When you were knee high to a grasshopper, did you undergo a game-changing experience that shaped your future career? From the introduction to The RAIN HamCast, Episode #56: Tomas Hood/NW7US did. In this first part of a two-part interview, Tomas tells of that pivotal moment, that led him to a life-long journey not only in ham radio, but also in space weather. Tomas has been a shortwave enthusiast since 1973. He was first licensed as a ham in 1990 at age 25. In the mid 1990s Tomas launched the first civilian space weather propagation website, http://HFRadio.org, which later spawned https://SunSpotWatch.com. His NW7US.us has been up and running since June, 1999. Tomas has contributed to the Space Weather Propagation column in CQ magazine for over 20 years, and for Spectrum Monitor since 2014. A product of the Pacific northwest, Tomas resides today in Fayetteville, OH. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Tomas recently about Solar Cycle 25 and the game-changing afternoon Tomas experienced in 1973 at age 8 (Read more about this, at https://blog.nw7us.us/). Video: Mentioned in the interview is Skylab: From Wikipedia's article on Skylab: Skylab was the first United States space station, launched by NASA, occupied for about 24 weeks between May 1973 and February 1974. It was operated by three separate three-astronaut crews: Skylab 2, Skylab 3, and Skylab 4. Major operations included an orbital workshop, a solar observatory, Earth observation, and hundreds of experiments. Tomas was drawn into Space Weather as a life-long passion, by inspiration from Skylab, and from WWV's propagation bulletin each hour. The RAIN HamCast will conclude Hap's conversation with Tomas in RH57, scheduled for posting Christmas Day. Hap Holly, of the infamous RAIN report (RAIN = Radio Amateur Information Network), is now producing The RAIN HamCast. The results are both on https://therainreport.com and on the RAIN hamcast YouTube channel. KEEP ON HAMMING! The RAIN Hamcast is produced and edited by Hap Holly/KC9RP; this biweekly podcast is copyright 1985-2021 RAIN, All rights reserved. RAIN programming is formatted for Amateur Radio transmission and is made available under a Creative Commons license; downloading, sharing, posting and transmission of this ham radio program via Amateur Radio in its entirety are encouraged. Your support and feedback are welcome on https://therainreport.com. Thanks for YouTube Technical Assistance from Tom Shimizu/N9JDI.