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Remebering the radio operators of World War Two
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“ One of the first attempts to reach the UK by wireless was done in Belgium, by Jozef Verhaevert - member of the resistance group “ The Black Hand“, in december 1940... “
DX Activations
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The HBFV resistance museum holds an important collection and research on the WWII days that listening to the radio in the European theatre was forbidden by the German occupant.   Illegal productions of radio’s and transmitters were followed by professional spy radio sets, being parachuted by the RAF during the night. Jo Peeters, founder and director of the museum, completed the research behind the many networks and hidden radio operators during these four years of war, specially in Belgium and France. Being a radio enthousiast himself, the idea of bringing their stories back to life, resulted in a project in going back to those places... The hidden woodshelters, the maquis, the forest refuges, the churchtowers,... mostly long gone but the areas are still breathing the morse coded transmissions on the HF frequencies. Transmitting from those vital places again, is showing honor and respect, connecting people and telling the story all over the world. The DX - long distance activations are always related to the original historical facts. Since the transmission power of the kits was always between 10 and 20 Watts, the activations are always QRP ( low power outputs ). Next to the activations performed on the 11 meter band, we hope to connect with the wider range of HAM radio amateurs joining in with the “propagation of history“ !  
The “ Maquis de Baclain “ in the Ardennes forests in Gouvy is a great example, being a resistant camp in 1944, where Albert Thill made his transmissions with an Type 3 MkII transmitter. In May 1944, this campsite had 2 large wooden shelters and tents, housing the members of Joseph Istace’s resistance group. Albert Thill organised his command post here and several tranmissions were made here to organise the droppings of vital material for sabotage and weapons leading towards the liberation of September 1944. The War Heritage Detection Program did an archeological survey on the site, reconstructing the life in the camp in the harsh conditions. Going back here takes a 30 minutes walk in the dense forest. A QRP activation by wire antenna is scheduled here in the month of August 2020.
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The recovered parts and battery of the transmitter, being destroyed on June 2th 1944 on the site.
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