In July, 2023, elite amateur radio competitors from every corner of the world will gather in northern Italy to compare their skills on an even playing field in what has become known as the “Olympics” of amateur radio competitive events, the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC 2022).
The competing teams will operate from sites in Bologna area, and the Organizing Committee for WRTC 2022 is seeking site station sponsors to help provide suitable facilities for each team. Site Station Sponsorships will help cover the cost of all items needed at each of the 65 operating sites.
Since WRTC 2014, site station sponsorships have provided a means to recognize clubs, “silent keys”, and other supporters. Each site will be prominently identified during the competition as sponsored by the club or group, in memory of a silent key, or otherwise as designated by the sponsor. Requests to sponsor the site for a specific team or winners of a specific geographic region (such as “NA1”) will be honored on a first-come basis, so committing to sponsor a site as soon as possible will increase chances that your specific request can be honored.
Site station sponsorships also will be acknowledged by WRTC 2022 in printed, web, and video materials in addition to being displayed prominently at the station location. Multiple sites can be sponsored, and special recognition will be given to the club, group, or individual that sponsors the most sites. Clubs from all over the world showed their significant commitment to the WRTC idea with a site station sponsorship donation in 2014 in New England and 2018 in Germany. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WRTC 2022 committee has been unable to solicit support in person, so your expression of support through tent sponsorships is especially needed now.
Site station sponsorships are available immediately to clubs, groups, and individuals for 1200 Euros. Please refer to our list of geographic competitive areas to sponsor a tent for your local area (see Section 3 of the Rules here: https://www.wrtc2022.it/en/selection-criteria-7.asp). We will accommodate requests for specific sponsorships on a first-come, first-served basis. For example, a club in New England may want to sponsor one of the NA#1stations. Please let us know your first and second choice. The list of Team Leaders and Team Mates will be online very soon.
The world competition in 2023 will be the ninth in the series that stretch back to 1990. Previous WRTCs were held in Seattle (1990), San Francisco (1996), Slovenia (2000), Finland (2002), Brazil (2006), Russia (2010), Boston (2014), and Germany (2018). The 2023 competition will bring together amateur radio competitors whose selection is based on the combined results of 12 worldwide competitions participated in over a period of two years and compared with other competitors in the same geographic region.
The competition in Italy will feature a two-person team and a referee in each site in a 24-hour nonstop competition integrated into the IARU HF Championship. All competitors will use equal power, identical antennas, and equivalent operating sites. Hundreds of other radio amateurs will be present to support them, and tens of thousands around the world will compete to work them.