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    WRTC 2026

    WRTC Sanctioning Committee Now Accepting Proposals for 2026 Hosting

    (Ljubljana, Slovenia - 15 January 2023) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The World Radiosport Team Championship Sanctioning Committee (WRTC-SC) today announced that it is accepting proposals for hosting the 2026 WRTC event.

    The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is an on-site amateur radio competition, usually held every four years. Previous WRTCs have been held in Seattle, USA (1990); San Francisco, USA (1996); Bled, Slovenia (2000); Helsinki, Finland (2002); Florianopolis, Brazil (2006); Moscow, Russia (2010); Boston, USA (2014); and Wittenberg, Germany (2018).
    WRTC2022, delayed due to the worldwide public health challenges and government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to be held in Bologna, Italy in July 2023.

    Teams of two operators representing a geographical region of the world come to the host site to compete using similar antennas and locations, overseen by on-site referees. The WRTC competition has typically been held as a contest-within-a-contest coincident with the IARU World HF Championship to capitalize on the high activity of a popular world-wide operating event.

    Groups interested in hosting WRTC2026 should submit a Letter of Intent, with a summary proposal. This should include the following items:

    * Committee Organization, identifying each of the principals involved and any relevant organizational and amateur radio experience especially in contesting/radiosport

    * Competition Description, including planned number of teams, geographic location of operating sites, and competitor selection process

    * Social Aspects, including approximate schedule, travel, and housing arrangements for participants

    * Financing, including an outline of the budget and fundraising approach. A detailed budget is not required at this time.

    * Expected assistance and involvement from local and regional amateur radio organizations and regulatory authorities

    * Public Exposure, including plans to publicize and promote the event locally and worldwide

    Letters of Intent must be submitted no later than March 31, 2023 at 2359 UTC. The WRTC-SC will review all proposals received and will respond by April 30, 2023.
    Additional information
    may be requested.

    It is the goal of the WRTC-SC to announce the venue for WRTC2026 at the close of
    WRTC2022 in Bologna in July 2023. Letters of Intent should be submitted directly to the Chairman of the WRTC Sanctioning Committee, Tine Brajnik, S50A, via email to
    73 Al 4L5A

    WRTC 2026 will be at the RSGB Convention this October!
    We will have a stand to engage with the public.
    We will also be delivering a talk setting out what it’s all about and how we plan to host this event in the UK.

    WRTC 2026 Banner
    73 Al 4L5A



      The Organising Committee of the WRTC 2026 event, which will be held in the UK, would like to provide an update on what has been achieved so far and summarise how things are progressing.

      The WRTC UK Organising Committee was formed in January 2023. The team got to work with building a proposal for the Sanctioning Committee. We worked with Doug K1DG and Chris DL1MGB to build a foundation for the project.

      In July we were awarded the hosting rights and attended the Closing Ceremony of WRTC Italy where we celebrated the success of the Italian effort and then announced and presented the plans for 2026. We launched the website, which has been updated regularly since, and various social media platforms have gone live. We have at the time of writing 654 followers on our Facebook page and 245 subscribed to the WRTC-Discuss public email reflector.

      We conducted significant research and published the qualifying rules in September and made refinements shortly after.

      During all of this, behind the scenes, we visited numerous HQ venues here in England and have down-selected and decided on where it will be. We are excited that this venue will fulfil the requirements of on site accommodation, ceremonies, meetings and socialising. The venue will be revealed later in 2024 - stay tuned!

      Fundraising has been pushed hard and we have started to interface with individuals, corporations and clubs around the world. We have welcomed ICOM and Mastrant to our list of commercial sponsors. Clubs that have stepped forward include Frankford Radio Club, YASME, NCDXF, INDEXA, North Coast Contesters, GMDX and CDXC. We are extremely grateful to these organisations - a BIG thank you again to those that have already stepped forward to support WRTC 2026. We still have a long way to go but are pleased to be on track. We still hope to bring more on board.

      Financial aspects have been under good control and we have registered with Companies House as WRTC 2026 CIC, a Community Interest Company (non profit organisation).

      We have secured a deal for the acquisition of hardware consisting of the antennas, masts, coax and rotators for the 2026 event. Due to the success of fundraising, we have funded this all already.

      A list of volunteers has been initiated and we have many friends in the UK and all around the world that want to be part of this wonderful experience.

      We have invested time to conduct interviews online and write magazine articles to interface with the world and ensure we regularly communicate updates and the latest news.

      A fantastic team making up our Advisory Committee was established and we have held meetings with them to allow them to offer advice and ideas.

      The first two qualifying events have taken place: The CQWW SSB and CW. The next one is this weekend, ARRL DX CW.

      2024 will look to continue maturity of the above. The team have a programme of shows, talks and other events to attend and we are still looking to grow this list even further. Focus will be on IT and bringing the qualifying standings on the website (this is in development now and will be live soon). We will make a big push with offering sponsorship opportunities. We will be working with the HQ venue to develop relationships and start planning the event programme details to make this a tremendous celebration for everyone. Site selection will start with initial assessments for their suitability.

      We hope, whist we’re conscious we cannot completely satisfy the views and needs of everyone, that we portray the genuine dedication that we have to run this event.

      Merchandise will become available. We already have the special WRTC twin paddle and single lever keys available. For every key sold, WRTC receive a contribution.

      If you are able to help us by making a donation of any value, we REALLY NEED YOUR HELP! The total cost of running this WRTC will be in excess of £500,000. So far we have had individual donations from 84 radio amateurs - they’re all shown proudly on our website under ‘Individual Donations’. We have launched our special coin programme - anyone that makes a donation to us of at least £100 this year will receive a high quality Bronze WRTC coin. See the website to help this worthy project and to get yours!

      I would like to thank everyone that has been part of WRTC UK 2026 so far in whatever capacity. We have a wonderful team and we’re very excited about the future.

      Mark M0DXR
      Chairman WRTC UK 2026
      73 Al 4L5A