1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
Back in 1968 I received a pair of toy walkie-talkies, the kind that transmitted on 27.125 MHz/CB band.
I heard a strong station, it was a nearby Ham-radio operator.
I went to his house with my mother, I was 10 years old then, and he explained me the ABC’s.
The next day I bought, or rather my uncle, some more crystals and the person helped me with a plug-in socket.
The rest is history 39 years later.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
We as a family used to go to a family farm to spend the summers.
It was VERY boring for me as I did not like horses or anything like that.
I received a Heathkit shortwave receiver as a present and stayed up late at night to listen on the bands,
always mystified by those voices in the dark.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
I have and continue to enjoy satellite operations.
I worked in Europe and the Middle East for quite some time, doing this for a living and really enjoyed it.
4) What equipment do you use?
My shack consist of the following equipment:
Kenwood TS-2000, Ameritron 811H Amplifier, Studio Audio equipment.
I have Mosley antennas: a tribander for 10/15/20 and double bazookas for 40/80.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
I am not really interested in obtaining DXCC.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
A while ago, while living in Germany, I could not put up antennas at the apartment.
I went to a friends house and he had a radio in the basement with a very low antenna tight to the fence.
I started calling CQ and heard someone answer, it was a good friend of mine WP3AR (SK 4/17/2007).
We have been friends over the radio since childhood, and he was parked at a beach in Puerto Rico.
We talked for a long time, he called my mother from a pay phone and she went down to where he was to
speak to me for quite a bit.
It's a small world through radio!
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
I still operate CW, I like it and can operate at about 30 WPM without a problem.
But I am also aware that it was perhaps used as a filter, at least in the USA and territories to allow only those
with a real interest in becoming licensed.
I also feel that it is a thing of the past.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
It is easy now that most people are familiar with wireless communication because of the cellular phones.
A cell phone without a bill, boundaries, or preset knowledge on who you will find.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
I play tennis, and have a little sports car that I like to drive along the beaches around the island.
We (the family) have a couple of farms and I take an old TS-520 and a piece of wire and I have fun talking on it.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?