The male polar bear (on my QSL-card) was 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. He was one of 307 polar bears visiting Hopen Radio/LMR (JW5EBA) during my 6 month stay on the island in 1994.
About my equipment and antennas:
My Rig is a Yaesu FTdx5000MP with an ACOM 1000 amplifier.
My Begali Magnetic Paddle and Palstar AT4K antennatuner
My primary TX-antenna consist of 260 meters (855 feet) of True Ladder Line or so called "open-wire feed line" (600 Ohm) - including a 2 x 39 meter (2 x 128 feet) "Doublet" for 160, 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 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 17 meters (55 feet) above ground. This is a good DXantenna with exceptional long range performance on the higher bands! I'm also using this antenna as TX-antenna on 6 meters !!
Secondary TX-antenna is a Cushcraft R8 vertical - mounted about 2,5 meter above the roof of my house. Picking up some local QRM from nearby houses, but short coax and full TX pwr.
I have three 200 meter long unterminated "Beverages" pointing approx 290/110 deg's, 195/015 deg's and 130/310 deg's. These are not "real" Beverages, since the terminating resistor is not used. The advantage of an unterminated Beverage is that I can receive some DX "over the shoulder" (i.e. I get 6 directions more or less).
I also have a OCF (Windom) for 80-10 mtr. hanging between trees about 120 mtrs away from the house. It's up about 18 mtrs and does not pick up any local QRM at all. A very good receiving antenne for the higher bands. Using this antenna most of the time as RX-ant. (Also on 6 meters)
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 (Class A) in september 1981. On October 17 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 at sea, I upgraded to 1st class certificate. I was only able to sail on "the seven seas" for about 1,5 years since all Norwegian vessels started to change 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). I 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, OH0/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 (Hallo 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.
MV Thorgull (LKUU) and CGV Senja (LBHB)
Hopen Radio /LMR. (I was QRV as JW5EBA from this location from january to june 1994)
3 US$ covers postage expenses to anywhere in the World, including Europe. Price EU: 13 NOK - World: 16 NOK
73's de Lars
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