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Thank you for looking me up, and thank you for being part of this wonderful hobby!

Most of us are technically inclined, and thus it is easy to think that this is the only reason for having radio as our passion. But I do believe that the PEOPLE, the fellow ham on the other end of the QSO, is just as important for this hobby to exist. Without YOU, this hobby would not exist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I run HF in four different ways:

  1. Sitting in my shack in front of my HF-rig, at my house in Neslandsvatn ( JO48OX)
  2. Using my HF rig in my house in Neslandsvatn REMOTELY, via Internet.  I live in an apartment in Oslo, and have the house in the country side as a recreational house. We use it as often as we can all year. Here in Oslo city the RF noise on HF is horrendous, and putting up HF antennas is also difficult.  The remote solution is perfect to fix this problem.
  3. Sitting in the cockpit of a Boeing at work, being bored during cruise phase of the flight. And of course, I do NOT bring any private radio-equipment into the cockpit of a plane, but use the by Boeing properly installed, certified and part of the avionics "already there" equipment. I also make sure to only use my private call when over Norwegian territory, or over international waters.  And also make very sure that this activity does not in ANY way interfere with my duties as an airline pilot.
  4. Running HF portable and mobile.

CW is fun!

If we have had a CW QSO, I must thank you for your patience blush .  I have always heard that receiving is a lot harder than sending. So I have almost only practiced receiving, and now I am a lot better at decoding than sending!
I have taken up CW again, for one reason only (almost)…  It is fun
Many remote-systems are not very “CW transmit friendly”. But I have found the perfect solution. I use an ICOM 7100 and the RemoteRig “boxes” (RRC-1258MkIIs). This works perfectly as long as the internet connection is reasonably fast. My CW paddle connects to the keyer in the RemoteRig box here in Oslo. This way the side-tone is generated right where you are, and Internet delays does not mess up your sending.
The other “half reason” for taking up CW is the fact that I enjoy SOTA very much during the summer season. CW QRP really does get you a lot further that SSB QRP!  Sorry for saying this… but it is really true!  So if you are a SOTA enthusiast…   Go ahead and learn CW!  You will never regret it!  And, once you get to the point where you can copy CW in your head (even a lot better than a computer can…) the sense of achievement is just ENRORMOUS!

It is just such a big kick! It really releases a fountain of joy within you!  “But I have no talent,” I hear you say….  Well, then we are two, because I have no talent either! It is all about motivation, and not giving up!  I have used about 8 years to get to this point, and just hammered it inn to my head with a “sledge-hammer!”  I see posts on YouTube where they are about to give up after two weeks!  And I realize that it took me two years to get to where they are, and they want to give up?  Never give up Once your brain cracks it, and all the neurons fall into place, a whole new wonderful world will emerge.  It is actually just like “magic” how the brain does it, it is in-explicable!  I can now listen to an “audible book” in CW by running the text of the book through an app on my phone at 40 WPM, and happily drive to work while listening to the story, just as if someone were reading it to me out loud.
If I can do it, YOU can to it too!
I am very aware that listening to books in CW while driving is “super geeky!”  laugh But OK!  For those of us who can, we know that we are an elite few! And I want you to join!

 

It’s all fun!  I need more time to try it all!

I find all aspects of this hobby very attractive and interesting. I do participate in VHF contests when I have the time. I have tried bouncing VHF of the aurora. I enjoy running satellites. And I want to try meteor-scatter and EME as well. (EME is way down the path, but maybe someday…) I am one of very few here in Oslo on 23cm. Life is too short to mourn the lack of sunspots!  160 m CW is fun, and all in-between, up to 23 cm!  How about trying out some of the week signal HF digital modes, and get amazed at how far we can reach with low power and rotten bands!

Thank you for taking part in this hobby, so that I have somebody to talk to on the other end.

73 from Lewi

Here I am on my way up to a SOTA top:

 

“Maritime Mobile” from my Kayak!

OK, 73 and talk to you on the air!

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