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

I started as an SWL with a borrowed Hallicrafters radio.

I did that for a year, and in 1956, I got my Ham license.

So that gives me 51 years as a Ham.

 

2) What atracted you the most in being a hamradio operator?
What attracted me?

Learning about people around the country here in the states as well as people around the world.

It was like have geography lessons every time I got on the air in the early days (CW).

 

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

My favorite mode now is SSB on 20 meters, although I also enjoy 15 as well.


4) What equipment do you use?

I now use an ICOM-756 PROIII, a AL-82 2KW amplifier and a 43-foot tall ZERO Five multi-band vertical.


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

I do not go after certificates, but I do have over 300 countries confirmed.


6) What has been your most memorable story related to hamradio so far?

I used to run phone patches for the base stations in the South Pole in the 60s.

I truly enjoyed doing that.

 

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

I still make a number of CW QSO's every week, just to keep my code speed at 25 WPM.

Is CW on its way out? Maybe.., but there are still many of us left to keep this aspect going.


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

Explain Ham Radio? 

This is a hobby that opens the doors to people around the world without having to be computer fluent.


9) Do you have other hobbys besides Hamradio?
I fish and huntótravel a lot around the world, ride motorcycles, professional photographer, and professional public speaker.

 

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

Final wordsóDo everything you can to be a better human being without manipulating other people!