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I have been licensed as LA2RL since 8 June 1967 but I have not been very active, firstly due to studies and secondly due to professional activities abroad. My first station was a homebuilt transmitter with a Geloso VFO and a 6146 in the final delivering an output of about 30 W. As receiver I had a German military surplus receiver, the KwEa, which was later supplemented with a Hammarlund SP-600 JX-17, a very nice receiver.
In December of the same year I had a number of SSB QSOs with a borrowed SWAN 350. What a difference from my earlier equipement, but unfortunately it had to go back to its owner.

In 1972 I moved to Geneva, Switzerland, to work for CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research. In the beginning I was now and then active from the UN amateur radio station in Geneva, 4U1ITU. As a member of CARC, CERN Amateur Radio Club, I also participated in building and manning the IARU stand that the club maintained every four years at the ITU Telecom World Exhibition in Geneva.
 
In 1977 I moved to France where I then received the French reciprocity callsign F0CLA, but apart from a few local QSOs I was not active on the air. In 1980 I moved back to Switzerland and received the Swiss call HB9CHL, and finally in September 1983 I bought my own rig, an ICOM IC-751. During this time I also operated sporadicly from France with the call F/LA2RL. But nothing lasts, in 1996 my old trusted ICOM IC-751 was damaged by lightning and being very busy professionally, ham radio was put on the shelf.

In 2012 I retired from CERN and I moved back to Norway together with my wife. I am now slowly getting back into ham radio. I am active on DStar on 2m and 70cm using an ICOM ID-51 and a hotspot built around a DVMega and a Raspberry Pi. On HF I have an Elecraft KX3 but I am still lacking a decent HF antenna; that is a project for next year. Yet another project is to refresh the old and very rusty CW skills I acquired for my license back in 1967.

Since I am back in Norway I have rejoined my old ham radio club, Asker & Bærum Group of NRRL, and since Spring 2015 I am their new QSL Manager.

Hope to meet you on the bands.

73 de Frode, LA2RL

 

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