The days are dwindling down to a precious few: Following 4 years of preparation, World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) is primed to start, and excitement is building to see how the 63 competing teams fare in the 24-hour event, July 14 – 15 in Germany. Fourteen North American teams are on the roster, including the defending champion team of WRTC 2014, Daniel Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A. Several well-known US contesting personalities are among those serving as referees at each site. As the July 12 opening ceremonies neared, WRTC 2018 organizers were searching for a last-minute replacement for a team leader who had to drop out.
WRTC 2018 takes place in conjunction with the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF Championship, although with different or additional rules. Both events get under way on Saturday at 1200 UTC and conclude on Sunday at 1159 UTC, and all radio amateurs may take part in the IARU event. The object of the IARU is to contact as many other stations on phone and CW, especially IARU member society headquarters stations, on 160 through 10 meters, except for 30, 17, and 12 meters.