For TA4/LB2TB: QSL ONLY via LoTW or eQSL - See more info at the bottom of this page.
The male polar bear (on my QSL-card) is alive. He went through some scientific measurements and was "drugged" and sleepy when the picture was taken. A Once-in-a-life-time opportunity to hold a real polar bear in the neck skin! He walked away a couple of hours later. It was one of 315 polar bears visiting Hopen Radio/LMR (JW5EBA) during my 6 month stay there in 1994.
About my equipment and antennas:
My primary TX-antenna consist of 260 meters (855 feet) of True Ladder Line (600 Ohm) - including a 2 x 39 meter (2 x 128 feet) doublet for 160, 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, 15 and 12 mtrs. The antenna is made out of the same wire thats makes up the ladder so there are no solder joints to worry about. It is placed in a clearing in the forest behind my house - uphill - in the top of 3 big trees (abt 55 feet/17 meters above ground). This is a good DX antenna on 160 - 12 meters with exceptional performance on the higher bands!
I am using a Palstar AT4K antenna tuner to cope with the 600 Ohm ladder line.
Secondary antenna is a Cushcraft R8 vertical - mounted on a 2,5 mtr aluminium tubing, pushed into ground. This antenna is located 100 meters (328 feet) away from my house and my neighbours.
I have a Windom (80-10 mtr) hanging between trees also abt 100 mtrs. away. Both the Windom and the R8 are used as RX antennas for 160 and 80 mtrs.
I have three 200 meter long unterminated "Beverages" pointing approx 290/110 deg's, 015/195 deg's and 130/310 deg's. These are not real Beverages, since the resistor is not there. The advantage of anunterminated Beverage is that I can receive some DX "over the shoulder" (i.e. I get 6 directions more or less).
My ladder line - My QTH - My antenna locations
LB2TB was on the air for the very first time in the evening of January 26 1981 (Age 15). My first QSO was with DL5JP in Germany on 40 meters at 20:05 UTC. I was licensed as LA5EBA call (A-class). On 17 october 2008, after nearly 27 years as LA5EBA , I got my old "vanity" callsign back, LB2TB (still with full privileges).
When I was 18 years old, I graduated as a Radio Officer with 2nd class certificate. After a year, I upgraded to 1st class certificate. I was only able to sail on the seven seas for about 1,5 years because of all Norwegian vessels changed to foreign flag. After that I had to go to the Navy and do my service there. I was a radio operator in the Norwegian Coast Guard (Coastguard vessel "Senja"/LBHB). Also served duty as a radiooperator for NATO HQ in Oslo area. I worked 5 years in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a radio officer in charge of daily communication with Norwegian embassies in more than 40 countries around the globe. I then continued with the same employer as a radio technician dealing with communication both home and abroad. Total visited 67 embassies (countries). In 1994 I was engaged for 6 months as a radio operator/weather observer on Hopen Island (part of Svalbard), operating Hopen Radio/LMR on a daily basis.
I have been QRV from the following callsigns: SM/LA5EBA, OHØ/LA5EBA, LA5EBA/MM, JW5EBA - Hopen Island. Worked some QSO's from W5ROK (Rockwell Collins Amateur Radio Club in Richardson, TX) back in 1997. I was a guest operator during "Lighthouse Weekend" on 8S6LL in 2007 and 2010 (Hallö Lighthouse in Sweden). I have a holiday-QTH in Side, Turkey where I operate as TA4/LB2TB whenever possible.
My Radio Certificates so far: 1983-84 2nd Class Radio Telegraphy Certificate, 1984 - 1999 1st class Radio Telegraphy Certificate (expired). Then from 2011 -> GMDSS GOC Certificate which is needed in my proffession. I work as a Radio Surveyor with Telenor Maritime Radio. Dealing with GMDSS(Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) on ships and offshore rigs. Sometimes I am QRV from our company car with the callsign LA2A/M on CW and SSB.
MV Thorgull (LKUU) and CGV Senja (LBHB)
Hopen Radio /LMR. (I was QRV as JW5EBA from this location from jan to june 1994)
About TA4/LB2TB:I have a holiday QTH in Side, Turkey, where I operate "holiday style" whenever possible.
Dates of operation:
02.01.2013 -> 03.01.2013
Upcoming vacations in Turkey:
Maybe around Xmas/New Year
QSL ONLY via LoTW or eQSL
My Spiderbeam HD 12m fiberglass pole outside my TA4-QTH. (QSL-card sample from eQSL)
3 US$ covers postage expenses to anywhere in the World from LA. Even inside Europe 2 US$ will not cover expenses.
See pricelist - on page 6 - here:http://www.posten.no/en/home/_attachment/339655?_ts=13c48be61f0
73's de LB2TB
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