Summer Party 2014

In order to celebrate the newly licensed ham operators and to mark the start of summer we all meet up at JW5E for food, drinks and good tales from years gone by. JW4FUA and JW4GUA organised a great evening for all ham operators on Svalbard. Definitively a tradition on the making!

We did in between food and wine manage to take a group picture of all the students with their mentors:


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Spitsbergen Ski Marathon

JW5ZLA and newly licensed JW4BUA helped out at the 2014 ski marathon. We successfully located a spot in the trail where we set up and tested a VHF digital repeater. We managed complete coverage of all posts that where to have communication. The repeater is owned by Svalbard Turn and consists of a custom built case containing batteries and a Hytera DMR repeater. Unfortunately the supplied vertical fibreglass antenna shattered in -20C so we needed to get hold of a Kathrein dipole as seen in the photo:



Repeater and antenna in the background.



Looking north through the trail.



Looking south.


We got word that all students passed their exam and will soon receive a license certificate by mail!

The following callsigns was issued:

JW4BUA – Terje
JW4CUA – Arne
JW4DUA – Veronica
JW4EUA – George
JW4FUA – Geir
JW4GUA – Jan Olav
JW4HUA – Anders
JW4IUA – Stig

We now have 8 new ham operators on Svalbard and look forward to a new and bright future for JW5E!

License exam

We all meet up at the local fire station the 23rd april at 1900 for our license exam. We`ll be there a few hours beforehand in order to answer any questions and one final review of the essence of the curriculum.

Study hard!

Ham training 2014 update


Eager students are flowing the teaching of JW6VDA (who makes a living as a professional teacher at the local school). So far the training goes on with no hitches. We are very lucky to be able to make use of the excellent teaching facilities at the local fire department. The smart board as seen in the back makes teaching a breeze as students receive a PDF file with all board notes after each session.

So far JW6VDA, JW7QIA, JW7XM and JW5ZLA have been involved in the process of turning radio enthusiast onto radio amateurs!

Ham training 2014

We all meet up at the fire station the 4th of february at 1900 to start training new radio amateurs. Books have been ordered and information will be given as we go. The plan so far is to meet up every monday and wednesday until we all feel secure in the curriculum.

New JW5E qslcard

jw5e_qsl_2010 Here is the new qslcard that has been ordered from UX5UO print.


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