K9VV Fred Kleber
Team: North America 13 Caribbean (Team Leader)
Country: Virgin Islands
Occupation: Wireless consultant
Amateur Radio has been a lifelong hobby (40+ years) which led me to a professional communications career, while at the same time providing an enjoyable outlet. My sincerest thanks to those great hams that have mentored and taught me. I strive to return the same passion in helping others learn to enjoy our wonderful hobby. It has been immensely pleasurable to meet other great hams around the world in the many countries. At the end of the day, it is people that are the fabric of the amateur fraternity.
My interest in lingual skills is also greatly enhanced by ham radio. I enjoy contesting, DXing, DXpeditioning and using my hobby to help others. Of particular interest is assisting the local emergency management agency in the event of disasters. Saving lives by doing something that is a ‘hobby’ is a great thing. In summary, amateur radio has enriched my life immensely, and for that I am extremely grateful.
It is an honor to participate in such a great event with fellow amateurs from around the world. I wish my fellow competitors good luck and look forward to meeting many of them for our first ‘eye-ball’ QSO! Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, and donors for their contributions to making such a wonderful event possible.