[CQ-Contest] WRTC 2002 in Finland

Ari Korhonen ari.korhonen at kolumbus.fi
Sat Apr 21 17:34:35 EDT 2001

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WRTC--Onward to 2002!

Ari Korhonen, OH1EH
ari.korhonen at kolumbus.fi

The next World Radiosport Team Championship, the Olympics of Amateur Radio, 
will be taking place in Finland in the year 2002.

What is the WRTC?
The WRTC is a competition among two-person teams of some of the top Amateur 
Radio contest operators in the world. By bringing these competitors 
together in one geographic area and providing equal operating conditions 
(antennas, power, etc), the variables normally associated with radio 
contesting are minimized, and the individual team's operating skills are 

WRTC 2002--A Joint Effort
Discussions as to which country would host WRTC 2002 began during the 
highly successful WRTC 2000 in Slovenia. Well known for its long history 
and high level of participation in contesting, Finland was one of the 
obvious choices. A common comment heard during the planning discussions in 
Slovenia was "The Finns must do it!"
We are now pleased to announce that WRTC 2002 will be jointly organized by 
Contest Club Finland (CCF) and the Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL).

The Teams
The team selection process is about to begin. Participants from all 
continents will be selected based primarily on their track records from 
past contests. Some 45 to 50 teams will be chosen through a variety of 
methods. These include open applications as well as "Encouragement Letters" 
sent out directly by the committee. Leading contest clubs and the IARU 
societies are encouraged to assist in identifying prospective participants. 
We will be keeping the contest community informed on the progress of this 
selection process on a regular basis.

The Contest
The on-the-air portion of the competition will be held within the 2002 IARU 
HF Championship. In keeping with the original WRTC concept, every effort 
will be made to provide the teams with operating conditions that are as 
equal as possible. Our plan is to set up 45 to 50 station sites in 
locations around the Helsinki area; each equipped with identical antenna 
The Finns are considered forerunners in information and telecommunications 
technology. We are proud to say that during the WRTC 2002, some of these 
exciting new technologies will be creatively utilized!

The Social Aspects
While the competition itself is certainly the focal point of WRTC 2002, the 
social aspects of this event will also receive special attention.
Once they've arrived in Finland, the competitors and the other guests will 
eventually be transported to the SRAL Summer Camp. Summer Camp is one of 
Finnish Amateur Radio's oldest traditions. It's essentially a combination 
of a hamfest and Field Day, and just about every ham-related activity is 
demonstrated. There's something exciting in the air during these 
camps--something that one has to experience first hand to fully appreciate!
A variety of other activities--such as excursions, parties and more--are 
also planned.

The WRTC 2002 Management Team
Jouko Häyrynen, OH1RX--Organizing Committee Chairman
Jari Jussila, OH2BU--Events Chairman and Domestic Publicity
Martti Laine, OH2BH--Competition Co-Chairman
Pasi Luoma-aho, OH2IW--Competition Co-Chairman
Jukka Kulha, OH2MA--Site Design and Management
Veijo Kontas, OH6KN--Wireless and Web technology
Merja Veisterä--Financial Controller and Treasurer
Ari Korhonen, OH1EH--Competitor Correspondence and International Publicity
Timo Klimoff, OH1NOA--Competitor Correspondence and Webmaster
Risto Lund, OH3UU--Logging and Scoring Management

WRTC 2002--Preliminary Schedule
Tuesday, July 9th:
Competitors arrive in Finland. There will be an informal get together and 
Wednesday, July 10th:
Competitors and guests will be transported to the SRAL Summer Camp and the 
official opening ceremony will be held.
Thursday, July 11th:
The first official contest meeting, the pileup competition and an evening 
party are scheduled.
Friday, July 12th:
The second contest meeting will be held. Competitors will then be 
transported to the contest station sites.
Saturday, July 13th:
WRTC 2002 on-the-air competition begins at 1200Z.
Sunday, July 14th:
WRTC 2002 competition ends at 1200Z.
Late night "after the contest" events will be held in Helsinki.
Monday, July, 15th:
There will be a tour of Helsinki, the awards ceremony and the closing ceremony.
Tuesday, July, 16th:

WRTC 2002 Publicity
We'll be keeping the contest community informed on the progress of WRTC 
2002 through various means. One of the best places to find the latest 
information is the WRTC 2002 Web site: www.wrtc2002.org.

Amateur Radio in Finland
The Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL) currently has 5000 members. This 
number represents more than 95 percent of all Finnish amateur 
licensees--the highest percentage member-to-licensee ratio in all of 
Europe. SRAL has retained its membership while many other countries have 
experienced declining numbers. To this end, the League employs some highly 
advanced initiatives--SRAL is quite possibly the only national Amateur 
Radio society that recruits new members through television commercials. The 
organization is professionally run and the Finnish Ministry of Education 
supports its efforts.
Contesting and DXing are two of the most popular Amateur Radio pursuits in 
Finland. Countrywide amateur activities are also organized by the Contest 
Club Finland (CCF) and the OH DX Foundation (OHDXF).
Located at 62 degrees North, Finland is considered by some the "KL7 of 
Europe"--as it is within the auroral zone at roughly the same latitude as 
Anchorage, Alaska. Finnish hams seem to believe that by hoisting their 
antennas higher and adding more elements they can close the "propagation 
gap" that exists between them and the rest of Europe. In Finland, rotatable 
140-foot towers are fairly common. With antennas positioned at lesser 
heights it would be very difficult to be competitive under typical conditions.
When the propagation is favorable, however, OHs are right in the thick of 
things--fighting for victory. Some of these individuals are not content 
with leaving their fate to the whims of the local propagation though--they 
head south and set up operations in contesting "hot spots" in equatorial 
Those who visit Finland may be surprised to see that the reach of the 
internationally renowned OH2AQ DX Summit--the global network of Web-based 
DX spotting--has been extended into the horizon of new innovation. The DX 
Summit is carried by the Finnish nationwide teletext TV network. Switch on 
a TV set anywhere in Finland--in any household--and you'll enjoy instant 
access to the latest information from the site on DXing and Amateur Radio 
Many Finnish hams are exposed to state-of-the-art technology in their 
employment as well--as they work for companies that are front-runners in 
high-tech sectors. Some of these companies will be providing support for 
WRTC-2002--Elektrobit, Nokia and Vaisala for example. (Nokia, incidentally, 
currently employs more than 10 percent of the ham population of Finland.)
But ultimately, the greatest factor that has contributed to the success of 
Amateur Radio in Finland is the unity of its ham population. While OH DXers 
and contesters compete head-to-head in many events, the following day they 
are back around the same table, sharing what they've learned and planning 
their next endeavors.
As the hosts for WRTC-2002, we invite both the competitors and others to 
come to Finland and experience firsthand the beauty of our country, the 
depth of our culture and the tremendous camaraderie that has become the 
hallmark of the WRTC events.

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>From Timo" <timo.klimoff at kolumbus.fi  Sun Apr 22 15:13:32 2001
From: Timo" <timo.klimoff at kolumbus.fi (Timo)
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 17:13:32 +0300
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If you have any questions about WRTC2002 mail them to the WRTC2002 mailing 
list or
to: Timo OH1NOA ( oh1noa at qsl.net ) or Ari OH1EH ( oh1eh at sral.fi ).

73, Timo OH1NOA
WRTC2002 webmaster ( http://www.wrtc2002.org )
Competitor Correspondence Coordinator
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