[SCCC] Fwd: [wrtc2014] WRTC News #29 - WRTC2014 Announces Live Scoreboard to Track Team Standings

John Barcroft k6am at arrl.net
Tue Jul 1 11:21:17 EDT 2014

Hey guys,

It'll be like going to Del Mar and watching your favorite horse!

John, K6AM
David, N6AN

NA-6 Team 2

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From: Randy Thompson K5ZD <k5zd at charter.net>
Date: Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 4:35 AM
Subject: [wrtc2014] WRTC News #29 - WRTC2014 Announces Live Scoreboard to
Track Team Standings
To: wrtc2014 at lists.wrtc2014.org


WRTC2014 Announces Live Scoreboard to Track Team Standings

WINDHAM, NH Issued July 1, 2014. WRTC 2014, Inc., host of the 2014 World
Radiosport Team Championship competition, announced today that there will be
a live scoreboard for tracking the team standings during the event July
12-13, 2014. The Live Scoreboard will be directly accessible on the web at
http://sb.wrtc2014.org or from a link on the WRTC2014 web site

The scoreboard uses an innovative data collection method developed by Dave
Pascoe KM3T and Bob Raymond WA1Z. Each WRTC2014 team will be using networked
computers to log the contest. The score collection system will "sniff" the
network traffic to obtain the latest score and QSO breakdown information.
This data will be transmitted by cellular modem every 5 minutes back to the
score processing web site. Previous WRTC events used manual score
submissions on an hourly basis. This will be the first to use automation to
present scores in near real-time.

The web site will show the scores of all teams ordered by score. Clicking on
a team will reveal the team's band breakdown, hourly rate sheet, and
position for each hour of the contest. A leader board page will list the top
5 teams by CW contacts, SSB contacts, multipliers, and points per QSO.

Another innovation is the ability to select multiple teams and compare their
scores on a graph vs time. This will reveal how the fortunes of teams change
over the 24 hours as they follow their various strategies for building their

"We have spent a lot of time confirming the cell signal levels for all sites
and are confident that we will have real-time scoring from all 59 teams,"
said WRTC2014 Director Dave Pascoe, KM3T. "Bob Raymond has done a great job
on the scoreboard web site design and we expect it will be very exciting for
friends and family, as well as for hams worldwide, to follow the competitors
as they move through the 24 hours."

Teams will be shown by the calls of the team members rather than their
over-the-air callsign. This is done to maintain fairness by keeping the team
identity behind each callsign a secret. The teams are not allowed to
identify themselves over the air except by their competition callsign.

The site uses responsive design principles to provide maximum usability on
desktop, tablet, and mobile platforms.

The scoreboard site is live before the contest for testing purposes.  All
scores will be reset to zero before the contest begins at 1200 UTC on July
12, 2014.

About WRTC2014

The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is held every four years and
consists of 50+ two-person teams of amateur radio operators from around the
world competing in a test of operating skill.  Unlike most on-the-air
competitions, all stations are required to use identical antennas from the
same geographic region, eliminating all variables except operating ability.
Previous WRTCs have been held in Seattle (1990), San Francisco (1996),
Slovenia (2000), Finland (2002), Brazil (2006), and Russia (2010).  More
information is available at www.wrtc2014.org or contact WRTC Chairman Doug
Grant, K1DG, via e-mail at k1dg at wrtc2014.org.

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