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Hello, and welcome to the ON4RO qrz page

BIO:

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 January 1st. 2012 which makes I'm "on 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 most of my life. Eeklo is a city of about 21.000 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 . . .

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. Some of my teachers were Sensei Nakayama, Sensei Miyazaki and Sensei Sawada in JKA.

I was referee and instructor. 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 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 :

HF:

Radio: Kenwood TS-570D

Antennas:

- Hex Beam will soon be at about 8m high (27ft) http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com/

- Inverted V for 40m - home made

  with ON7PP assembling the hex

Keyers:

- Bencher   http://www.bencher.com/ham/

- Shurr       http://www.morsex.com/schurr/

VHF:

Radio: Yaesu FT-8800e

Antenna: 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,

 

 

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 . . . . . . .


Visit http://www.eeklo.be

My Clubstation: http://www.onz.be

 
   
 

 
QTH :

JO11se

 Eeklo

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