1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
I was always fond of electronics, technical stuff as well as wireless communications.
Something else that I used to enjoy and I still do, is listening to DX broadcasting radio stations, a custom that I "inherited" from my mother Georgia.
I just can't explain why this was happening to me but this is simply the way I am.
But it was no later than 2004 that I read by chance an article about an astronaut having QSO's with primary school students in Denmark and that was when I "met" Ham Radio.
This was how I was bitten by the Ham Radio bug and ever since there has not been a single day in my life that does not have ham radio activity.
The case is that the infection is getting worse over the years. I have consulted lots of different experts but it turned out that the infection cannot be treated at that stage where I already am.
So, I simply have to live with it. :)
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
The technical aspect of Ham Radio was the one that attracted me in the early beginning.
The idea of establishing DX contacts was the one that thrilled me.
Above this, nowadays I am lucky enough to enjoy the social side of it as well.
I have a bunch of very good friends that otherwise I would have never met in my life.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
That's a hard question..!
I feel great pleasure when operating or studying any band: from the top-band to the magic-band and then
all the way up to VHF.
My favorite modes are SSB/CW and CW/SSB.
From my personal point of view, I just cannot compare these two modes, they are so different and beautiful at the same time: I love them equally.
4) What equipment do you use?
HF: I am using a vertical multi-band antenna, GAP Titan/DX, my TRX is an ICOM IC-7000 (all singing, all dancing !) and my power amplifier is an Ameritron AL-811HX.
VHF: 4x17 elements F9FT 2 meter yagi's, SPID AZ/EL rotator, LZ2US power amplifier.
Solely devoted to CW EME and terrestrial VHF DXing.
Two precious jewels that I am very happy and proud to own and play with are the Schurr/Profi 2 morse paddle as well as my Swedish Pump (straight) key.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
I do not hold so far DXCC since I never applied for it –but I will.
Since September 2006 when I became active on HF, I managed to work 190 entities.
And still struggling to collect my QSL's..!
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
Well I have experienced tens of beautiful moments in Ham Radio since I have many good friendships in this hobby.
These beautiful moments include trips, contests, field days, homebrew projects and hilarious QSO's in the air !
But if I have to pick out a special case this would be my trip to Svalbard island and Norway.
I met wonderful people there and I lived up the breathtaking beautiful Arctic region beyond any expectation !!
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
Absolutely not !!!... CW is an all time mode that apart from the modern telecommunications history that is dominated by CW, has features that none of the other modes has.
The simplicity, the reliability, the low S/N ratio needed –just to name a few features- make CW unique.
In few words.. when all else fails.. CW !!
Or in other words.. "Only real men work CW !" HI !
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
I would describe it as a thrilling experience without borders and as a wonderful tool to give hands-on experience for radio-electronics theory and propagation issues.
I would describe it as the friendship between the nations and as the most cosmopolitic hobby somebody could get involved with.
I would describe it as a "projection" of our world to the amateur frequencies spectrum – it's there, awaiting to be explored.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
Definitely!.. I love mountain-hiking and whatever that brings me close to the nature such as cycling (both mountain and road), cross-country skiing, horse-riding, photography as well as astronomy.
Amateur Astronomy is another exciting hobby that I wholehearted love.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
If I would not have been involved with Ham Radio I strongly believe that I would be a much, let's say, less conscious person.
Ham Radio broadened my mind by giving me the chance to explore many fascinating scientific issues as well as meeting very interesting people.
Amateur Radio for me has turned out to be a religion.
I practice it with devotion, I don't mess with it and I love it wholeheartedly !!
Thinking of getting involved with it ?!!....Sure, Go ahead !!
73' ES 88', Victoria SV2KBS/LA7VPA