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Wittenberg. (xv) It is now also apparent from the outside that the Luther Hotel has become the hotspot for radio sport - the World Radiosport Team Championship WRTC while over the last couple of days, Ulf Ehrlich (DL5AXX) and Michael Höding (DL6MHW ) have mounted the first antennas on the roof of the hotelInitially, a Butternut HF6V and a FD4 have been installed. This allows the HQ station to be operational on all contest bands. The comparatively simple antennas will allow numerous WRTC contacts because of the short distance to the competitors sites.
The participants also have an opportunity to complete their last training sessions before the competition. the station also creates a good way to test the current propagation conditions. Furthermore, the station at the Luther Hotel allows the organizers to listen-in during the IARU contest at the weekend. This will indicate how the competition is running and how the pile-up's are going. Of course the organizers and helpers left behind at the hotel will also have the opportunity to participate in the contest that starts on Saturday at 2 pm and to give points to the competitors, because every contact counts.
The hotel hosts most of the participants and referees during the WRTC week. From here, the event is controlled and organized. The organizing team headed by the President of WRTC 2018 e.V., Christian Janßen (DL1MGB) and his Second in Command, Michael Höding (DL6MHW), are in constant contact with the site managers, the referees and the logistics center. "For this purpose, an extensive communication structure is being set up at the moment, which has been prepared and tested in recent months. This includes setting up the score board, which is important for the competitors, "explains Chris Janßen." At the hotel, it is displayed on monitors and updated every minute on the internet showing who is in the lead during the competition." "Whether the teams in the lead at the end also win the contest will only be known after the detailed evaluation of all logs by the competition judges," adds Michael Höding. The judging team, which is also based in the headquarters hotel, has its hands full after 2pm on Sunday. Who the actual winning team is, will only be clear on Monday (16 July). The award ceremony takes place on Monday evening. After that the first ever World Radio Championship in Germany ends and from the headquarters out the large cleaning and packing up work starts.

Oskar Radwan (DL3OF) and Andreas Winter (DK4WA) are highly regarded in Jessen
 
The officials of the municipalities of the area where the WRTC is to take place are important contacts for the organizers. We spoke with Daniel Lehmann, Deputy Mayor of Jessen about the World Championships.
 
"Mr. Lehmann, over the second weekend of July, many thousands of people are straining their ears: the Amateur Radio world championship will begin here in Jessen and in the region around Jessen. Sixty three teams from thirty one nations are taking part. Radio amateurs' antennas are being targeted worldwide towards this region and many thousands of radio contacts are expected to take place. Well over 300 helpers organize this mammoth project on a voluntary basis.

While preparing for the WRTC2018 we thought, that it would be a good idea to talk with younger participants about ham radio and about the WRTC in Germany. Today we focus on Xenia Berger, ZL4YL and Mathias Acevedo, CE2LR.
First of all many thanks to both of you, for finding some time for the Interview. We all know, that you have lots of things to do.

Mühlberg / Elbe. (xv) With respect to our world championship, the World Radiosport Team Championship -short WRTC-, organizers require that the communities in which the 65 competition stations are to be set up, be fully informed. "In addition to general information, what the World Championship in amateur radio is all about, discussion of regulatory authority aspects are also required," said Frank Neumann (DM5WF), who travelled to Mühlberg / Elbe, to visit the local government office to check the status of the planned locations and to report on progress. Mühlberg's mayor Hannelore Brendel did not miss the chance to wish the World Championship good luck.

Wittenberg. (xv) What are 70 phones needed for, when radio and antennas around the globe are used? "For emergencies and to coordinate in emergency situations, it was absolutely essential to equip the organizational center in Wittenberg with standard, easy-to-use telephones and not smart phones," explains Michael Höding (DL6MHW) from the board of the WRTC 2018 eV "At each location the referee is allocated one of these telephones. This allows him to communicate with the central office if, for example, problems with the competition need to be addressed, "continues Michael Höding.

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