The male polar bear (on my QSL-card/picture) was alive. He went through some scientific measurements and was "drugged" and sleepy when the picture was taken. A once-in-a-life-time experience holding a live 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.
A soundfile where my Top Band QSO (160M) with TI9/3Z9DX is recorded. Thanks to Dado, E74AW, who made the recording between 05:43z and 05:51z on February 20, 2015. My QSO starts at abt. 2:32 mins and cfmd good at 3:10 mins.
About my equipment and antennas:
My Rig is a Yaesu FTdx5000MP with an ACOM 1000 amplifier.
My Begali Magnetic Paddle and Palstar AT4K antenna tuner
My primary HF-antenna is a 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 (16 Gauge, 26 Strands, 100% copper) thats makes up the ladder so there are no solder joints to worry about.
This is a good DX antenna with exceptional long range performance on the higher bands! - ClubLog yearly statistics shows 251 DXCC worked in 2014, 240 DXCC in 2015, and 215 DXCC so far in 2016.
QTH with antenna more or less visible.
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.
I went to the Navy and did 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: VK9CK (Cocos Keeling), 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)
73 de Lars
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