1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
Back in 1972 when I was in elementary school me and a few friends of mine went to an amateur-radio course
at a local radio-club.
The Next year in 1973 I passed my first exam and I started working from a club station.
So, I am a ham now for more than 34 years.
I can say that ham radio makes me happy and I still like it the way I liked it at the beginning.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
Most attractive for me is contesting and of course hunting new ones.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
I like both CW and SSB. I tried RTTY too and got my DXCC, but later I had to stop RTTY because of problems with my eyes.
For the last few years CW is the most attractive to me, CW is an art!
4) What equipment do you use?
For the last few years I am using Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark V.
In the past I used many different radio's.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
Sure, I hold DXCC and I have worked and confirmed all DXCC entities (337).
I also have 9 deleted DXCC entities and my final score is 346.
I also hold a lot of awards like WAZ, WAC, WAS, 5B-DXCC, 5B-WAC and the most valuable for me 5B-WAZ (all 200 zones).
Because I have all major awards right now my 'first love' is contesting.
I am active in all major DX contests, I like contesting!
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
For sure there is a lot of stories in my memory in my 34 years as an active ham. Maybe just the last one:
From January til April 2007 I was active from Sudan as ST2R.
This was my first chance to be on other side of pile up using only 100 W and wire antennas.
I had many pile-up's there. One day I remember, I had spend a few minutes to pull out a very weak signal from the States.
It was W8QZA from California and later I received his QSL request with a story.
He work me with a QRP/5 Watt antique 2 tube radio (radio is more than 50 years old), but that is nothing special!
I gave him his last zone for WAZ and he had been waiting for that for more than 16 years!
He send me a photo, taken just after the QSO and on the photo he is toasting to the QSO together with his wife!
That kind of memories make me very happy!
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
OK, I agree that CW is not needed any more but I like CW and I will use it as my favorite mode.
You can compare this with ships, there is also no need for sailing but they are still sailing, why?...Because they like it.
The same with Ham-radio, we like CW.
In the past, CW was a special filter for hams. If you want to be a ham you needed to learn CW.
To learn CW was a very hard job, so you need to put in a lot of knowledge and time.
But now, that is not needed anymore and you can see the results on the bands.
On the bands you can meet many ham's without any knowledge, also without any morality.
In the past we all learned that we should have some moral obligations...
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
It's a great hobby! You can communicate with people all over the world and make a lot of friends.
I made many friends from different countries regardless of religion or politics or color of the skin!
My experience is that when you first meet a ham you can be a friend, that's the most amazing to me!
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
Because I spent a lot of my time contesting I don't have any spare time.
So, I don't have any other hobby's.
Beside Ham-radio all my spare time goes to my family, but my wife and kids support me 100 %.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
I don't know what to say, Ham-radio is my first and only hobby.
For me it's not only my hobby, but a way of life!
I enjoyed Ham-radio for the last 34 years and I am still very satisfied.
Few minutes before a contest starts I am still as excited as I was 34 years ago.
Ham-radio gives me a lot!