ON4UN Silent Key

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  1. W7RY

    W7RY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Relay from the web....

    My great friend and ham radio mentor John ON4UN has passed away.

    Please find below a mail from his daughter Marleen, addressed to the ham

    Kindly forward this mail to friends of John who might not be subscribed to
    reflectors nor news bulletins, thank you.

    Mark - on4ww.

    ps: as reflectors cannot receive attachments nor photos. a link is available
    for Marleen's mail with extra photo at http://www.on4ww.be/ON4UN_SK.pdf

    Dear amateur radio friends

    It is with sadness, but also gratitude and pride, I have to let you know my
    father John ON4UN, has become silent key.

    John's health has steadily deteriorated throughout the year, but in the last
    few weeks he was home with us where he peacefully passed away yesterday
    November 9.

    Ham Radio, and especially Low Band DX-ing, were my father's lifelong passion
    and always had a strong presence in our house. Sometimes literally, when
    many of you paid us a visit or a group of DX'ers came over for a weekend of
    contesting. At other times in the background, when my dad was working on a
    project or experimenting with new equipment or antennas.

    Though I don't have a call-sign, I very much feel part of the big radio
    family and always will. I am very proud of everything my father has
    accomplished together with you, and I am grateful to the many of you who
    have given him so much joy over the years. We will miss him dearly, but we
    take comfort looking back on the beautiful life he lived as a member of the
    wonderful Ham Radio community.

    We are planning a digital farewell ceremony on Saturday Nov 21st and will
    keep you updated on practicalities.

    If you would like to send us a message please mail to ON4UN.SK@gmail.com -
    John's old e-mail account is not in use anymore.

    In the meantime, you can pay him a visit at QRZ.com where he always kept his
    resume up to date.

    Marleen Devoldere
    Jim W7RY
    W3AEM, 2E0CIT, N1GKE and 7 others like this.
  2. PA5COR

    PA5COR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sad news, we will miss him, i learned a lot from his books for 160 meters.
    K2WH, KF4ZKU, VA3NTI and 4 others like this.
  3. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    John's legacy of knowledge will be long remembered in the ham community.
    KF4ZKU, KO4LZ, KG4BFR and 2 others like this.
  4. K5XS

    K5XS Ham Member QRZ Page

    So sad to hear it. He was a great ham and a great person.
    KF4ZKU, VA3NTI, KO4LZ and 2 others like this.
  5. K2CD

    K2CD Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I am very saddened to hear this. What a great man and an inspiration to so many. May he Rest in Peace. 73 dr John SK . .
    KF4ZKU and N2HUN like this.
  6. K7SKE

    K7SKE Ham Member QRZ Page

    His Low Band DXing handbook is a must read, has a place on my bookshelf.....big loss to the amateur world...! 73
    KF4ZKU, KO4LZ, KG4BFR and 3 others like this.
  7. WB4AAA

    WB4AAA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am very sad to read that. 2 weeks ago i read his qrz page and checked his 160/80 meters scores. Today when checked dx-world the first article was that ON4UN passed away. Amateur radio comunity lost a very good ham.
    KF4ZKU and KG4BFR like this.
  8. N8YN

    N8YN Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Very sad news and such a great loss for his family and the ham radio community. I first met him on 15 meters in 2013 and had many contacts with him since....I will always remember is distinguished voice....Godspeed John

    KG4BFR likes this.
  9. N7WR

    N7WR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I had many contacts with John. He gave me contacts for my first ON on 40 and 75. His book on Low Band DXing helped me immensely as I was able to eventually achieve DXCC + on 40 and 75 RIP Sir
    NL7W, KC8FOG, K5RRC and 1 other person like this.
  10. KD5PUR

    KD5PUR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sad to hear that, he will be missed.
    KG4BFR likes this.

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