OJ4N : The Belgian WRTC2002 team
In July 2002 the fourth World Radiosport Team Championship was held in Espoo, Finland.
Organizers of this awesome event, were the Contest Club Finland
(CCF) and the Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL).
A full account of who, where, and what can be found on the WRTC2002 Website : www.wrtc.info/wrtc2002.org/site/
Thanks guys for an impeccable organization and great memories for life !
Some 52 international Ham Radio contest teams, each comprising
of two persons, tested their contest operating skills in a 24 hour radiowave
After the smoke settled down, the Belgian team ON4WW/ON6TT ended 25th, in the middle of the pack.
Seen our hectic work schedule during the Afghanistan operation prior to the contest, we were quite pleased with this result.
Already WRTC2006 is underway, to be held in Florianopolis -
Brazil, July 2006 . Detailed information on this future event can be found at
Mostly, WRTC is about comradery and friendship... it is great to meet all these people face to face !
Dunno what to do for a holiday in July 2006 ? Try to visit WRTC2006 in Brazil, you won't be disappointed !
Click on the photographs to see the full size pictures.
|ON4UN organized the compilation of hundreds, even thousands of photos of the event, what a job ! Shown here is the WRTC2002 logo, and the photo providers|
Peter ON6TT and myself handling our equipment and luggage at Zaventem airport
|A relative short flight, we still try to catch up on some lost sleep of the last months in the Afghanistan operation|
|The Fins got their act together. Organization was perfect, and here we have our pickup ride from Helsinki airport to the hotel|
|WRTC2002 check-in, very professionally run|
|Catching up with some old friends, Chris ZS6EZ and Bernie ZS4TX, both whom I've worked on topband. We can even speak in African-Dutch language, although we prefer English. Their English sounds a bit strange though, same as their Dutch ;-|
|Peter enjoys giving interviews, he's actually a pro in it ! James, 9V1YC has a wonderful customer in him|
|Here's Koji JM1CAX/JY9NX handing over his card for our topband qso !. At that point in time, I had no idea I would meet him and his family at their house in Jordan. I was able to use his radio, and made a couple of thousands of QSOs from his station, as JY8WW in 2003|
|Walter DJ6QT smelling the fresh and healthy Finnish air, Ben DL6FBL contemplating whether he should also have a go at it, and Oms PY5EG having a laugh at it|
|DJ6QT and Harry RA3AUU. It seems to me the conversion from wodka to beer, did not affect Harry's contesting capabilities too much|
|ON6TT at breakfast. Finally a different meal under the belt, after all the club sandwiches and rice with chicken, chicken with rice, rice with rice, rice without chicken we got in Pakistan and Afghanistan|
|One of the pre-contest activities, was attending the Finnish ham Summer Camp. Here is our cabin, close to the lake. Somehow we missed the sauna event...|
|Martti Laine, OH2BH. What an organizer, thanks Martti !|
|ON4WW-ON6TT-Glenn W0GJ-Jari OH2BU-Olli OH0XX|
|Yes Peter, that is a camera !|
|We finally met Ken Wolf, K1EA, and promptly took his latest CT version out of his hands. Thanks Ken, for all your efforts over the years, to make our lives easier !|
|Olli OH0XX gave me several new ones on topband ! The middle person, I know this guy, but what is his callsign ? Let me know if you know. And Henryk, SM0JHF is a world traveller. I met him again in 2003 in The Gambia, where he was accomodating the C5Z effort|
|Pileup contesting, always a challenging event. Luckily this was not calculated in the final score...|
|Team AUSTRIA and team BELGIUM|
|In the middle, Tine S50A, organizer of WRTC2000 in Slovenia. What a personality !|
|Standing Jay WX0B and Jeff WC4E. Seated Peter ON6TT, Frank DL2CC and Jimmy N3BB|
|Here I'm drawing the envelop that holds the location of our contest station. I think our contest location was number 13, but am not sure|
|Here's our sympathetic referee, Eric K3NA. His analytical mind is dazzling !|
|Jorma Saloranta OH2KI, our host, ON6TT-K3NA-ON4WW|
|John ON4UN and Martti OH2BH, two icons of ham radio gathered in Martti's shack|
|Our host Jorma OH2KI and his lovely xyl, who had to deal with those two crazy Belgians during the contest. Thanks !|
|Team OJ4N - ON6TT and ON4WW in action|
|ON4WW-K3NA-ON6TT in the sauna of OH2KI|
|The contest is over !|
|Transport back to the hotel, lots and lots of stories to swap between the competitors, referees, hosts. Our mutual friend Bob K4UEE had also arrived as a visitor, great to meet him and his xyl Mary in Finland !|
|After-contest discussion with Harry RA3AUU, who would take 2nd place ! Again !|
|A boat ride to the restaurant venue, where after the hard work of the organizing committee, correcting and judging the logs, the final results were given|
|And yes, Jeff N5TJ and Dan K1TO did it again !! What a team, and what humble guys. Hats off !|
|N5TJ-K1TO gold, RV1AW-RA3AUU silver, DL2CC-DL6FBL bronze|
|Going home !|
|Eric K3NA logged the whole contest on computer. On the plane, we listened to parts of it|