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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."

On January 6, the WRTC organizers met in Berlin to discuss final event planning. Because of the very extensive agenda, the meeting started at 8 o'clock and lasted until late in the evening. A total of 14 topics were discussed, from detailed event planning to IT, financing and the management of the volunteer helpers.

 

With regards to financing, some additional costs still have to be met. The lead fund raiser Rudolf DJ3WE, however is confident that the funds will be raised over the next few months thanks to our donors. The delivery of the station packages from the 1st. of February will be an important milestone.

WRTC 2018 e.V., host of the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) in Germany, is pleased to announce the 65 referees (63 on site and 2 alternates) that will be monitoring the competing teams during the competition July 14-15, 2018.

There are now just 250 days to WRTC 2018 in Jessen/Wittenberg. A lot has already happened - but there is still a lot left to be done and time flies. In recent months, important subprojects have been finished.

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