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.
Since May 1991 I have my ON4RO callsign.
My main interest goes to 10-15-20m both CW and SSB.
Because Ham radio is a big passion, I also worked for a US license and I took the test on a US military base in Germany. My US callsign is KB9KOO, General class. Whenever I find the time I would like to upgrade to a full Extra class license.
I retired from work on 01/01/2012 which makes I'm on the air now quite a bit, chasing DX.
So far it has been a pleasant experience and I hope there's plenty more to come!
I was born and raised in Eeklo where I lived for most of my life. Eeklo is a city of about 20.000 people and is located in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium at approximatly 25km (16Mi) from the North Sea coast.
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 . . .
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. Some of my teachers were Sensei Nakayama, Sensei Miyazaki and Sensei Sawada in JKA.
I was referee and teacher. 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...
Since 2002 I'm married to a lovely lady, 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 them 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.