WRTC 2022 – Final Qualification Rules

1. Qualifying Events

Everyone interested in operating in WRTC 2022 must qualify by operating in a variety of qualifying events between February 2019 and November 2020.

Each qualifying event has a maximum point value that is used for the qualifying score calculation. Published scores will be used to calculate qualification points.

The following table lists the eligible contests for WRTC 2022, their maximum point values, and from which years each contest’s results will be considered:

ContestValue20192020# of Events
CQ WW DX CW1000XX2
CQ WW DX SSB1000XX2
CQ WW WPX CW950XX2
CQ WW WPX SSB950XX2
IARU HF Championship950XX2
Russian DX Contest1000XX2
ARRL Int. DX CW800XX2
ARRL Int. DX SSB800XX2
WAE DX CW1000XX2
WAE DX SSB1000XX2
All Asian DX CW800XX2
All Asian DX SSB800XX2
  1. There are 24 qualifying events.
  2.  Applicants may submit scores from up to 12 qualifying events toward their qualifying score.

2. Category Weighting Factor

Weighting factors are applied to compensate for differences in competitiveness and activity level in the various entry categories.

Entry CategoryWeight
SO HP (Single Operator High Power) – includes All Band or Single Band,
Unassisted, Single Mode or Mixed
1.0
SOA HP (Single Operator Assisted High Power) – includes All Band or Single
Band, Assisted, Single Mode or Mixed
0.95
SO LP (Single Operator Low Power) includes All Band or Single Band, Unassisted,
Single Mode or Mixed
0.9
SOA LP (Single Operator Assisted Low Power) – includes All Band or Single Band,
Assisted, Single Mode or Mixed
0.85
MS (Multi-Operator Single Transmitter)0.9
M2 (Multi-Operator Two Transmitter)0.8
MM (Multi-Operator Multi-Transmitter) 0.7
  1. Single Band scores are weighted the same as All Band scores of the same power level.
  2. Single Mode scores are weighted the same as Mixed Mode scores for the same power level.
  3. Scores made from IARU HQ stations in the IARU HF Championship are not eligible.
  4. QRP scores are weighted the same as LP scores.

3. Selection Areas and Teams

Continental regions are determined according to CQ Worked All Zone rules.

Each DXCC country (entity) is limited to the selection of a single qualifying TL with the following
exceptions:
W – as specified for each SA
VE – one TL per SA
UA – two TL from UA1/UA3/UA4 (guaranteed by definition of EU #4), one TLfrom UA9/UA0, one TL from UA2*
PY – one TL from PY1-5 & PY0T, one TL from PY2-9 & PY0F/S*
BY – one TL from Zone 24 East, one TL from Zone 24 West
DL – two TL*
I – one TL per SA*

*if an applicant qualifies for TL from the SA

4. Qualifying Event Score Calculation

The Event Score for an applicant will be calculated based on the following formula:  

Event Score = (Contest value) x (Category weighting factor) x (Applicant Score / Maximum Score)

Maximum Score is the largest published score in the applicant’s category from the Selection Area in which the applicant’s score was made.

Special Note for RDXC: UA stations are scored differently than non-UA stations in RDXC. In SAs including both UA and non-UA stations (EU#3, EU#6, AS#1, and AS#2) UA scores will be compared only to UA scores for Qualification Event Points. For all other contests, all stations compete on an equal basis within their SA.

If the Maximum Score is lower than the highest published score in any category with a lower weight from the same Selection Area, use the higher score as the Maximum Score using the following category order table.
Only use categories in the contest being scored. :

Category Order 
1MM
2.M2
3MS
4SOA HP
5SO HP (AB or SB)
6SO Single Mode HP
7MS LP
8SOA LP
9SO LP (AB or SB)
10SO Single Mode LP
11SOA QRP
12SO AB QRP

Example 1:

I1ABC (EU #7), operating from EA9 (AF #1) calculates an Event Score based on a Maximum Score from AF #1 instead of EU #7.

If the Maximum Score is lower than the highest published score in any category with a lower weight from the same Selection Area, use the higher score as the Maximum Score using the following category order:

Example 2:  

I1ABC has a published score of 3,000,000 in CQ WPX CW (Value = 950) as a M2 entry (Category Weighting Factor = 0.8) from EU #7. The maximum score in M2 in EU #7 is 4,000,000. Up to 3 operators at I1ABC may submit the following result from this contest:

950 x 0.8 x (3,000,000 / 4,000,000) = 570.0  

Example 3:

If there was a MS (lower Category Weighting Factor than M2) in EU #7 that had a published score of 5,000,000, then the calculation is:

950 x 0.8 x (3,000,000 / 5,000,000) = 456.0

5. Qualification Score Calculation

An applicant’s qualification score is the sum of up to 12 Event Scores.
The maximum possible qualification score is 11.900. 

  1.  4 Event Scores may be from Multioperator (MS/M2/MM) entries.
  2.  A maximum of 4 Event Scores may be from outside an applicant’s home Selection Area.
  3.  A maximum of 2 operators may submit scores for a single contest from a MS, 3 from a M2, and 4 from a MM.
  4.  If an operator’s call sign appears for more than one entry in a single Qualifying Event (e.g., from operating at more than one station), none of the operator’s scores may be submitted from that contest.
  5.  In the unlikely case of a tie score for the final qualifying spot in a Selection Area, the applicants will be asked to submit additional scores beyond those submitted until the tie is broken
  6. Contest scores from Official WRTC Speciall Call sign stations (Single Op. or Multi Op.) and Organizing Committee Members (listed inon the WRTC 2022 website) callsign contest scores, listed in any of Qualifying Event, will not count for WRTC qualifying points (in any Selection Area), and will not represent a “Maximum Score” for that Selection Area in any of Qualifying Event. Organizing Committee Members may participate in any Multi Operator category but can’t be one of the two score submitters (rule 5.3).

6. Team Leader (TL) Qualification

A Team Leader will be selected based on the following:

1. The applicant must submit an application for WRTC 2022. There are no automatic qualifiers (except the Defending Champions).  The process of choosing TL and TM for Sponsored Teams and Wild Card Teams is TBD.

2. Applicants who have competed in the three (3) previous WRTC events (2010, 2014, 2018) without finishing in one of the top twenty (20) places may not be selected as TL but may be selected as a Team Mate (TM) as described below.  This also applies to Sponsored Teams and Wild Card Teams.

3. Applicants are strongly urged to follow all rules in all qualifying contests, including the observance of power limits, use of spotting assistance, use of remote receivers, use of automated decoders such as CW Skimmer, etc. Personal integrity is an integral element of a WRTC participant. For all operations outside the SA of residence, the applicant must be prepared to show that she or he is properly licensed, has permission to be in the country, and has permission to operate. This applies whether the operator is on site or using a remotely controlled station.

4. Any operator whose call sign is published as being disqualified from any WRTC 2022 qualifying event forfeits the right to apply. If the entry is in a multi-operator category, all listed operators forfeit the right to apply.

Disqualification in a qualifying contest is a disqualification from WRTC participation unless there are exceptional reasons for granting a waiver of the DQ and that the reasoning for the waiver must be public.

5. If an applicant qualifies as a TL and then declines the invitation to attend WRTC 2022, the applicant with the next highest Qualification Score from that Selection Area is then invited.

6. Determination of Home SA:
1. An applicant’s home SA is the address on a passport or other national identity document at the time of application. If the applicant has a passport from more than one country, the home SA is the location in which the most time was spent during the year preceding the application deadline.
1. An applicant must be prepared to provide proof of valid residence in the claimed home Selection Area at the time of submitting an application in 2021. Proof of residence may include passport, resident alien status document, landed immigrant status document, work permit, tax bills, and the like, and should be sufficient to demonstrate legitimate residence and presence in the SA.
2. For an applicant to claim a home SA that is different than a passport address, a minimum of 8 Qualifying Event Scores must be submitted from that SA.  The applicant must be prepared to show authorization to be present in and operate from that SA and that permission has been granted to use the station from which the score is submitted.  
1.If scores are submitted from more than one country in the SA outside the applicant’s SA of residence, the applicant’s country for applying TL limits will be the country from which the largest number of scores were submitted.
3. The applicant will declare the claimed home SA when the WRTC application is submitted.

7. The WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee has sole authority in deciding whether an applicant has provided sufficient proof to demonstrate residence in the claimed Selection Area for each contest and for the applicant’s home Selection Area at the time of application. The Committee reserves the right to re-classify an applicant’s home Selection Area. Any applicant providing fraudulent documents relating to residency will be declared ineligible to participate in WRTC 2022 in any capacity, and will be reported to the WRTC Sanctioning Committee for possible disqualification from future WRTCs.

8. The application form and entry deadline (estimated to be September 2021), will be announced at a later date.

9. In each Selection Area, TLs will be selected in order of Qualification Score up to the number of allotted TLs specified in the Selection Areas and Team Leaders rules.

7. Team Mate (TM) Qualification

A TM is selected by a TL and must be approved by the WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee.

  1. Each TL may select a TM from anywhere in the world.
  2. The TM must have one of the top ten Qualifying Scores in her or his home Selection Area that was not selected as a TL. This rule does not apply to Sponsored Teams.
  3. The TM’s Qualifying Score must be at least 4000 points. This rule does not apply to Sponsored Teams.
  4. The same disqualification rules apply to candidates for TM as for TL candidates.  TM candidates are exempt from Rule 6.2 regarding previous WRTC participation.
  5. If the TM did not submit an application to be selected as TL, an application may be submitted after being selected by a TL.

8. Special Teams

In addition to the geographically selected teams, the following teams will be named by the WRTC2022 Organizing Committee.

Team Name Quantity Description
Defending Champions1WRTC 2018 Champions
Youth Team6Under age 25 at WRTC 2022
Sponsored Team5TBD (To Be Determined)
Wild Card TeamsTBDTBD
  1. Youth Team Leader positions will be awarded to any applicant born after July 14, 1997 with the highest Qualification Score worldwide who does not otherwise qualify for a Team Leader position. Qualification Scores are calculated in the same manner as for all other applicants. The Youth Team Leaders must select another youth operator as his or her Team Mate from anywhere in the world.  
  2. Wild Card teams are reserved for the WRTC2022 Organizing Committee to acknowledge exceptional efforts within the pool of applicants that did not otherwise qualify.

9. Questions

Questions regarding the selection criteria or qualifying process may be submitted to qualification@wrtc2022.it 

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page will be available on the WRTC 2022 website to provide rules clarification as necessary.  

The WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee reserves the right to modify the qualification process to correct errors or provide clarification.  

All changes to the Qualification Rules will be announced on the WRTC 2022 website.


Public Change List from previously published rules:

2. Category Weighting for SO-LP is 0.9 and for SOA-LP is 0.85
2.1, 2.2 Clarified that SOSB and SOAB of the same power level are compared directly for Qualification Event Scores
2.5 WRTC-Style MS/M2 teams have been removed.

3. Selection Areas (SA) and Team Leaders (TL) (renamed)
New column headings TL from Continent and TL from Area
Removed limit of max. 2 per country from EU
Increased TL for EU from 17 to 18
Moved OX from EU#1 to NA#2
Moved OY from EU#3 to EU#1
Moved UA1 from EU#1 to EU#4
EU#1, EU#2, and EU#4 have 2 TL, EU#3 has 3 TL
NA#4, NA#7, NA#10 changes
Added VP9 to CA#1
AS#4, AS#5 changes
SA#1 – noted that PJ only applies to PJ in Zone 9
Moved PY0S/PY0F to SA#2, leaving PY0T in SA#4
SA#3, SA#4 changes
List of exceptions to 1 TL per country rule.  Added note that TL must qualify, not guaranteed slot except for UA1/UA3/UA4
LY and YL moved to EU#1
Added Italy one TL per SA


4. Added special scoring for UA and non-UA stations in RDXC.

5. Corrected regular MS/M2/MM scores to 4.
5.6 Official WRTC stations.


6.1 Noted the process of choosing TL/TM for Sponsored or Wild Card is TBD.
6.2 Changed to last three WRTC and top twenty (20) places, including Sponsored and Wild Card TL
6.3 Required proof of license and permission for scores from outside SA of residence
6.6 New Determination of Home SA rules

7. New TM qualification rules
7.2, 7.3 Clarification that TM rules does not apply to Sponsored Teams  

8. Reduced Youth Teams from 7 to 6