1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years have you been a ham now?
My father, G3LFL, was a Ham and was on the air all day long, my mother was G3NQD.
This fascinated me: I got interested in maps with all these far away places that he talked to.
I started as a SWL first but soon got my license in 1964 and started to collect QSL cards from countries that I worked.
I am still fascinated by the way our signals travel and how they bounce and land at remote, exotic places.
2) What attracted you most to become a Ham-radio operator?
Like I mentioned in the first question, talking to people at the other end of the globe, collecting countries.
It's exciting because you never know who you will contact today.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
HF, but no particular band (160 to 10 met res).
I operate 99% CW.
4) What equipment do you use?
I used a TS930 for many years but these days my transceiver is a TS570.
For DX-peditioning I now prefer the Elecraft K2/100.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
No, when moving to live in Iran in 1970 I had to start all over again, so I dropped it.
But I have worked 330 countries on CW, from home.
I've now found a new challenge in working them QRP.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
There are many. To name a few:
- being on the other side of the pile-up from 55 countries
- especially my three week stay on Tristan da Cunha, making 23,000 CW QSOs as ZD9SXW
- I made it into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 1998 and CQ DX Hall of Fame in 2007
- winning many contests, I have 10 CQ World-Wide DX Contest wooden-plaques on my wall
7) Do you think CW has had it's best time since you don't need it any more to get a license?
Not at all. The reverse is true: I think removing the morse-test will attract more people to learn CW, voluntarily.
These days, especially in contests, the number of CW operators is growing.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
A mix of technical skills (can help to develop a career for younger people) and enjoying a world-wide club.
9) Do you have other hobbies besides Ham-radio?
Not really. I am a full-time ham! I retired last year and now travel a lot and attend ham meetings.
10) Any final words to the people reading this interview?
My life has been immensely improved by ham radio, in many ways, with many life-long friends.
There are so many sub-hobbies to enjoy.
I love meeting people and seeing new places.
There is always a local ham operator to meet.