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

Been a ham since 1979. 

I Have always been intrigued by radio from a kid on.


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

Challenges of operating from the North Country(Alaska, Yukon and NW Territories)where I spend a lot of time.

Experimenting with homebrew antennas made from wire or pipe, activating islands. 

I've put on several for IOTA and over 300 islands for the US Islands Awards (USI) program. 

See www.usislands.org KL7JR USI founder 1994.


3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
SSB, PSK-31 and the WARC bands.

I mostly hang on 20 meter.

 

4) What equipment do you use?

I have 3 Kenwoow TS-50's which I use mobile or portable.
Fixed station I use TS-570D and Ten-Tec Omni VII.


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

I change QTH's too often for that but work the DX that I can.


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

Too numerous to mention! Am trustee for K7ICE and KL7USI.

 

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

Times change and CW requirements have too. 

It's still a popular mode and I'm getting back in to it because I want to, not have to.


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

Ham-Radio is helping out during emergencies or public events. 

Ham-Radio is experimenting with or building equipment and antennas, and much much more.
There's something in Ham-Radio for everyone.


9) Do you have other hobbys besides Ham-radio?

Writing, especially for QST Magazine, photography, camping, RV-ing, fishing which I manage to fit in

Amateur Radio with each.

 

10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
Ham Radio is fun!

Go out and operate portable or get involved with your local club. 

Help spread the m-word and encourage newcomers to the hobby.