1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
I got involved in ham radio in August 1956, that makes me a ham 51 years now!
It was my late xyl Esther who was working at G.E. that introduced me to a few hams she worked with and helped
me obtain my first license (Novice)WN3HNK.
I used that for one full year and went to NYC to upgrade to General Class in 1957....
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
The thrill of contacting people in those days was a turn on for me!
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
My favorite mode is and always will be CW and favorite bands are 10 and 15 Meters.
4) What equipment do you use?
My gear is old Yaesu...and hoping to upgrade soon!
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
Yes I have DXCC...think I worked & confirmed 355 countries but the ARRL has me lower than that with deletions.
Since I am not a member of ARRL I could care less, I know who I worked and have confirmed!
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
Lots of stories.....just cant think of one right now!
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license?
I am one guy who thinks they should have kept CW in the tests for a license.
Some call it outmoded outdated etc...but they are either simply awful lazy or just too dumb to even try.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
I can't remember the last time I tried to explain ham radio to anyone, most people seem only to remember us
for helping in disasters, or screwing up their DVD or TV or computers with RFI.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
Other hobby I have is traveling to other countries and visiting some of the guys I was lucky enough to QSO!
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
I appreciate Rob (PA3GVI)contacting me about this interview as it wasn't expected here!
Any PA-operator that sent me cards through the bureau and received no reply, (since Im so backed up with bureau cards) if they would send me ONLY a return envelope with their CALLSIGN on it, any card or cards I have for them I'll toss it in their envelope and pay the air mail postage to them!
This includes SWLS...too.....and ANY PA operator if they qsled to me via the bureau or NOT...from today on I will offer FREE services to any PA that works any of my stations. This is FOREVER...just send card and MUST include a return envelope. My shack is completely open to any PA op......to qsl direct with only a return envelope! Joe/W3HNK