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As successfully implemented by many DXpeditions the WRTC beam will be rotated by a rotator mounted at the base of the tower supporting the beam. This setup has been successfully tested in July 2016 at five different locations of the designated contest area near the city of Jessen, situated to the south west of Berlin, Germany.

The rotator is mounted on a sturdy base plate. The telescoping tower is affixed to the top of the rotator by a set of clamps. The heavy duty G-1000 DXC rotor will be exclusively used for the WRTC event. It has been donated by our Prime Sponsor YAESU.

The organizers of the WRTC 2018 are happy to announce that ICOM Inc. will support the WRTC 2018 as Platinum Sponsor. This Japanese company has been leading in the development of novel techniques for short wave and VHF/UHF equipment for several decades. The company‘s close links to contesting can be seen in the initiative of the ICOM Contest Team and the support of the Contest University. As the main sponsor ICOM America had a great share in the success of the Olympic Games for radio amateurs in the WRTC 2014 in New England.

(wittenberg, 7th July 2016) During the second weekend of July, exactly two years before the ham radio Olympics in Germany, the WRTC team meets for a first test session in the Jessen/Wittenberg area. We will set up the selected antennas at five sites and test this configuration in a real contest.

The test session addresses several goals. The first is to evaluate the antenna system and the setup procedure with different teams to detect optimization potentials. Furthermore, planning and logistics will be evaluated.

Additionally, we focus on public relations bringing the WRTC spirit to the residents of the region and to regional newspapers and TV stations. Moreover, we check the radio characteristics of the different sites using the world wide CW skimmer network. Beside this, five teams will take part in the IARU HF Championship contest with the goal to find the best team in an internal competition.

The planned callsigns for this radio activity are

  • for the contest: DD5M, DK2O, DR1X, DM5D and DR5L
  • for the CW skimmer test: DB2B, DK7C, DM3W, DP9A and DR3W

The general goal of the test session is to learn and to detect chances for improvement in equipment and processes.

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