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New Year´s Day 2015

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STARK Awards – Honourable Mention

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My photo – Arctic Aurora received Honourable Mention by the STARK-Awards in 2014 in the Surreal-Creative category.

A special issue for the  images awarded Honourable Mention has now been published.   My Photo is on spread 51-52.

The overall results of the STARK-Awards 2014 may be viewed here.   Some incredible images and a very high standard of photography indeed.

What a pleasure.

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HM SURREAL

 

Remote operations in TF

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Remote operation in TF has been cleared by the PTA.   Although the findings of the working group set up to address this issue, have been clear since last year – they were not forwarded to the Icelandic PTA until recently.

The IRA has published the letter received from the PTA on their home page.

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This addresses the operation of icelandic radio amateurs operating any  icelandic radio amateur´s station remotely, regardless of the location of the operator.

Hopefully the Working Group on Remote Issues in TF will conclude their work in accordance with the resolution of the IARU at the recent WRC without further delays.

 

 

The SYDNEY Rhombic

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WW2DX and W2RE

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Lee, WW2DX and Ray, W2RE visited recently.   An opportunity to climb the Arctic King was not missed.

The SYDNEY Rhombic

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I have built a new Rhombic towards JA/VK which I have named SYDNEY.

I believe this may be the largest beam antenna ever in the Amateur Service.    The array is a single wire job, more than 500m/1640´ end to end, with leg lengths of 250m and 300m/1,000 feet and it flies at approximately 25m average height above ground.

I estimate  the wire tension to be around 100kg/220lbs, so the antenna has some chance of survival, but this remains to be seen.   Now that it has been tested and found to perform above expectations, if the wires break, they will be replaced with  stronger wires.

I believe the JA´s can confirm the phenomenal performance, especially on 40m where I estimate the gain to be 17dBi.   At higher frequencies than 20m the main beam splits up into many smaller laser beams towards each side of the main bearing.  Time will tell how this will work.

Breaking strength of the #9 AlumoWeld wires used in the antenna is 900kg/2,000 lbs.

Here are two photos taken during the construction of the antenna.

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