Developed and hosted by a team of Seattle-area contesters, the first WRTC was conducted in 1990 at the same time as the Goodwill Games.  WRTC-1990 was independent of  the Games but brought contesters together from around the world in the style of Olympic athletic events. Also like the Olympics, WRTC-1990 had significant cultural aspects, emphasizing camaraderie and social events. The social aspects were carried  forward into later WRTCs and have become a significant element of the event.  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.

Final standings
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

WRTC 1990 video by Danny, K7SS

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