WRTC2014 Announces First Advisory Council Members

Windham, NH May 17, 2011


WRTC 2014, Inc., host of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship competition, is pleased to announce the initial members of the WRTC2014 Advisory Council. The Advisory Council consists of individuals who have experience in the execution of major events and are willing to provide significant financial resources to the project. The initial members of the Council are Tim Duffy, K3LR, Craig Thompson, K9CT, and George DeMontrond III, NR5M.

Tim Duffy, K3LR, has participated in four WRTC competitions and expressed his feelings on joining the Council. “I am thrilled to become a member and assist the organizing committee in its goal to host the world in New England. I hope that others will join me and become involved in this shining moment of radiosporting.”

Craig Thompson, K9CT, recognized the high visibility of WRTC within the ham radio and contesting community. “I am pleased to offer my support for this important international ham radio event in the United States. The highest expectations have been set by prior hosts and it is in the best interests of ham radio that we continue to improve.”

George DeMontrond III, NR5M, is a believer in the competitive aspects of WRTC. “I support WRTC as the premier venue to display amateur radio contesting skills and talent. It is important to provide an environment that properly showcases those that qualify to compete in such an event.”

“Receiving this level of support from such well known contesters and successful businessmen is a vote of confidence for the organizing team,” said Doug Grant, K1DG, Chairman of WRTC-2014. “We look forward to receiving the benefits of their experience and advice as we progress toward the WRTC event in July 2014.”

The WRTC2014 Advisory Council is responsible for advising the organizers on the planning of the event. Council members are all well-respected in the amateur radio community as operators and station builders and have demonstrated success in business. They generally have experience in the planning and execution of major events and are able to provide guidance and assistance in areas such as fundraising, project management, and making connections with useful resources. These individuals have also committed to provide significant personal financial support to the project.

For information about WRTC-2014 or joining the Advisory Council, contact WRTC Chairman, Doug Grant, K1DG, via e-mail at k1dg@wrtc2014.org.

About WRTC 2014

The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is held every four years and consists of approximately 50 two-person teams of amateur radio operators from around the world competing in a test of operating skill. Unlike most on-the-air competitions, all stations are required to use identical antennas from the same geographic region, eliminating all variables except operating ability. Previous WRTCs have been held in Seattle (1990), San Francisco (1996), Slovenia (2000), Finland (2002), Brazil (2006), and Russia (2010). More information is available at www.wrtc2014.org.

About Tim Duffy, K3LR

Tim has been an active contest operator for almost 40 years. Tim is a member of the CQ Contest Committee (20 years), serves as chairman of Contest University (5 years), organizer of the Dayton Contest Dinner (19 years), and coordinator of the Dayton Contest Super Suite (26 years). He is also a founding member and past multi year President of the North Coast Contesters. He has been on team USA at WRTC four times. Tim serves on the board of directors of the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation as Vice Chairman and on the Radio Club of America (RCA) executive committee. K3LR was elected to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 2006.

About Craig Thompson, K9CT

Craig’s first contest was Novice Roundup in 1967. Craig has re-ignited his contesting fire in the last few years and is in the process of building a competitive contest station that is capable from 1.8 to 1296 MHz and soon on 2m EME. Favorite contests are ARRL and CQ DX contests, ARRL SS, June VHF and 160. He enjoys CW mostly, but is also active on SSB and RTTY. Craig has been president and owner of Thompson Electronics Company, an electronic system integrator/contractor since 1980. He has been on many boards, both elected and appointed. At present, Craig is semi-retired to have more time for ham radio, running, and golf.

About George DeMontrond III, NR5M

George DeMontrond III has been licensed since 1966 and an avid contester since 1984 when he joined the Texas DX Society. He built a multi-multi contest station in 1984-1986, pursued other interests in the early 90’s, and has returned to station building in 2007. His world class station 50 miles northwest of Houston is QRV on all contest bands and modes from 1.8 to 1296 MHz. George brings a wealth of big event experience through his involvement in attempts by the city of Houston to bid for the Olympics and as a Director for one of Houston’s biggest events, the Livestock Show and Rodeo.