A Curmudgeon Goes to the Webinar

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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WWROF Receives Major Donation

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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Extending the World Wide DX Contest into the Brave New World of Digital Communication

This webinar will first review the impetus behind creating a fourth World Wide DX Contest. The key details of the World Wide Digi DX Contest will be described, including frequently asked questions that have arisen.

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WWROF Guest Blog, Mark Beckwith, N5OT

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

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Announcing the World Wide Digi DX Contest

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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K3LR – Contest University 2018 & Dayton Contest Activities

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Receiving Antenna Metrics With Examples

Spreadsheet:  RX Ant Metrics v17p

Spreadsheet files with data for examples in the presentation, please e-mail Jukka OH6LI – jpklemola@gmail.com

Presentation Slides:  Receiving Antenna Metrics With Examples v20p

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KP4 Generator Final Update

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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KP4 Generator Project Update

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. Continue reading

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WWROF Announces Major Support for Hams and Contesters in Puerto Rico

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. Continue reading

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