1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
My father was Y51XE in the early 80's and so I became interested in Ham-radio too.
I started as SWL and got my first call Y51UE in 1982, when I was 17 years old.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
I was fascinated by communicating with people from all over the world.
Living in East-Germany it was a privilege to do so, ham-radio was somehow my gate to the world.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
CW and SSB on HF have always been my choice.
I do not really have a preference, but made much more QSO's in CW.
Probably the fact, that I mostly used simple antenna setups and low power might be the reason.
I like contesting in both modes as well.
4) What equipment do you use?
Currently I use a FT-980 and a FL-2100Z amplifier.
Antennas are Inverted Vee dipoles and a K9AY-loop for receiving.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
No, I did never apply for DXCC.
Probably I will have about 315 countries confirmed.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
The most recent one was in November 2006 here in Tanzania.
I was replying to a CQ-call of G3FPQ on 160m with 100W and a low dipole.
After some attempts I heard a "..--..".
I have not forgotten the exciting moment, when asking myself: "Hey, does this guy mean me?".
Finally we made the QSO and its been the start of my topband activity from 5H.
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
CW will always have its fans and many reasons will make it survive.
Not only that it is the mode to choose under difficult conditions.
For some of us it is an art, for some only a tool and for some just pure relaxing.
Even myself, who will never reach the "art"-level feels somehow relaxed after a CW-contest, compared with
how I feel after that in SSB.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
Ham-radio is communicating with people, overcoming the borders set by education, political systems, languages and religions.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
I am interested in many forms of sport.
Some I do myself, like skiing, cycling, surfing...in some others I am more professional in front of the TV...Hi.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
There are many different playgrounds in ham-radio.
Find yours and enjoy!