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

Have been a HAM 29 years and was mentored by Jerry, AA1Q and the principle of my High School Bob, AF1I.

 

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

Electronics and CW.

 

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

CW I enjoy the HF bands (15, 17 and 30 meters are my favorite bands)

 

4) What equipment do you use?

At Home I have a Yaesu FT1000D, ICOM IC-756 PRO III, and an Alpha-99 amplifier.

When Portable: ICOM IC-7000 and Carolina Windom Antenna.

Antennas are a TH7DXX beam at 100 feet (31 meters), Cushcraft D3W Rotatable dipole for the WARC bands and

wire antennas on 40, 80 and 160.

 

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

DXCC #1 Honor roll mixed and SSB.

Im missing only 10 countries on CW. 

 

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

The DXpedition to Australia, the Great Barrier Reef and Willis Island in 1997.

 

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

I believe CW will be around for many years to come.

 

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

Amateur radio is like having a worldwide family.

You can talk all over the world with a radio and a wire antenna.

Emergency communications - when disaster strikes ( 9-11, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.) amateur

radio operators from all over the world volunteer their time to help those in need.

 

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

Scuba diving, traveling, alpine skiing, photography, computers and cooking.

 

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

HAM-radio has opened the world to me and I have made so many new friends, experienced new cultures and
visited places I would have never visited otherwise.