Hello, my name is Philippe or just "Phil". I'm licenced since 1993. After passing my exams I got my first callsign ON1AHC. The next few months I studied my morse code and I passed my test to become a fully licenced operator. I've been on the air for a few years with the callsign ON4BAW and early 2002 I applied for a vanity call. Since then I go by ON4VP.
My qth is situated aprox. 50 kilometers north east from the capital Brussels in the northern central part of Belgium. Locator JO21LB.
Career wise, the last 15 years I've been active in the telecom sector. I'm a technical project manager. Interests besides amateur radio are motorcycles and photography. I've been a successful freelance professional photographer for several years in the past.
Main radio interests are chasing dx, occasionally participating in major contests and experimenting with different antenna systems. From time to time I build a small project. I'm mostly active on 10 to 20 meters. Also 6 meters got my interest and I make contacts on a regular base on 40 and 80 meters to. Mostly on SSB or CW, occasionally on RTTY or PSK31. Since 2010 I installed a half wave dipole for 30 meters to work some CW on 10 Mhz.
My main radio is a Kenwood TS-990S that I got early 2013 replacing a IC-7700 and IC-7600. I also have a smaller FT-897D mainly for VHF and UHF and occasionally portable operation using a blend of portable antennas like the HyEndFed wire antennas or home made verticals. I had the chance to operate a lot of different radios in the past and so far my most favorite radios have been the FT-1000D, the IC-756, the FT-1000MP and the IC-7600 and IC-7700. Looking at portable or mobile sets I loved the TS-480 and IC-7200 or similar. The FT-897D is my "all in one, shack in a small box" and has accompagnied me almost everywhere on holidays, fielddays, portable setups or just for fun outdoors working some dx with a piece of wire.
The Kenwood TS-990S is fully integrated with a pair of Microham devices. My latest beam is an Ultrabeam 6-20 meters full size dynamic 4 element yagi with 6 elements for 6 meters. The Ultrabeam controller is connected to a Microham Station Master that also controls my antenna band switch and rotator. The Ultrabeam 4 element yagi replaces my previous Optibeam 5-band yagi that only had two elements per band. I'm noticing a nice improvement in performance.
Due to tower restrictions I can't raise the yagis above 55 feet. I have an Acom 2000 automatic amplifier for HF. Lower band antennas for 30 to 80 meters are simple inverted-V dipoles at present time. I still have plans to mount an elevator system to lower my antennas to ground level and I hope to add a 2 element yagi for 30 and 40 meters in the future.
I'm exploring Dstar radio. I'm using a UP4DAR board connected to the FT-897D to access DCS node reflectors. In my car I installed an Icom IC-2820 with optional Dstar and gps board. I also have a fully functional FM dualband Yaesu FTM10SR radio with Diamond dualband antenna on my motorcycle integrated with a Sena bluetooth headset built in my helmet.
I upload my logs to LOTW, E-QSL and Clublog on a weekly basis. After 20 years I stopped collecting paper qsl cards.
73 de Phil
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