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The 1996 World
Radio Team Championship:
by The WRTC-96 Committee
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The is the last of three articles announcing and describing WRTC-96
to be held in the San Francisco area in July. The WRTC-96 organizational committee can
testify that it has been a lot of work but no one's complaining. It's going to be an
outstanding event. So make sure that you take time to enter the IARU HF contest July 13
and 14th and look out for the WRTC-96 stations. They will be using distinctive call signs
so they will be easily recognized.
The stations they will be using will be on the flat land surrounding
SF bay. Each station will consist of a tribander between 40-60 feet and a 40 meter wire
antenna. Each team will consist of two operators who can use only one 100W rig to transmit
with during the whole contest. The other rig will be used to SWL for the transmitting rig.
After the contest is finished the teams are required to present
their logs within 10 minutes to the judge or referee at their station. The logs from the
52 competing teams will then be computer analyzed and the panel of judges (see last months
WRTC-96 article) will select the winners. The judges will be finishing their work will
everyone else is off at a huge beer party talking over the contest and meeting new friends
The Spirit of WRTC-96
In February of this year, the WRTC-96 Committee asked the
competitors and judges the following three questions: 1. What does WRTC-96 mean to you? 2.
How do you think WRTC-96 will help increase goodwill between countries? 3. What is your
idea of the Amateur radio "spirit"? It was hoped that through the participants
own words you will receive a feeling of the spirit of WRTC-96 and the competition the
WRTC-96 has come to represent. Below is a sampling of the input from those questions.
DK3GI (Roland: competitor): Let me give you an
answer to the questions. What does it mean to me? I watched WRTC-90 from a
distance and I
thought what a great event, and I must sit here....
Now since I was nominated for WRTC-96 I can already feel the
excitement. For me WRTC means the Olympics, just without publicity and TV, but the feeling
for the participants is the same. Even now, month before the event, I do believe that
participating is all, winning only part. I can feel the Olympic Spirit. Having a look at
the calls listed for the event I must say: against each and every of them it would be an
honor to lose. Because they are good. That are 52 of the very best teams in the world and
to compete against them and to be amongst them for a few days is just great.
It was amusing to watch the discussion on internet of the rules. Yes
of course there are advantages for one or the other. It's like in baseball or soccer, the
team playing at home has an advantage. And so do the US-guys in this case. But what about
it. It will be my pleasure to beat them all despite their home-advantage or not! I think
we will find the winning team on the bands, and not in the rules. I would accept any rules
as long as they are fair and equal to all participants. Remember to participate is the
WRTC-96 will help a lot to increase goodwill between countries. We
(the participants) know each other but most of us have never seen each other. WRTC-96
gives us a great chance to win more understanding not only on contest strategies. I doubt
anybody will seriously discuss contest strategies before the event. But I expect to learn
more from the other's culture, way of living, history and way of thinking by just talking
to them with a glass of beer. And all of us will return home and tell our friends and
neighbors of our experience and new friends. That will not change the world dramatically
but will be a very little step in the right direction of better understanding.
The idea of Amateur Radio Spirit? That's not easy. The best summary
I found decades ago in an American Amateur Radio Handbook. It gave the 10 rules for
Amateur Radio. I accepted them. Whenever more than 2 people are trying to do something
together they need to exchange information and to coordinate. That makes information the
most important thing in human life. To transmit the information comes to the most
important task of all. No information - no common actions - nothing will happen.
Amateur Radio takes care of this task on an individual and volunteer
basis. Of course internet and Handies provide all the needed facilities and work perfectly
and reliably. But not always.
There are many examples where public communication failed and the
only way to provide the most important task of humans, to provide essential emergency
information was through Amateur Radio. That fact was true in the past, is true today and
will be true in the future independent of what face Amateur Radio will show 50 or 100
years from now. The Spirit of Amateur Radio is to serve the public with the private
capabilities and to keep the personal skills trained, improved and prepared and to be the
life essential back-up for commercial communication.
From the same baseline comes the tolerance. To communicate it is a
must to understand each other: in language and in mind. Understanding cannot come from one
side alone. That means people who are aiming to understand (because of their wishes to
communicate) will develop a much different tolerance than others who are only receivers of
information (e.g. from TV).
G3SXW (Roger: Judge): WRTC-96 means the chance for
the world's best contest operators to battle it out head-to-head and so to stretch
themselves to the limit. Meanwhile to set an on-air impeccable example of contesting
skills so portraying to the world all that is good about contesting and all the good that
contesting can do for amateur radio and beyond.
Goodwill between countries - the bringing together of like-minded
individuals, each of whom is respected in their own community, from all over the world
cannot help but spread goodwill. The competitive yet co-operating environment, like the
Olympics, offers untold opportunities for developing relationships on so many levels. We
will never be able to count the spin-off benefits that will result.
The amateur radio "spirit" - collaborative
self-fulfillment. Contesting offers a unique blend of competing hard against friends. More
generally a Radio Amateur has nothing to lose and all to gain and learn from this truly
non-partisan past-time. On all of my travels never once have I met a radio amateur who has
been less than unreservedly friendly - would that the world could follow our example. It
would be a better place.
K1TO (Dan: competitor): It's the Olympics of
contesting. All of the hard work and dreams have resulted in an opportunity to rub elbows
with and compete on-site against many of the very best in the sport. What an honor to be
selected! At a point in my life when contesting has begun to slip down the priority list
and the sunspot cycle is at a low (any correlation there?!), WRTC-96 sure is a welcome
Any time you bring together talented people from around the globe
with a focused interest in something, it can't help but increase goodwill and camaraderie.
I bet one or two DX-peditions will be spawned from friendships built at WRTC-96!
Bottom line-it's a hobby! As competitive as we are, let's not lose
sight of this. We all have our underlying principles when it comes to contesting. I tend
to air on the conservative side and feel that the "spirit" of contesting is to
compete as fairly as we can. That means clean logs, clean legal-limit signals, clean
operating practices (i.e. honesty when signing the summary sheet) and a tremendous rush of
K4VX (Lew: chief judge): An opportunity to
participate in a world class sporting event where the best in the world compete with each
other. An opportunity to experience comradeship, exchange ideas and ideals, make new
friends, and renew old acquaintances.
Goodwill can be defined as "an intangible asset constituting a
value over and above the intrinnsic valuation of the tangible asset." The future of
amateur radio is frangible. In 1999, the World Radio Conference in Geneva will take up New
Zealand's proposal for the elimination of the Morse code requirement for HF operation.
Many of the participants and judges for WRTC-96 have leverage with their country's
licensing authorities. We will need all the support we can obtain to stop this HF no-code
movement. We cannot just let goodwill "happen", we have the opportunity to
strive for it. As hosts, we must take the lead by expressing our understanding, by
demonstrating our compassion, and showing our friendship. Goodwill will eventually prove
much more valuable than just the scores and standings made at the game.
The spirit of amateur radio has changed over the years, not
necessarily for the betterment of the hobby. The things that brought hams together in the
past such as helping friends erect antennas, or donating parts from your junk box
or junk pile to a newcomer are gradually becoming random occurrences. This of course reflects
society as a whole.
We contesters are a different strain of amateur regardless of our
ethnic backgrounds, educational experiences, or pecuniary assets. We are risk takers, not
failure avoiders. We share the common goal of victory every time we count down to the
starting time for QSO #1. We not only strive to become the best operators, we try to
develop stations which augment our operating skills. These things we all have in common.
It is our competitive nature that continues to motivate us year after year. This sets the
contester apart from all others. This is our spirit!
K4XU (Dick: judge): WRTC-96 is an opportunity to
meet some of the operators I have competed against over the past 30 years. WRTC-96 is a
chance to showcase the skills of an elite group of people engaged in a sport little known
to the outside world - one which has its roots in emergency traffic handling - something
which the outside world DOES appreciate.
Any time people from different countries gather, the consensus
afterward is "he is no different from me!" Understanding is the basis of
goodwill. The competition is only the vehicle for the gathering. The benefits are many and
Competitors are a strange lot. Push and shove and scream for a
particular frequency, and share a beer afterwards. A convocation of uniquely talented
individuals, teamed for convenience, to battle with the best.
K5GO (Stan: competitor): It is a great thrill and
honor to be a part of WRTC-96. My expectation is that the reward for all involved will be
fond, lasting memories of good times spent with friends from all over the world, many
years after the details of the actual contest have been forgotten.
K5ZD (Randy: competitor): WRTC-96 is a rare chance
to compete against the best contesters in the world on a fairly level playing field. We
all know that radio competition is filled with inequities (geography, station, scoring,
etc.). I appreciate the efforts of the organizers to give us this exciting opportunity.
WRTC-96 is also the chance to make up for something I very much regret. I helped K7SS
write the qualification/application procedure for WRTC-90 (We discussed it and I wrote it
up in the NCJ). Unfortunately, I was busy and just never sent in my application.
It was a severe disappointment to listen to the guys in WA having
fun and knowing I could have been there if I had just followed the guidelines that I
wrote! I was driven not to be left out this time.
Any time people from different countries/cultures get together, they
become aware of just how much alike they are. And how much the things they have in common
bridge their differences.
WRTC-96 embodies many of the Olympic ideals (competition among
The Amateur radio "spirit" has many meanings depending on
the context. In general, Amateur Radio Spirit is the excitement and curiosity generated by
the ability to communicate with people via radio. It usually involves some level of effort
and a corresponding satisfaction in accomplishing a goal. Spirit is the thing that
motivates people to enter into an activity, learn all they can, apply that knowledge,
teach others, and fulfill their dreams and aspirations.
Rather broad definitions, but such is the nature of the question!
The Spirit of WRTC-96 is intense competition and the opportunity to test yourself against
your peers. It is also the camaraderie and friendship that develops from competition and
respect amongst the competitors. The competition is what attracts me. The friendships are
what I will carry away and value the most.
K7SS (Danny: competitor): I think I have a somewhat
unique perspective on the question of what the spirit of WRTC-96 means, as I was so
involved in 1990 in Seattle... The WRTC was conceived originally as an event that would
"finally level the playing field" for contest ops from around the world. The
need to really find out "How do I stack up with my peers in the hobby?". Well,
to be able to answer that question, a group of "propagationally-disadvantaged"
hard-core contesters from Seattle and Portland, decided to do something about it, and
planned the event that was supposed to give everyone a fair shot at winning. Unfortunately
most of these "suffering sevens" ended up on the committee, not in the action.
Well as we found out the operating event that spawned the whole week
of festivities was but the tip of the iceberg of fun. Everyone involved with WRTC-96,
either as judge, committee, operator, host, sponsor or even spectator, wound up having the
"time of their radio lives".
Some great bonds were forged that week in 1990 that last to
today.... and will, I'm sure, be felt far into the future. Countries from all over the
world had sent their two best ops to the "Olympics of Radio Sporting" and little
did they know they would be sending them to join the new "Family of WRTC" !!!!
Of course there were parties, dinners, and lots of late night
"hospitality suites" ala Dayton....and without taking anything away from the
operating event itself....being able to meet that person behind the callsign that you've
heard for so many years, and find out that you shared so much in common... especially the
passion for radio sporting...THAT is the essence of what we all felt and took home ....and
THAT is the spirit of WRTC-96.
N6TV (Bob: competitor): This is a once-in-a-lifetime
chance for me to meet the best contesters in the world, and it's right in my own back
yard! The competition will be fun, but whoever wins won't really matter. What will matter
is that everyone is going to have a great time. As the "home town" team captain,
I feel a special obligation to welcome the competitors to the Bay Area, to show them the
sights and the restaurants, and to introduce them to the locals. I also want them to
understand that just because I live here I will not have any significant advantage -- the
competition will be fair and fun, propagation or no propagation.
I am very honored to have been selected as the NCCC team captain. I
have been involved with this club for over 20 years now. I can't adequately describe how
proud I am of the NCCC for agreeing to take on the enormous task of organizing WRTC-96. I
know they will do a great job.
The WRTC-96 certainly will increase goodwill between contesters.
Then, if we get adequate media coverage, we just might be able to get some goodwill
between countries. Contesting is true amateur sport at its finest. It would be great for
the world to see this covered as the "International Olympics of Radio."
This type of event is something you just can't duplicate on the
Internet. Radio amateurs have a common bond and contesters in particular have a common
interest in international goodwill through friendly competition. The Internet may be a
more efficient at data communication, but I know of no more efficient means of TRUE
communication, than in face-to-face dialogue between people who share a common interest.
Radio contesting is the interest, and WRTC-96 is the means. I am really looking forward to
VK5GN (Martin: competitor): Subject: The Spirit of
WRTC-96: Amateur radio is very much a solo hobby. Especially in VK5 there are not many
other amateurs let alone a lot of other contesters. We are so far away that meeting
contesters in other parts of VK rarely happens.
A trip to Dayton is a once every five years thing and then only for
the well off or very keen. So the chance to be part of a contesters only event like
WRTC-96 is a real privilege. Contesters
are the best radio ops in the world and a chance to mix with the
best of the best is an unparalleled thrill and honor.
All sporting events contribute to international goodwill. People
meet as people. There doesn't need to be any posturing where skills are exchanged and
respected. The amateur spirit recognizes
the skills and abilities of others and respects them for their
abilities. Voices on the radio are great equalizers. It was summed up for me when I heard
a conversation on 20 between a W and a UA at the height of the cold war. These two
amateurs were sharing their concerns. Not about world peace, communism and capitalism but
about the fact that they both had teenage sons more interested in sport than schoolwork.
The spirit of amateur radio is people in human
communication with other people. The WRTC is first second and every
way a chance to have FUN FUN FUN............I can't wait.
We are repeating some of the information about accommodations for
the WRTC-96 that appeared in the April issue of CQ Contest. WRTC-96 has made arrangements
with the a big Motel 6 (not your average Motel 6!) at 1101 Shoreway Road, Belmont CA
94002, to set aside a block of rooms for WRTC-96 visitors. The hotel has a brand new
restaurant and bar, as well as a beautiful swimming pool (with Jacuzzi) and patio. We
anticipate that several of the informal WRTC-96 gatherings will take place poolside. The
hotel has a total of 195 rooms, most with two beds. The Motel 6 can be reached by
telephone at (415) 591-1471 or by FAX at (415) 593-6415. The price, including tax, is
$47.29 for one person, or $53.89 for two people, but you must tell them you are with the
WRTC-96 group at the time you make your reservation. The hotel is located in Belmont, CA
adjacent to Highway 101 about 10 miles south of San Francisco International Airport and
about 2.5 miles south of Highway 92, a major link over the San Mateo Bridge to the East
Bay. The hotel is easily visible in the southeast corner of the intersection of Highway
101 and Marine World Parkway. We strongly encourage visitors to make their reservations
early. After May 15, it may not be possible to get a room at the hotel because summer is
prime tourist season in this area and the hotel is normally fully booked.
Schedule of Events
The schedule of events begins late afternoon of Wednesday, July 10,
1996 and evening with a picnic open to the public. This is followed by another social
event on Thursday which is open to the public. On Friday the contestants and judges have a
closed meeting to clear up any questions and to assign stations. The teams will go to
their stations on Friday afternoon and prepare for the contest which begins on Saturday
morning at 5AM!! After the contest the contestants will go to their sleeping areas. On
Sunday July 14th there will be a relaxing party for the general public and the
participants. And on Sunday evening will be the awards banquet which can seat 350 people.
On Monday, there is another public event. First a boat trip across SF bay and then a visit
for lunch to a Napa valley winery. The official WRTC-96 ends when everyone is returned
from the Monday trip (around 7PM back to the Motel 6). On Monday evening the Slovenian
Contest Club will sponsor a beer and pizza party at the Motel 6. If you are a
non-participant visitor to WRTC-96 (to have a blast and meet guys you always heard about),
the WRTC-96 committee estimates that the individual cost of all events (5 events in all)
will be about $125.00. For more information on an individual event or package costs please
contact the WRTC-96 publicity chairman, Rusty, W6OAT at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651
Handley Trail, Redwood City, CA 94062, USA. See you there or on the air!