1) How did you get involved in Hamradio and how many years are you being a ham now?
The interest in Radio started when I was about 9 years old. At home we had a CB radio and my dad had a
little mobile set in the car and whenever he drove to or from work we would talk to him on the radio.
My brothers and sister were also active on CB radio and we all had our own QSL card, I was lady Skateboard hihi...because I loved to go out on my skateboard! In my teenage years my parents decided to move from
Schoonhoven (ZH) to Kerkrade (LB) and soon we were on CB radio there and I made lots of new friends.
One of these friends was a Ham (Jos-PA3FDW) and after spending hours talking on the radio we eyeballed
and he introduced me to Ham radio. With a group of friends we all took lessons on how to become a Ham,
and Jos was our teacher! By that time I had already fallen in love with Jos (PA7DW since 2002) and now
(February 2009) we are married for 15 years! Anyway, I became licensed in 1992 with the my novicecall
PD0RKD. VHF was interesting but I wanted to be on HF! Soon I began to study more and took my exam to
become PE1PNE. Half a year later, after taking my morse exam I got the call I still use today: PA3GQG.
2) What atracted you the most in being a hamradio operator?
Talking to people from all over the world.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
I love 20m because it is a very good DX-band, but 17m and 12m are more quiet and also nice for DX.
Phone is my favourite operating mode. Although I have started to do CW again and I like it very much!
4) What equipment do you use?
Radio's: HF: Kenwood TS-440S, TS-680 and TS-50, VHF: TR-751E, IC-910H
Antennas: HF: Hygain TH3-MK4, Hygain DB 12/17, FD3 dipole and PKW bazooka, HB9CV for 50 Mc,
MFJ- Magnetic Loop 40-10m, Warc Dipole, 2m: 17 ele yagi, 70cm: 21 ele yagi, 23cm 31 ele yagi.
Amplifier: Ameritron AL-811
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
No, but I am starting to collect for DXCC now.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to hamradio so far?
The chance to go the beautiful Falklands (VP8YLH) was one to remember. In January 2009 I was invited to join
an international group of YL's and we were radio active for two weeks from Stanley, the capital of the Falklands.
It was quite an adventure and the perfect mix of dx and holiday!
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license ?
No, I think CW is still very much alive. It enables you to make contact even when conditions are poor!
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with hamradio?
Making worldwide contacts with specific equipment.
9) Do you have other hobbys besides Hamradio?
Scouting, fotography, birdwatching.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
Ham radio is a fantastic fun hobby, I would like to see more women on the air. So many are licensed but
only a few seem to be active!