TF – Reykjavík, Iceland

Dates: 5 to 11 July 1995

Callsign: WJ2O/TF

TF – Reykjavík, Iceland 2024-04-15T20:33:45-05:00


A local ham in Reykjavík was extremely helpful. Not only did he help me obtain my license, but he arranged to have a dipole antenna stay up at the hotel. It was already in place for a JA visitor the week prior. There’s been talk that the hotel may keep a permanent installation for visiting hams like us. Using a tuner, I was able to find a comfortable SWR on all bands.

Hotel Saga Reykjavík, Iceland

This is the Hotel Saga where I stayed in Reykjavík, Iceland.

The Hotel

Dave's luggage

My luggage arrived. The Kenwood in the silver case, everything else in the other.

WJ2O's equipment

All set up. WJ2O very happy that everything works.

Hotel bed for my operation as WJ2O/TF from Iceland.

Bed. Place where WJ2O’s hat slept.

Multi-band dipole for my operation as WJ2O/TF from Iceland.

Multi-band dipole.

Kris, TF3KM was with me in Iceland.

Kris, TF3KM. In the background, you see my “shack away from home”.

Buffet at the Hotel Saga in Reykjavik, Iceland.

This buffet was featured at the hotel.

Buffet at the Hotel Saga in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Another Buffet shot. I still want to return to Iceland to enjoy the pickled herring. I have not been able to match the quality and flavor anyplace else in the world.

Bragi, TF3BRT, and Runar, TF3RJT with me in my operation as WJ2O/TF from Reykjavik, Iceland.

Bragi, TF3BRT, and Runar, TF3RJT

Siggi, TF3CW with me in my operation as WJ2O/TF from Reykjavik, Iceland.

Siggi, TF3CW, and Dave, WJ2O.

Bjarni, TF3GB and Kris, TF3KM with me in my operation as WJ2O/TF from Reykjavik, Iceland.

Bjarni, TF3GB and Kris, TF3KM


Boggi, TF3TF

The whole gang: TF3GB (Bjarni),WJ2O (Dave), TF3BRT (Bragi), TF3DX (Villi), TF3KM (Kris), and TF3T (Sveinn)

Around the town

Southern Fried Chicken Southern Iceland

Southern Fried Chicken Southern Iceland that is.

Dave with his team in Reykjavík, Iceland

The whole gang: TF3GB (Bjarni),WJ2O (Dave), TF3BRT (Bragi), TF3DX (Villi), TF3KM (Kris), and TF3T (Sveinn)



The Hallgrimskirkja is a Church of Iceland parish church. This photo is from my hotel balcony.

Reykjavík skyline

You can see that the church stands very prominently in the Reykjavík skyline.

Front door of church Hallgrimskirkja

Here I am at the front door of the church. looking up

Hallgrimskirkja church alta

Hallgrimskirkja church altar.

Small organ, located near Altar in Hallgrimskirkja church

A smaller organ. This was located near the altar.

Klais organ in Hallgrimskirkja church

Klais organ. This is above the front entrance. I was fortunate to experience the sounds of this as a woman was practicing during my visit.

Vestmannaeyjar Islandj

Vestmannaeyjar Island

Plane from Reykjavík I decided to take a day trip to a island that suffered from a volcanic activity not too long ago. It’s called Vestmannaeyjar Island (Westman for short).

Westman Airport

Westman Airport. Here we are after arriving on the island

Pall Helgason

Guide. This is Pall Helgason, a native of Westman Island and our tour guide for the day. We all boarded this bus and took off.

Valcano in Vestmannaeyjar Island

The Volcano. We are standing on a volcano that has engulfed half the town. Down by the bus is the other half of town.

TVI Sturin

TVI. Apparently the TVI is so bad here you can sit down, enjoy a Pepsi and just watch the “TVI Sturin’”. Ok, bad attempt at ham radio humor.

Seaport Iceland

Seaport. They have a very nicely protected seaport.

Cargo Fish

Cargo. Fish, and plenty of it, ready for export.

Flying home

Greenland from above

Greenland from the Air Flying Iceland Air back to JFK we caught the Southern edge of Greenland.


WJ2O/TF QSL Card front
WJ2O/TF QSL Card back


There is an application that you must obtain and fill out. On that form not only is there the usual stuff, name, call, etc., but there is a space where our national IARU society should comment. Of course they will need a copy of your current license. Also, the recommendation is that you apply 3 months in advance.

The maximum input power allowable for visitors is 200 watts.

The contact at the licensing authority is:
Mr. Horour R. Haroarson
Malarhofoa 2
IS-150 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: (354) 168-2424
Fax: (354) 168-2429

Dave’s Station

I had a very nice comfortable set-up here in Iceland as TF/WJ2O

Dave WJ2O equipment

Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver
486-DX Laptop
Heathkit Micromatic Keyer
Homebrew Voice Digitiser
Dipoles cut for 40, 20 and 15MFJ Turner



There was absolutely no trouble with customs. In fact, they showed me the proper door to exit the airport and held it open for me.

Ground Transportation:

Most international flights come into Keflavik Airport which is about 25 miles southwest of the capital Reykjavík. The cab fare is a whopping 100 dollars. Most folks take the bus run. I forgot how much it was but I think $15 covered it. They drive you to Reykjavík airport at which point they split up the people to deliver you right to your hotel.

Map to the Iceland Keflavik Airport

Map to the Iceland Keflavik Airport