1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
I first became interested in radio in 1986 and I started like many of us using CB-radio.
At that time I had already worked more than 100 countries on 27 MHz.
This was the way I became in touch with amateur radio and a good friend Eddy LX1EA, which today is my
neighbor, helped me practice for the license.
In early 1990 I was active from Eddy's Club station LX9DX and in December 1990, at the age of 20, I
passed the exams.
My call-sign LX1KC was issued to me in February 1991.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
There are multiple things and topics I am interested in.
One of my main interests are to build antennas, mainly low band antennas.
Amateur radio gave me the opportunity to be in contact with many different people from different cultures and
in the past 17 years being a Ham I met many new friends.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
This changed during the past years. I was a pure Phone-operator and did like contesting ever since.
I the early 90's we were a group of people active under various calls like LX5A, LX6A, LX0RL and others.
Today I mainly use CW, still like contesting and always try to run WPX and CQWW, mostly 40 meters single band,
single operator using my contest call LX5T (former LX6T).
4) What equipment do you use?
I am us a FT-1000MP Mark-V Field, and a Challenger-II Amplifier.
- 2 element vertical array on 7 MHz with 150 radials
- delta loop for 30 and 20 meters (my main bands are 40 and 30 meters/CW)
In the 90's I used a 6-element Yagi on 10/15/20 meter from my old QTH.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
Yes, 5-BAND/DXCC and 5-Band/WAZ/WAS (still a few missing on 80 m for 5-band/WAS).
I worked only 300 countries.
There are some left in the Pacific but I am not in a hurry for these.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
Due to my hobby I became in touch with a lot of different people, traveling around and visiting friends.
I knew a lot of people and particularly became a good friend with Igor, RA3CQ.
The Internet makes it today very easy to stay in touch with friends if you don't hear them on the band.
I remember Igor's visit at my home in 1991 and I visited him in Moscow in 1992.
I have all these events in memory like it happened yesterday, a great time not to forget.
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
No, not at all. For the simples reason that I started myself using CW only 3 years ago.
When I became a Ham, I had to pass a 5-wpm CW test.
I never operated Morse code since then.
In the summer of 2004 I became suddenly interested in CW without any particular reason.
So what did I do;...I bought a copy of the ARRL CD for learning Morse.
I trained myself every day in the car on my way to work.
After I learned all the characters I continued learning CW with computer programs.
In Autumn 2004, I tried my first QSO's, horrible.
As there are not many LX's active in CW (LX1NJ, LX1NO and LX1MU are the most actives) I couldn't manage
the immediate pile-ups.
The speed I used at that time was around 18 to 20 wpm.
I didn't give up and continued training and I immediately had to buy CW filters for my rig.
After the winter 2004/2005 I managed to work around 28 wpm.
Since one year I train with RUFZXP, using that program my actual speed record is 45 wpm and now I mainly use CW.
Normally I had around 15000 QSO's a year in phone but since 2004 I work them all in CW and only a few in Phone.
I like to add one thing here!
Many people I know are "working" CW using a PC and a decoding program just to work a new one.
In my opinion this has nothing to do with Morse because they even don't understand CW.
They are just doing this to get a 'new one' and produce many QRM this way.
I am using a vibroplex key.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
A good question. There are so many different topics in amateur radio.
Of course all my friends know that I am a radio-amateur and for those who are not familiar with it I try to explain
them the different possibilities and topics in amateur radio.
9) Do you have other hobbies besides Ham-radio?
Yes, so many, I just like to mention 3 of them.
I started judo and karate in 1983, later I practiced mainly jiu-jitsu.
Fishing is an other hobby and 2 years ago I became interested in photography, all kind of topics.
Still using basic equipment Nikon D-50 and 2 different lenses, this takes a lot of time and some of my amateur
arts can be seen on my photo website http://www.pbase.com/christian59.
I had many different QSL-cards in the past, showing some of my pictures, and the pictures for the LX-2007
activity were also taken by myself.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
Yes, I have a dream, that all of us can be friends again.
The behavior on the bands during ongoing expeditions, or in general like on 14.195, 7.070, 3.795 and others in
general has nothing to do with amateur radio and our common hobby.
The situation often becomes very bad and often I just switch of my radio.
A few examples are the latest expeditions from K7C and BS7H.
And all this not happens only in the phone portions of the band but also in CW.
A lot of people say that this is a problem with cluster spots.
I don't agree here!... It has something to do with the change of our society in general.
There are people who would give everything for a 'new one'.
Let's go back to basics and what all this is about, a hobby and find new friends.
If the national regulation offices are not willing to clean this mess up, I personally think that the national clubs are
responsible and have to do something.