2006 Florianópolis, Brazil
WRTC 2006 was held in Florianópolis, Brazil, and introduced a sophisticated qualification scoring system for potential competitors. The world was divided into 14 qualifying regions with the top qualifiers in each region being invited to form a team. To encourage participation of ladies and young radio amateurs, there were two special selection teams for them. 47 teams were selected for the event, but only 46 actually participated. Brazilian airline Varig declared bankruptcy on June 26, causing severe travel difficulties for many teams traveling to Florianópolis the following week, and the Czech team was unable to make other travel arrangements in time.
Teams were provided with larger antennas and 700 watt amplifiers in 2006, to help compensate for the greater distance from Brazil to the main centers of contesting activity in Europe and North America. Despite taking place during the solar minimum, the contest coincided with a short spike in conditions on the HF bands allowing high scores.
After winning three WRTCs in a row, Jeff Steinman, N5TJ and Dan Street, K1TO did not compete in the 2006 event. First place went to John Sluymer VE3EJ and James Roberts VE7ZO of Canada, the first time a team from outside the United States had won the WRTC competition. Dan Craig N6MJ and Dave Mueller N2NL of the United States achieved second place, and third place went to Doug Grant, K1DG and Andy Blank, N2NT of the United States. Ranko Boca, YT6A (now 4O3A) and Djurica Maletin, YT6T of Montenegro had been in third place in preliminary results, but after a scoring adjudication that removed “unique” contacts from WRTC logs, were rescored into eleventh place.
The Brazilian organizers also created a demonstration category of Multi-National Multi-Single (MN MS) Teams that served as a booster for the Radio hobby in Brazil, at the same time developing international friendship and contesting experience between the participants.
The video was produced and videotaped by ham radio video pioneer Dave Bell W6AQ, whom captures the spirit, energy and excitement that the event offers hams from all ages and walks of life.
This is the “24 Hours In Brazil” video by W6AQ.
WRTC-2006 Final Scores
1. Contest Period
The WRTC 2006 will be run within the IARU 2006 HF Championship.
Start: Saturday 08-July-2006 1200 UTC (0900 Local time)
End: Sunday 09-July-2006 1200 UTC
WRTC 2006 Operating Time: The contest will last 24 hours.
Each station can operate the full 24 hours, with no breaks. (read more…)
- Table and chairs for two Operator positions
- Chair for the Referee
- Mains Power 220V AC/ 60Hz
- One Linear ACOM 1010
- Guyed Tower 15m with 3m Steel-pipe at the top.
- Rotator for the two directional antennas
- 20-10m Log Periodic antenna, ACOM LS86; 8 elements (longest 11m), boom 6.5m
- 40m 2 element (ext’n coils) beam, boom 6.7m, longest element 13m
- Wire antenna for 80m
- PL259 connectors on all 3 coaxial cables.
- 3-way manual antenna switch
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- General Terms
- Selection Criteria I – National and Bi-National Teams
- Selection Criteria II – Sponsored Teams
- Selection Criteria III – Multi-National Multi Single (MN MS) Teams
- Selection Criteria IV – Bi-National Young Teams
- Schedule for the Selection Process
- WRTC 2006 decisions
- Manager for Teams Selection
BASIC ANSWERS FOR RULES AND SELECTION CRITERIA QUESTIONS
20 December 2005
In order to clarify the rules and selection criteria developed by the WRTC 2006 Committee, we are circulating this report to all the friends who have an interest in WRTC 2006. (read more…)