The house and it's facilities: Relatively modern school building not in use any more. See picture above. We have access to one bedroom with 4 beds to begin with. There is one small room with 1-2 beds and one room with 2-3 beds that we can use too if needed. There is electrical heating separate for each room so rooms not in use have no heating on! We listen in a separate room which is in direct connection to the old school kitchen. Only separated by a saloon door. The kitchen is fully equiped and there are plates, glasses, forks etc more than enough for a big dinner for all! Refrigerators and freezers for all plus a dish washer. Separate are four toilets and five showers plus a sauna! We have a room in the basement that is unheated where spare equipment etc can be locked in. Other facilities are a washing machine, TV with analog channels from Sweden and Finland, Internet connection via modem and telphone without restrictions. You have to note down all phone time and calculate the cost yourself. This is payed when leaving! On top of the overnight fee. The GSM phone coverage is almost zero but outdoors under good conditions connection is possible. The PIK computer/printer may be used for logs etc but your own lap top is a better alternative. If you want to transport data from the PIK computer dont forget to bring diskettes. USB memory is no alternative as the Windows version is too old. Fax and copier are probably working. The building is on the left side of the road about 900 m after the sign welcoming you to "Parkalombolo". (Misspelled by the authority supplying the sign!) You pass the SMHI weather station on the left and then after about 200 meters you take left when you reach an hedge. Then it is less than 100 meters up to the school. Often many lights are lit.
DX-equipment on-site: Eight antennas (see table below) connected, via antenna transformer systems, to seven antenna splitters (One coax serves two wires via a remote relay.) with 10 outputs (BNC) and one built-in preamplifier each, a couple of spare splitters (6 outputs each), several coaxial cables (BNC/BNC) ready to use. But please bring your own if you can! 7x10 = 70 needed if all outputs are used simultaneously! All cables should be RG58 or 50-75 ohm shielded cables! Some adapters (BNC and PL258), audio cables, antenna boxes etc may be found here but bring your own to be shure you will get the best out of the trip! Please test quality at home as repair may be impossible up here. After the expedition you may donate adapters, cables, tables, books etc to the QTH. It could be handy next time if you forgot to bring something.
One Lowe HF-225 receiver and a cassette recorder has been addes to the permanent equipment in Parka! If your own radio breaks down or you forgot to bring the power supply it could be gold worth! When it is not needed to solve a problem you can rent it by paying 30:- per night to SDXF! Please book the radio when booking time to ensure availability. First to book gets it. If needed to replace a radio that breaks down booking is not valid any more.
Do not forget: Antenna switch box! (We do not accept static from antenna shifting! You will need at least 7 inputs if you plan to listen in all directions! Stefan (SW) can supply information or maybe build you one! There are a couple of spare boxes (4-5 inputs) on-site. Seven 3-5 m long prefabricated RG58 cables with BNC at the splitter side recomended. Head phones are mandatory! Speaker sound must be avoided! Bring enough recording media! It is hard to find even in Pajala and the price is very high compared to the big cities! When calculating recording time concider the fact that you may well have 20 hours of intense listening in one day if conditions are right! Enough cash! Reserve cash for PIK to begin with. Nearest bank is in Pajala. But the ICA shop in Kangos may do a little cash out on a Visa card. If possible bring your own bed clothing. You may rent from PIK for a small cost a few sets. Contact PIK. Warm clothes for antenna inspections and village walks. Indoor temperature could be a bit below 20 degrees so you could have use for polar underwear even indoors.
It is recommended to bring food for a few days as reception could be so fine that you don´t have the time to go shoping... It is a bit irritating to have to leave all the stations booming in just to get a little food...
PAX indexing: Since all booking is individual it has proven impossible to say who is part of which expedition so it is very flexible when one expedition starts and one stops. One may start before the preciding has ended. Some expeditions are naturally isolated but else we have to take a decision ... You must consult with the Parka committée so next expedition can have the right number. All expedition gets a PAX number and must write one side in the PAX Guest Book found in the PIK office. And present a preliminary log as soon as possible by mailing a Word document (.rtf) or a link to a site where the log can be read. It could take months before the log is completed so send updates or update linked document.
Booking rules: Book via this web site as early as you can to get the days you want. It is not unusual that several DX:ers book the same week and that could mean that there is no room left for you. (SDXF members have higher priority if booked before the season starts. Else the rule is that first to book gets a bed first.) And if you announce your booking in time you may get a paying passenger/codriver. Maximum accomodation is 8 beds but it is possible to take one more for a few days. If you bring more than one radio it could be a problem as there are only ten outputs per antenna . It is a good idea to have your own antenna splitter so that you only occupy one output. A passive 2-way koax split is often a cheap and good solution to this if you are not going for the weakest of the weak signals. Check your booking in the Excel document and report corrections if needed. Please indicate how you travel and if you can take a passenger. An expedition may be shorter than booked if the sun explodes or for some other reason but it must be reported to this site and to PIK. (Keys have to be returned.) The expedition may be longer than planed if there are beds left. Next expedition has higher priority! At least one day before arriving you have to talk to ongoing expedition or PIK so rooms can be warmed up. It could take a couple of days to get an indoor temperature that you could live with... And keys have to be handed over. It could be hazardous to be locked out when temperature is below -25 degrees. Keys can be in Kiruna some 200 km away.... When leaving please report problems with equipment - to this site or direct to SW - so we can fix it! Other problems should be reported to PIK.
Payment: 130 SKr / night and person to be payed to PIK. via SDXF bank account.
Plus an additional 100 SKr / night and person + 100 SKr start fee for non-members of the SDXF!
If you get a 110 SKr SDXF membership (Payed direct to SDXF and not via the Parkalompolo bank account!) your price will be 30 SKr / night + 30 start fee instead! You will save from day one!
If you use the Lowe HF-225 (and the cassette recorder kit) please pay an additional 30 SKr a night to SDXF.
The SDXF money is to be used for repair and maintenance of existing equipment and future investments.
Rules of conduct: As always you must leave the place in the same condition as you found it or better! Any damage or problems should be reported to PIK or to this web site. Replace equipment broken by something similar or pay to PIK.
Keep the rooms locked when not in use. Doors to radio room and door out in particular! Be sure to always have the keys with you when taking a walk or going for a trip. Social workers serving the elderly have an office in this building too and they may lock the entrance when leaving the building! They pass a few times a day and sometimes at night. (Ear plugs is a good idea to prevent being disturbed by them or your fellow DX:ers getting up for a listen or going to bed unexpectedly! Don't count on a regular time schedule...) Other persons too have access to the building and may lock the doors after a visit! They do not have access to our bedrooms. Pay for all telephone time used. Consult phone book or ww.telia.com for price. Telephone connection in the kitchen can be used for lap top computer modem. Swedish phone plug!
Pets: Dogs have been welcome so far but you have to talk to all participants first plus PIK. You have to clean carefully from dogs hair as Yvonne and others are alergic. Please talk to PIK directly if you plan to bring a dog. PIK decide!
Transportation: Very limited bus transport available. Bus to Parkalompolo once a day - at least school days. No bus weekends. Consult Lanstrafiken i Norrbotten for more details. When going away from Parkalompolo the bus stops 9 km away in Kerentojarvi. You will need a helping car from someone else in Parka or Taxi (At a special low transfer price!). The bus can take you to or from Kiruna when flying via Stockholm or Lulea. Kiruna has railway connection with Stockholm. The bus can take you via Pajala to or from Lulea. When arriving by car you go per E4 up to Tore then to Överkalix, where you should shop what you need for the next few days and get the cash you need, then via Tarendo, Junosuandoand Kangos to Kerentojärvi and Parkalompolo. 300 km north west of Lulea. (110 km/h rated road often but not highway standards and be aware of animals. Reign deers are not very smart and do not get off the road if they don´t want to. It is recommended to play it safe as an accident is a lot of trouble and may be dangerous to your health if temperature is very low and there is long time before you can get any help! If you hit a reign deer you have to make sure it is dead, cut off the ears and phone the police to report. You can then leave the scene and report damage on the car to your insurance company on the next day if you like. A full grown deer is only 45 kg so it is better to run it over than steer off the road!! They normally don't move very fast and they are not very impressed by a car. They do not get upset by a car signaling. You will have to stop and let them do what they have in mind... An elk on the other hand is not something you smash in to without severe damage to yourself and the car! But they are relatively rare and they do respect cars if they only have the time to react.
Service: Nothing in Parkalompolo. In Kangos (About 30 km away) you will find the nearest super market. They also sell petrol/diesel and is the local representative for drugs and alcohol. (Wine/beer you have to order from Systembolaget in Pajala.) Alcohol over 3.5% can only be bought in Pajala or in Finland. Nearest Bank, Post Office and most other services are in Pajala. That is 100 km away from Parka. Limited service halfway in Junosuando or Muodoslompolo. In Karentojarvi (9 km south of Parkalompolo.) you can contact the Sturk family to maybe buy local specialities like meat from birds of the woods or from reign deer. See phone book. The Postal service will bring food etc from ICA in Kangos direct to the school if you order by phone at the latest at 9 AM the same morning!!
Climate: Normal inland climate. -20° plus or minus 10 degrees could be expected most days around the New Year. Temperature could drop below -40° (-50° even) on rare occations in January - March. But that is not as frightening as you could think as the air is very dry. Snow will be 50 - 100 cm deep towards March and around 50 by January. Parkalompolo has an automated weather station that sends data to SMHI. (Swedish Meteorogical and Hydrological Institute.)
Parkalompolo: Small village at the end of the road. Once inhabited by families with lots of children. Now not many live here permanently anymore. They have moved to where the jobs are. Mainly to Kiruna or down to the Baltic coast.
The village is a popular retreat at weekends and in summer. Parkalompolo is best know for the football team.
Pajala Kommun: Pajala Kommun
PIK: PARKALOMPOLO IDROTTSKLUBB (Parkalompolo Sports Club)
Parkalompolo 75, 980 62 JUNOSUANDO
Activities: Football (Soccer), skiing, maintaining the school.
SDXF: SDXF (Swedish DX Federation.)
Contacts: PIK: Questions: Rolf Gunnelbrand
SDXF: General questions: Sigvard Andersson
Technical questions: Stefan Wikander
Booking / reports / web: Bo Olofsson
QTH phone: +46 978 340 65 During on-going expeditions only.
More info: BOS, LHU