2010 IARU HF Championship and WRTC

The IARU HF Championship is now over, and with it, the 2010 WRTC. By all accounts the WRTC was a huge success, with the first-ever really “level playing field”. Congratulations to all the organizers, support staff, and of course the competitors…especially the top teams. Just being there was a huge accomplishment – placing in the top ranks demonstrated some real operating skills.

In related news, the 2009 IARU Championship controversy regarding the HQ station competition created a problem for the 2010 competition. The ARRL chose not to score the HQ stations in the 2010 competition as a result of the conflicts in 2009. This created a problem for the organizers of the HQ stations…if nobody was going to score the logs, why bother with the operation?

None of the relevant IARU member societies could be used, since many had HQ operations of their own, and a conflict of interest might arise or at least be perceived.

It seemed to us at the WWROF that we could help, and we offered to cross-check the logs, since the IARU logs are submitted to servers operated by our Advisory Committee, and some of those members also provide the log-checking software. With the permission of the ARRL, we approached the IARU Region 1 Contest Manager, 9A5K, and offered our services as a completely neutral, third-party resource. The offer was accepted.

WWROF will do the log acceptance and receipt acknowledgment, then perform the cross-checking against the complete data base of received logs, error calculations, etc., and present the data to the IARU Region 1 Committee, which will then declare the winner.

We are pleased that the IARU Region 1 Committee chose to use our services. It is exactly the kind of thing that this organization can do that no other can.

Lots more projects in the works. Stay tuned.

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