Hello, and welcome to the ON4RO qrz page
Amateur radio is a hobby that I have been involved in since the 1980's.
I was first licensed as ON1BHF, restricted to VHF/UHF use.
My main interest goes to 10-40m both CW and SSB.
I also hold a US callsign which is KB9KOO.
I retired from work on January 1st. 2012 which makes I'm "on air" now quite a bit, chasing DX.
I was born and raised in Eeklo where I lived most of my life.
Eeklo is a city of about 21.000 people and is located in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium.
As my father was in the army (CW operator) we moved a couple of times,
he was stationed in Antwerp, in Ghent and in Germany.
I served as petty officer in the Belgian Navy from Aug. 1970 until Oct. 1971
aboard the minesweepers M933 Koksijde and M931 Knokke,
and in 1973 a couple of weeks on the supply ship A961 Zinnia.
Long time ago . . .
O N 4 R O
Besides hamradio, my other interests go to photography, travelling, listening to music...
My favorite music is C&W and my favorite singer is Shania Twain.
Concerning sports I'm interested in many sports, like F1 racing, basketball (NBA and Belgian competition),
cycling and many others.
I also was into karate for 16 years; working out 6 days a week.
I have a 2nd Dan black belt and I was referee and instructor.
Some of my teachers were Sensei Nakayama, Sensei Miyazaki and Sensei Sawada in JKA.
With my XYL, Sandy ...
My QSL policy:
THE FINAL COURTESY OF A QSO IS A QSL...
I'm one of those operators who really like PAPER QSL's
All contacts will be confirmd 100% - via bureau
Most IARU Countries run a QSL bureau which, whatever some may pretend, do a great job and is available to most ham's;
membership to one's National society goes without saying.
If you want a QSL direct, you may use my above address - SAE & current IRC are appreciated.
Please, NO electronic QSL whatsoever because I don't use it.
My radio equipment :
Radio: Kenwood TS-570D
- Hex Beam at about 8m high (27ft) http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com
- Inverted V for 40m - home made
- Bencher http://www.vibroplex.com
- Shurr http://www.mtechnologies.com/schurr/
Radio: Yaesu FT-8800e
Antenna: 1/4 wave near the rooftop of the house
If we haven't spoken on air, one day soon we will.
Greetings from Eeklo in Belgium,
A Tribute to N9RHU - Ernie
(1935 - 2010)
When we first met on the band in December 1980, Ernie lived in Streamwood, IL.
After he and his wife Rose retired they moved to Bean Station, TN.
Ernie was one of the kindest men I've ever known and he was always ready to help in anyway he could.
We had great qso's on the radio as well as eyeball contacts.
We all spend some time in his house in Illinois, in his fathers house in Florida and here in Belgium.
But lately 'the pond was to big between us' as he said because we weren't able to meet again.
In Tennessee he had no radio anymore so we stayed in touch via Skype and mail.
Ernie had some health problems and he passed away on November 15th. 2010.
I think of him often and I miss hearing his voice.
He was a great friend and a good man and he will always remain in our hearts.
Farewell my good friend, until we meet again!!
If you are turning around on the bands looking for some DX and you happen to hear an old friend,
take a few minutes to say hello!
The DX will always be there tomorrow, your old friend might not be . . . . . . .
My Clubstation: http://www.onz.be