[CQ-Contest] Press Release: WRTC 2018 is coming - 500 days to go

Michael Hoeding, DL6MHW dl6mhw at wrtc2018.de
Mon Feb 27 09:10:33 EST 2017

Wittenberg/Jessen 27th February 2017

    WRTC 2018 is coming - 500 days to go

Often the WRTC is rightly referred to as the Olympic Games of Radio 
Sport. “Olympiad” originally meant the the period between the actual 
Olympic Games. There are now just 500 days in our “Olympiad” until the 
opening ceremony. A lot has already happened - but there is still a lot 
left to be done and time flies.

      Current facts and figures

  * 60% of needed funds have been raised
  * 11 ham fairs have been visited
  * 94 presentations given in clubs and at meetings
  *  > 40 articles published in magazines and newspapers
  * 80 conference calls have taken place
  *  > 1,000 WWQR Awards issued
  * 58,000 QSOs with D*0WRTC have taken place
  * Several major sponsoring contracts are in place
  * 23 international ambassadors have been assigned
  * 14 national ambassadors have been assigned
  * 40 Tents have been Sponsored
  * 3 Teams have been Sponsored
  * The qualification process is finished
  * The competition rules are drafted
  * 160 possible sites have been evaluated
  * Antennas, masts and rotators have been selected and tested
  * The first large test session has been completed

Several of the component projects are approaching a stable state however 
some projects are requiring more work than expected. We are on schedule 
and are proud to be the host. A great number of volunteers support the 
organisation of the WRTC and dedicate many hours of their time for this 
very special event.

      Voices and feelings from the team

*DL1RTL - Heiko*(Volunteer): As a volunteer during the test day 2016 I 
have already helped in a team to set up a site For me WRTC 2018 offers 
the unique chance of being part of a genuine international championship.

*DL9ZWG - Wolfhard*(Treasurer): To me the WRTC 2018 means I have the 
opportunity to be a small part of a large group of “maniacs” who 
organise this extraordinary Amateur Radio Sport event in Germany. I 
particularly appreciate the fact that in the WRTC all teams have to 
compete under almost identical conditions (including similar site 

*DK9VZ - Wolfgang*(Fundraising): I am very glad that we got the chance 
to present the international event WRTC here in Germany. I really don’t 
have a lot of free time but I´d like to contribute as much as I can to 
the success of WRTC 2018.

*DL3DXX -Dietmar*(Log checking): I introduced computer aided log 
checking in the 90`s for the WAEDC together with DL2DN. Invented STF log 
description as internal log format long before Cabrillo came up but 
never made it public. WRTC 2018 means for me to organize log checking of 
WRTC participants with the special characteristic that checking must be 
done during 24 hours time frame. This is a new approach for me and 
requires not only to get the checking software running but furthermore 
to install a team of helpers to define the checking procedures and to 
split the work among all team members with the approach to check as much 
as possible during the given time to make checking procedures fair for 
all teams.

*DJ3WE*(Fundraising): It is most fascinating for me that - for the first 
time in my life - I can and may make use of all my skills, be it amateur 
radio or the command of the English language as well as playing and 
negotiating on an international stage. There is one particular matter 
that occasionally makes me sweat, the high expectations worldwide 
regarding our organisational skills given that we are up to now a very 
small group, too small..

*DL1MGB*(President): For me as a part-time organizer of DXpeditions WRTC 
2018 is like 65 DXpeditions; a major difference is that we don't have to 
travel anywhere in 2018, rather the world comes to us! - for me WRTC 
2018 is a perfect, unrestricted, way to bring together a lot of 
different ham radio groups into one large project.

*DJ2YA*(): For WRTC2018 I will be doing my best to provide the same 
“level playing field” for each location as well as helping with 
translations into English. As a WRTC-veteran (San Francisco, Bled and 
Florianapolis) I consider WRTC 2018 in Germany as the pinnacle event.

*DL4ST - Steffen*(Volunteer): As a member of the DARC district board for 
Saxony-Anhalt I am proud that a portion of our members are commited to 
taking an active role in the organisation and preparation of the WRTC.

*DM6DX - Robby*(Ambassador-Berlin / Camping): As regional ambassador I 
have recruited a complete team of volunteers… … the accommodation 
requirements are on track and before the test days in June we will have 
choosen the final tent model. ...the chairs can be evaluated soon. Just 
purchasing 130 suitable desk lamps has proved to be quite a challenge.

*DK4QT - Dieter*(AC-Member): I would like use my capabilities to support 
the WRTC team and help to ensure a successful WRTC 2018. During 2017 I 
will advertise the event to possible WRTC helpers in DARC District N.

*DJ9MH - Hajo*(WRTC Award): Since the WRTC in California I have followed 
this championship attentively and worked its competitors. In Bled my xyl 
and I had the chance to have a closer look at the event. I attended the 
initial meeting of “WRTC 2018 e.V” which resulted in my allocation as an 
WRTC award manager and administrator of the special WRTC call signs

*DJ6DC*(Consultant): I am the designer of the basic concept ”outdoor 
Facilities” I manage all interface definitions and operational plans and 
where possible also financial contributions... for me the WRTC 2018 is 
the pinnacle and a trend-setting event.

*DF8XC*(Volunteer): WRTC 2018 gives me the chance to get to know the 
leading contesters.

*DL2MLU*(PR): To contribute to something great, to be there and live the 

*DL8OBF - Uwe*(AC-Member): I am a member of the Advisory Committee for 
the WRTC 2018. I am also responsible for the competition-rules and 
response to any related questions raised. I am pleased to see the WRTC 
in Germany and to have the opportunity to display our hospitality to the 

*DL2RSF - Wolfgang*(Volunteer): After applying to become a volunteer I 
joined a teamonthe test day at Jessen. For me erecting antennas is 
particularly exciting and interesting. Good health provided I’ll 
certainly take part in the test daysin2017 and in any case in the actual 
event in 2018. Once more I’ll be looking forward to making friends with 
other volunteers and participants

*DL9GFB - Franz*(Consultant): I will be available as needed, to help 
with any "jobs" during WRTC 2018 WRTC 2018 = Most important event for 
Ham Radio in Germany!

*DL2MLU Luise*(Fundraising - Kacheln): For me WRTC means to contribute 
to something great, to be part of it and enjoythe experience

*DK1DSA Ralf*(Volunteer, Hospitality): As a radio amateur in Wittenberg 
I’m happily looking forward to such a great event in my home region. I 
am curious about the world’s best contesters andthis veryexciting 
contest with its field-day characteristics, of which,until now,I have 
only been able to read about. In 2018 I’ll be volunteerthereas 
everything can be reached on foot orbicycle.

*DL6RAI - Ben*(IT-Manager): Providing IT services before and during WRTC 
2018 requires special know how. We are happy to have built a great team 
that maintains several different web sites, provides 65 logging 
computers for the online-scoring function and created a custom web-based 
application to manage data and documents of the 65 different sites. 
Expectations are high and we are working on meeting them.

*DM5EE - Uli*(Volunteer): WRTC 2018 will put the German amateur radio 
community in the limelight and many friends from all over the world will 
gather here for the competition. It is a huge event that will present 
many challenges preparing for it but which will be a lifetime experience 
that I am anxiously looking forward to.

*DH8BQA - Olli*(PR-Team): Wrote few articles on WRTC technical related 
matters for German HAM magazines cqDL and FUNKAMATEUR. Assisting antenna 
director every now and then. Wish I had much more time available for 
WRTC organization. WRTC 2018 will be THE biggest event in German Amateur 
Radio history, at least from a contesting perspective.

      About WRTC 2018

The World Radiosport Team Championships (WRTC) are held every four years 
and assemble more than 60 two-operator-teams of the world’s best radio 
contesters on a level playing field. Quite different from their usual 
contesting they must use identical equipment in the same geographical 
region eliminating all variables except their personal skills. Previous 
WRTCs were held in Seattle/USA (1990), San Francisco/USA (1996), 
Slovenia (2000), Finland (2002) Brazil (2006) Russia (2010) and New 
England/USA (2014).


Michael Höding, DL6MHW
Vice-President, Fundraising, PR
Phone: +49 39201 20779
E-Mail: dl6mhw at wrtc2018.de

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