Stūnīši, 6 km from Riga (the capital of Latvia).
I am sorry, if I could not copy you.
Tower and antenna building video/photos:
Log search and OQRS (buro or direct):
eQSL, LoTW, Clublog
My QSO data (after 2001) is in LoTW , eQSL and Clublog in a matter of hours or days after QSO happens. To confirm historical (<2001) QSO with me these ways, please, send me e-mail request, I will check and upload matching QSO data from paper log.
I really encourage everyone to use these, as after a bit of initial effort to get it working it is really fast and convenient way to get recognized QSO confirmations - LoTW for ARRL issued awards (like DXCC), eQSL for CQ issued awards (like WAZ) and Clublog for IOTA award.
I am using DX-Keeper software to manage my daily log, which has built-in capability to upload/download QSOs/QSLs to and from LoTW/eQSL/Clublog. So it is a matter of few mouse clicks to upload QSOs there and download confirmations and track progress for various awards.
Preferrably use OQRS on Clublog.org:
Direct QSL fee there is 1.3 USD, from which around 0.4 USD will go to PayPal as commissions and the rest will cover my postal costs.
Or you can send your card to me by regular post - drop me an email with QSO data, I will check QSO data and reply to you with my street address.
Via YL buro
Preferrably use OQRS on Clublog.org:
If I will need your reply card for my award progress, I will let you know.
If you don't like Clublog, send email request to me, or send your card via YL buro. The later might be slow, as I am still replying to the pile of accumulated SV9 era incoming buro QSLs. Electronic requests (Clublog, or email) will jump in front of the pile of incoming paper buro cards.
Current HAM interests: mainly chasing missing DXCC countries and WAZ zones on different HF bands. Aiming primarily at LoTW users, hoping to get confirmation fast and easy :) Also having fun in major HF contests. Prefer CW.
Professional activity: Information & IT security
What else keeps me away from HAM related activities - two sons & wife. And fishing (not much lately).
My HAM history
I got "infected" by amateur radio in teen age thanks to my father - Zigurds, YL2PJ. I learned Morse code and amateur radio practices thanks to him and his station. And also thanks to my school's Physics teacher Antons Rasnačs/YL2IS, now Silent-Key. Antons was leading school's club station YL1WS in Rezekne's 1st Secondary school. During after school classes he was teaching pupils amateur radio practices and Morse code from tape recordings, using straight keys, Windom antenna and big Soviet time military radio equipment (receiver/transmitter separate). He also was 1st teacher to my father in amateur-radio matters many years before.
I got my first "beginners" (4th class) license and callsign YL2GVW in 1991 as soon as my age (14) permitted this according to the regulations of that time. On HF bands it gave me permission to operate on 1.8 MHz band only. 1st QSO with my own callsign from father's QTH was made on May 11, 1991- UZ9AWC/Sergej (Asiatic Russia) using dipole antenna hanging between 9 floor apartment houses in Rezekne. Few weeks later I entered my 1st ever contest with my own call. It was CQ WPX CW 1991 in SOSB 160m category. And guess what? I finished #1 in the world. OK, there were just 16 entrants in that category that year anyway - it was Solar Cycle maximum, YL prefix was quite new then and it might have given me benefit, plus I think top-band was much less popular those years. Anyway - beginner's luck :) Since then I love top-band.
I got license upgraded to 3rd class in August 1992. This allowed me to operate on some upper HF bands as well.
In spring 1995 I passed the newly established official amateur radio exam (theory + Morse code), which allowed me to upgrade to 2nd class license, operate all HF bands and get shorter callsign YL2VW. Since reform of HAM licensing scheme in Latvia as of now I possess highest A class (CEPT) amateur radio license.
In 2004 Ģirts/YL2KL invited me to join PJ4U contest expedition to Netherlands Antilles for CQ WPX CW 2004 contest where we achieved #1 World result in Multi-2 category. Before and after the contest I made 1650 QSOs as PJ4/YL2VW.
I have been part of YL4HQ team during IARU HF Championships several years.
From 2010 to 2012 I worked and lived on Crete island, Greece and operated there initially as SV9/YL2VW (3700 QSOs) and later as SV0XBZ/9 (10 400 QSOs). While living there I enjoyed warm welcome and various help from local Cretan hams (special thanks to Dimitrios/SV9COL, Georgios/SV9DJO, Kostas/SV9OFS). I joined them in 2 IOTA contest expeditions: to Gavdos island, J49A (EU-187) in July 2010 and to Kasos island/Dodecanese, J45K (EU-001) in July 2011. While on Kasos island I also made 560 QSOs as SV0XBZ/5. I enjoyed Southern propagation a lot. It helped me to finish as #1 in the world in CQ WPX CW 2011 contest in SO LP 10M (A) category with my modest antenna (home brew Moxon beam).
After return to Latvia in 2012 thanks to Tonno/ES5TV I have been part of ES9C record breaking contest team in few major contests - CQ WPX CW (2013, 2014), CQ WW CW (2013).
And in November 2013 I made my first QSOs from my own current QTH near Riga, Latvia. I am improving it slowly. The latest notable upgrade was in mid October 2016 - tower with tribander GXP-7 for 20m-10m bands, which I am fully satisfied with, including on 17 and 12m bands. And a bit later I also put up InvV antenna for 30m band supported by the new tower. Before that on 30-10m bands I was using single 6.3 m high multiband vertical.
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