During 2005 all Belgian Amateur Radio stations can use the prefix OO in place of the regular ON prefix. The special prefix commemorates the 175th anniversary of the Kingdom of Belgium and its 25th as a federal state. The Belgian Amateur Radio Society UBA has invited amateurs and SWLs to qualify for a certificate by contacting stations using the OO prefix between January 1 and December 31, 2005. At least 175 points are required for the award. Details are on the UBA Web site. Special call sign OO175B has been issued to UBA club station ON4UBA. “We will try to make this call as active as possible, but will not use it in HF contests,” said UBA President John Devoldere, ON4UN. “The call will be activated by any UBA club that asks for it for special occasions.” ON4UN will use the special call sign for UBA bulletin transmissions on 80 meters.
– I was able to work Noel Faux via PSK-31 on 20M.