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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.

Wittenberg’s Mayor, Jochen Kirchner, has tonight formally opened WRTC 2018, the World Radio Team Championship 2018. It is the first time that WRTC takes place in Germany. With the endorsement of Martin Luther, Jochen Kirchner welcomed all participants and visitors and wished them good luck and many radio contacts.

 

 

One of the corner stones of WRTC are the special call signs that were revealed during a presentation on the 100 year history of amateur radio in Germany by Uli Müller, DK4VW. 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.

 

The event was framed by a parade of participants from 40 nations and an entertaining  report by John Dorr, K1AR, the first team champion of a WRTC event in 1990 in Seattle. All participants, visitors and supporters alike are looking forward to an eventful and competitive event.

 

The WRTC is a serious event. On Thursday morning, participants and referees for the radio sports world championship had to get up early for a very important meeting at 8 am! During the briefing by the competition management all rule principles were again explained and all questions answered. Moderator Uwe, DL8OBF, was supported by the Judging Committee. Led by Ulf, DL5AXX, the Judging Committee contains experienced contest experts from four continents. Randy, K5ZD, has a lot of experience as organizer of WRTC 2014, Nodir, EY8MM was a member of the Judging committee in 2014 and Bernd, VK2IA, was referee in 2014 and multiple times a WRTC participant. Dietmar, DL3DXX, organizes the log check team and has developed special evaluation software.

Competitors and referees asked for a lot of detail. Especially as regards correct log keeping and rating of QSOs, such as what to do when the QSO partner sent the wrong zone. The guidelines given at the meeting are a building block for fair competition, which must indeed be reflected during contest operation and not only through subsequent regulatory discussions.

In another meeting there was a detailed briefing for the referees. Here, among other things, the function of the power checking meter was described and the configuration of the score collection computer explained.

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