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Place Call Oper1 Oper2 RawScore
1 Y81N LY9A LY4L 5940158
2 Y81A DJ5MW DL1IAO 5385432
3 Y82V N6MJ KL9A 5064619
4 Y81M F8DBF F1AKK 5026428
5 Y86Q LZ4AX LZ3FN 4950612
6 Y89A S50A S57AW 4939067
7 Y89R US2YW UW7LL 4914190
8 Y84W 9A7DX 9A3LG 4843038
9 Y84Z OM3BH OM3GI 4835200
10 Y82G IZ3EYZ IK4VET 4781672
11 Y81U 9A1UN 9A6XX 4728119
12 Y87W YO8TTT UT5GW 4727317
13 Y87O N2NL W2SC 4727118
14 Y87C K1LZ YO9GZU 4715006
15 Y81D UR0MC VE3DZ 4707999
16 Y87M N4YDU N3KS 4705872
17 Y84X K6XX WA6O 4697314
18 Y83O ES5TV ES2RR 4682220
19 Y82F E77DX 9A5K 4613024
20 Y82K W2GD AA3B 4557766
21 Y84O R8CT UA4FER 4482860
22 Y84Q K3LR DL1QQ 4425185
23 Y83V N9RV N6TR 4399560
24 Y81R RW7K UB7K 4382880
25 Y82D HA8RT DK6SP 4382068
26 Y86C RW1A RA1A 4379928
27 Y89U K9VV VE3EJ 4311844
28 Y84P OH6KZP OH6UM 4304214
29 Y83P N5AW K5WA 4287685
30 Y83L K1DG N2NT 4272124
31 Y82A YO8SCA S55M 4267754
32 Y87U SM5AJV SM3SGP 4240911
33 Y87G DL2CC DK9IP 4229376
34 Y84B EA2OT EA8RM 4175744
35 Y89D DL4NAC DL8DYL 4155186
36 Y86Y VA2EW DL1CW 4154540
37 Y83C LU1FAM YO9WF 4115668
38 Y81K UA2FB RA2FA 4108800
39 Y86O OM2VL OM3RM 4066500
40 Y86J EC2DX EA5KA 4029907
41 Y87K OK2ZI OK2ZC 4018924
42 Y82M F4DXW F8CMF 4015944
43 Y84C JH5GHM WA1Z 4015104
44 Y83U N4TZ N1UR 4011708
45 Y87L PY1NX PY2SEX 3967176
46 Y82N YV1DIG RA9USU 3940125
47 Y83X 4X6FR 4X1DX 3936111
48 Y82L N6XI AE6Y 3911853
49 Y83B LZ5VK RW4WR 3909450
50 Y83K KE3X KD4D 3855566
51 Y84J RC9O UA9PM 3793873
52 Y89M ZL3CW F6BEE 3779055
53 Y82B AD4Z NP4Z 3771768
54 Y84Y K2PO KU1CW 3729528
55 Y87V VE7CC VE7SV 3550400
56 Y83Z CE2LR KG5HVO 3504240
57 Y84G UN9LW UN9L 3461388
58 Y82W E73A 4O3A 3252400
59 Y89N ZL3IO ZL4YL 3246541
60 Y86W K3PA N3AD 3239895
61 Y86P E21EIC 9M2ZAK 2791524
62 Y86V OR2F ON5RA 2619190
63 Y87B VY2ZM KK6ZM 2517206

Short interview with Gedas Lucinskas, LY9A, and Mindis Jukna, LY4L.

It looks highly likely that the team from Lithuania have won the WRTC 2018 by far, with more than 5200 QSOs and more than 5.9 million points. The station was operated with two YAESU FTDX-5000 transceivers. As with all WRTC contest stations, it used a HD Spider Beam with a built-in 40m dipole. A specially made for the WRTC, WIMO dipole antenna was used on 80m. The Spider beam was mounted at 12m height on an aluminum telescopic mast and just below the beam was the support for the 80m dipole. 
Paul Bigwood, G3WYW, from prime sponsor YAESU was delighted with the winning team from Lithuania and insisted on congratulating the successful team on site in Annaburg. He had the station shown to him. It was a true "hotspot", because the temperature in the station tent had climbed to almost 40 ° C. "A phenomenal performance of our friends from Lithuania and I am impressed and thrilled at the same time," said Paul in the presence of the team.

Gradually, the competition teams and their referees arrive at the Luther Hotel in Wittenberg. They have behind them 24 hours of competition. Many thousands of contacts are recorded in the logbooks. Now the USB sticks have been handed over to the log checkers and the logbook files are subjected to strict control. Tomorrow, we'll know more about the final positions of the 63 teams.

> More Pictures at the Gallery.

Observations at site ABG-3

Sunday, 2:00 pm, contest end. Deep breathes from the three in the tent at  Site ABG-3. 24 hours work is behind them. Referee Michael Fulcher, KC7V, comes out of the tent, talks to us briefly and asks that we from the media team be patient. "Of course - we will comply," I reply in broken English before he closes the tent door with the zipper again. Meanwhile, more and more "volunteers" and "organizers" gather in the dry, dusty field about 6 km south east of Jessen. Several photographers have already set up in front of the tent entrance to watch the moment when the Y81N operators leaves the tent after more than 24 hours. Quiet, factual-sounding scraps of conversation come out of the tent. Some impatience is spreading. "Now stop," one of the bystanders thinks out loud and winks. Then the "cheerleader team" of Lithuanians arrives in a VW Camper and several cars. Their funny T-shirts stand out and their happiness is obvious. Everyone waits and then a familiar sound: the zipper opens and Gedas, LY9A, hurries to the porta-a-loo. "I have waited a long time," he murmurs smiling at each of us waiting for the crucial photo of the two operators. He looks puzzled but gets sympathetic looks from those he passes in his sweaty clothes. It is 32° C and undoubtedly even hotter in the tent. It takes a few more minutes and shortly after Gedas goes back into the tent, the referee and the contest crew seem to completed the formalities.

Did the team from Lithuania really win it? With more than 5.9 million points Gedas, LY9A, and Mindis, LY4L, are clearly ahead of the German team of Manfred, DJ5MW, and Stefan, DL1IAO. The Germans managed 5.3 million points. Whether the scores stay as they are is not yet certain, first all logs need to be checked. The work of the Log Checkers now starts. The memory keys with the contact logs on them are supplied to the log checking team. With the phrase "CQ contest, Y81N, CQ Test de Y81N" the Lithuanian team managed 5212 radio contacts. By the contest end, the German team achieved 4874 contacts.

Which teams get the lower places is open as the point differences between third to sixth places are very small. At the moment, the 2014 gold medalists from the USA are in third place, followed by teams from Slovenia, The Ukraine and Bulgaria. Whoever occupies the places in the end and if there is a change to the positions of the leading teams remains to be seen.

How many points remain after evaluation for each team is now in the hands of the checkers who will check everything very precisely.

Those who followed the scoreboard realized how quickly the positions of the teams changed.

What was interesting and exciting for the spectators was hidden from the competition teams, because in the rules of the competition accepted by the stations bans external access through smartphone, internet and more. Even the referee has only a simple telephone for use in emergencies or for questions to the organizers and judges. Therefore, the surprise was set for the competition end after 2:00 pm: Where did we finish up and where our competitors? Exhaustion and relief are written equally on the team's faces. After 24 hours of maximum concentration on the radio, relaxation and recovery are now essential. But not every team will succeed relaxing immediately as the adrenalin level is only gradually decreasing. Not everyone will be able to sleep straight away.

It is probably a mixture of feelings of happiness, the joy of what has been achieved and finally "having it over with", which is prevalent among all 63 teams and equally important, the 63 referees.

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