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1) How did you get involved in ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?

I got involved because my parents are radio hams and because I am curious.

I got my license in 1996 but operated on 27 MHz until then.

I was active on AM and SSB and that's were I learned how to operate, work DX!

 

2) What attracted you the most in being a ham-radio operator? 

The thing that attracted me the most in being a radio ham was the DX and the possibility of knowing

other people and countries.

I like to contest too and practice the languages.

The "MOST MOST" was in 1998 when I got my License level upgrade for"CW" and the possibility to make

contact with any part of the world, 'THE MAGIC OF THE RADIO'!

 

3) What is your favorite mode and/or band? 

My favorite modes are CW and SSB.

Favorite bands are 10, 17 and 20 meters.

 

4) What equipment do you use? 

My station is: Transceivers are FT-840 with a Yaesu FP-800 (powersupply/speaker) and a Kenwood TS-450.

Antennas are: Hygain 3 elements yagi for 10/15/20 meter.

Then an Inverted-V dipole for 10 meter and dipoles for 40 and 80 meter.

For 2 meter I have a directional antenna.

 

5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score? 

No, but this is one of my dreams,... to obtain that one day.

 

6) What has been your most memorable story related to ham-radio so far?

I remember a few stories but I do not have one special in mind now.

 

7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license? 

In my opinion CW has it's best time but CW never dies!

When people learn it and start practice, at the end they 'love it' and never leave it alone!

 

8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with ham radio?

That's a good question(hi)!

It is difficult to explain a person about ham radio and what it is all about.

In my case: I try to get the person involved step by step and explain her or him that this is a way for

people to communicate from different countries with special equipment.

I also explain them the different type of equipment that is needed and the satisfaction that this hobby

gives to many radio ham's.

 

9) Do you have other hobby's besides ham-radio? 

No, ham-radio is the only one.

 

10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews? 

Well, this is a emotional and difficult moment at the same time.

I wanto say to all the people that take time to read my words: Try not to forget this hobby, spend the

best time on the air.

And if you don't know the CW way, get interest in it because it is a wonderful mode!

Thanks to Rob for giving me the opportunity to take part in this journal and the space on the

HAM INTERVIEW pages.

 

Mariana/CX1JJ