JW5E would like to extend a thank you to the local electrician firm JM Hansen for donating an oscilloscope to the club! This mint condition Tektronix TDS 320 will be of great help to us especially during licensing courses as a visualisation tool and as an aid for the DIY minded of the club members.
For those of you who want some inspiration on what to use an oscilloscope for in the shack:
JW5E will participate in CQ WW this year! JW7QIA arrived from Norway on wednesday to help build a two station contesting setup. The last days have been plagued by bad weather and high solar activity causing the bands to be very unpredictable. HF blackouts and auroral flutter have made it challenging to do on air tests, but we have high hopes that the magnetosphere will quiet down for us on friday.
More info and pictures to come as we get closer to the contest start!
JW7QIA and JW4DUA discussing contesting procedures in front of the unfinished secondary station setup.
JW9SRR is now operative from the mountain Skolten. Due to desense issues we are only able to run with 20W to the antenna. In order to solve the receiver issues we need a better antenna with less SWR, a circulator with dumpload and an extra cavity for the duplexer. Work is in progress in order to obtain these items.
This springs license course has sparked an interest for ham radio in Longyearbyen. Several people have already enquired about possibilities for a new course this winter. In anticipation we have ordered a copy of the brand new book entitled: “The road to international radio amateur license. The new radio amateur ABC”
The outlook for a new course is quite good- several of the new operators have a useful set of skills and posses the required knowledge to help out. If we find time this winter we will post here on the blog.
And what a treat it will be to have this new and wonderful book next course!
There currently exists two facebook groups dedicated to JW5E.
The group named “Friends of JW5E” have been around for a few years and are open to all who have an interest in JW5E. This group has 42 members at the time of writing this post. We all feel that it is a great group to share pictures and stories between people who feel a connection to JW5E. We welcome all to join this group if they want to keep an eye on whats going on.
However- we feel the need to have a closed group where the active members of JW5E can share and discuss the ham activities on Svalbard in a group with higher levels of privacy. We therefore choose to have a second group called “JW5E Svalbard” that we feel should be reserved for and under administration by the members currently living on Svalbard.