The male polar bear (on my QSL-card/picture) was alive. He went through some scientific measurements and was "drugged" and sleepy when the picture was taken. A once-in-a-life-time experience holding a live polar bear in the neck skin! He walked away a couple of hours later. He was one of 307 polar bears visiting Hopen Radio/LMR (JW5EBA) during my 6 month stay on the island in 1994.
Top Band QSO (160M) with TI9/3Z9DX is recorded. Thanks to Dado, E74AW, who made the recording between 05:43z and 05:51z on February 20, 2015. My QSO starts at abt. 2:32 mins and cfmd good at 3:10 mins.
The Antennatuner from Palstar is built in a way that makes it a real BALANCED tuner
The AT4K solves a problem suffered by the typical unbalanced tuner that has a 4:1 balun at the OUTPUT of the matching network. This exposes the balun to a wide range of impedances and reactances that it was never designed to handle.
The solution: The AT4K T-matching network utilizes a 1:1 unbalanced-to-balanced transformer in the INPUT of the network. When the network is properly tuned, a 50 Ohm impedance will be presented both to the input and output of the balun, which allows it to properly perform its important transformation job.
I only have 2 antennas for HF. Both working 160-6 meter with low loss !
- An Doublet / EDZ, using True Ladder Line or so called "open-wire feed line" (600 Ohm) - including a 2 x 39 meter (2 x 128 feet). The antenna is made out of the same wire (16 Gauge, 26 Strands, 100% copper) that makes up the ladder so there are no solder joints to worry about.
- An INVERTED-L on a 18 meter Spiderbeam mast together with a MFJ-998RT antenna tuner at the base with a proper ground rod and 4-5 elevated radials. I use this antenna on all bands with GREAT results!
Yearly statistics shows 251 DXCC worked in 2014, 240 DXCC in 2015, and 256 DXCC worked in 2016.
Interested in knowing why my results are so good with these 2 types of "simple" antennas?
Keep it simple....
My QTH with the antennas more or less visible.
LB2TB was on the air for the very first time in the evening of January 26 1981 (Age 15). My first QSO was with DL5JP in Germany on 40 meters at 20:05 UTC. I was licensed as LA5EBA (Class A) in september 1981. On October 17 2008, after nearly 27 years as LA5EBA, I got my old "vanity" callsign back, LB2TB (still with full privileges).
In 1983, I graduated as a Radio Officer with 2nd class certificate. After a year at sea, I upgraded it to a 1st class certificate. I was only able to sail on "the seven seas" for about 1,5 years since all Norwegian vessels started to change to foreign flag.
I then went to the navy and did my service there. I was a radio operator in the Norwegian Coast Guard (Coastguard vessel "Senja"/LBHB). I served duty as a radiooperator for NATO HQ in Oslo area. I worked 5 years in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a radio officer in charge of daily communication with Norwegian embassies in more than 40 countries around the globe. I then continued with the same employer as a radio technician dealing with communication both home and abroad. Total visited 67 embassies (countries). In 1994 I was engaged for 6 months as a radio operator/weather observer on Hopen Island (part of Svalbard), operating Hopen Radio/LMR on a daily basis.
I have been QRV from the following callsigns:
- VK9CK - Cocos Keeling, 2016
My Radio Certificates: 1983-84 2nd Class Radio Telegraphy Certificate, 1984 - 1999 1st class Radio Telegraphy Certificate (expired). Then from 2011 -> GMDSS GOC Certificate which is needed in my proffession.
MV Thorgull (LKUU) and CGV Senja (LBHB)
Hopen Radio /LMR. (I was QRV as JW5EBA from this location from january to june 1994)
73 de Lars, LB2TB
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