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

I was first licensed in 1962, if I remember correctly. 

So we're looking at 45 years now.

 

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

I really don't remember. 

But, this was the era when radio was magic and I was a 12 year old kid. 

I was a born communicator - always comfortable in front of people. 

Radio communications was an extension of that personality characteristic. 

 

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

CW, of course, all HF bands. 

I am a volume CW operator. 

If I don't have time to make at least 100 contacts, I don't turn on the radio. 

Pileups are my mode of operation. 

CW from a rare or semi-rare QTH is a means of generating pileups. 

I love transceive pileups and I do not work split. 

Listen to my pileups - you will hear an operator who loves what he does.

 

4) What equipment do you use?

These days, an IC-765 and an R-7000. 

I have more gear and antennas out here at WH2D but have not found enough time to really get set up 100%. 

Maybe later on this summer I'll get the Hex beam up and set up the 6 meter equipment.

 

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

Sure, I hold DXCC for K3UOC. 

My certificate says 100 DXCC countries worked. 

I have also worked DXCC from a dozen other DX countries but have never applied for the certificates.

 

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

There have been many memorable stories over the years. 

Some of which I have written about for publication, others just for web posting.

See http://members.aol.com/k3uoc/index.htm for a sampling.

 

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

No, CW is still running strong. 

Contests are hotter than ever and the sunspots are returning. 

If they ever invent something more fun than CW, I'll give it a try. 

So far, no one has.

 

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

I just wrote a new article on that!

See http://www.stjohnsguam.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=269&Itemid=124 for an

article to market ham radio and thus attract new students to St. John's School here in Guam.

 

9) Do you have other hobbies besides ham radio?

Writing (when I have something important to say), editing others work for publication, my two children and all

attendant responsibilities of being a Dad, planning and developing new schools, reading, history and more history, etc.

 

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

Read Ham Radio's Technical Culture by Kristen Haring (MIT Press, 2006). 

This is a fascinating anthropological/sociological perspective on growing up in our hobby.

 

Mike Manafo

K3UOC

WH2D, Trustee

W1AF. Trustee

Dr. Michael Manafo

International Baccalaureate

Diploma Programme Coordinator

St. John's School

911 North Marine Corps Drive

Tumon Bay, Guam 96913 USA

Work: 671-646-8080

Home: 671-653-7388

manafo@post.harvard.edu