Questions

Feel free to email me.

Did you do a grid confluence thingy?

No. More time and a decent map then we would have! Next time!

How did you draw these maps?

I had a GPS receiver running whilst we were driving. The track log was copied into Photoshop using an MFC app I'm playing with.

I'm incorrectly using OSGB grid mapping, so the maps are fairly distorted. Imagine the flat UK grid being extended to Iceland - the lat, long coordinates get a bit compressed. However they're good enough: they show all the wrong turnings we made!

An email from Nick in Iceland...

Hi Nick

>>Im impressed (or jealous) that you saw such a good display of the aurora

I'm pleased you enjoyed the web page write up.

The aurora was impressive - but totally silent.

>>It surprises me when I see how much information you people managed to absorb...

I think it's a combination of our knowing that there was little time ( we converted a 2 day week end into 4 days) and knowing we'll be back at work immediately - so we didn't un-wind, relax and be idle. Whatever... good fun!

>>I didnt know you guys were Radio Amateurs. 

So I let it slip eh? DXpedition to TL! 
Dave Rick and I are Class B - Morse deficient! 
Jenny and Bernie are Class A. Experts in Morse code. 

>>How did you get on bringing the radios into the country?

We probably we very lucky that we weren't challenged at customs. We had checked that our radio licences were valid for portable use. They were - both the UK and Iceland are CEPT members.

Thanks also for your initial help listing places of interest - and that you don't mind my copying it up verbatim on to the planning page.

Next time the Nutters visit Iceland we must meet up with you! And have a drink! :-) 

Nick

----- Original Message ----- 
From: nick 
To: nick@anotherurl.com 
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 7:30 PM


Excellent write-up! Im glad you had a good time, and Im impressed (or jealous) that you saw such a good display of the aurora. The best display that I have ever seen was in November 97 and they danced above our heads and played a magical - almost frightening - tune which could be heard even above the noise of the river which was the only other moving thing around, on that cold night.

It surprises me when I see how much information you people managed to absorb whilst you were here! The average boring tourist goes home without taking the slightest interest in what is going on around him.

I didnt know you guys were Radio Amateurs. I have been learning for the whole summer but only managed to get T-Leyfi, and now I am learning Morse to promote myself to be allowed a call-sign. Then I will be allowed to send Morse from a 15 meter aerial. How did you get on bringing the radios into the country? Did anyone ask any questions or did they not even look inside your bags? ;-)

Glad to be of assistance, 

Nick.



How much was the trip?

For the 8 of us: 281 a head for flights and 3 hotel. Cars were 41 a head (2 cars including petrol.)