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The mood ahead of the start of the WRTC in Wittenberg is great. The Contesters are up-beat and happy about their beautiful sites and super-volunteers they met on Friday.

The volunteers are happy to be very close to the action. The sun is shining for them as well.

There is also anticipation in the air. After all the WRTC is product of nearly four years of work. Whether winner, top ten or in the upper half - each of the participants is a winner, because getting through the qualification was tough enough.

A lot of people will follow the “race” via the online scoreboard a lot will race to be on the right bands to be part of the show. Let's rock the bands!

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Breakfast radio with 300kW plus 20dB gain towards North America
 
The WRTC is started and today RADIO DARC will transmit a special broadcast. The broadcast will be in English from 11:00 to 12:00 UTC (13:00 to 14:00 CEST) in the 49 m band at 6070 kHz and at the same time in the 22m band at 13 860 kHz.
The six-hour time difference makes it possible for RADIO DARC program to serve up-to-date World Championship news to North America's radio amateurs as a "breakfast radio" show. In order to reach North America a 300 kW transmitter and a 20 dB gain directional antenna will be used from the broadcasting center near Vienna. The contest starts today at 12.00 UTC.

It starts Tomorrow! This is going to be GREAT. 

The call signs from the Y8 call sign block will be assigned to 63 teams and will sure help to generate massive pile ups on the bands on 10 m to 80 m. You can work the Y8xx in CW as well in SSB.

Martin, DL4NAC, has kindly written out some guidance notes of how to best work the stations.

Important information for chasing the WRTC stations:

  • WRTC stations will work only operate on the 80 to 10m contest bands using CW and SSB
  • WRTC stations should be spotted by callers in the DX clusters
  • Please treat all WRTC stations the same don’t favorise one over another
  • Do not be surprised that everyone speaks English only and wont give their own call sign out  (that's in the rules).
  • Make sure that the QSO is as short as possible.
  • Keep trying difficult band, as the WRTC stations will only be running 100 W and will not be loud.
  • Try looking for the stations early on Sunday morning on 80 and 40m as it’s likely the station will only be the higher bands on Saturday.
  • Your help can be rewarded - there are diplomas and medals to apply for.

 

The award series includes 5 certificates,

  • WAWRTC - Worked All WRTC Stations 
  • WRTC Sprint - contact all stations in the shortest time 
  • WRTC Most QSOs - who makes the largest number of contacts with the WRTC stations 
  • Assistant Judge - for those submitting check logs 
  • Long Distance Challenge - for those with contacts from the furthest distance sum

 

Exact information can be found on the website:
http://www.wrtc2018.de/index.php/en/activities

Gedas LY9A and Mindis LY4L are very pleased with the visit of their tent sponsor Klaus Kuhlemeier, DJ4PT.
Klaus had sponsored the station tent in memory of Heinrich Lumpe, DJ6JC (sk). Heinrich, DJ6JC always had an open ear for newcomers and supported many radio amateurs with his knowledge and his skills. This is remembered as much as his steel lattice masts, produced in his company Willer & Billerbeck (WiBi) for many years. More at http://www.wrtc2018.de/index.php/foerderer/tent-sponsors-de?val=dj6dc 

All 63 tents oft he competitionsteams have been sponsored.
Since lunchtime, the team from Lithuania has been busy installing their radios and other station equipment at their site in the Annaberg area. "We've checked some lists x times and compared them to the material we're installing and hope we have not forgotten anything," Mindis said yesterday evening, while at the WRTC opening event. "Although it was not a nightmare, the WRTC and the worry of forgetting something in Lithuania caused many hours of late night work," he added. "Tomorrow at 12.00 UTC the contest starts. But only if it turns out nothing was left in Lithuania," smiles Gedas, LY9A "We are happy to be with our friends and families here in Wittenberg," Gedas continued.

Friday morning had an exciting and important event in the program. Although all locations are equivalent, the draw of locations and callsigns is considered to be the fairest method of allocating the sites. A glass bowl containing 63 plastic orbs containing the call signs of the teams and the assigned referee along with sealed envelopes with the Y8xx call sign inside laid on the table.

The first team was Manfred, DJ5MW and Stefan, DL1IAO, who will transmit from the location near Mühlberg, the furthest away from the HQ. Also Stephane, F4DXW and Sebastian, F8CMF could start early with the help of the volunteers.Two and a half hours later Fred, K9VV and John, VE3EJ received the nearest location, almost directly on the Elbe.

The sealed envelopes will be held by the referees and will only be opened at 11.45 UTC tomorrow, 15 minutes before the competition starts.

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