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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.

Medal winners

Medal winners at WRTC2014 (N6TV photo)

Medal winners at WRTC2014 (N6TV photo)

Gold

Daniel Craig, N6MJ – United States
Chris Hurlbut, KL9A – United States

Silver

Rastislav Hrnko, OM3BH – Slovakia
Jozef Lang, OM3GI – Slovakia

Bronze

Manfred Wolf DJ5MW – Germany
Stefan von Baltz DL1IAO – Germany

View the complete results table.

 

In The Media

WRTC 2014 was featured in a very nice article by Linda Wiegenfeld in the September 12, 2016 issue of the Epoch Times. The article is available online at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2149413-ham-radio-operating-more-sophisticated-sport-than-you-think/

 

 

WRTC 2014 was featured in a very nice article by Linda Wiegenfeld in the September 12, 2016 issue of the Epoch Times. The article is available online at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2149413-ham-radio-operating-more-sophisticated-sport-than-you-think/

 

 

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James George, N3BB, has written a book about the WRTC2014 event. The book is now available for ordering on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble Web sites.

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.

Only A Game from WBUR

We were very happy to see the WRTC2014 story featured as a repeat story in the Only A Game ‘Best Of’ show this week.  Listen to the excitement of WRTC2014 again at http://onlyagame.wbur.org/2015/08/15/wrtc-ham-radio-radiosport

 

The official documentary video for WRTC2014 is now available for download. This makes it easier for use at club meetings or other events where an Internet connection may not be available.

The video is available at: https://vimeo.com/119947598

Look for the Download button. Then select the video resolution.

Vimeo video download

Vimeo video download

Note that the file sizes can be very large!

WRTC2014 Official Documentary Video

The official documentary video for WRTC2014 is now available!

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!

 

One of the treasured memories from WRTC2014 for the organizing committee is the banner that was signed by all of the participants. Can you find your name?

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The September 2014 edition of the Potomac Valley Radio Club newsletter contained two articles about WRTC2014. Nate, N4YDU, wrote about his experiences as a competitor. Dave, K3ZJ, reported on his efforts as a site volunteer involved with the station setup and monitoring.

View the newsletter at http://www.pvrc.org/Newsletters/Sep14.pdf

Chris Burger, ZS6EZ, wrote a very entertaining story of his journey to and around WRTC2014. Two thumbs up!

http://b.org.za/stories/WRTC2014.pdf

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Nodir Tursoon-Zadeh, EY8MM, has created a book of photographs he took during WRTC2014. Nodir is an accomplished photographer and he was quite active in documenting the WRTC2014 activities.

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.

From Bob Wilson, N6TV:

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.

The following peak rates were calculated from the public team logs by Bob Wilson N6TV.

EDN Network
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…

Read more: http://edn.com/electronics-blogs/a-ham-s-eye-view/4433480/Radiosport-and-Engineering-at-the-Olympics-of-Ham-Radio

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