1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
Around the mid 70's the US went through a CB (Citizens Band) radio craze. I was about 15 at the time and it got me interested in radio. My father had a friend who was a ham. We visited his shack one night and the rest is history. My parents were very supportive and helped me get started.
I've been a ham about 30 years now. (gosh I'm getting old)
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
No doubt it was DX. The ability to make radio contact with others far away was (and still is) very cool!
I became attracted to contesting shortly after getting my license and you can still find me in most of the
major DX contests.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
CW is definitely my favorite mode. My favorite bands are 80 & 160 meters.
DX is more of a challenge there and it separates the good operators.
4) What equipment do you use?
I have two HF stations. The primary is a Yaesu transceiver and Alpha 87A amplifier.
The second station is a Kenwood transceiver and Command Technologies HF-2500 amp.
I have mono-band antennas for all bands except WARC.
I seldom operate the WARC bands, Maybe one of these days.
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
Yes, my mixed score is something like 346. I have 262 on 160 and 322 on 80.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
Gosh I've had quite a few.
For contesting, it would have to be finally finishing #1 in the 2004 CQWWSSB contest for the US.
For DX-ing, at this point any new country on 80 or 160 is a thrill.
My trip back to Mongolia in January 2007 (JT1ZW) was very enjoyable.
It had been almost 5 years since my last visit. Great to see the guys and share laughs again.
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
I'm usually an optimistic person, so I hope not. You can still find the bands crowded during most major CW contests. However with the de-emphasis of CW, it's hard to imagine this not happening over the long haul.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
Besides the obvious, for me personally it has had a major impact on my life. I became an engineer and work(ed) in jobs that have taken me all over the world as a result of my radio experience and the people I have met through ham radio. Ham radio is far from the stereotypical geeks and nerds that people like to kid us about.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
If you are already a ham, don't forget to turn on the radio once and awhile and make some contacts.
If you are not yet licensed, you are missing out on a lot of fun!
The best way to start is through a local club.