1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
I first became interested in Ham-Radio in 1957 when I heard a local amateur on a simple AM radio crystal set that was given to me as a Christmas present. I listened in to his DX'ing on 20M AM phone and it was very exciting. Of course, I could not hear the other stations on an AM radio, but just listening to his side of the conversation caused me to want to visit him and learn more about amateur radio. I did find his antenna one day and knocked on his door for a short visit. After he let me speak with a station in Germany, I knew that I wanted to become an amateur radio operator as well.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
I suppose what attracted me MOST to being a ham radio operator was the opportunity to talk to far away places easily over the radio. I have always enjoyed working rare DX ever since.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
My favorite band is 160M because it is so hard to work distant DX there. I enjoy both CW and SSB DX'ing - as well as contesting on Topband.
4) What equipment do you use?
My equipment consists of Yaesu FT1000D radio's and Alpha amplifiers. On most bands I have yagi arrays and phased vertical arrays for the low bands (80M and 160M).
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
I hold DXCC from several locations - but I only submit cards these days for 160M. On Topband, my current score is 317 worked and confirmed.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
My most memorable ham radio event was working Japan long path on 160M CW from the East Coast of the USA at 2144z via the long path Southeast. This was the first QSO made from Massachusetts to Japan via this path and it was made on 25 December 1996 with JA1JRK.
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license.
CW operating is still one of my favorite modes and I do hope it survives for a long time. It works BEST on the low bands for DX'ing and I am very sorry it is no longer part of the amateur testing process - at least for the Amateur Extra Class form of license. Keeping that class at 5WPM would have been a more appropriate decision by the US FCC in my opinion. CW still is quite useful today I think as it gets through when SSB sometimes will not.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
I would explain to new prospective amateurs that ham radio is a wonderful way to get to meet people over the air and to learn about electronic and antenna theory. Ham-radio can also be useful in one's profession. It helped me secure a wonderful job in the US Navy from 1968-1972 and it also helped me get a job at a local radio station when I was doing my university studies.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
Besides ham radio, I enjoy sports, downhill skiing, travel and just taking long walks when I have the time.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
I hope to work anyone reading this page over the air at some point. If you happen to hear me on 160M CW, please give me a call at any time!