Russian aggression against Ukraine continues, more and more countries are stepping up to help Ukraine to fight for its freedom and sovereignty, giving humanitarian and military aid. At the same time we feel that the World is kind of “getting tired” of war, and this topic is fading into the worlds news.
It’s necessary and very critical to do everything possible to keep Ukraine on the radars of the Global Community.
We believe that having a second team from Ukraine competing in the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) in 2023 in Italy would also serve this purpose.
This team would consist of two operators: young contester Yaroslav, UW7LL, who made it into the Top Ten at previous WRTC in Germany (2018) and WRTC veteran Yuri VE3DZ/UT4UZ (7 previous WRTC, best score is #4 at WRTC-2006).Both are the World and Continental winners of many HF Contests and eligible to participate in the WRTC according to their rank on the WRTC-2022 selection process.
We hoped for the Wild Card selection, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Our only chance now is to be one of the “Donor Teams”, but for that we need to donate 15,000 EUROs to WRTC-2022 organizers.
If we will be able to collect necessary funds, our team will reserve one of 5 available Donor team seats. So far we were able to raise about $7,000, so we need approximately $9,000 more.
Your help would be greatly appreciated. The list of all Donors will be published here and on WRTC-2022 the website.
You may donate in different ways:
- by PayPal or Credit Card using link: https://PayPal.me/ve3dz or to firstname.lastname@example.org
- by Cheque, E-transfer, or directly to either UW7LL or VE3DZ (please contact email@example.com for details).
All donated funds eventually will be transferred to WRTC-2022 committee and will be used to support WRTC-2022.
Thank you in advance!
Update (August 17, 2022):
Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to transfer a deposit to WRTC-2022, and we are now waiting for the official announcement of our team on WRTC-2022 website. Special gratitude goes to Howard, VE2AED and Micheline, KM6FOH, Olof G0CKV, Tony K2NV and Niagara Frontier Radio Sport, and Alex UT4EK - they contributed the most. The list of all our donors may be found below.
Update (August 21, 2022):
It's official now! We managed to take the 5th (last) Donor Team slot, thus being the last team selected for the upcoming WRTC-2022 in Italy. Inclusion of our team in WRTC allows us to keep raising the profile of Ukraine and keep her in the public eye. The boost this would give to Ukrainian Amateurs will be immeasurable. Amateur Radio is about friendship, sharing knowledge and helping each other, and we have had many messages of support, and the donations from across the amateur community have been wonderful – they still come in. We still need to donate our balance to WRTC-2022 committee, but now we have almost 2 months to accomplish that. Still need to collect between $5,000 and $5,500, depending on EURO exchange rate on the day of transfer. Thank you for your continued support and your encouragement! Our fundraiser continues.
Update (October 07, 2022):
We haven't done any update lately, past few weeks were pretty busy with work commitments, family and preparations for winter (for Yarik). Winter is going to be pretty hard for Ukraine. Our fundraiser slowed down for obvious reasons: a lot of our friends and potential donors have already donated and it is really difficult to find new ones. Despite of difficult times, Rig Expert Ukraine, being already a Sponsor for WRTC-2022 and donating Antenna Analyzers for the Committee, found a way to help us financially, for which we are grateful. We have another potential donor, but it's only a commitment so far. We have another 2 weeks or so to collect the final $2,000. We count on your support and would appreciate any help.
Update (October 31, 2022):
We are happy to report that 2 major sponsor stepped in and helped us to close on the remaining balance. Famous Ukrainian football (soccer) player and manager Sergiy Rebrov, UT5UDX/5B4AMM, who is active supporter of Ukraine, found a way to help not only Ukrainian Army, but also our Team. Also, our World known Ukrainian company Rig Expert Ukraine, Ltd., despite obvious own difficulties because of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, made the largest contribution to our fundraiser.
We thank both sponsors for this invaluable support.
Therefore our main sponsors who contributed more than 50% of funds to our Fundraiser company:
- Rig Expert Ukraine, Ltd.;
- Sergiy UT5UDX / 5B4AMM;
- Howard VE2AED and Micheline KM6FOH;
- Olof G0CKV;
- Tony K2NV and his XYL Rosie.
We thank all other sponsors for their support. We will make a huge banner with all the supporters names/calls and place it at our tent in Italy.
Now, being the last team accepted for WRTC-2022, we need to start our preparations to catch up on all other teams, which had more time for training and equipment testing.
We will continue to update you on our progress.
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