1) How did you get involved in ham-radio and how many years are being a ham/SWL now?
I am a SWL since July 1986, we are talking about 21 years of dedicated SWL'ing !
How did I started? huuuum,....I cannot remember, it was a very long time ago.
Well, just kidding, let me tell you how it started.
When I was about 12 years old, my teacher asked us to make a kinda seminarian documentation about our hobby.
I had no hobbies or any special interests at that age, except reading books.
One day, my teacher told me that she got a friend called Danny and he got a very interesting hobby, he is a radio-amateur.
We had to make an interview with someone related to the same hobby as we do and were asked to include it in our document.
I just thought to visit him and see what is was all about.
His call-sign is 4X4YM/Danny Rot, a known DX-er at that time.
He showed me his shack , made few short QSO's and I was just bugged, I told my father that I would like to get
such equipment and start with this hobby too .
My father was bugged too!...but, he just told me to be patient.
I started to look for antennas, that big Yagi's on the roof in my City.
I found another ham, 4X4JM/Joe Marsey, living nearby in my street, I just recognized his Yagi on the roof.
I visited him too, and he became a silent key few years ago.
Then I met other hams, 4X6UU/Paul, 4X1OM/Israel, 4X6UT/Jacky and many others!
I was the youngest in the group, I joined the IARC and got my SWL Call 4X4-2238.
When I was 13 years old , my father bought me the first Collins receiver Colins51J4 as a gift for my Bar-Mitzva celebration.
I dropped a long wire antenna and started to listen on ham bands, I was never interested in Broadcast-stations.
I printed my first QSL and started to log stations.
My first heard QSO was on 22 July between 4X4KU and DJ6SQ (Silent key now).
Today, I am 33 years old and I am still bugged with any DX around!
I got 312 DXCC Confirmed already!
2) What attracted you the most in being a ham-radio operator?
That is a difficult question to answer as there are many aspects in this hobby.
But from my DX'er point of view, I am most interested to get all DXCC Countries confirmed.
So I guess collecting QSL's is the most important thing for me!
Any New one, IOTA or DXCC Will make me very happy!
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
I mostly listen on the 20m band/SSB is my preferred Mode, and at nights I am mostly on the 80m band.
CW is my second preferred Mode.
4) What equipment do you use?
I am using Collins 51S1, Collins 51J4, R-5000 receiver's and an Icom-746 .
Antennas are Long Wire and a Dipole for the low bands.
5) Do you hold DXCC and/or what is the score?
No, no yet...not officially, but I do have more then 180 awards here!
I got the last K1BV Awards directory in my hands and I make many award-applications each month.
My DXCC Score is 312 confirmed and got about 400 IOTA's Confirmed.
I am interested mainly in any Castle and Islands activity.
I believe I will make my DXCC/SWL and IOTA/SWL application when I have all entries confirmed!
6) What has been your most memorable story related to ham-radio so far?
Since my main interest is DX'ing, I remember one of my rare ones logged here.
One of my happiest day's was when I heard and logged Joseph OK1DTG/P5 in CW in April 1992.
In 1986, I visited 4X6VW/Noam and I looked at his QSL's.
I found a QSL from DE0DXM/Peter Kuhfus (SWL).
I decided to write him a letter (no popular Internet at that times) asking for a correspondence possibility .
I got a quick reply from him and he agreed to correspond with me .
Being 13 years old while Peter was about 58 years old and a very known SWL around the world .
I remember Eberhard/DJ8OT was in my QTH, at my home bringing me a gift from Peter, a kinda Medallion from Wiesbaden City (Peter's QTH). We corresponded more then 15 years!
If I remember he passed away early 2002.
I had a very interesting correspondence with Peter and I learned a lot from him and got many tips and help with QSL-ing too.
I still got all his letters here and I am planning to screen all of them and make a memorable page for one of the Great and known SWL's all times, Peter Kuhfus/DE0DXM!
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
Since, I decided to be a life long SWL, I Do not much care about that.
Besides, I got already my high- speed CW capability.
I think that CW should stay forever!
I like to listen on CW and find It great music to listen to.
CW is a very interesting Mode, sometimes it can be a very challenge more then SSB for sure.
I hope that the CW will always be here to stay, we must not allow this to happen.
Therefore, I think it is a big mistake to drop the CW method out from the ham-license requirements, but that's just my personal thought.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone who is not familiar with ham-radio?
Sorry, you should ask someone that is a licensed operator that question.
I am not a licensed ham, just a SWL, so my point of view may be different.
What I can say is that Ham Radio is the intellectual method of all that ICQ / Messenger/ Skype stuff around at these days.
It's a very interesting hobby, it's fun contacting people around the world, with the challenge of collecting awards and QSL's and traveling over the world (Those DX-Peditions .
9) Do you have other hobby's besides ham-radio?
Actually not anymore. I am too much bugged now again with SWL-ing after a few years of silence.
I used to Fly simulators, mainly tactical simulators and not civilians, my preferred simulator was the Falcon-4.
I was actually one of the developers for Falcon-4 Israeli Theater Group , that's the group of developing the simulator.
It is a great pleasure to Fly, and another hobby I used to have fun with is Paintball.
But today I am only SWL-ing!
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
Yes, I got few words!
First, please continue to keep the Ham Radio hobby up guys!
At these day's when the Internet connection uses many kind of possibilities like Skype or ICQ etc., it is very important to continue and encourage people to try our interesting hobby!
We should not allow ham-radio to die!
Keep the young generation far away from all that skype/ICQ and get them interested in ham-radio!
Second, and most important: SWL's are NOT "second class citizens"!
Many started with SWL-ing!
I am just bugged with SWL-ing, never was interested in transmitting, though, I did transmit many times from local clubs here, but it did not make me so excited as SWL-ing !
I know I am good in this manner, one of the few remain SWL-dinosaurs since 1986.
I'm mostly interested in collecting any "New Ones"!
I got a nice collection of QSL's, some very rare ones!
But you must realize that without us, your signals worth nothing!
Please think about that and please respect our QSL's when you got one, we will appreciate your QSL!