Hi! Do you remember RV4CT - Dima? It's me!
I have been interested in ham radio since 1988 when I was 10.
The hobby bug had bitten me when my elder sister Irina took me to the club station UZ4CWP.
So, I was infected with this all-consuming passion of amateur radio.
My first name in the world of radio was UA4-152-343, so I became a proud Short Wave Listener.
As an SWL I listened to airwaves until 1993.
By then existing law I was not eligible to transmit until the age of 14, so needless to say that as soon as I turned 14, the ham community could hear my new callsign RA4CHT.
Much have changed these years, including absence of age restriction for juniors.
So, I could work on the 160m band and it was a great feeling - for some time I forgot that nights were for sleeping!
In a few years I could upgrade my license from the 4th to the 3rd, then to the 2nd category.
At last, in 1996 I managed to get the highest class radio amateur license in Russia, the 1st category and my call sign was abbreviated to RV4CT.
I had been signing as RV4CT for 17 years and if you browse through your old logs, most likely you can find that we worked some day.
In 2013 I shortened my call sign again, since then signing as RW4C.
My radio amateur activity years yielded in 80,000 QSOs and the following awards - DXCC, DXCC Honor Roll, DXCC Challenge 2000, 9BDXCC, RDXA-HR, 9B RDXA, The Holyland Award, DXCC countries worked and confirmed: 337 (total amount 2500/2463 WKD/CFM by January 24, 2015).
For many years I have been working from a garage shack, jointly built with my father Vladimir (RA4CNM), we still regard it as our No.1 position.
The garage station is equipped with 3 antennas: 10-15-20m 3el Quad, 17/30m sloper, 80m Inverted V.
The signal is boosted by a 1kW military surplus PA (R-140).
At my secondary shack from home I normally run a 100 W barefoot transceiver hooked up to 10 through 40m UA1DZ vertical antenna (9.3 m over a 10-storey apartment building).
My rigs are Icom-756 PRO 2, FT-920, FT-817ND.
I use LoTW and eQSL.
I answer to all incoming letters and paper QSLs.
In the meantime my No.1 priority is my family (XYL Irina and two daughters - Angelina and Milena).
The following are amateur radio, as well as playing my guitar, writing songs and singing.
Subjects of my amateur songwriting include amateur radio.
Following is the photo gallery related with my life.
See you on the air, guys!
In my shack with my younger daughter Milena (Dec 2013)
My elder daughter Angelina
My wife Irina with our younger daughter Milena
Ant UA1DZ (on the roof of a 10-floor building)
My garage antenna farm in 2009
Earned in 2011
The wall at my shack in 2012
The Wall (side 2)
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