1990 Seattle

The first WRTC was conducted in Seattle, WA in July 1990 at the same time as the Goodwill Games.  Developed and hosted by a team of Seattle-area contesters, WRTC-1990 was independent of  the Games but brought contesters together from around the world in the style of Olympic athletic events. One of the highlights of the event, helped by the association with the Goodwill Games, was having radio operators from the Soviet Union visit the United States.

The Seattle WRTC was the first time that contesters all competed from the same general location in a world-class event, rather than from their home stations.  Minimizing the geographic variation unavoidable in a world-wide competition, WRTC enabled operators to compete on the basis of team skills in a common setting.

The actual competition was held on a Friday in a contest that was created just for WRTC. Teams of two-competitors operated one radio together as a team. All of the stations used  by the WRTC teams were located at existing amateur radio stations in the Seattle area. Not all of the stations were in equally advantageous locations, and some had more desirable callsigns than others. In addition to the two team members, a referee was present at each station to monitor compliance with the WRTC rules.

Top three finishers were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Gold: John Dorr K1AR and Doug Grant K1DG
Silver: Mike Wetzel W9RE and Chip Margelli K7JA
Bronze: Jeff Steinman KR0Y and Bob Shohet KQ2M

More Info

K1AR and K1DG operated N7MJZ/WG to victory in the first ever WRTC in 1990 in Seattle. The audio files are made available by Shane K1ZR for your listening pleasure. They are converted from tapes to wav-files.

Direct link

This 25 minute video of WRTC 1990 was produced by the WRTC 1990 Organizing Committee of K7SS, K7LXC, KE7V, KS7L, W7NG, KM7E, N7MJZ and KM7E. It was professionally narrated by David French N4KET of CNN.

Please enjoy!

 

Received these pictures from Stu Hoar, N7ZZ.

Willy, UW9AR, swapping hats with the US Army Ranger

Willy, UW9AR, swapping hats with the US Army Ranger

Willy flanked by an Army MP and a Ranger and three russian pals

Willy flanked by an Army MP and a Ranger and three russian pals

Here is the pileup file created by N0SS(SK) that Stu, N7ZZ ran on the boat trip from Seattle to Tillicum Village on Blake Island for the participants in the first WRTC Goodwill Games. It was a tape created for the Dayton which N0SS donated to add to the fun. Who copied the most calls is unclear so if you have more information on this event please send us an email.

Pileup file: WRTC1990 CW Pileup

Thanks to Stu Hoar, N7ZZ for this piece of history

Articles written about WRTC 1990.

  • The World Radiosport Team Championship, May/Jun 1990 NCJ
  • The World Radiosport Team Championship Wrap-Up, Sep/Oct 1990
  • The World Radiosport Team Championship, Oct 1990 QST

Rank Team
1 K1AR/K1DG
2 W9RE/K7JA
3 KR0Y/KQ2M
4 VE7SV/VE7CC
5 DL5XX/DJ6QT
6 LZ2PO/LZ1MS
7 G3YDV/G4BUO
8 EA5BF/EA9EO
9 UW9AR/UA9AM
10 W7EJ/AA4NC
11 UA1DZ/RB5IM
12 I2UIY/IK2DVG
13 OH1XX/OH8PF
14 OK1RI/OK2FD
15 YT3AA/YU1RL
16 HA0MM/HA6NY
17 UW3AA/UA9SA
18 UW0CN/UW0CA
19 JE1JKL/JE1CKA
20 PY5EG/PY4OD
21 FD1NYQ/F2CW
22 JM3JOW/JJ3UHS