Joe grew up in Slovakia when it was part of Czechoslovakia. 

Education / Employment History


1954 - Graduated Higher Technical College Bratislava (Electrical Appliances)

1959 - Graduated Technical University Bratislava (Electronics & Radio Technology)

1959 - Manufacturing company. Became Production Director then Managing Director.

1966 - British-Ghanaian Development Co Ltd in Accra - Technical Manager

1971 - Export/Import Company - Chief Engineer

1991-1992 Vice Chairman of leading Slovak political party

1993 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Counsellor for Trade and Economy (Ottawa)


Amateur Radio History


1947 - started as SWL at the age of 15 years

1951 - First licensed as OK3HM at age 18 years

1956 - passed examinations for Class A licence (phone privileges). Still worked mostly CW chasing DX on 40 and 20M. Achieved WAS, DXCC and WAZ

1966 - after move to Ghana active as 9G1HM. In the following period worked from India, Bangladesh, as SM2DWH/S2 and Cuba as CO2BO.

1993 - with separation of Slovakia from Czech Republic new call sign OM3HM

1993 - assigned call sign VE3AGY, later changed to VE3HMD. While in Canada work mostly 20M CW with an urban lot vertical antenna, plus some satellite (RS birds).

Joe was a member of AMSAT, WIA, RAC, RSGB, ARRL, SZR, and High Speed CW Club (35), and has written articles on antennas for “Amaterske Radio” in Slovakia.

1995 - operated as VK3BMD while in Australia


Joe passed away on Dec 10, 1997


Biography prepared by VE3XK.  Updated 2015-02-25 with help of VE3FFK