTC Stations (WAWRTC)

- Minimum one QSO with each WRTC station.

- No need to send in your log.

- Award will automatically be generated from competitors' logs.

Even if you are not sure that the WRTC 2018 team copied your call sign correctly, organizers say to send in your log anyway, and they will follow up.

WRTC Sprint

- Work all 63 WRTC stations as quickly as possible on any band or mode.

- Separate scoring applies for each of the 29 WRTC 2018 qualification regions.

- Pick any time frame during the 24-hour contest.

- The winner of each region will receive a special prize.


- Complete as many contacts with WRTC 2018 competitors as possible (63 stations/5 bands/2 modes = up to 630 possible contacts).

- Separate scoring applies for each of the 29 WRTC 2018 qualification regions.

- The winner of each region will receive a special prize.

Assistant Judge

Special prizes will be offered to all operators sending in their logs by 1800 UTC on Sunday, July 15.

WRTC 2018 Distance Challenge

- This award is independent of geographic region.

- The distance in kilometers between you and the WRTC stations will be summed for all contacts.

- For a precise calculation, enter your grid locator in the Cabrillo log location field. WRTC 2018 will take place in grid square JO61ls.

Propagation conditions could be a big factor, and to that end, Jari Perkiömäki, OH6BG/OG6G, has prepared what he calls "a propagation starter kit" for WRTC 2018.

"It will give you valuable insights into making propagation predictions in general, and a set of pre-calculated, point-to-point, band-by-band prediction tables, together with an extensive set of coverage area maps," he said. All predictions are for short-path propagation.

German telecommunications regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) announced today that WRTC 2018 teams will use 1 × 1 call signs from the Y2A - Y9A series on a one-time basis. Y2 - Y9 call sign prefixes were inherited from the former East Germany regulatory regime and have not been used for nearly 30 years -- since the reunification of East and West Germany. Specific call signs will be assigned by lottery. Video updates and reports are available on the WRTC 2018 website. Results will be announced and medals awarded in a closing ceremony on Sunday.


The ARRL Letter

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