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Friedrichshafen. (xv) Ham Radio, the most important show for radio amateurs in Europe, was the prelude to the final spurt to the Amateur Radio World Championship in Germany for the WRTC organizing team. During the three days of the fair, information was distributed to many interested visitors at the WRTC stand. Visitors were also encouraged to participate and this effort was successful with additional volunteer helpers joining there. On the stage of the exhibition hall Chris Janßen, DL1MGB, and Michael Höding, DL6MHW, presented in words and pictures the status of the preparation processes in hand  for the WRTC. The interest level was consistently high, hardly a chair remained unoccupied. Also encouraging was the interest of the many volunteer helpers who gathered at the WRTC stand to discuss and clarify final questions about the technology in use and general organization. Manfred Wolf DJ5MW, a participant from the 2014 World Championships was available at the WRTC stand to answer all visitors questions. Concurrently the organizing team used the Hamfest weekend to clarify organizational details. The World Championship for radio amateurs starts in just 35 days! 

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(Wittenberg, 6 July 2018) as the designated team leader of 'AF' had to refuse his participation due to personal reasons we would like replace the team 'AF' by a wild card team. So we invite you to send wild card applications for the now open TL position with DL1CW as team mate. The deadline for the wild card application is Saturday, June 9. 2018 at 2359z received at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please explain, why you are applying as TL. After the deadline, we will choose the new TL as soon as possible.

Wittenberg (xv) Almost casually, Robby Pöschk, DM6DX, mentioned in our latest teleconference: "We have the 1300 broom handles and the more than 30 Kilometres of barrier tape along with the more than 65 Dixie portaloos in supplies." That caused some frivolity between the organizers of the WRTC 2018 and some disbelief. Surprised at the 1300 broom handles, the press spokesman asked why so many were needed. "Without air hooks, I can not secure the operators area in the sites," was the answer of the logistics officer Robby Pöschk.

Wittenberg (xv) After the final check all sites for WRTC 2018 are confirmed now. The checks proved that all sites are well suited with respect to topographical and interference problems. This is the result that Ulrich Weiss (DJ2YA) and Frank Neumann (DM5WF) arrived at after carefully inspecting more than 80 possible WRTC 2018 sites in the areas round Muehlberg, Jessen and Jueterbog. Ulrich Weiss stated: “When measuring the angles to the horizon in all directions with a theodolite we didn’t detect a single elevation of more than 1° among the occasional enhancements at the horizon. Furthermore, we paid special attention to make sure that the Fresnel Zones round the antenna locations are plain and free of obstructions. And Frank Neumann added “Five of the intended sites did not meet the criteria, however, it is no problem to replace them from the stock of back-up sites that we inspected as well. Our particular concern were the directions towards North America with its great number of potential DX-contacts”. The evaluation team was supported by Andreas Thron (DL8UAT), Wolfgang Tretschock (DL2RSF) and Andreas Winter (DK4WA).

Wittenberg. (xv) How's the competition going? Who is ahead? Where is a particular team? Answers to these questions interest competitors and spectators alike, in every sport - including radio sports. It's about speed not only with the operators at the WRTC stations but also with results reporting. On-line presentation of the current score requires a lot of technical effort behind the scenes! Ben Büttner, DL6RAI, who leads the responsible IT team at WRTC 2018, says: "We want to make sure that from all competition locations, the on-going results in minute intervals are available on a scoreboard similar to a Football league table and at the same on the Internet published on www.wrtc2018.de. "In order for this to work, special attention is attached to unwanted RF radiation, thermal stability and redundant power when we build the Score Collection Computers (SCC). An important goal is that there should be no disruption during the competition."

(mhw) When you looking for WRTC 2018 in Dayton you will find a probably unmanned booth. In 2018 all our work is focused on the finale preparation for the big event in July 2018. Therefore only a small delegation visit Dayton this year. You will find Chris, DL1MGB, in Crown Plaza in the Contest Super Suite. You can ask him everything. Chris has also the honor to be the dinner speaker during the annual contest dinner on Saturday evening.  

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