LZ4AX Alex Avramov
Team: Wild Card #1 (Team Leader)
Occupation: Research Scientist, cloud and aerosol microphysics
Started my ham radio career relatively early, age 12, at my home town club station LZ2KWR. The first contest followed a year later, but at that time I was mostly interested in ARDF and DXing. Got really serious about contesting in the 90’s during my college years. Together with LZ3SM, LZ3FN (my WRTC teammate), and LZ5VK (then a high school student, now WRTC referee) we made a lot of noise on the bands and on the roofs from LZ1KBB, the Sofia University club station. Later, at the end of 90’s, with LZ1ZD and others, I got involved in starting LZ9W, which has now become one of the largest M/M stations in Europe. Somewhere along the way dropped first the ARDF, then the DXing.
In 2001 I moved to the U.S. to attend grad school at Penn State. Here I got the unique chance to operate the very impressive contest station that WA3FET and NW3Z had built at K3CR. Since then I have piloted K3CR in more than 100 contests. Won a few, lost many more. Recently obsessed with the idea of getting 10 top 3 finishes in the US SOABHP category in each of CQ WW CW, CQ WPX CW and ARRL DX CW. Not very far away, but not there yet.
Undoubtedly, the WRTC is the most important event in Amateur Radio contesting. Not only because it is the contest of all contests. It is also a gathering point for many top-notch contesters among competitors, referees and visitors. I already had the privilege to compete in WRTC 2006 in Brazil and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to do it again – this time in Boston.