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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.
 
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
My hobbies are amateur radio, beach volleyball, travel, football (soccer), scuba diving, ultimate, & computers.
 
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
http://p29zad.blogspot.com/