[CQ-Contest] List of WRTC stations / Results /Overspottinganditsimpact

Don Field don.field at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 02:22:29 PDT 2010

There has been a lot of (largely uninformed) speculation on here as to the
impact of cheerleading, the way logs were adjudicated, etc. I will try to
address some of these issues in the article I have been asked to write for
NCJ about the whole WRTC experience.

Suffice to say that WRTC was quite amazing and really does seem to have come
the closest yet to the mythical "level playing field". The Russian support
was incredible, some of the helpers (installing tents and antennas, helping
with transport, etc) had travelled overland from as far away as UA9/0.

For many reasons, some of us expected the results to be dominated by Russian
teams, mainly because they have been using this particular format in their
RRTC event for many years. The (very worthy) winning team, from what their
referee told me, operated as one - barely exchanging a word, but being
almost telepathic in their teamwork, largely because they have been
operating together at RU1A and elsewhere for 30 years. But the Estonian and
US teams in 2nd and 3rd place did an amazing job to do so well in what, for
them, was largely a new format. (for those who don't know, the rules allowed
both operators to run and/or S&P, albeit with an "octopus" so only one tx
could be on at a time - technically this really meant having a triplexer to
allow the beam to be used by both rigs simultaneously; from an operating
point of view it required close co-ordination between the ops)

It will be interesting to see what innovations the next WRTC brings - Moscow
will be a hard act to follow.


(having had the privilege of being part of the judging team)

On 14 July 2010 01:16, Paul O'Kane <pokane at ei5di.com> wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Radio K0HB" <kzerohb at gmail.com>
> > There was no impact, Rob.  LU5DX has decided to create
> > a controversy where none exists,
> No impact - where the number of spots for each team
> varied from 1 to 121?  Of course there was an impact.
> Look at the results.  A single additional spot for
> ES5TV/ES2RR could have made them winners.  One fewer
> spot for RW1AC/RA1AIP could have dropped them to
> second place.
> Spotting is the most significant unregulated factor in
> preventing WRTC being a true measure of the operating
> skills of each team.
> Can it be regulated?  If not, we will have the same
> controversy next time.
> 73,
> Paul EI5DI
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