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The afternoon view we used to enjoy from our roof terrace when we lived in Biberstein.

View from our house
Picture: Minolta Dimage S304

Lenzburg Castle Almost a total eclipse of the Sun Venus passes the Sun  Mercury passes the Sun
Lenzburg Castle through binoculars (the castle is about 7 km away from Biberstein). On the 11th August 1999 there was a solar eclipse. Not total, but near enough. The weather did not show up in favour of the event, so this picture was taken about 10 minutes after the maximum. On the 8th of June 2004 clear skies offered perfect conditions for observing the Venus Transit across the Sun. The Sun was projected on a piece of white cardboard. This picture was taken around 10:21 MESZ. On the 9th of May 2016 beautifule weather offered good conditions for observing the Mercury Transit across the Sun. The Sun was projected on a piece of white cardboard. This picture was taken around 12:45 UTC (14:45 MESZ). As Venus is almost 2.5 times larger than Mercury it was much easier to observe with the same method used for looking at Venus.
 

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Today's view
The picture was taken with a Minolta Dimage
S304 Digital Camera.
 
 
The temperature in Zürich:

Data from Zürich Airport
 

The maximum and minimum temperatures
here at home today:

Loading Min/Max Data . . .

(Unfortunately this service is out of order due to a broken notebook. Sorry!)


The typhoon weather in Japan: The Weather in Japan (Source: Asahi Shimbun)
 

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The weather in Europe:
 

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Webcam Tips
  • Region Aarau, Switzerland. View from Wasserflue External link to the Webcam at  Wasserflue
  • Mount Fuji as seen from where M/S Scandinavia used to be moored External link to the Mount Fuji Webcam
  • Traffic camera on E18 in Danderyd, near Stockholm, Sweden (59° 24' 33 ", 18° 02' 02 ") External link to the Traffic camera on E18 in Danderyd

 

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M/Y Stella Polaris
Stella Polaris was sold in the 1980's to the Seibu corporation in Japan. But she is no longer moored near Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture where she served as a hotel and a restaurant. According to information, the ship took on water and sank off Wakayama on the 2nd of September 2006 when she was under tow to China for repairs.

This picture (right) I found in a box together with some other photographs of the same size (5.5 x 8 cm) in my house in Sweden. Some of these photos were dated "Easter 1931".

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Stella Polaris in Oslo 1931

Stella Polaris photographed in November 1988. At that time she was used as a hotel and restaurant on the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture, not far away from Numazu City. You had to pay an entrance fee to get on board, and then you could freely stroll around and admire the ship on deck and below. I especially remember the fantastic looking restaurant and the pleasant coffee shop with its original furniture. M/Y Stella Polaris  (Photo: S. Isberg)
Stella Polaris, in Japan 27th November 1988

There was a fantastic view of Mount Fuji from Stella Polaris. On this Monday at the end of November 1988 the weather was beautiful with clear skies, typical for Shizuoka at that time of the year. M/Y Stella Polaris (Photo: M. Isberg)
Mount Fuji seen from Stella Polaris

The ship was kept polished and in perfect condition. The glass walls with their etchings were impressive. The cabins, or hotel rooms, were also furnished with original furniture and the interior was just great. M/Y Stella Polaris (Photo: S. Isberg)
Under deck on Stella Polaris (November 1988)

 

 

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The Swissair Convair Coronado HB-ICC on Alpnachersee

Swissair Coronado at Alpnach
Getting prepared at a military airfield in Alpnach  (Photo: From my collection)

Swissair donated one of their Convair 990A Coronado (30A-6) to the Transport Museum in Lucerne in 1975. Its last flight ended on a military airfield in Alpnach near the water at Alpnachersee. Before the Coronado was put on a floating device it had been stripped of its engines, the wings had been shortened and its tail fin had been taken off. The reason was that the water under the bridge at Stansstad was too narrow and too low to pass under with the plane and the pontoons. This picture was taken a week or so before the journey to Lucerne should take place.

 

Swissair Coronado Tail Fin
The tail fin at the Transport Museum in Lucerne  (Photo: From my collection)

The vertical stabilizer was already waiting for the Coronado to arrive at Verkehrshaus Luzern.

 

Swissair Coronado on the water
On Alpnachersee  (Photo: From my collection)

In the early morning hours before sunrise on the 2nd of June 1975 we woke up at 03:45 and went down from Sachseln to Acheregg to watch the Coronado pass through the narrowest waters of Alpnachersee and squeeze under the train and motorway bridges at Stansstad. The previous attempt to move the Coronado on 30th May had to be cancelled due to too strong winds. It was a dull, cold and misty morning and after a while the plane became visible through the mist.

 

Swissair Coronado on the water
Off Stansstad on Lake Lucerne  (Photo: From my collection)

Slowly, slowly it was towed under the bridges and safely appeared on the other side on the Lake of Lucerne north of Stansstad.

 

Swissair Coronado at the Lucerne Transport Museum (1975)
Lucerne Transport Museum (1975)  (Photo: From my collection)

This photo was taken a few weeks later after the Coronado had been re-assembled and put in place at the Lucerne Transport Museum. Its location today at the Transport Museum is different from how it looks on my photo here.

 

View my photos on Airliners.net! External link to Airliners Net

 

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My nostalgic hobby
Offshore Radio Stations...
 

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Topics
  • Swiss St. Anton Trio
Swiss St. Anton Church Trio Die Aargauischen Musiker Kurt Meier, Querflöte, Walter Luginbühl, Oboe und Josef Kuster, Orgel konzertierten schon verschiedentlich zusammen, bevor sie sich 1998 zum Swiss St. Anton Orchestra vereinten, mit dem Ziel, sowohl bedeutende Werke des Barock als auch Kompositionen des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts für Orgel und Blasinstrumente zur Aufführung zu bringen.

Link zu Sankt AntonTrio  External link to Sankt Anton Trio

 

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Biberstein, a more than 700 year old village in Canton Aargau, Switzerland
Biberstein was my home from 1978 until the end of 2012.
Population: About 1200 Language: Schweizerdeutsch
Location:5 km from Aarau
35 km from Zürich
Longitude:
Latitude:
8,04 E
47,2 N
Altitude: About 400 m above sea level

   
 
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Biberstein Castle

 

 

Dorfbrunnen
(Foto: BVB)

Biberstein Castle
This is the Biberstein castle.

 

 

Dorfbrunnen

Biber
Biberstein
The habitat of the beaver is endangered in most parts of Switzerland. Today the beaver has been sighted in a couple of places, and recently, traces found along the river Aare indicates that there are actually beavers in or around Biberstein. The beaver has been hunted for its skin, and therefore it was almost eradicated. Recently this animal has again been able to reproduce although the circumstances have drastically changed. Our river, the Aare, used to meander through Biberstein. Some 50 years ago this changed, and now it flows the way we want it to flow: Straight. There are no marshes left for frogs and wildlife. However, plans for re-constructing the marshland are to be realised in the next couple of years. Beaver Tracks
Beaver tracks
This photo shows the prescence of beavers in the river Aare. The photo was taken on 9th December 2002.
  It's been a hard night's work...
Chewing results
This photo (of the same tree) shows the result of the beaver's hard work. This photo was taken on 1st February 2003.
 

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Holiday in Arosa  


With my wife in the Swiss Alps above Arosa at the end of September 1998

 

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Beavers at work in Borgenviken  

Beavers at work in Edsviken at the end of September 2014
Beavers at work in Borgenviken  (Photo: From my collection)
 
At the end of September 2014 I saw to my great surprise that there is at least one beaver present in Edsviken around Borgenviken. It is the first time ever that I have seen evidence of beavers in these waters.

 

Beavers at work in Edsviken at the end of September 2014
Beaver food  (Photo: From my collection)

The tree bark and the soft tissue beneath the bark has been eaten off the branches of this aspen tree which was lying in the water.

Beaver munching on a branch near Edsviken at the end of October 2015
Beaver munching on a branch  (Photo: From my collection)

This beaver does not mind people walking by when it has its afternoon meal consisting of branches. The picture was taken around 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
 

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Some episodes from my years with Zodiac Communications
 

I like to call myself a ZODIAC specialist. After all that is what has kept me busy for the last 40+ years or so. I started my life with RF communications in 1969 with Svenska Tokai AB located at Sickla Kanalväg in Stockholm after having finished my military service. Later, after the Tokai company in Japan went bankrupt the name of the Swedish company was changed to Zodiac Svenska AB on the 1st of January 1971. In the meantime Zodiac had started its own company in Japan, Hokuto Denshi in Shizuoka, with former employees from Tokai. New heaquarters were planned in Switzerland at Brünigstrasse 119 in Sarnen (canton Obwalden), later in newly built premises at Stanserstrasse 109 in Kerns from Summer 1972. In the same year I got the opportunity to move to Switzerland and work with Zodiac Funksprechgeräte AG in Kerns. I left Zodiac Svenska AB towards the end of September and moved to a nice apartment in Sachseln overlooking the Sarnersee (Lake Sarnen).

My first visit to Japan was in 1975. That was a challenging job which I liked a lot, but fate took me a different path: In 1976 I thought I had had enough of Switzerland and I had landed a job with Siemens AG in Stockholm, but I had to give that up because I had got an opportunity with Zodiac to move to Japan for at least 6 monts in 1976 to look after the tecnical side on location. After that and a couple of years in Switzerland and unhappy with the directors of the company after Mr. Grahn had left the company, I got myself a job in Aarau in the north of Switzerland in May 1978 where I was selling automation systems made by Sprecher & Schuh to the Scandinavian markets. That job was quite boring, and I came back to a newly structured Zodiac in May 1979, which now was called Zodiac Communications AG, but still located in the same place in Kerns.

When Zodiac Communications AG was sold to a Norwegian firm in 1981 I left for Japan again and worked there with my newly started company IBIS Consultants. This business continued for more than 10 years including development of transceivers and keeping track of our suppliers in Japan. I also was in charge of the PTT approvals around Europe and was generally very busy. Then in 1989 we experienced the unlucky situation when some people turned the Zodiac group upside down by starting up Shinwa Europe and used all of Zodiac's products, trying to push Zodiac from the market. At that point, in 1990 and 1991) Zodiac needed to source new suppliers and I was heavily involved in this, having to copy our own products and continue to market them in Europe. In 1993 I finally had to sell our house in Shizuoka and move back to Switzerland because of our equipment sources had changed from Japan to Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.

After a year or so I eventually got employed in Zodiac Communications a third time, and after the building in Kerns was sold to Wiko AG, we moved to Industriestrasse 16 in Alpnach Dorf in August 1994 (5?). Due to reductions of personnel in Sweden and Switzerland in 1996 Zodiac decided to outsource the service part from the company so I decided to take over the that part and continue from my home location in Biberstein. Therefore I started my own company Omnirep GmbH and this business continued until 2012. Omnirep GmbH took over the entire service department from Zodiac in 1996, and later it started importing transceivers after Zodiac had disappeared from the Swiss market in 1998. In 2012 we finally decided to move back to Sweden and I sold my house in Biberstein and moved back to Stockholm in November of that year. Now I am retired and live near Stockholm.

Have you got any problems with your Zodiac transceiver? Do not hesitate to contact me, I can fix most problems you might have. Apart from that I know Zodiac Communictions products, I also have documentation of most of the Zodiac transceivers like:

M-5006, M-5012, M-5026, MEG-1, MOS-01, M-8000, Proline, P-502, P-1603, P-2003, P-3006, P-3106, P-2000, P-2200, P-2600, P-2700, P-2040, P-6000, Z-Line, Z-Scan, Homer 40, Diplomat 23, Diplomat 12, PA-161, PA-162A, PA-166, PA-451, PL-160, PL-460, PA-2010, Profi-6, Consul, P-2000, P-2200, P-2600, M-4040, M-144, M-2006, M-2202, M-244, B-2012, Hunter, RX-32, PA-42, PA-2010, PA-2042, PA-1414, Proline 400B, Proline 100W, PA-182, PA-482, Maycom, MH-430, MH-446, Freetalk Pro, Slimline, Talco SL 160-4, Talco CS 160-4, Talco CS 160-3, AR-108 och FR-100.

I also have documentation of Zodiac's accessories among others:
BE-01, BE-02, BE-3A, BL-702, BL-802, Colibri, SCM-01, SCM-100, SCU, ISTR, VOX-01, and Zodiac's telephones and PABXes:
Freedom 20, Sigma 300, Sigma 500, Sigma 700, Zodiac Office, Sigma 350, PBX-11 och PBX-120

 

My life after having retired from Omnirep and Zodiac

An old house keeps me busy. There is always something to do around the house and in the garden. Otherwise my hobbies include Digital Radio Mondiale (digital medium- och short wave radio), a plotting software, the DRM Plotter to evaluate DRM transmissions, software programming in general, pirate radio QSL, short wave QSL, two-meter FM based on Zodiac's Profi 6, controversial EH Antennas, Temperature measurement with semiconductors and computer based software and a whole lot of other things that might pop up on these pages in the future. Other interests are walking to keep me fit, building web pages, programming with Visual Basic, listening to classical music and watching Korean TV dramas on satellite TV.
 

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