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1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now? 

My next door neighbor was a ham (VE2BQS) when I was growing up. 

I have been licensed since 1972, 35 years now.....How time flies!

 

2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?

The science of radio fascinated me when I was growing up. 

Building equipment and experimenting with electronics has keep me interested through the years.

 

3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?

CW is by far my favorite mode.  My favorite bands are the LF-bands. 

I particularly enjoy 160 and 80 meters.

 

4) What equipment do you use?

I am currently running a pair of Yaesu FT-1000D radios with Alpha amplifiers. 

I have 5 towers with numerous mono band yagi's.

 

5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?

Current DXCC totals are 348/337.  (deleted countries included/current)

 

6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?

Participating in 4 WRTC competitions with VE7ZO and finally winning on 2006 in Brazil.

 

7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?

It is a bit early to tell but I suspect a good number of entry class licenses may ultimately choose to learn CW anyway. 

So far, I see no reduction in CW activity

 

8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?

Forget the Internet and the telephone and then think of how you might communicate with people in foreign countries or even people at home for that matter. 

 

9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?

I have interest in photography, traveling and light duty mechanics but Ham Radio is by far my strongest interest.

 

10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?

If you have not already done so, give CW a try.....that is where the real hams are.