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

Have been a ham now for over 38 years.

Like many people my age here in the US, we got our first interest in Ham Radio from a local Ham.


2) What attracted you the most in being a hamradio operator? 

From the first time that I heard a signal come through the air, I felt it was magic. 

The pure JOY of being on the "RADIO"!  To talk with someone on the other side of the Earth.


3) What is your favorite mode and/or band ? 

I love the low bands, especially 160m CW….working DX on “topband” is the toughest challenge.

Phone on the WARC bands. A big RTTY pile-up. 6 Meters DX is just SUPER!

 

4) What equipment do you use? 

I have several transceivers. 

In my home shack I use a Icom IC-7800 and an Icom 756 Pro III, my amplifier is a Acom 2000A and

ETO Alpha 87A. 

Antennas are Force 12 Yagi's ,have Two Towers,  verticals for 80m and 40m,  inverted "L" vertical topband.


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

YES, I have ALL countries on Mixed and Phone DXCC.  #1 Honor Roll, 5 BDXCC etc...

I need six more countries on CW…293 on RTTY.  63 DXCC worked on 6m.


6) What has been your most memorable story related to hamradio so far?

I believe going on  Dxpeditions to the Antarctic area are the most memorable…. Peter I and South Shetlands are unbelievably beautiful Places.… LOOKING out from Peter I Island....WOW  it is like going to another planet!

Chatham Island and Burkina Faso Expedition, so much FUN.

So many GREAT People in the hobby.


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

I believe CW will be around for many years to come.

If you are going to be a successful Dxer, you must be able to do CW ! 


8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with hamradio? 

The ultimate wireless communication. 

With a wire and small radio we can talk all over the world.  So much fun, many things to do.

There's something in Ham-Radio for everyone!

9) Do you have other hobbys besides Hamradio? 

Yes,   traveling, photography, computers and cooking.

Travel is a hobby too…I have visited 56 DXCC countries and operated ham radio form 41 DXCC countries.


10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews? 

Ham Radio has provided so many satisfying moments in my life that I could never repay the debt I owe to this avocation. The world of joy, good friends, world travel, public service and technical satisfaction cannot be matched by any other pursuit.

My thanks to the many hams who have made the last 38+ years so much fun!  DX RULES!!!

 

73, Bill / N2WB