I was issued the call sign TF3JB on January 14, 1974; license No. 80 in Iceland. From January 2007 to July 2012 I was QRV as TF2JB, but as of August 2012, I became TF3JB again. Privileges include all bands, all emission types and full RF power.
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 association's president (2009-2013).
I was granted a reciprocal license by the FCC when we lived in the United States (1990-1995). During that time I completed my postgraduate studies in NYC and 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 for TF2JB and TF3JB. If you QSL direct, kindly include a self-addressed envelope with an IRC or 2 USD. I do not use E-QSL’s or LoTW. My grid square is HP94bc. When QRV as TF3JB/1 (at the summer house in Grímsnes) the grid square is HP94ma.
73 de TF3JB.
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Photo 1 TF3JB operating position.
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 Iceland on May 5, 2013.
Photo 5 With Timothy St. John Ellam, VE6SH, President of IARU in Friedrichshafen Germany on June 29, 2013.
Photo 6 TF3JB is the authorized Check Point for CQ Magazine Awards in TF. TF8GX was the first to hand in an award application on May 19, 2009 for processing; an application for the CQ WAZ Award.
Photo 7 In 2010 we commemorated that 30 years had passed since a TF record was set in the 1980 CQ WW DX Phone Contest from TF3IRA in the Multi Operator Single Transmitter category. That score was finally broken by TF3W in 2012.
The photo was taken in the TF3IRA operating room and replicates the photo taken of the group during the actual contest (by TF3AC) 30 years earlier. TF3CW holds the photograph from 1980. In the frame there is also a photocopy of CQ Magazine's cover page of the contest article, published in the 1981 September issue.
From left: Yngvi Harðarson TF3Y (ex. TF3YH); Jónas Bjarnason TF3JB; Sigurður R. Jakobsson TF3CW; and Óskar Sverrisson TF3DC.
Photo 8 In 2008 it was commemorated that 30 years had passed since the TF6M DXpedition to "Klaustur" (East Iceland). TF6M was QRV in July 1978 and almost 11.000 QSO's were made on CW and Phone on HF and via the AMSAT Oscar 6 and 7 satellites; a total of 149 DXCC entities were worked.
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); Mathías Hagvaag TF3MHN; and Yngvi Harðarson TF3Y (ex. TF3YH).
Photo 9 The TF4F DXpedition to Flatey Island (West Iceland) took place in July 1977. Despite almost "black-out" conditions we managed to make over one thousand QSO's on CW and Phone on HF and via the AMSAT Oscar 6 and 7 satellites. Photographs of the participants can be seen below as printed on the special QSL card made for the expedition.
From left: Brynjólfur Jónsson TF5B (ex. TF5BWN), Jónas Bjarnason TF3JB, Baldvin Þórarinsson TF3-033, Sæmundur E. Þorsteinsson TF3UA and Kristinn Andersen TF3KX.
1. Amateur radio in TF
The country. Iceland is a republic. We became independent on June 17, 1944. Prior to that we were subjects of the King of Denmark (and earlier, the King of Norway). Population is just over 330.000 (2013). Total land area is 103.000 square kilometers. Much of the country is uninhabitable because of glaciers, volcanoes and sand deserts. The native language, Icelandic, is most closely related to old Norse. Now, to amateur radio.
View from the TF3JB/1 summer house at Swan lake QTH in Grímsnes in July 2013.
1. Bands. In addition to the "usual" bands, we also have access to the following bands, on secondary basis:
2. Licensing. There are two license classes based on the HAREC requirements. The basic license is an N-license and the full license is a G-license. A basic licensee can easily be identified, since the suffix will always be three letters ending with the letter "N". For example, "TF3XXN". The N-license class is limited to 100 Watts and they have less band privileges. G-licensees have all bands, all emission types and and full RF power (1kW).
3. Number of licensees. Just over 430 TF call signs have been issued to date by the Icelandic PTA since the first regulation for amateur radio was issued in May of 1947. The corresponding number of licensees is approx. 350. (This includes all licensees).
4. Í.R.A. Our national association is Íslenskir radíóamatörar (Í.R.A.), founded on August 14, 1946. We have currently over 200 members; YL's are 3% of the membership. The association's headquarters are in Reykjavík (the capital) and there is an open house every Thursday from 20:00 hours.
5. IOTA, CQ and ITU zones. Three different IOTA numbers are used for Iceland. For the country itself the number is EU-021. The number for the islands around Iceland is EU-168, except for Vestmannaeyjar (and surrounding islands), that have IOTA EU-071 allocated. Iceland is located in CQ Zone 40 and ITU Zone 17.
6. Call areas. Further down, detailed information follows about the TF call areas and activity to be the expected from each one.
7. DX activity from TF. Below the information about call areas, there is a brief discussion about DX activity from Iceland, based on TF3JB's recent information extracted from QRZ.COM.
2. TF call areas
Iceland is divided into 10 call areas. Prior to 1981, the prefixes TF1, TF8, TF9 and TF0 were not in use. At that time, some of the call areas in use were differently allocated, geographically. For example, the current TF8 call area used to be the TF2 call area, etc. Nowadays, most activity is to be expected from the TF3 which is Reykjavík (and the capital region); approximately 70% of the population lives in that geographical area.
The enclosed map depicts the TF call areas (courtesy of TF2MSN).
At the time of writing, these hams were potentially QRV from the TF1-TF8 call areas:
3. The most active TF stations in DX
In October 2013, there were 120 TF call signs registered on QRZ.COM. Of that number, 34 had more than 10.000 lookups. Supposedly these are the stations most active in DX from TF. Taking a closer look, I was able to extract some interesting data displayed below.(1)Although the conclusions drawn are accurate, the outcome of this exercise should be regarded as an indicator, since it is not a scientific study.
The following variables were examined: (1) Type of primary transceiver; (2) Type of primary linear amplifier; (3) Type of primary antenna; (4) Primary activity by emission mode; (5) Age of licensee; and (6) QTH by TF call area.
The TF3IRA SteppIR 3E Yagi antenna photographed in winter sun in December 2012.
Transceivers. The transceivers favored are from Icom and Yaesu; each brand has a 33% stake. Other brands: Kenwood (18%), Elecraft (15%), FlexRadio (3%) and Other (3%).
Linear amplifiers. It turns out that 78% use/own a linear amplifier. The most popular brands: Acom, Yaesu and Other (surplus, homebrew, etc.); each with a 12% stake. Ameritron, AMP Supply and SPE have each a 6% stake. Other brands: Alpha, Dentron, Drake, Emtron, Heathkit, Icom, Kenwood and OM Power.
Antennas. 52% use directional antennas, 27% wire antennas and 21% verticals. The most popular directional antennas are from SteppIR, OptiBeam and HexBeam. Other directional antennas (in primary use) are from Fritzel, Hy-gain, UltraBeam, XY antennas or homebrew. The most popular wire antennas are Cobwebbs, Deltas/loops and Long wires. Verticals: Butternut, Cushcraft, New-tronics Hustler, SteppIR, Zerofive and homebrew.
Emission modes. SSB is the favored mode with a 41% stake. Digital modes (RTTY, PSK, etc.) have a 33% share, and CW has a 26% share.
Operator age. Average age is 58 years. Broken down, most operators are between 50-59 years of age, or 47%. About 20% are between 60-69 years; 17% are between 70-84 years; and 16% are between 24-49 years of age.
Call areas. Most operators reside in the TF3 call area (70%). DX activity is though to be expected from TF2, TF4, TF5 and TF8 call areas.
A further point of interest is, that 24% of this group of hams have acquired a DXCC Award.
In brief: A DX station is most likely to encounter a TF station working DX, operating on SSB. That station will either use an Icom or a Yaesu transceiver, use a linear amplifier, has a directional antenna, lives in the TF3 call area and his age will be between 50-59 years. (There are currently no TF YL's that have over 10.000 lookups on QRZ.COM).
As I have never seen amateur radio DX activity analized by using the above method, comments and/or questions are most welcome. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
73 de Jónas, TF3JB.
(1) Additional data needed was acquired from sources outside the QRZ.COM website.
THE TF3JB QSL CARD
When I passed the Novice license examination in December 1973, I discussed with my father that I would need a QSL card once I got on the air. He suggested that I should pay a visit to an artist friend of his, Mr. Halldór Pétursson (1916-1977) who happened to have a studio close to our home. He then called Mr. Pétursson, and it was arranged that I was to visit him the next day.
I was received warmly by Mr. Pétursson. He asked me what kind of a drawing I would like for my QSL card; but I had no idea at the time. Then he asked me to tell him all about amateur radio and DX'ing. So I told him about the hobby and ended by saying that QSL cards were exchanged to confirm contacts made over the airwaves.
I guess it took me 3-4 minutes to explain things to the artist and while I was talking, he finished the drawing you can see on my QSL card above. I have always been most pleased with this drawing. I still have the original artwork and nowadays I could probably sell it since his work is much appreciated. Although this is a simple drawing, he did put his initials on it, "HP.73". This artwork will however never be up for sale.
I still have a few hundred of these cards left but have, in the years gone by, had a more basic card made for TF3JB operations; almost identical to a card I had made for my TF2JB call sign when I was living at the Hvanneyri QTH (2007-2012). Feel free to request the original card if you send your QSL via direct.
73 de Jónas, TF3JB.
Photo of TF3JB on the opening page - Guðrún Jónsdóttir (Borgarnesi).
Photos 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8 - Jón Svavarsson, TF3JON.
Photos 3 and 5 and 6 - Erling Guðnason, TF3EE.
Photo 9 - Jónas Bjarnason, TF3JB.
The photographs with the text about amateur radio in TF are by TF3JB.
The map of TF call areas was done by TF2MSN.
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