1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
At age of 14 I read a book about Ham-radio, immediately got seriously interested.
I found out I had a licensed school teacher (DJ7LR) who trained me in CW while I studied for the
Ham-examination on my own.
With 16 years I got my ticket and since then I am (mainly) active in CW.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
When I started, I was always fascinated by DX.
During night hours to sit in front of my old Drake Line with its glowing bulbs hunting for DX never knowing
who might reply.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
My favorite bands are 40 meter and 6 meter and CW (Code rules!).
4) What equipment do you use?
I am using Elecraft equipment because of it's superb receiver qualities and small size.
Meanwhile I am more interested in DX-pedition trips than operation from home.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
I don`t know!...I never checked the thousands cards I have for any award, am not much ambitious in these things.
I prefer to sit at the other end of the pile-up.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
My biggest adventurous Ham impression was the trip to T33/Banaba Island, on deck of a kind of floating coffin
when quite suddenly a storm raised.
We were close to lose the tarpaulin which might have rocked us into the Pacific.
But even the island is still in my memory, basic life, no tv or newspapers, happy islanders, just peace far away
from hectic western life.
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
One can also ask if Ham-radio had itīs best time due to nowadays oversimplification of the Ham exams!
CW will survive since even most of the "presenters" will find out that it is essential for real DX contacts and we
already find an increasing number of "no-coders" working in CW.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
If I want him to understand and respect the hobby I always focus on the idea of Ham-spirit, especially the part
related to Emergency situations but International Friendship and mutual understanding as well.
The technical aspect doesn`t draw somebody from the woodwork anymore in our world of Internet and mobile phones.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
No comment.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
Letīs provide all our Ham functionary windbags with a one way ticket to the backside of the moon!