1) How did you get involved in Ham-radio and how many years are being a ham now?
I was introduced into amateur radio by Len YV5DRN, who is the brother of my great friend German Chique YV6NQ, my university classmate. I went over to visit him and he put me to talk with my uncle Gregorio Brett YV2WG.
I was immediately bitten by the ham bug. I went on to take my amateur radio test and got my license on September 4, 1972. Since that day, I have been very active.
2) What attracted you the most in being a Ham-radio operator?
The DC QSO's and QSL's. Looking at YV5DRNīs QSL's from far away places, encouraged me to get involved.
3) What is your favorite mode and/or band?
SSB and 20 meters.
4) What equipment do you use?
Yaesu FT-1000, TR-440S and IC-706
5) Do you hold DXCC and what is the score?
Yes, 335. Missing North Korea and Scarborough Reef.
6) What has been your most memorable story related to Ham-radio so far?
In 1983, I was doing my fellowship as surgical oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, USA. While on rounds, visiting patients in the Pediatric ward, we entered into a room of a child and saw a CQ Magazine on the bed. When the rest of the doctors left the room, I asked the childīs father if he was a ham, and he told me that he was a Brazilian ham, working at the control tower at Manaos airport.. We spoke several times after that. I returned to Venezuela and many years later, I was on the air talking to a US ham and when we finished, I was called by a PY ham who asked me if I remembered him from Buffalo, NY. I said, certainly yes., and enjoyed a very friendly conversation with him.
7) Do you think CW had it's best time since you don't need it anymore to get a license.
No, CW is alive. So alive that after 34 years as ham, I am now practicing it.
8) How would you explain our hobby to someone not familiar with Ham-radio?
It is the best hobby in the world. It allows to meet new friends every day and frees you from the daily stress.
9) Do you have other hobby's besides Ham-radio?
Enjoy watching baseball games.
10) Any final words to the people reading the interviews?
All of you interested in amateur radio, give all the best of you, your positive energies and efforts to live amateur radio.
Cultivate the best of you into amateur radio, the best contribution to this wonderful world of amateur radio .