Storm Takes Down Antennas at Memorial Ham Station on Swedish-Norwegian Border


The SJ9WL-LG5LG Morokulien memorial station on the border of Sweden and Norway is off the air after a large tree, brought down during a severe storm on August 10, caused extensive damage to the station’s antennas. According to one report, the station’s 100-foot tower was broken into pieces after the tree fell across three tower guys. That pulled the support structure toward the station building, but a third set of guys on the other side of the tower held and kept it from damaging the structure. The tower has been up for at least a decade.

“This is a unique place, because the radio shack is exactly on the border, and the users are obliged to use the call signs alternatively — one day SJ9WL and the next day LG5LG,” Henryk Kotowski, SM0JHF, told ARRL. Kotowski has operated from the station in the past, and a photo he shot at Morkulien appeared on the cover of the October 1996 issue of QST.

“This was a memorial station devoted to SM5WL and LA5LG,” Kotowski explained. “They both promoted Amateur Radio and supported disabled hams. Swedish and Norwegian hams took over the abandoned border checkpoint house 50 years ago and made a joint club station there.” He said the area is now devoted to recreation and includes a peace monument. With funds from station rentals, the association Amateur Radio in Morokulien (ARIM) maintains and manages the station, which may be the only one located on an international border in what ARIM calls a “ham state.” The station is designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities. The name Morokulien is a combination of the words for fun — moro in Norwegian, and kul in Swedish — plus a suffix indicating “in one place.”

Antennas on the support structure included an eight-element log periodic for HF plus a 6-meter Yagi and antennas for VHF and UHF. The antenna structure was topped with a VHF-UHF vertical. The tower also supported dipoles for the lower bands.

“Sweden has been haunted this summer by drought, wildfires, and, recently, heavy storms and rainfall,” Kotowski recounted.

The cottage in Morokulien had been booked for the weekend, but the reservation was canceled. This fall, clubs on both sides of the international border are planning a joint 50th anniversary celebration.

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Shortwave Radio Recordings: RNW Media Network, April 9, 1982

Former RNW Madagascar site (Photo courtesy of RNW)

Many thanks to SWLing Post and SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who shares the following off-air recording of Radio Netherlands and notes:

Along with RCI’s Shortwave Listener’s Digest, Radio Netherlands Media Network was another favorite DX program of mine.

Here is a recording of an episode from April 9, 1982 which is the first recording of this program from my archive.

The show highlights are:

  • Media coverage of the Falklands War from the British and Argentinian sides,
  • Pete Meyers with a report that Radio New Zealand did not shut down, the US-Cuban media war,
  • Richard Ginbey with African media news and
  • John Campbell with a clandestine radio report.

Audio quality is only fair for this recording.

Date of recording: 4/9/1982

Starting time: 0230

Frequency: 9.590 MHz

Receiver location: South Bend, IN

Receiver: Realistic DX-302

Click here to download this audio file.

Thank you , Tom! That is, indeed, a most welcome blast from the past!

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IBC SNEAK PEEK: Sonnet Highlights New Thunderbolt Peripherals

External solid-state drives, graphics processors and Ethernet adapters available

Computer peripheral specialist Sonnet Technologies will bring new Thunderbolt 3-based peripherals to the IBC show.

In Amsterdam will be Fusion 1TB and 2 TB PCIe portable solid-state Flash storage drives (shown). The Windows- and Mac-compatible drives are capable of 40 Gbps bandwidth of its Thunderbolt 3 interface to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2,600 Mbps.

Also on display will be the new eGFX BreakawayBox 650 Thunderbolt 3 to GPU card expansion system. These are designed to handle what the company describes as “large, power-hungry graphics cards, including the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64, Radeon Pro WX 9100, 9100 SSG and overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series-based cards.”

Also the graphics processor front Sonnet will have two complete Thunderbolt 3 solutions with graphics cards already installed — eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 560 and GFX Breakaway Puck Radeon. These are designed for supplementing a laptop.

[Related: IBC2018 Best of Show Award Entries Open]

The Solo 10G is a new Thunderbolt 3 is an external 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapter. The adapter connects Windows and Mac computers with a Thunderbolt 3 port to 10 GbE networks. A PCIe card version is the Solo 10G PCIe; which can also work in Linux systems.

The IBC2018 show is Sept. 13–18, in Amsterdam. 

IBC Stand: 7.D25


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