July 7, 2012
WRTC2014 OFFICIAL COMPETITION RULES RELEASED
WRTC2014, Inc., host of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship competition announced that the official competition rules have been published at http://www.wrtc2014.org/contest/wrtc-rules/. These are the rules that will be followed by the onsite competitors.
“Thanks to everyone who provided feedback during the rules review process,” said Andy Blank, N2NT, Director of the WRTC2014 Rules Committee. “We wanted to release the rules prior to the 2012 IARU Championship so that potential competitors and the WRTC test stations would have the opportunity in 2012 and 2013 to practice under the rules.”
“Building on the fabulous job done by the WRTC 2010 Committee in Moscow, we have added a new twist – the change to a Two-Operator Two-Transmitter competition,” continued Blank. “Both stations will be permitted to transmit at any time.”
Two-Operator Two-Transmitter removes the need for transmitter interlock hardware and will help equalize the stations by reducing the filtering and switching requirements. This should result in higher QSO totals and greater emphasis on the operating skills of both team members. The real-time decisions by the competitors to balance running and multiplier chasing will be more important than ever before.
Scoring will place a premium on making DX contacts with extra points for contacts outside North America. There is a slight modification from the normal IARU Championship scoring (WRTC will give 2 points for zone 8 and HQ stations vs. 1 point in the IARU rules). Multipliers are based on DXCC countries and IARU HQ stations per band. This scoring is only for the WRTC competition stations and was done to present competitors with a choice of scoring strategies.
Questions about the rules may be submitted to email@example.com. Responses and clarifications will be published on the WRTC2014 web site.
The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is held every four years and consists of approximately 50 two-person teams of amateur radio operators from around the world competing in a test of operating skill. Unlike most on-the-air competitions, all stations are required to use identical antennas from the same geographic region, eliminating all variables except operating ability. Previous WRTCs have been held in Seattle(1990), San Francisco(1996), Slovenia(2000), Finland(2002), Brazil(2006), and Russia(2010). More information is available at www.wrtc2014.org or contact WRTC Chairman, Doug Grant, K1DG, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.