My amateur radio history

My name is Ulf Rydningen. I was first introduced to amateur radio, being a scout participating in the Jamboree-on-the-Air in 1972, in my hometown Narvik in northern part of Norway. During 1973, I attended a 9 months course by the Narvik group of licenced radio amateurs. Not being old enough for the general class licence, I was licenced as a novice (CW only) in 1973, and 16 year old I upgraded to a full licence in 1974, then as the youngest radio amateur in the Narvik amateur radio club. Older radio amateurs lent me an old (1940-1950s) CW transceiver. This was replaced by my first self owned transceiver - a used Yaesu FT-101, which I sold when I attended university in 1978. Some years after my university graduation, in 1985, I bought another used HF transceiver, a Sommerkamp FT901D (1979). This one I am still keeping and the FT901D is in use from time to time. During the late 80's and 90's I was living and operating from different Norwegian locations, and most of the years from 1974 to 1992 I was also participating in JOTA as radio scout /scout leader. Not being an active radio amateur between 1993 and 2013, I discovered that there were many new things that had appeared among radio amateurs like Digital Communication and SDR, and other things that had changed - like the no longer mandatory morse code examination


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    Radio shack in first floor (room with balcony and dormer window)