Mike, originally from Moscow, Russia, has lived in the USA for the past 22 years. First licensed as UA3AIW, he operated mostly from UK3ABF, UK3ACL, and other club stations in Moscow. In 1998 he received AD6GY and WA6O in 1999. He's a member of Northern California Contest Club, and 40m captain in N6RO contest team.
Over the years he participated in many CW contests from DX locations - with "Team Vertical" from Jamaica, Fiji, Bahamas as 6Y2A, 6Y8A, 6Y9A, 3D2XA, 3D2OK, C6AAW. He also operated from HC8N, Galapagos. Since 2003 he held a CQWW CW NA record in Single Op/Single Band (15)/Low power category. His non-contesting DX-trips include: CE0Y/WA6O, FO0SHA, ZK1WAL. Most recently he was part of the Clipperton 2013 and VK9MT Mellish Reef 1014 DX-pedition team.
In his professional life, he is a software engineer with Ph.D. degree in computer science. He works for HP Labs in Palo Alto, CA, Mike is married and has two sons.