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This page lists blog and news items about WWROF activities.

Fredricksburg, TX – August 21, 2020 – The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, Inc. (WWROF) is pleased to announce the election of Philipp Springer, DK6SP, to its board of directors, effective immediately. WWROF Chairman Tim Duffy, K3LR, says, “We’re excited to welcome Philipp to our leadership team, in particular for his enthusiasm for radio sport and highly respected representation of the youth in our hobby.”

Philipp, who is 22 years old, began his ham radio career in early 2008 at the young age of ten, ultimately being issued the novice call sign, DO6PS. In 2013 he upgraded to a full operating license and was granted the call sign DK6SP, which he has held ever since. Philipp is a member of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group and the German amateur radio society DARC, where he is also responsible for leading activities for Youngsters-on-the-Air (YOTA) – Team Germany program. In addition, he is also a member of AGCW-DL, SKCC, CWOPS and the Bavarian Contest Club. Philipp proudly participated at WRTC 2018 in Germany as Team Y82D, together with youth team member HA8RT, achieving a respectable 23rd place finish amongst 63 teams staffed by the best contest operators in the world. Most recently, Philipp gained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis on logistics management and plans to progress as a master’s student.

In addition, WWROF is announcing the retirement of Dennis Motchenbacher, K7BV from its board of directors. “On behalf of the WWROF board, we want to thank Dennis for his invaluable contributions to our activities and unique industry insight,” said Tim Duffy, K3LR. Dennis continues to be a dedicated operator on the HF and VHF bands and looks forward to being even more active.

About WWROF

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation is a non-profit, donor-supported organization dedicated to improving the skills of amateur radio operators around the world, utilizing education, competition, advancement of technology and scientific research, promoting international friendship and goodwill, and preparing them to better serve society in times of communications need. In addition, WWROF provides major assistance, including the infrastructure for log submissions, log checking, reporting, and other support services for many popular radio contests. For more information, log on to: https://wwrof.org/.

Fredricksburg, TX – November 14, 2019 – The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, Inc. (WWROF) has issued a grant to the organizers of Youth on the Air (YOTA) in IARU region 2, to support a summer camp for licensed amateur radio operators ages 15 through 25. YOTA 2020 Camp will take place June 21 through June 26, 2020 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio, according to an announcement yesterday on Ham Nation.

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Okay, so I helped with my first WWROF webinar over the weekend, and it was all about the new WW-Digi contest coming to life at lightning speed. Webinar Master Emeritus Ken K4ZV ran his usual very smooth event where Ed W0YK, the chairman of the all-new WW-Digi contest, described the process of evolution for a contest that has gone from a sparkle-in-the-eye to first-inaugural-debut in a space of a little over 4 months.

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Contribution Earmarked for Youth Contesting Initiatives

Fredericksburg, TX – August 8, 2019 – The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, Inc. (“WWROF”) is pleased to announce that it has received a donation of $25,000 from Chick Allen, NW3Y. Chick’s contribution is to be used at the discretion of the WWROF board of directors to promote and enhance youth involvement in radio sport contesting. “On behalf of the WWROF I want to express our gratitude for Chick’s donation and am excited about what it will mean for the future of contesting,” says WWROF Chairman, Tim Duffy, K3LR. This significant contribution is especially meaningful as it is well-aligned with WWROF’s mission of improving the operating skills of amateurs around the world, including those that are new to ham radio. “It is truly an honor to work with WWROF by providing support for one of amateur radio’s greatest needs – encouraging youth to discover and enjoy radio sport in new and creative ways,” says Chick Allen, NW3Y.

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Reflecting on Dayton 2019 and the best Worldwide Radio Operator Foundation Board meeting ever. In 2009 a handful of old hams thought things could be better:

WWROF is dedicated to improving the skills of amateur radio operators around the world, utilizing education, competition, advancement of technology and scientific research, promoting international friendship and goodwill, and preparing them to better serve society in times of communication need.

We founded our organization to contribute solutions. Without drawing attention to itself as the focus, 10 years later WWROF continues to plug away at a lot of unglamorous stuff, silently making radio operating more complete for a lot of radio people. Because of our work: emergencies get managed, data gets served, radiosport exercises get hosted and their outcomes adjudicated, and radio operator accomplishments get acknowledge and recognized by peers, to name a few of the things that hum along silently, thanks to our supporters, and those activities we support in turn.

I hope these are things that are important to you. I hope you want to make a difference. Feel free to contact me N5OT@wwrof.org, or any member of the WWROF Board, to talk about ideas or questions you may have. I’ll talk about radio any time!

Mark Beckwith, N5OT
Board of Directors
Worldwide Radio Operators Foundation

For immediate release. June 29, 2019.

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (“WWROF”), in collaboration with the Slovenia Contest Club (“SCC”), is pleased to announce the first annual World Wide Digi DX Contest (“WW Digi”). The new contest taps into the excitement being generated by the new digital modes pioneered by Joe Taylor K1JT and the WSJT-X development team. The contest will occur over 24 hours on August 31 and September 1, 2019 using the FT4 and FT8 modes on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10-meter bands. The full rules and other information are available on the WW Digi DX contest web site at https://ww-digi.com

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