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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?

No.