WINDHAM, NH Issued May 26, 2014… WRTC 2014, Inc., host of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship competition, is pleased to announce that it has received a significant financial contribution from the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF). The donation was in the form of a match challenge for donations made during the Dayton Contest Dinner on May 17.
Attendees to the Contest Dinner were able to contribute to WRTC2014 in two ways: by purchasing additional tickets for the door prizes and by the members of each table pooling their donations. WWROF offered to match these donations up to a specified amount. DX Engineering offered $100 gift certificates to the table with the largest total.
The Contest Dinner contributions exceeded $10,000. Three tables pledged more than $1,000 to earn a Team Village sponsorship. In a separate activity, the Dayton 2014 RTTY Contest Dinner on Friday night passed the hat to donate over $1,000.
“We continue to be amazed at the generosity and support of the contest community for WRTC2014,” said Doug Grant, K1DG, Chairman of WRTC2014. “We are getting very close to our financial goals to fully fund the event.”
Fifty-nine (59) teams of top amateur radio contest operators from 38 countries will travel to the New England area July 8-14, 2014 to compete in WRTC2014. Participation is based on qualifying scores posted in major contests between 2010 and 2014. A group of referees and judges, themselves well-known contest operators, will oversee the competition and confirm the results.
The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is held every four years and consists of 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.
The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation was created in 2009 by a group of experienced radio operators who saw a need for an independent organization devoted to the skill and art of radio operating. Until now, many of the elements of modern radio contest operating such as log-checking software, log submission robots, etc., have been developed and supported by volunteers. WWROF was created to help organize and fund the enhancement of these tools into the future. For more information, visit www.wwrof.org.