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SKCC # 12710C, NAQCC # 7436, 30MDG # 7492, A1 Club # 2958, IBPC* # 1 (Founder), Member of the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong, ARRL Life Member, FARS member

I returned to amateur radio in 2014 (started on HF at the end of August) after almost 30 years of being off the air (see History below). I used to work CW and, for most of my teenage years, participated in high-speed telegraphy competitions (the picture at the upper right corner shows a straight key similar to what I used at the time). Currently, I am mostly working QRP and low power CW/Digital (10-30W) using a long-wire antenna. 
I've never used "bugs" and "cooties" before and I don't own any of them now so all my sending is done either with a straight key or a single-lever paddle+keyer. Although, I can do 45 wpm (both send and receive), I am not much of a rag-chewer. Maybe it will grow on me some day. 
I started on digital modes in July 2016. My first ever digital contact (PSK31) was VK2KM (Karl), first JT65 contact - KD5K (Robert), first JT9 contact - AA7IX (Martin), first FT8 contact - N4ABN (Eddy).
I upload my logs into LOTW, eQSL, ClubLog and QRZ.com every week, HRDLOG.net - monthly.           
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* - International Brass Pounding Club


Contests and activities:

October 3-4, 2015: California QSO party - Single Op, Low Power (30w + long wire, CW only) - 1st place in San Francisco County, Top California Single-Op New Contester, Gold Rush Challenge Coin winner
October 16-18, 2015: Pacificon in San Ramon, CA - operated W1AW/6, made more than 300 CW contacts
November 7-9, 2015: ARRL November CW Sweepstakes - Single Op, Low Power (30w + long wire) - 3rd place in San Francisco Section
June 25-26, 2016: ARRL Field Day, CW operator for EBARC team (W6CUS)
October 1-2, 2016: California QSO party - Single Op, Low Power (30w + long wire, CW only) - 2nd place in San Francisco County
May 27-28, 2017: CQ World-Wide WPX CW Contest - Single Op, Low Power (50w + long wire)
June 24-25, 2017: ARRL Field Day, CW operator for FARS team (K6YA)
September 10, 2017: NCJ North American Sprint (CW) - Single Op, Low Power (50w + long wire)
October 7-8, 2017: California QSO party - Single Op, Low Power (50w + long wire, CW only)

                                           

History:

SWL: 

  • UB5-062-270 (1974-1977)
  • UG6-004-170 (1982-1985)                                                           

Club operator:

  • UK5XAK (1974-1977) - Berdychiv, Ukraine
  • UK1ACU (1977-1982) - St. Petersburg, Russia (control operator Mikhail Livansky - UA1BG, "SK")
  • UK6GAH (1982-1983), UG7GWH (1984-1985) - Vanadzor, Armenia
  • UK6GAA (1983), UG7GWA (1984-1985) - Yerevan, Armenia (control operator Sonia Darbinyan, UG6GDS, "SK")

Note: Prior to AK6VS, I haven't held any individual amateur radio licenses and they weren't required to operate club stations.

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United States Counties Award#3192
Granted: 2016-07-24 00:40:02   (AK6VS)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#12595
Granted: 2016-06-05 01:55:02   (AK6VS)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
World Continents Award#8791
Granted: 2015-05-07 05:25:03   (AK6VS)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
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