JW5E joins LoTW

We are pleased to announce that we have joined LoTW and have uploaded all knowns digital logs dating back to 1984!

Updates to the webpage

We are currently in the process of updating our webpage to be more current and precise.

Inconsistencies might occur.

Regarding accommodation at JW5E

Due to regulations and fire hazard it has been decided that JW5E in the future will not have sleeping facilities and we will not tolerate that the club is used as a primary accommodation for guests. Guests will in the future be required to provide their own accommodations.

Groups and individual guest that have booking will be contacted for further information regarding this matter.


Last weekend JW5ZLA, JW4GUA and JW4DUA went on an expedition to Skolten 1130 msl. There we set up a new antenna for our 2m repeater that have been QRT since early winter due to ice damage on the antenna. We have been struggling to find a suitable replacement antenna that can handle the extreme ice conditions that we see. We ended up welding a dipole out of 50mm octogonal aluminium tubing 4mm thick. This looks to be strong enough for our use.

All hams visiting Svalbard are invited to bring their 2m gear and try out:

JW9SRR repeater 145.6Mhz/145Mhz CTCSS 91.5Hz

JW9SRR is set up on the mountain Skolten and to work the repeater you need at minimum line of sight and 5W. With a 1/4 wave dipole vertical it is possible to work the repeater from most of town outdoors.

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Antenna maintenance

JW4GUA took it upon himself to do some very needed maintenance on our two beam antennas. We have for some time been missing an element for 15m and the 20-17-15m beam have been able to rotate slightly on the rotor pipe. When we got up there we noticed that one of the boom support wires had snapped completely off! Just another evidence that its a hard life for antennas in the high arctic! We have now straightened out some of the elements and remounted the missing 15m element. The boom support wire is now replaced and the rotor and bearings have been checked.



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!

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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