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QSL via Bureau, or direct. I will reply to all QSL's (direct or Bureau). SWL reports are welcome via Bureau.

Paper QSL's are greatly appreciated ! (I am a collector)

I am active on 80 to 10 meters (SSB, FT8, CW). 

While I was in USA for business in January 2000 I passed my exams in Atlanta GA (operator class : General). My callsign was KG4HWW. Six months later I was in Montreal (Canada) and passed the Morse test at 12 WPM. Begin 2001 the US licence was converted by the IBPT (Belgian ministry of communications) and I got the current callsign ON9COP. The suffix COP is a part of my life since I have been police officer for more than 40 years in Brussels.

Other hobbies are gardens, astronomy and astrophotography, restoring oldtimers including engine rebuild (see pictures further), aviation.

Rigs :

Yaesu FT-DX 3000

Yaesu FT 991 A

Yaesu FT 817 ND


Amplifier :

Ameritron ALS - 600     600 watts Solid State FET amplifier. I usually set the power at 300 watts. It seems to be sufficient with the Optibeam. 

backup : Ameritron AL-811 (600 watts with tubes)


Antenna's :

Optibeam OB11-5, five bands on a De Kerf 3 x 7 meter crank up and tilting tower at 19 meter height.

Optibeam OB1-40 (rotating dipole for 40 meter) on top of the OB11-5 at 23 meter height.

German quality and excellent performances.                                         



On 80 and 30 meter I use the Cirro Mazzoni Midi Loop. It is an excellent magnetic loop antenna for 80 to 20 meter (only at 3 meter - 9 feet - above the ground). I use this antenna for digital mode (FT8 - 30 and 80 meter) and DX QSO are easy.


Here is the shack. As you can see I like gardens. This is my 3 x 4 meter crank up tower and Mosley MP-33. I will replace the MP-33 by two VHF antennas for EME.



Oldtimers :

I like restoring classic cars. Here is a picture of my 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Any HAM coming to Belgium is welcome for a ride in this wonderful car. Next image shows a 1965 Bentley V8 engine that I fully rebuild, now ready for 100,000 miles trouble free. 


Astronomy and astrophotography :

When skies are clear I have a look at the universe and I take some photographs of deep sky objects. Here is a galaxy located at 11 million light years (Sculptor galaxy). What a journey ! Light is travelling at 300,000 km per second. How many seconds are there in 11 million years ?  In fact, before reaching the lens of my camera light left the galaxy 11 million years ago.   

Another deep sky object : The Trifid Nebulae. Distance is "only" 5220 light years.

And here is the well known Orion Nebulae

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