Hi, my name is Sergey Sobolev.
In 2016 year, I marked my 45 years of being on the HAM radio bands. Here is my story.
I was born in 1953 year, living and working in the city of Irkutsk which is located near Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia.
The fact of the existence of HAM radio I learned at 12 years of age and that was so interested and fascinated to me, that four years later I possessed my own first homemade AM radio station for the band of 28 MHz. At that time I got my first call sign - RA0SCQ. The very first QSO I made on May 5, 1971.
My first correspondent became a radio amateur, who lived nearby, probably just 250 yards away. Later, when I learned and master CW, I had the opportunity to work on all HF bands and I have changed call sign to UA0SGL. And from the 1-st of May 1984 year my call is - UA0SR.
In my amateur radio life were different times. During my younger years I was very active in various contests. When I married and had children (a son and a daughter), I was restricted with spare time and worked from time to time, in contests. My favorite contests have been and remain CQ WW DX and CQ WPX. When the children grew up and became self-dependent, it became possible for me to analyze my successes and setbacks in HAM-radio, as well as to parse the archive of received QSL-cards. So a lot of amateur radio awards, including 9BDXCC and CHALLENGE-2000, were received.
During the last five years due to the extremely low solar activity I could fulfill the terms of DXCC-160.
Nowadays DX-ing is prevailing, also still take part in different contests, though, without the prior fanaticism.
All these years HAM radio was for me the hobby in its pure form. As far as HAM radio is not related to my professional activities. I am a doctor and in instrumental methods of diagnosing diseases.
My radio shack is equipped with transceivers KENWOOD TS-950SD and TS-590s and homemade PA with output of 1 kW. I use the following antennas: AD-2334, TH3-MK4 and AD-W23 (on WARC bands). For the TOP-band I made shortened vertical (by DL2KQ scheme).
Those who want to get my QSL card may use the services of my manager - Joe Arcure W3HNK.
Within Russia I send QSL myself.
Meet you on any amateur band, with any type of modulation.
73 from Siberia.