Radio amateur – IT professional

Pontus Fred is VEO’s IT guru, a real wizard. At work, he’s always living life in the moment – and even the future – as IT develops at a furious pace. In his free time, Pontus lets time stand still and travels back into the past.

“I’m from Mustasaari, Vaasa’s neighbouring municipality. I studied at the University of Technology’s Otaniemi campus in Espoo, but wanted to return tomy home town. My wife and our two children now live in Södra Vallgrund, in a house on the edge of the forest.

Nature and the forest have always been close to my heart. When I was younger, I used to compete in orienteering. That’s how I met my wife – we both attended the Vöyri Sports Upper Secondary School. I don’t really do much orienteering these days, but I’ve taken part in the Jukola Relay a dozen times.

I’ve also done some voluntary work through the Methodist Church. I spent six years doing this alongside my current job. It gave me the chance to see the world, including countries that aren’t typical holiday destinations: Cambodia, Mali, Zimbabwe and Liberia.

But that’s behind me now. These days, I’m interested not only in recent history, but also journeys further back in time. I engage in different kinds of historical research.

When I was a little boy, a family friend gave me an old 1940s aircraft radio from an American bomber.

I’m a radio amateur. When I was a little boy, a family friend gave me an old 1940s aircraft radio from an American bomber. The receiver alone weighs 18 kilos, and the transmitter another 32 kilos. They’d been using it here, in Vaasa’s air traffic control. I used it for DXing, that is, listening to distant radio stations. These days, I also have another piece of radio heritage – a 1942 Finnish war radio based on old technology.

When you think about it, there’s no real point in having old radios, but I love the history of them. You can imagine yourself travelling back in time, and give your imagination full reign. It’s a great antidote to the fast pace of modern life. Time stands still.

I also travel back in time with guns. My father is into shooting sports, and I’ve inherited his interest in old guns and hunting. I don’t want to own any hunting weapons made after 1949. Cowboy Action Shooting is one of my favourite pastimes. It’s not performance that matters – it’s the ambience, humour, and dressing in authentic Western clothing.

but that’s the very reason I like my work – it’s so different from my spare time.

My hobbies are far from the realities of work, but that’s the very reason I like my work – it’s so different from my spare time. And I see plenty of enthusiasm around me at VEO. Maybe that’s because VEO is largely owned by its personnel. This shines through in many ways. I find that I have a lot of freedom in how I go about my work. At VEO, you can adjust your work schedule according to changes in your life situation.”

Cowboy Action Shooting

  • A shooting sport
  • Wild West set and props
  • Wild West clothing
  • Wild West guns: revolvers, rifles, shotguns