Today I made a couple of QSOs with my mobile whip. One of them with the collegue Valery (UN7MMM) from Kazakhstan, with whom I have made several contacts in the past, in different bands.
The other QSO was with RX9FM (operator Vlad) from the city of Perm. From the prefix one would say that Perm is in the Asiatic part of Russia, although this is not completely clear.
Perm is a city and the administrative center of Perm Krai. It is situated on the banks of the Kama River, in the European part of Russia near the Ural Mountains. Perm's 2007 estimated population was 990,200 , down from 1,090,944 recorded in the 1989 Census. Perm is served by Bolshoye Savino Airport and hosts Bakharevka air base.
The word "Perm" is probably Komi or Veps in origin. "Parma" is translated from Komi-Permyak language as a hilly place, covered with woods. Alternately, the name may originate from the Veps term "Pera maa" or "Perama" (distant land in English).
The city of Perm is located on the bank of the Kama River upon hilly terrain. The Kama is the main tributary of the Volga River and the one of the deepest and most picturesque rivers of Russia. This river is the waterway which grants the Urals access to the White Sea, Baltic Sea, Sea of Azov, Black Sea, and Caspian Sea. Kama divides the city into two parts, the central part and the right bank part, and it stretches for 70 km along the Kama and 40 km across it. The city street grid parallels the Kama River, travelling generally east-west, while other main streets run perpendicularly to those following the river. The grid pattern accommodates the hills of the city where it crosses them.