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

With co-workers. 

Four (4) were involved and encouraged me to go for it.

Now, Ive 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 Id 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?

No DXCC.

 

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

No stories.

 

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.