The United States takes Gold in ham radio ‘Olympics’

Leominster Champion
By Champion Editor Lindsay Sauvageau

Leominster hosted two teams in Saturday’s competition

This year, the United States took Gold in the “Olympics” of amateur (ham) radio.

At the end of the 24-hour competition known as the World Radiosport Team Championships (WRTC), three teams, representing three countries – the US, Slovakia and Germany – were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively.

“This is a high-tech hobby. It used to be more popular before the advent of the cell phone,” explained local Ham-radio enthusiast and LATV volunteer Don Montrym, Thursday afternoon.

Montrym spent time last week with The Champion, at Sholan Farms, explaining the competition, while watching a 40-foot antenna being erected by local volunteers.

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