My professional interest is a study of the upper atmosphere winds in polar regions. By special radars placed in many sites of the World we measure motions of shifted by winds ionized meteor  trails  which appear in 70-100 km height range when tiny meteor particles with huge velocities tear  to the Earth's atmosphere from the Space.  Due to my job I travel a lot and I visited many sites in Antarctica and Arctic. Ham radio is my favourite hobby.  I am holding two licenses: UA3YH (since April, 1969) and  AB0KG (since April 2000). Every time when I stay on the Ice I find a minute to listen to radio and when have a chance to send CQ on the air. You could meet me as UA3YH/M in 1972-73 and 4K1A in 1985-86 from Molodezhnaya base (68S;46E), UA3YH/KC4 and KC4AAA in 1995-97 from the South Pole station (90S), KC4USV and KC4/AB0KG in 1996-2000 from McMurdo station (78S;167E), UA3YH/0 in 1999-2001 from Dickson Island (73N;80E) and AL7/AB0KG in July 2001 from Barrow, Alaska (71.5N;15 7W).
     R1ANM  is my special callsign  valid  on January-February 2001 and 2002 at the South Pole station where I stay as a participant of the U.S. Antarctic Program for joint scientific project of the University of Colorado and Institute for Experimental Meteorology, Russia,  supported by  NSF.
      On reverse side of the QSL card you can see Amundsen-Scott South Pole station  as pictured in October, 1999. The station is situated at geographic South Pole on the Polar Plateau at elevation 2835 meters in a lifeless icy desert and ruled the U.S. Antarctic Program. The main purpose of the station is to provide a year-round facility for scientific projects. The central building  of the station is an aluminium geodesic dome 50 m (165 ft) in diameter at the base and 17m (55ft) high of its apex. Dedicated in 1975 it is mostly covered with snow now. The dome houses several structures containing all  facilities for accommodation of 28 people  during winter. They stay here for long (half a year), cold (the lowest recorded temperature is -82.8C/-117F)  and a dark polar night isolated from civilization for almost 9 months. In late October the station is opened. It means LC-130 Hercules airplanes of Navy start  flights from McMurdo  to ship  tons and tons cargo, fuel and people to the South Pole and back. Up to 220 scientists and support personal can  simultaneously be accommodated at the station in summer period and most of them live in summer camp (dark structures behind the dome).  Usually warmest  temperature in summer is about -20C (the record is -13.6C /+7.5F). In the middle  of February the temperature drops below -55C/-67F  and last airplane with last group of "summer" people heads for McMurdo.  From the moment  till  late October only modern satellite  telecommunication systems and HAM radio will  connect  winter over crew with their families and friends.

Nikolai UA3YH, AB0KG