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This page lists blog and news items about WWROF activities.

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!

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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The generators ready for shipment to Puerto Rico.

The generator recipients were:

  • Pedro NP4A
  • Juan   WP4OV
  • Jose.   NP4ET
  • George. NP4EP
  • Leo         WP4NWE
  • Miritza.   WP4YL

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On behalf of the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, I would like to extend a huge THANK-YOU to the contest community for stepping up to support the WWROF KP4 Generator Project. As you may recall, WWROF recently authorized a matching contribution of $5,000 to be used to supply badly needed generators to hams in Puerto Rico who continue to suffer from the lack of electricity and basic services nearly 90 days after Hurricane Maria hit the island.

As of today, WWROF has collected $12,505 (including our matching contribution), which has enabled us to procure an initial quantity of generators and have them delivered to well-known contester, Angel Vazquez, WP3R. Angel has confirmed the generators have arrived at his house, where he jumped into action and met with Puerto Rican State Convention members to assess the best places to deploy the equipment to support radio communications and other critical needs. (read more…)

Windham, NH — Dec. 2, 2017 — As we all know, the island of Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Recovery efforts are proceeding but a lot of work remains to be done with a significant period of time to go before things return to normal. Amateur radio has filled a vital need for communications, since the storm destroyed most of the island’s wired and wireless infrastructure.

Effective immediately, the WWROF will match the first $5000 of donations by clubs and individuals to the *KP4 Generator Project*. WWROF is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the extent allowed by law. (read more…)

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (“WWROF”), a non-profit donor-supported organization, is pleased to announce the completion of a major redesign project for the contest web sites that it maintains and operates on behalf of the contest community.

These sites include:

http://cqww.com
http://cqwwrtty.com
http://cqwpx.com
http://cqwpxrtty.com
http://cq160.com
http://cqww-vhf.com

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I am pleased to announce that the Frankford Radio Club (FRC) has made a *second*  donation of $1,000 to the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF). In a unanimous decision by the FRC’s Board of Directors, this contribution supports WWROF’s mission to advance the state-of-the-art for contest operating around the world. Further, it will enable WWROF to continue to offer provision/support for some of contesting’s most highly valued assets (e.g., awards, log checking infrastructure, standards, etc.).

On behalf of the entire WWROF leadership team, I want to personally thank each member of the Frankford Radio Club for their leadership and support to the contest community!

73, John, K1AR

Chairman, WWROF

The WWROF has provided a $4,500 grant for the acquisition of a new server for use by the CQ family of contests.  The server is the critical infrastructure for hosting the CQ contest web sites, the log receiving robot, and the log checking software.

According to CQ WW Contest Director Randy Thompson, K5ZD, “The old server was no longer able to handle the growing number of CQ WW logs. We needed more capability to continue making log checking improvements and help the team of volunteer log checkers work more efficiently. This new server should handle our needs until the next sunspot peak.”

Thanks to Dave Pascoe KM3T for providing the work needed to install the new server and reinstall the necesary software.

Funds for the grant were made possible by donations from amateur radio contesters around the world. The recent funding of CQ Contest certificates and the server have lowered the pool of funds available. If you enjoy the CQ Contests, please make a contribution.