Hello I'm Bernard Backaert and was born and bred in Kraainem, a village close to the capital Brussels in 1937. My early youth took place during the World War II and after High School I studied Electronics and graduated as Engineer. During those period I was been already interested in Amateur Radio.
After my military service in Germany as an officer of the Belgian army I married in 1963 and got finally my Ham license in 1964 with the call-sign: "ON5GQ
Lut and Inez are my two daughters, both married and after all those years I'm already four times grandfather. By the way, Guy, the husband of Inez is also a ham, ON5GF and his passion of contests is bringing us together many times.
My professional career has been always in the Television Broadcast and for years I was running the company "REA Video Belgium"
Finally since 1 May 2002 I'm retired.
I started my Radio Amateur activities with modified military equipment, American as well as German from the World War II. All communications were done in AM and CW on the HF bands. It's only in the late sixties that SSB came up as transmission mode and also FM on 2 meter, 144 Mhz, with a crystal controlled transmitter and a VFO controlled receiver. That looks a little bit prehistoric, but we haven't had anything else at that time
I started contesting as a way to build up my country / band totals and ended up getting hooked on the competitive fun. Still these days after more than 40 years you can hear me regularly in major contests and chasing DXpetions.
In 1990 I left the village where I was born and I'm now living in Boortmeerbeek, a rural village situated between the cities Leuven and Mechelen.
On my Web Site you can see pictures of my Shack and also the garden, showing the tower and some antennas.
Now you know a little bit about me and really I am looking forward to hearing you in one of those crazy pileups and Contests.
Cofounder of the "BRUSSELS DX TEAM" BDX
Member of : Interest Group RTTY