TF – Reykjavík, Iceland

Dates: 5 to 11 July 1995

Callsign: WJ2O/TF

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Hotel Saga where I stayed in Reykjavík, Iceland and operated as WJ2O/TF

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

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.


The Hotel


Luggage for my operation as WJ2O/TF from Iceland.

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

All set up. WJ2O very happy that everything works.

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

Bed. Place where WJ2O’s hat slept.

Multi-band dipole.

Multi-band dipole for my operation as WJ2O/TF from Iceland.
Kris, TF3KM was with me in Iceland.

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

This buffet was featured at the hotel.

Buffet at the Hotel Saga in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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

Bragi, TF3BRT, and Runar, TF3RJT with me in my operation as WJ2O/TF from Reykjavik, Iceland.
Siggi, TF3CW with me in my operation as WJ2O/TF from Reykjavik, Iceland.

Siggi, TF3CW and Dave, WJ2O.

Bjarni, TF3GB and Kris, TF3KM

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

Hams


Boggi, TF3TF with me in my operation as WJ2O/TF from Reykjavik, Iceland.

Boggi, TF3TF

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

TF3GB (Bjarni),WJ2O (Dave), TF3BRT (Bragi), TF3DX (Villi), TF3KM (Kris), and TF3T

Around the town


Fied chiken in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Southern Fried Chicken Southern Iceland that is.


Hallgrimskirkj


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

Hallgrimskirkja is a Church in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Reykjavik, Icskyline in Iceland.

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

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

Hallgrimskirkja church in Iceland.
Hallgrimskirkja church altar in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Hallgrimskirkja church altar.

A smaller organ. This was located near the altar.

Small organ in Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Klais organ in a church in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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 one day trip.

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. Here we are after arriving on the island

Westman Airport wher I headed to Vestmannaeyjar Island.
Pall Helgason, a native of Westman Island my guide for the day.

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.

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

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Storefron in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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. They have a very nicely protected seaport.

Seascape in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Export good ready for delivery in Iceland.

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


Flying home


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

I took an Iceland Air back to the US.

WJ2O/TF QSL Card Front

WJ2O/TF QSL card front

WJ2O/TF QSL Card Back

WJ2O/TF QSL card back.

Licensing:
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
Fjarskiptaeftirlitio
Malarhofoa 2
IS-150 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: (354) 168-2424
Fax: (354) 168-2429

Trip Statistics Report

WJ2O operated as TF/WJ2O in Iceland.

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

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

I operated the HF IARU contest from Reykjavik, Iceland.

IARU HF Championship score.

Customs:
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.

I reached the Keflavik Airport in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Map to the Iceland Keflavik Airport