1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
I got my Tech no-code in 2000 so I could use 2 meter repeater here in PNG for security reasons.
In about 2003, PNG dropped the CW requirement. I bought a Kenwood 520S for $50 US and put up a home-brew 15 meter antenna and got started DX-ing.
I never have and never plan on using CW, so I'm glad that the code requirement has been dropped.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
A few of my good friends DX and we use HF radio to communicate to people out in the jungles.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
PSK 31 on 20 meters is where I have have been with the poor propagation.
I like digital because I can be doing other things while working QSOs.(Surfing the web, reading emails, doing work)
4) What equipment do you use?
- Radio: Icom 7000
- Amp: Barefoot
- Antenna: Mosley TA33M, three element tri-band yagi, @ 60 feet (See Photo above) & an Inverted-V (Using my tower's guy wires)
- Rotator: Alliance HD-73
- Tuner: LDG Z100 Autotuner
- Headset/Microphone: Heil Pro-Set "ic"
- Computer Interface: Digi Keyer
My goal is to have a very portable station so I can take it with me to different parts of PNG when I travel.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
No, and I don't chase QSL cards.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
We had a great time on our P29K DX-pedition. P29K.blogspot.com
It was fun just being with my friends. We hope to go on another DX-pedition soon.
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
I think CW will die off with the OM who still use it. Everything has it season.