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Wittenberg (DF9XV). The list of WRTC award certificates is getting longer: five more will be added to the two existing award programs for the WRTC which will take place on the 14th. and 15th. of July. "With our awards, we want to increase the already large, international interest in the WRTC, creating for the WRTC competitors good sized pile-up's to work. We also wish to reward all the YLs and OMs that make the pile-ups in the competition possible." said Michael Höding, DL6MHW, from the WRTC organizing team. The previous award programs WWQR and VOTA raised great interest: Awards Manager Hajo Weigand, DJ9MH, has already issued more than 1800 award certificates.

Those who reach all WRTC stations can download the "Worked All WRTC Stations (WAWRTC)" diploma after the competition completes, from the Internet. "A log does not have to be sent in. The data to create the certificates is generated from the log books of the WRTC stations." explained Hajo.

At the 3rd “Funktag” in Kassel the WRTC 2018 e.V. was again represented with its own booth. Almost 100 days before the opening of the world radio team championship in Jessen / Wittenberg, anticipation of the big event in July was high.

Located at the entrance, the small group led by Ralf, DK1DSA were able to welcome the many supporters and enter into some interesting discussions. Most questions were easily answered. The plans are progressing. The allocation of the site based teams, who support individual competition locations is in its final phase.

WRTC 2018 is not just a radio contest. It also provides contesters and their families the opportunity to gather and visit interesting places around the region where the contest is hosted.

Visitors to WRTC 2018 in Germany can now book tours and tickets via No registration is required and payment is easy e.g. using Paypal.


The upcoming WPX SSB contest (March 24-25 2018) will fill the band with thousands of contest calls. Among the crowd there will be a number of the larger WRTC team.

What do we mean by larger WRTC team? WRTC is not only an event for the 126 active competitors. There are also 63 referees performing the hard job of observing 2 channels of high speed qso traffic for 24 hours. Beside this there are more than 300 volunteers working in support roles. They will support the WRTC with nearly a week of their own time to set up and support the 63 operating sites south of Berlin. Many of the volunteers are also contesters and will be taking part in the WPX contest.

For you to identify these volunteers we have provided an XDT-File for wintest with the names and VOTA numbers of the volunteers. The VOTA number exculsively identifies a WRTC 2018 volunteer and is valid for the VOTA Award ( It consists of a Prefix and a running number. For instance Dave, K3ZJ, will give out K-001 and Manfred DK2OY, DL-016.

The wrtc.xdt file also contains the calls and names of all competitors and referees. Please import the file into your contest logging program and give the WRTC TEAM a short “GO WRTC” to motivate them for the very special event coming up in summer 2018.

Wintest instructions:

  1. Download the XDT-File:
  2. Save the file into /ProgramData/win-test/extras
  3. Select wrtc.xdt under Options | Data files | Default data files
  4. Press ALT-X to bring the information window to your screen

Hier you finde a Q&D Youtube Video showing the steps.

About a hundred days before the start of WRTC 2018, it's time to take a look at the fundraising status.

Rudolf DJ3WE, who took over the management of the fundraising team at the beginning of the year, informs us that so far donations of about €500,000 have been received. Rudolf has been part of the fundraising team since 2016 working with our major sponsors including YAESU and WiMo. He brings along the necessary skills for dealing with business partners through over 30 years of professional experience in various business positions.

The ongoing Russian DX Contest will include a significant number of WRTC teams testing equipment and operating. RDXC is the ideal contest for that: it is mixed mode and has a M2 category, allowing the simultaneous operation of two radios. This is quite similar to WRTC rules, so many teams will bring their filters and triplexes into action.

We heard rumors that Manfred DJ5MW, is traveling to Sweden to join Stefan DL1IAO, for a test with SM9A. Tim K3LR, is coming to Germany to operate DR8A with his team mate Sandy DL1QQ. DA0AA is "manned" by Maddin DL4NAC and Irina DL8DYL. Whereas RDXC will deliver nice pile-ups the teams will probably also need time to optimize their equipment.

Thus the final score achieved in RDXC will be not the main priority because the score in the World Radiosport Team Championship in July 2018 will be the final destination of each team’s four year journey.

If your are a WRTC competitor or work one of teams testing please drop a comment or a sound snippet on our facebook page at 

The Picture shows Ranko, 4O3A, with his WRTC 2014 setup. Ranko introduced triplexer technology to short wave contesting during WRTC 2006, now a standard for many contest stations.

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