- Name: Tore Johnny Bråtveit
- Born: 1964
- Began DX-ing: “Officially” in 1981, after several years of band-tuning as virtually the only person in the local community with interest in other kinds of radio than FM.
- Located in the city of Bergen on Norway’s west coast between 1986 and 2006, since then located in the municipality of Melhus, about 20 kilometres south of the city of Trondheim, for those who are familiar with Norwegian geography.
- Active as a mediumwave and shortwave DX-er until about 1998 or 1999, when I left the hobby for some years.
- Became “re-activated” in the autumn of 2004, when I had the opportunity to participate in a DXpedition to Kongsfjord, the DX site of the world’s northernmost DX-er, Bjarne Mjelde. A big thank you to Bjarne and Odd-Jørgen! Until now (January 2011) I have participated in six DXpeditions to Kongsfjord, as well as DXpeditions to other interesting DX locations here in Norway, like Kalvøya in the Smøla archipelago and Lista in the southwestern-most region.
- Receivers: Currently two WiNRADiO WR-G31DDC ‘Excalibur’ receivers, one Icom IC-R75 receiver as well as one SDR-IQ receiver. In addition I do also have access to an old Icom IC-R71 receiver, as well as an even older Redifon R50M. The Icom has the speech unit installed, to make it possible for me to obtain frequency, mode and time information and so forth.
- Recording equipment: High-capacity minidisc recorder for the Icom, as well as a couple of laptop computers to control the SDRs, among other things.
- Antennas at home location: Currently none.
What else can I say? I should add that I am blind since birth. This has of course nothing to do with the hobby as such, even though it has – and have had – quite strong influence on how I have been able to practice this hobby, my access to relevant literature, and my choices of suitable equipment.