World Radiosport Team Championship 2014
July 8-14, 2014
The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is a competition between two-person teams of amateur radio operators testing their skills to make contacts with other Amateur Radio operators around the world over a 24 hour period. All teams use identical antennas from the same geographic region, eliminating all variables except operating ability.
WRTC2014 included 59 competing teams from 29 qualifying regions around the world. Competitors represented 38 different countries.
Daniel Craig, N6MJ – United States
Chris Hurlbut, KL9A – United States
Rastislav Hrnko, OM3BH – Slovakia
Jozef Lang, OM3GI – Slovakia
Manfred Wolf DJ5MW – Germany
Stefan von Baltz DL1IAO – Germany
In The Media
It is a very well-written hard-cover book, suitable for hams and non-ham friends & family of hams, describing what we do and how/why we do it. It includes some background material about previous WRTCs and a reference section with lists of teams and winners from all events. Lots of photos, including a nice picture on the cover of a WRTC2014 tent at night with tower/beam and stars visible in the background.
The video is available at: https://vimeo.com/119947598
Look for the Download button. Then select the video resolution.
Note that the file sizes can be very large!
The video was produced by James Brooks, 9V1YC, and runs approximately 59 minutes. James took advantage of 9 roving video teams to capture high definition footage of action at headquarters and out in the field, artfully telling the WRTC2014 story using the participants’ own words.
View the video at: https://vimeo.com/119947598
Funding for video production was provided by a generous grant from the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF).
The video is being distributed from the Web at no charge. We plan to make a downloadable version available in the near future to help facilitate use at club meetings.
Thanks to all of the volunteers, competitors, referees, and judges for starring in the show and making WRTC2014 such a success!
View the newsletter at http://www.pvrc.org/Newsletters/Sep14.pdf
The book is available from Blur.com. See http://blur.by/1u35pUP
There is free eBook format available as well as printed book. 160 pages and 360 photos. Full preview available.
I have created an animated GIF file that displays the progress of each WRTC team, hour by hour, compared to the winning team K1A (N6MJ, KL9A).
The three animated bar charts show Claimed score, QSOs (duped), and Multipliers, with a reference line on K1A’s progress in each chart. The number to the right of the callsigns is the claimed score rank, as of that moment in time.
by Doug Grant
I had the privilege of organizing the Seventh World Radiosport Team Championship event last month (see this page for more info, or listen to the coverage on WBUR’s “Only a Game” NPR program). Many call this competition the “Olympics of Ham Radio.”
This event involved inviting the world’s best operators to the same geographic area (in this case, the Boston area), and setting them up with identical stations to create a level playing field. In other radiosport competitions, the contestants usually try to operate from locations with advantageous HF propagation in rare countries, with favorable local terrain (hilltops instead of valleys) and use the biggest antenna systems they can install and maximum power. However, for this event we wanted to test operating skill and had to remove all the other variables.
Leveling the playing field was a big challenge…