1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
I got involved in HAM after a period operating the CB. In 1982 it was allowed in the Netherlands to operate a radio in the CB in FM mode with 0,5 Watt power. It was in those day's that I got to now my friend Wander (he will return later on in this story), we both did all kinds of things that weren't allowed (3 meter FM and TV on channel 4). That finally resulted that we got busted and convicted. I realized at that moment that things had to change and I started to study to become a HAM after all. My father in the meanwhile was also infected with the radio virus, so we both did the same study and passed our exam in 1987. I got the call sign PE1LHZ and a few years later PA3FFQ.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
As I started as a HAM in 1987 I was only interested in building my own (VHF) equipment. We had a great group in Leiden that got together every Thursday at Jos his place (PA3ACJ). I wasn't interested in making contacts at all, I did an exam and passed for CW that got me on the HF but never used these frequencies. In 1994 I met my wife, moved to another place and forgot all about being a HAM. Last year in April 2006 my friend Wander all of a sudden took an exam to become a HAM with a novice license. He did succeed (his call sign is PD1DER, pronounced as PD-Wander). From that moment on I got infected by the radio virus once again and picked up this hobby again. Now my goal is to achieve the DXCC award.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
My favorite mode at this time is digital mode like RTTY and PSK (that's only to beat the IT stations in SSB). I guess my favorite mode after all will be CW.
4) What equipment do you use?
The equipment I'm using now is an Yaesu FT-2000. Put up a hy-gain TH3MK3 a few weeks ago. Which gives great results so far.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
After one year active again I didn't achieve to become a DXCC member. The results so far are that I've worked 122 DXCC countries and confirmed 71.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
Every contact with a new DXCC is a memorable moment for me. I still have 255 memorable moments to come,..hi.
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
CW has the future for me. Since I'm surrounded in Europe by stations with 1 kW PEP that just know how to shout in SSB I will not work all 337 DXCC countries.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
Wow- that's like telling someone from the Caribbean that ice skating is fun-.. Don't bother.. Just have fun with your hobby.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
In the summer season I love to ride my motorbike. My wife also rides her own bike so we have something together during the summer season.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?