I grew up north of the Arctic Circle in SM2-land close to the OH-border. In early 1954 being 10 years of age I got hooked by Short Wave Listening SWL. I quickly found amateur radio on the bands and did learn CW on my own as well as the technical theory requirements for a ham license. Unfortunately I had to wait six years to get my ham license as at that time the lower age limit was set to 16 years. This gave me lots of experience on listening and learning how the shortwave bands behave.
I have been active all these years and while moving within Sweden I have used same call but different call area numbers depending on where in Sweden I have been living. In 1979 - 1982 I was working in Massachusetts USA and did take the FCC exam and still hold the call KB1Q. My XYL Heide is SM5NZG (KA1FCG). Our daughter Mirja is SM7UOP but not much on the air. My brother Erling is SM5BJT (SM2BJT) and QRV when time permits. In some contests I have been using my special call 7S5Q.
I have been using the rotating tower with seven monoband yagis since 1996 as seen on my QSL-card. You can see me climbing the tower! The other year I took my Versatower from my previous QTH in SM0 and did put up an Optibeam OB9-5 for additional flexibility on the HF-bands. I do use dipoles for the lowbands. My station setup now (2013) is TenTec Orion II, ACOM-amps and Elecraft K-line.
SWL-SM2 year 1954
SM2COP in 1960
SM2COP in 1961
SM2COP in 1964
HC2/SM0COP in 2010:
All direct QSLs received for HC2/SM0COPare mailed as of March 14, 2011.Bureau cards received will be sent via the Bureau. (Update March 17, 2011).
Info update December 6, 2010. I was QRV as HC2/SM0COP from time to time during the period of November 22 to December 4, 2010 from Nobol just north of Guayaquil at the QTH of HC2AQ Alberto. The reason for the SM0COP call was that it was picked up from the papers supplied for the HC-license application. The SM0COP is still valid but I use it seldom as I no longer live in the SM0-district. QSL cards will be printed soon and I will reply to all cards received either direct if postage is inluced or via the SSA QSL-Bureau. I was one of the operators at HD2M in the CQ WW Contest. Those QSL-cards are handled by SM6FKF.
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