I was first licensed on January 11, 1974 and issued the call sign TF3JB; license No. 80 in Iceland. From January 2007 to July 2012 I was QRV as TF2JB, but on August 1, 2012 I moved back to Reykjavík and am TF3JB again. Privileges include all bands, all emission types and full RF power. I prefer to work CW, but every now and then I will use Phone and (soon) Digital modes. And when there is time, I really like to participate in contests.
I have been a member of our national association, Icelandic Radio Amateurs (Í.R.A.) more or less since 1973. For 40 years I have had the opportunity to participate in various activities of this great hobby and recently finished serving as the associations´s president (2009-2013).
I was granted a reciprocal license by the FCC when we lived in the United States in 1990-1995. During that time I attended The Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in NYC and The University of New Haven (UNH) in CT. Helga María (my XYL) also earned her academic degrees during that time. We both loved the time in the States.
A QSL card is sure via bureau or direct. If you QSL direct, kindly include a self-addressed envelope with an IRC or 2 USD. I do not use E-QSL’s, but I am considering LoTW down the road. My grid square is HP94bc.
73 de TF3JB.
Member of Rotarians of Amateur Radio
Photo 1 - TF3JB operating position on January 4, 2013.
ICOM IC-7600 100W HF/50 MHz Transceiver. LGD M-7600 External Meter for the IC-7600. Heil PR-40 Dynamic Microphone with original Heil accessories: PL2T Mic Boom; SM2B Shock Mount; SM3 Mic Clip; SB2 Arm Mic Stand and HS2 Magnum Hand Switch. W2IHY 8 Band Audio Equalizer and Noise Gate and the W2IHY EQplus Adjustable Compressor. Astron RS-35M Linear Power Supply. Sounds Sweet Communications base station speaker. Daiwa CN-801P 1.8-200 MHz Cross-Needle SWR/Power Meter. Diamond CX-310 DC-800 MHz Coax Switch. ETM-4C C-MOS-Memory Keyer by Hermann Samson, DJ2BW and an original M.P. Pedersen hand key (not to be confused with Amplidan Model 50713).
ICOM IC-2820H 50W VHF/UHF FM Transceiver with selectable power levels on both bands. Icom HM-133 and HM-154 Hand Microphones. Icom PS-300 Linear Power Supply. Palstar SP-30 base station communications speakers (for simultaneus reception on VHF and UHF) and Daiwa CN-801V 140-525 MHz Cross-Needle SWR/Power Meter.
Other accessories seen in photograph: Astron SL-11A Linear Power Supply. Accessories not seen in photograph: Yaesu FP-1030 Linear Power Supply, Jetstream JTW-270 140-525 MHz Compact Cross-Needle SWR/Power Meter, Alpha Delta ATT-3G50/U Lightning Surge Protector, Dell Latitude E-5520 Computer, BHI Model 1042 Audio Switch Box and Sennheiser PXC-250 headphones. Equipment not seen in photograph: Icom IC-7200 100W HF/50 MHz Transceiver and Collins 75S-3C Receiver (round emblem).
Photo 2 - With John Devoldere, ON4UN, in Reykjavík Iceland on August 4, 2011. What a great guy!
Photo 3 - With David G. Sumner, K1ZZ, ARRL CEO, in Friedrichshafen Germany on June 22, 2012.
Two weeks later (on the 4th of July) we happened to work on 6 meters CW.
Photo 4 - With Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, President of IARU Region 1 in Reykjavík on May 5, 2013.
Photo 5 - TF3JB was appointed an authorized Check Point for CQ Magazine Awards in Iceland on April 16, 2009. In the photograph, Jónas receives the first CQ Award application from Mr. Guðlaugur K. Jónsson, TF8GX, on May 19, 2009; an application for WAZ Award. (Notice the vehicle registration plate on Gulli's Honda!).
Photo 6 - The photograph was taken at Þingvellir national Park on October 1, 2010. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinantions in Iceland. It is the site of a rift that makes the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge. It is also home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
Photo 7 - The photograph was taken on December 17, 2010 to commemorate that 30 years had passed since this group of hams set a TF record in the 1980 CQ WW DX Phone Contest from the club station of the national association, TF3IRA, in the Multi Operator Single Transmitter category. Total score was 2,778,117 points, i.e. 3.642 QSO's, 92 zones and 301 DXCC entities. This record was finally broken by the TF3IRA contest callsign, TF3W, after 32 years, in the 2012 CQ WW DX Phone Contest.
Sigurður, TF3CW, sits with a framed photograph that was taken of the group during the actual contest in 1980 by TF3AC (sk). To the right of the photograph, there is a photocopy of the cover of CQ Magazine's coverage of the actual contest in the 1981 September issue; but the exact same photograph was printed in the contest coverage article in the magazine. After the photo shoot (in the current TF3IRA radio room) the framed photograph was presented to the TF3IRA Station Manager for safe keeping in the association's radio room.
From left: Yngvi Harðarson, TF3Y (ex. TF3YH); Jónas Bjarnason,TF3JB; Sigurður R. Jakobsson, TF3CW; and Óskar Sverrisson, TF3DC.
Photo 8 - The photograph was taken on June 1, 2008 to commemorate that 30 years had passed since the TF6M DXpedition to "Klaustur" (in the eastern part of Iceland). This expedition was a success and quite an undertaking at the time in July 1978. A total of 10.978 QSO's were made with 149 DXCC entities.
From left: Kristinn Andersen, TF3KX; Baldvin Þórarinsson, TF3-033; Sæmundur E. Þorsteinsson, TF3UA; Sigurður R. Jakobsson, TF3CW; Jónas Bjarnason, TF3JB; Gísli G. Ófeigsson, TF3G (ex. TF3US); Matthías Hagvaag, TF3MHN; and Yngvi Harðarson, TF3Y (ex. TF3YH).
Photo on opening page of TF3JB - Guðrún Jónsdóttir.
Photos 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8 - Jón Svavarsson, TF3JON.
Photos 3 and 5 - Erling Guðnason, TF3EE.
Photo 6 - Jónas Bjarnason, TF3JB.
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