Thunderstorm approaching Vardø

Well, it doesn’t happen very often, but this aftornoon we had quite a thunderstorm approaching from the northwest and over Vardøya island. The temperatures the last few days has been pretty high (yes, over 16 degrees Celsius is considered almost “tropical” up here in the arctic clima zone). Anyway, I took a picture of it, sorry for the poor resolution – my cellphone camera doesn’t allow anything better than this – and although there isn’t any visible lightning in the picture, the sky was amazing.

By the way, at the right in the picture, one of the 60 meter high MF-transmitter towers of Vardø radio is visible. We have four of those here. Luckily enough, we only transmit during a few minutes every third hour on medium frequency, and never on the full hour, so it’s actually possible for me to erect my phased HDLA-loops here and do some serious DXing, hi!



About Hans

Male. 50 years young. DX:er since 1980. In September 2011 I moved up to Vardø on Vardøya Island (EU-141) to start working as manager for the Coast Radio station in Vardø. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to work with the thing that I think is the most interesting in the whole world - Radio! My main interest is, yeah - you guessed right: Radio. I'm a ham radio operator, holding the callsign LA2MOA. My main radio interests is low power operation and low band DXing on the amateur bands, but also mediumwave and tropical band DX-listening. I'm also interested in angling, fly-fishing and fly-tying. The area around Vardø offers some great opportunities to do all of this. And, since I'm of swedish origin, I'm also madly interested in ice-hockey and since 35 years I'm a hardcore supporter of Rögle BK in Ängelholm - one of the few really true hockey clubs left in Sweden.

Posted on 24. July 2012, in Just stuff..., Vardøya. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Karel Honzik CZE

    Hans, it is an impressive view. The thundestorm looks pretty like thunderstorms look here in the middle of Europe. Looking at the Europe map of lightning I was often wondering why there were almost no thunderstorms in northern Scandinavia during summer months. So I understand that this is an unusual situation for you.
    BTW – what is your medium frequency?
    73 …… Karel Honzik, CZE

  2. Hi Karel!

    We rarely reaches the temperatures generating thunderstorms up here, but when thunderstorms approaches, they are generally very intense, hi!

    Vardø radio (LGV) operates on 2182 KHz (of course) and on 1713 KHz. Here’s a link to our complete channel plan:

    Click to access mh_channel_plan.pdf



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