Dennis, W1UE, has scheduled work days at Milara in Milford, MA for Tuesday March 18 and Tuesday March 25. Please let Dennis know if you can attend.

WRTC2014 Chairman Doug Grant, K1DG, was interviewed on the Ham Nation show March 6, 2014. You can view a recording of the interview at You can see Doug’s interview between 13:30 and 26:30.

Doug answers questions about the history of WRTC, how the stations are equal, the qualification process, building 65 stations, fund raising, judging the results, the thrill of winning, PR efforts, and lots more.

Save the date of May 31 for a WRTC2014 volunteer training session. Everyone who will be involved in site setup or monitoring is urged to attend.

The training will be held at Milara, Inc., 49 Maple Street, Milford, MA. This is about 2 miles from I-495 Exit 19 (RT-109 W).

Dennis, W1UE, led a team of volunteers to do some preparation work on the towers and other equipment to be used for WRTC2014.

There are special prizes for the upcoming World Wide Iron Ham Contest – winners in the Single-Op All-Band and Multi-Op categories will win a round trip to and accommodations at WRTC 2014! Sponsored by the Araucaria DX Group, the Iron Ham uses CW, Phone, and RTTY in a 24-hour format.

The contest is last full weekend of December for 24 hours starting Saturday 12:00 UTC and
ending Sunday 11:59 UTC. Entrants are required to operate no more than 8 hours each of RTTY, CW, and SSB.

See the contest rules for full details.

The holidays are coming and your family is asking you for gift ideas.  We have the answer!  How about some WRTC gear?  All you need to do is tell them the web address, your shirt size, and preferred color.  What could be easier?

We recently received some nice follow up pictures and articles about the 2013 station test that we wanted to share. Look for another article to appear in an upcoming issue of the NCJ.

The application deadline for Team Leaders is now closed. The final list of 121 applicants is shown below. Very soon, we will announce 54 Team Leaders (TLs) — 51 who qualified by scoring highest in their Selection Area plus 2 Wild Cards and 1 Youth.

The host hotel and center of activity for WRTC2014 will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Westborough, MA. Unfortunately, the hotel has already sold out of all rooms. The WRTC2014 organizers have arranged special pricing with a number of other hotels in the area. You can see a list of hotels and how to submit reservations on the Hotels page.

All competitors and referees will have guaranteed reservations at the DoubleTree. Other visitors and guests should plan to stay at one of the nearby hotels.

Information at

Competitors will be arriving to WRTC2014 on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8-9, 2014. The awards dinner and closing ceremony is Monday, July 14, 2014.

Ham Radio OutletAll participants or interested WRTC volunteers are invited to attend a wrap up session to be held in conjunction with Ham Radio Outlet Manufacturers’ Day on August 24, 2013. The location is Ham Radio Outlet, 224 N. Broadway D-12, Salem, NH 03079. (View map)  HRO is sure to have their usual hospitality, prizes and fun.

The meeting begins at noon and should conclude by 1:30pm. We will be meeting in a room adjacent to HRO. The agenda includes a review of the 2013 Station Test, comments and discussions around possible improvements, and awarding of Silver medals to everyone who participated in the test setup or operation.

Everyone with an interest in WRTC is welcome to attend.

Aerial view of the K1RX station (by W3UA)

Aerial view of the K1RX site (by W3UA)

The WRTC2014 Station Test was a complete success.  Over 120 volunteers came together to construct 25 stations in one day. The operating teams all kept the stations on the air for the contest period. The live scoreboard provided regular updates of how everyone was doing.

The WRTC2014 organizers are doing everything they can to make sure all of the competitor stations are equal. Part of that effort is terrain analysis of all locations. Another part is to compare the signals of the stations in the 2013 Station Test by using the Reverse Beacon Network. We are asking all of our 25 stations to be on CW on certain bands and times with their beams in a specific direction.

There was a work party yesterday at the “south warehouse” to assemble 15 station kits in preparation for the 2013 Station Test this coming weekend. Participants were K1DG, KE1J, W1KM, W1UE, W1MA, AA1V, and KM3T.

Assembling station kits on July 8, 2013.

Assembling station kits on July 8, 2013.

WRTC Logo shirt with Call Sign

WRTC Logo shirt with Call Sign

The WRTC Gear Store now offers shirts with the WRTC logo customized to include your call sign. Both t-shirts and polo shirts are available with logo and call sign.

The WRTC2014 online store is operated by Wicked Designz of Sudbury, MA. Every purchase will help raise funds for WRTC2014.

A group got together on June 30 at the WRTC2014 “north warehouse” to do some prep work on the tower sections to be used in the upcoming station test. Participants were W1KM, K2TE, N1YX, N9NC, KD1LE, N1SV, AB1xx (Sid), K1EP, and K1RX.

Tower preparation session at WRTC 'North'

Tower preparation session at WRTC ‘North’

Competitors meet at team village in WRTC 2010 Moscow

Competitors meet at team village in WRTC 2010 Moscow

WRTC2014 is seeking help from clubs and individuals to support their selected teams in the team village. A contribution of $1000 will help us fund the hotel and meal costs for a team and their referee. This is a great way to show support for a team from your qualifying region!

Friedrichshafen logo

WRTC2014 will be represented at the Friedrichshafen International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs June 28-30 by Chairman, Doug Grant, K1DG.

Look for Doug in the back of the Array Solutions/RF Power Solutions booth, Hall A1 stand 840. Doug will also be speaking at the Contest Forum Saturday 1300 – 1330 CET.

This is a great opportunity for European contesters to get any questions answered about WRTC 2014.

Thanks to the efforts of Tom Frenaye, K1KI, the QSL cards for contacts with WRTC2014 club station WR1TC and with any of the 2012 Station Test sites are now going into the mail.

Dave, K3LP, won an FTDX3000 at the DX Dinner Friday night. He donated it to WRTC2014 and it was “silent auctioned” Saturday night at the Contest Dinner. Carl, AI6V, was the high bidder and is now the proud owner of the radio!

WRTC2014 thanks both of these gentlemen for their generous support!

(l-r) Dave K3LP, Carl AI6V, and Doug K1DG.

(l-r) Dave K3LP, Carl AI6V, and Doug K1DG.

The WRTC2014 Organizing Committee and the Yankee Clipper Contest Club will conduct a joint meeting in Milford, MA on June 1, 2013. The purpose of the meeting is to recruit and provide training for volunteers who will be involved in the 2013 station test and 2014 WRTC event. Everyone is invited. This event will serve as a YCCC meeting in place of the annual K1RX cookout. See information below on an exciting door prize for participants.