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 F1 racing, basketball (NBA and Belgian competition),
cycling and I like to watch many other sports.
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.
Due to work and other things who needed my attention back then,
I no longer had the drive to continue, but sometimes I miss it...
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
NO electronic QSL whatsoever because I don't use it, and will NOT be answered!
If you like a direct qsl, make sure you sent a SAE with sufficiant postage for an International letter (or 1 new IRC)
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.
Special note for US hams: I'm a County hunter so your QSLcard is very important to me!
My radio equipment :
Hex Beam at about 8m high (27ft)
Inverted V for 40m - home made
1/4 wave near the rooftop of the house (10m - 32ft)
If we haven't spoken on air, one day soon we will.
Greetings from Eeklo in Belgium,
My Clubstation: http://www.onz.be