CQ WPX CW 2020 M/2 @ K3LR
Bryant Rascoll KG5HVO
International All Youth Contesting Team to Compete in CQ WPX CW
Seven youth from 5 countries and 3 continents will meet this May at superstation K3LR in West Middlesex, PA and compete for 48 hours in CQ WPX CW in hopes to contend for a top finish, inspire more youth radiosport events, and ultimately bring down the average age of today’s contester. This group of teens and young contesters, known as Team Exuberance CW, are already accomplished contesters with many individual victories.
Team Exuberance CW Operators
David Samu VE7DZO
Marty Sullaway NN1C
Bruce Yang KN8U
Tomi Varro HA8RT
Philipp Springer DK6SP
Mathias Acevedo Von Frey CE2LR
Bryant Rascoll KG5HVO
The Team Exuberance CW ops were handpicked for this contest and are all highly skilled and experienced CW operators, especially considering some of the team members are still in high school. Several of them were WRTC 2018 competitors. Tomi HA8RT, age 21 from Hungary, was the 2014 HST champion. Bruce KN8U, age 21 and a student at Georgia Tech, was the World Rookie champion for the CQ WPX CW 2019 contest.
Last year, the first Team Exuberance competed at K3LR in CQ WPX SSB. This endeavor was the brainchild of Violetta Latham KK8AT and was totally youth-driven and organized. The team managed to win the Multi-2 category for North America but more importantly bring attention to the small but growing and VERY exuberant sect of radiosport enthusiasts under the age of 25. The name Team Exuberance was gleaned from the saying “old age and treachery will always beat out youth and exuberance.” By winning the Multi-2 category for North America with a score of 22 million points and 5700 QSOs, the team did indeed show that there is a next generation of contesters and they are contenders. You can read the article about the operation here http://www.k3lr.com/youth/QST-Aug-TeamE-Reprint.pdf
While amateur radio is not a mainstream hobby for today’s youth, finding skilled youth CW operators is even rarer. All members of TE CW can copy CW at 50+ wpm, yet they did not have to pass a CW test to earn an amateur radio license. They do it because it’s fun and challenging! Those with even very modest low power stations can be competitive contesters using CW.
Prior to the contest, the team will be fundraising and publicizing. Currently, there is a GoFundMe page set up to cover team travel expenses. Bryant KG5HVO says, “We hope TE CW will encourage other youth-driven events and attract more youth into radiosport.” Please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/team-exuberance-cw-2020 Any excess funds will be donated to the David Kalter Youth DX Adventure.