1) How did you get involved in Hamradio and how many years are being a ham now?
Next year will be my 50th year as a ham.
Like many people my age here in the US, we got our first interest in Ham Radio from the Boy Scouts.
We had to learn some of the Morse Code and in my case, my Scoutmaster was a Ham.
2) What attracted you the most in being a hamradio operator?
From the first time that I heard a signal come through the air, I felt it was magic.
I still do! To talk with someone on the other side of the earth with a wire antenna in a tree and the same power
as a 100 watt light bulb still amazes me!
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band ?
I love the low bands, especially 160m….working DX on “topband” is the toughest challenge and…
....I like challenges! I have 241 DXCC countries on 160m !
4) What equipment do you use?
I have several transceivers.
In my home shack I use a FT-1000D and an Icom 756 Pro III, my amplifier is an old Alpha 77 !
On the road I use a IC 706 or a K2 !
Antennas are Force 12 for 40-10m , a vertical for 80m and Tee vertical for 160m I also have 4 short beverages!
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
I have ALL countries on Mixed and Phone DXCC.
I need two countries on CW…North Korea and Yemen.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to hamradio so far?
I believe my 3 Dxpeditions to the Antarctic area are the most memorable….Heard Island, South Sandwich,
South Georgia, Peter I and South Shetlands are unbelievably beautiful…it is like going to another planet!
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
No, I believe now that it is not required to get on HF in many countries, that people will WANT to learn CW !
If you are going to be a successful Dxer, you must be able to do CW !
It is my favorite mode, I use CW 95% of the time!
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with hamradio?
The ultimate wireless communication.
With a wire and small radio we can talk all over the world.
Some of us do emergency communications during natural disasters like hurricanes and tornados and 9-11 !
Great way to help mankind and have fun yourself!
9) Do you have other hobbys besides Hamradio?
Yes, I play golf and scuba dive!…but not at the same time!
Travel is a hobby too…I have visited 91 DXCC countries and operated ham radio form 46 DXCC countries.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
Thanks for your interest in our wonderful hobby.
I have DVD videos available on some of my adventures at: www.k4uee.com/dvd/