The man known as the “Father of Competitive Radio” in the former Soviet Union, Boris Stepanov, RU3AX (ex-UW3AX), of Moscow, Russia, died on July 28, after a lengthy illness. He was 76. A prolific writer, Stepanov was the deputy editor of Radio magazine. He also attended International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 conferences as a member of Central Radio Club and SRR delegations. Stepanov’s obituary credits him with developing the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) format, and he was one of the judges at the first WRTC in 1990 in the Seattle area.
A graduate of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Stepanov became involved in Amateur Radio since the early 1950s, first as an SWL, and then becoming UW3AX in 1960.