1) How did you get involved in Ham Radio and how many years are being a ham now?
Well, to date there are 41 years over my shoulders, I was licensed in 1974. How did I start with amateur radio?
One day I was on a farm and the brother in law of my friend, LU5EMU, teached me how to use and operate his
YAESU FT-101B. From time to time the second operator (thatís me) appeared on the air and I was very exited to
connect to the world with a radio. My first QSO was with Angola, Africa.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham Radio operator?
There are many things you can do in Ham Radio. Helping in catastrophes, working awards, DX-ing. But the most attractive
thing is to connect with people all over the world and talk about different items. Learn about different countries and how
they live, their history, work, studies and so on.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
SSB is my favorite mode. I run a 6 elements 3-band Yagi, rotary dipole for 3,7 MHz, a 3 elements. full size for 24, 18 and
7 MHz. Now I also assembled a 50 MHz antenna but my favorite band is 40 meters. I like to fight the high noise on the low bands.
Thatís why I made a full size 3 elements Yagi for 7 MHz.
4) What equipment do you use?
I have an ICOM-751A and TL-922 Kenwood amplifier.
The tower is 30 meters high.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
Yes, I have 342 current credit into the ARRL desk, 5BDXCC since March 1994, Honor Roll in October 1998, Honor Roll # 1
may 2010 and many awards of International Contests. My last entity to complete was BS7H, which was very very difficult to
work from Argentina.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham Radio so far?
My first visit to Dayton in 2013 were I had the chance to meet many friends from all over the world.
I had not talked to them for a long time due to bad conditions but was able to meet them now, face to face.
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license (in many countries) ?
Yes, many Hams in my country still are Novices as they do not like CW.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham Radio?
Many friends ask me about this hobby and say that the Internet will kill it. But to me it is simple. In catastrophes
with electricity fall outs the only way to communicate is Ham Radio as it can run on batteries.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham Radio?
I like the Gym and play Rugby. I started playing Rugby when I was 6 years old. I retired when I was 30 years old but still play
in the veteran team.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
I am 41 years into Ham Radio and this is fantastic!
If you are young or old and interested in radio, become a Ham radio operator.
There is no age limit to this hobby!