Kongsfjord is a small fishing hamlet, now also a tourist destination with top TripAdvisor ratings.
|Kongsfjord - view to the southwest. 3G mast on the mountaintop.|
Located half an hour from the nearest local airport and only three hours from a regional airport with direct connection to Oslo, Kongsfjord is far away but also quite close. Around 30 people live in the hamlet. Italians (!) make up a surprisingly large part of the population.
|Kongsfjord - view to the northeast. My blue house in centre of the picture|
The KongSDR location is also the KONG DX-pedition location. A group of four DX-ers use this for DX-peditions in September and October, and for remote listening via Teamviewer or LogMeIn Pro the rest of the season. We have three or four beverage antennas up, directed towards North America and Asia/Pacific.
|The KongSDR and KONG DX-ped centre, in the centre of the picture|
It is a quiet location, but not as quiet as we would hope. A relatively new windpark is located around 9 km away, and the turbines do generate noise of varying intensity, from 500 kHz up to around 8 MHz.
The terrain in this part of Norway is quite flat - the wind turbines above are at around 400 masl, which is about as high as you get. The terrain slopes towards the ocean with bays and points such as below.
|View to the north.|
The KiwiSDR antenna is a 70 metre long, N-S oriented longwire, terminated and fed via a DX-Engineering 1:9 transformer and coaxial cable. The shiny stuff you see on both ends above are actually reindeer deterrent. Super-thin sheets of aluminium-like material with holographic reflectors in many colours and make a noticeable noise. The reindeer migrate inland in late August, so this is a summer safety measure (both for the reindeer and for the wire).
And finally indoor, the KiwiSDR, s/n 1150, sharing the table with a ColibriNANO SDR.
KiwiSDR and ColibriNANO
I hope to have the KiwiSDR boxed soon, it's a bit hazardous to have the board exposed like that.
So there you go! Now you know how it looks outside the window from the radio you are listening to. Mind you, it doesn't look like this in December and January when it's pitch dark 23 hours a day, gale force winds, blowing snow and -20 Celsius...