EA5GTQ Yuri Sakalouski
Team: North America 10
Occupation: Telecommunication and Internet provider.
Yuri was born in 1965 in Belarus in a family of the construction executives. Since early childhood, Yuri was drawn to the technical creativity, especially electronics. At about 10 years old, thanks to encouragement of his older brother Andrei (NP3D, SK), Yuri took his first steps in radio and electronics. At about fourteen years of age Yuri has received SWL call sign UC2-009-568 and with great enthusiasm began to operate from the club station of the Belarusian Polytechnic Academy, UK2AAG.
In the age of sixteen, Yuri has received his first personal callsign – UC2CFZ and became really interested in the radio design and radio communications on HF, contesting and DXing. Later calls include RC2CR, EW2CR, EA5GTQ, EF5Y, EE5E, EF8HQ and EA5RS (MS) and a lot of station building and contesting from Belarus and Spain.
After the College and military service, Yuri was married and with support of Svetlana continued his lifetime journey with radio, also becoming professionally involved in communications and electronics. In 1989 Svetlana and Yuri’s son Philip was born. Since 1999 Yuri and his family resides in Alicante, Spain.
Best personal contest result – the first place in Europe in the WPX CW Contest in 2011 and first place in the world as part of EF8HQ IARU 2011.
Yuri feels very honored and lucky to be invited as a teammate by his cousin Alex, KU1CW, and looking forward for the WRTC2014 in Boston, MA!