Please join me in welcoming Igor Sokolov, UA9CDC, to the CQ WW DX Contest Committee. Igor will provide us with more insight into the opinions of contesters in Russia and Asia – two growing areas for the CQWW.

Igor started as an SWL in 1973 and operated from club station UK9CAN and then UK9CAE (now RF9C). He received the call UA9CDC in 1978.

He shared the following about his ham radio and contesting experience.

“In 1982 was part of the big polar expedition that went from Bering Straits to Scandinavian peninsula using sled dogs. The entire root was above Arctic Circle. Call signs used were EK9C/0 and EK9D/0. In 1984 was part of the team at RF0FWW from Georgia were we have set up a record in WAE CW. Many different contests done and won from UK9CAE (aka RK9CWW, RF9C) club station.

Then in 1998 was part of a UA9C team operating from 9M6AAT in WPX. Same year we did our first effort from 8Q7DV. Then between 1999 and 2011 participated in MS and M2 efforts from 8Q7DV, 4X, VK5CRS, OZ9EDR. The best achievement from 8Q7DV was 2nd place world in M2 category. In 1993 or 94 (do not remember for sure) while visiting the USA, passed my exams and got US call N3TOD.

Latest contest operations were several top ten world from RF9C, 4th place in WPX SSB 2012 MS from 6V7Z (two ops, me and RA9FW) claimed 2nd in the world in CQWW CW 2012 MS as 6V7V and most recently claimed 1st in CQ WPX SSB 2013 M2 from RF9C.”

Welcome aboard Igor.

Randy Thompson, K5ZD
Director – CQ WW DX Contest