The World Cup of ham radio

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.

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