1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
Four (4) were involved and encouraged me to go for it.
Now, I’ve been involved since 1995.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
At first, it was Autopatch.
A friend was driving (before cell phones dominated) and dialed his dad up.
About the coolest thing I’d seen.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
I enjoy simplex VHF just driving the freeway and meeting other mobile hams.
Also camping mode, stringing a .50 antenna and working 20m.
4) What equipment do you use?
Alinco DX-70, Alinco DR-140 and Alinco DJ582 (see any patterns?).
Newly acquired an Alinco DJ 635 and Alinco DJ5C.
I also have an Elecraft K2, built 2 years ago.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
I believe that every hobby naturally will have gravitation towards and away from elements.
CW will live as long as there is interest in alternate operating modes.
I see a time of decline now, but a strong resurgence when the next generation finds it for the 1st time.
Just as there is a re-birth in classic cars and classic rock music.
What goes around.....
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
Each time I have to, I explain the base purpose of public service, but transition quickly to the fellowship aspects
and the new people I get to meet...the knowledge is a plus.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
Home recording and mechanics.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
Operate, Operate, Operate.