April 17, 2013
WRTC2014 Now Accepting Applications for Referees
WRTC2014, Inc., host of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) competition, is continuing its preparations for a world class event by opening the application process for qualified individuals that would like to serve as Referees.
WRTC is unique among amateur radio competitions in that it places an on-site Referee with every operating team. The primary responsibility of the Referee is to monitor the competitors to confirm that they are following all of the WRTC rules. The Referee may be required to make a ruling as to whether equipment can be replaced. Referees also serve as a communication back-up to report the score of their team on a regular basis for the online scoreboard.
The Referee selection process is being led by Dan Street, K1TO. “We are looking for qualified contesters to serve as Referees. With the rules allowing both operators to transmit simultaneously the challenge for each Referee is greater than ever.”
Referee applications can be downloaded from the WRTC2014 web site at http://www.wrtc2014.org/qualifying/referee-selection/
Referee qualifications include:
- Ability to travel to Massachusetts in July 2014
- Fluency in English (all committee business is conducted in English)
- Ability to effectively monitor two audio streams at the same time
- Proficiency in both CW and SSB contesting
- Ability to stay awake and focused for the full 24-hour contest period
- Ability to send SMS text messages
- No hearing impairments
- Similar to competitors, no Red Cards or two Yellow Cards
The Referee application period closes on December 1, 2013 and announcement of the Referees and alternates is scheduled for December 31, 2013.
For all questions related to WRTC2014 Referees, please send e-mail to Referee@wrtc2014.org.
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.