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
By Emily Sweeney | GLOBE STAFF
HINGHAM — “Kilo, one, oscar!”
Katsuhiro “Don” Kondou, a 47-year-old IT specialist from Japan, barked his team’s call sign, K1O, into the microphone on his headset, trying to reach someone far, far away.
“Kilo, one, Oscar!”
“Kilo, one, Oscar!”
Sitting beside him was Hajime Hazuki, a 29-year-old mechanical designer from Tokyo. Together, they sat in a hot tent at Wompatuck State Park Saturday morning, with headphones on and their eyes glued to monitors, trying urgently to contact other amateur radio operators from all over the world as quickly as possible.
They were among the many two-person teams to compete in the World Radiosport Team Championship. It is held every four years, and participants take it very seriously.
The most recent championship took place last weekend at more than a dozen locations in Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The object of the contest was simple: Contact as many other ham radio operators (aka hams) as possible over a period of 24 hours.
DEVENS — John Crovelli sits in a tent crowded with the finest radio equipment, turning a knob and pausing as Morse code pours over the airwaves.
“This station you’re hearing right now is in Brazil,” said the New Jersey resident while decoding the language in his head.
He scours the airwaves again and more intermittent beeps resurface.
“That’s a station in Japan,” he said. “How about that, huh?”
Crovelli and his teammate, George Demontrond, are one of 59 teams in the seventh World Radiosport Team Championship — think Olympics, but with Morse code as a second universal language.
Full story, photos, video: http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_26150679/ham-radio-operators-compete-devens-worldwide-contest
By JULIAN E. BARNES
Satellites killed the military radio star operator long ago, but military veterans keep the art alive in competitions testing their ability to bounce signals off the ionosphere and contact amateur radio stations a half world away.
In their minds, the contestants know technology has gone too far and the days of radio are past. Still, the intimate knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum learned during a career in military and intelligence agencies offers some advantages. And the military’s love for antiquated communications is well established—from their use of signal flags to messages sent, teletype-style, in all capital letters. Ham radio competitions elicit a similar passion—and knowledge of some dying skills.
Current and former military service members will anchor two of the top teams gathering in the Boston area this weekend for what amounts to the World Cup of ham radio, officially the World Radiosport Team Championship 2014.
BY EMILY O’DONNELL SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
WRENTHAM – “CQ, CQ, CQ, calling CQ. This is W1UJ.” “W1UJ this is W1EQ, Whiskey One Echo Quebec 5908.”
To the untrained ear this sounds like nonsense, but to amateur radio operators it’s a way to communicate with people around the world. Operators use Morse code to call another operator on the same open radio frequency before switching over to spoken language to hold a normal conversation.
Amateur radio, or “ham radio,” enthusiasts will tell you that it’s a fun hobby.
But for one weekend every four years, ham radio communication is treated like a major sport.
MONTICELLO — When the snow is howling around his north shore property, Jeff Briggs grabs a coffee, heads for his shack and talks to the world.
Tucked away in his shorefront basement here, Briggs brings the world to his door with an amateur radio set up that can reach every corner of the globe.
A wall covered in power amplifiers and radio frequency tuners are connected to a bank of computers and lights.
“It’s something I’ve been doing since I was 10,” says the transplanted American who, with his wife, now calls the Island his home.
“You can learn so much from talking to others.”
And with about two-million-plus amateur radio operators around the world, there’s no shortage of chatter on the line.
By Chris Bergeron
Daily News Staff
UXBRIDGE – “Kay five Zulu Delta,’’ said Randy Thompson. “This is Kay five Zulu Delta.’’
Repeating his call sign and carefully turning the dial of his Elecraft radio, the lifelong ham radio enthusiast from Uxbridge listened as “Sugar Poppa two Yankee’’ – “Mark from north Poland” – greeted him through a patch of static.
“I love knowing someone can hear me on the other side of the world,’’ said Thompson, sitting before a bank of radios and amplifiers in his home radio station. Just beyond his swimming pool, three antennas – 100, 90 and 40 feet tall – rose from the woods surrounding his house.
“It’s a little bit like fishing,’’ he said. “You never know who’s out there and who’s going to call back.’’
By Cody Shepard
The Patriot Ledger
Most people won’t flock to watch the World Radiosport Team Championship this week, but to “hams,” this is their Super Bowl.
The competition will take place at sites on the South Shore in Carver, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell and Plymouth. Myles Standish State Forest and Wompatuck State Park are two of the main operating sites. Other sites are found along Route 495.
The quadrennial competition consists of 59 teams of two amateur radio operators from around the world each. They will be assigned to a site that they will stay at for the 24-hour non-stop competition.
“It’s a hobby. Guys get together and use radios that they have at their house and they’re able to communicate to people around the world or just around town,” Randy Thompson, an event organizer, said. “Some people are into technology and some people are into talking.”
See full article: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140706/NEWS/140709337/12662/NEWS
San Diegan competing for top prize in New England
By John Wilkens
No sleeping. Not if you want to win. And John Barcroft wants to win.
The San Diego resident is headed to Boston Tuesday for the World Cup of amateur radio, a quirky round-the clock contest featuring 59 two-person teams from 38 countries.
At 8 a.m. on Saturday, the teams will be huddled in tents pitched here and there across 90 miles of New England countryside, radios tuned, headphones on, antennas up, searching for anybody else who might be on the air.
They’ll have 24 hours to make as many contacts as possible, with more points awarded to connections in faraway places. Most points wins. So no sleeping.
Read full article: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Jul/06/radiosport-championship-2014/
Grimsby Lincoln News
By Amanda Moore
GRASSIE — John Sluymer has been social networking since 1972.
There was no Twitter or Facebook when the Grassie resident first picked up a radio unit a little more than four decades ago. Instead of hashtags and status updates, Sluymer would either talk into his mic or tap out his message in Morse code. Just like today’s social networks offer users a chance to interact with people on all sides of the world, Sluymer’s hobby has allowed him to reach — both physically and through radio waves — even the most remote areas of the planet.