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Hello Old and New Hamfriends ,

After using ON5UM for  over 46 years I was informed that my grand Uncle's old Pre WWII call was available after so many years . It was obvious that  this was the one call that I allways wanted to use as this has very emotional reasons for me and my family .                                   

                                                                   The 1st     ON4DS ,         

                                             Edgard Louis DE SAEDELEER 

     
                                            
   
                                                             

                                                          
                                                         

              

                
                                                             

                                                     In the beginning BELGIUM had other prefixes ( now for Spain )

                                                                                                               

                                                                 Spring 1939 Radio Amateur Callbook 

                    * ON4DS — E. De Saedeleer, 103 Avenue Lippens. Knocke. *



He got deeply involved  in the Resistance and Secret Army in my city of birth Knokke after the invasion of German Nazi forces in 1940 . He was arrested by the Gestapo while he was handling traffic to the UK in May 1942 . He was taken to the Breendonk concentration camp , and also to Antwerp where he was tortured for months and where he finally died from his wounds and from poisoning on the 15 July 1942  . This event broke up the whole DE SAEDELEER family..... Grief striken  , his Mother and Father died shortly after him  .. RIP .
 

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As a great coincidence I managed to receive the new callsign on the 15 th July 2017  , day by day , exactly 75 years after his passing.
The Belgian BIPT was very helpfull in getting this done . Thanks to them !

I am very proud to be able to bring his memory back on the air . I devote all my qso's to him and his children and grandchildren .

I had great times using ON5UM and also DA1UM while I was in Germany . Retired from the Belgian Forces since 2003 and enjoying life with my wife Suzanne .

Thank You for reading this Hamstory .

Meet You in the next contest as OP5T or for a ragchew. .. Look also for the   OP4K   and OT5A webpages  

73 s "Jim " Aimé DE SAEDELEER

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