The Kansas City Star
Lenexa resident and top amateur radio operator Alex Tkatch (amateur radio callsign KU1CW) has been selected to compete in the World Radiosport Team Championship 2014 (WRTC2014). This quadrennial radiosport competition, the first held in the United States since 1996, will be held across 16 New England communities from July 9 through 14. Known as the “Olympiad of amateur radio,” previous WRTC2014 competitions have been held in Seattle (1990), San Francisco (1996), Slovenia (2000), Finland (2002), Brazil (2006), and Russia (2010).
Tkatch was born and grew up in Minsk, Belarus. He earned his training at Minsk Polytechnic Academy, traveling to the amateur radio club station on weekends, and received his first call sign at the age of 16. He became interested in radio competitions and has earned numerous regional victories from the US and abroad.
Tkatch credits amateur radio with having an impact on selecting his career. In 1982, he attended Belarussian State University and graduated with degree in Physics of Semiconductors. In 1992, Tkatch moved to the US, initially in New York, but later settling down in Kansas City, MO. His career has included RF design Engineer, Telecom Design Engineer and now Technology Manager with Rohde & Schwarz USA, specializing in Telecom and Satellite Navigation. Tkatch lives in Lenexa with his wife Natasha, also an amateur radio operator. They have one daughter.
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