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Category: Belgium

QSL NDB MAK-360.5 Mackel

NDB MAK-360.5 Mackel is an en-route beacon for Brussel Airport. Koen Vanooteghem told me in his QSL for the Oostende NDBs OO, DD and ONO, that historically this beacon is maintained be Skeyes as well. So I sent him a report which was immediately confirmed.

I shared with Koen what I learned about the situation in The Netherlands with NDB NW for Maastricht Airport being the “last man standing” as some satellite navigation details had to be worked out with Belgium. Koen told me that as of January 1st, 2024 all Belgian Airports should have RNAV (satellite navigation) operational. EBAW (Antwerp) has been ready for a while, EBOS (Ostend) is ready since November this year. So the expectation is that Belgian NDBs will be taken off line by end 2024.

Received my KL85 prize!

In April I received KL85 on 900 AM celebrating their 3rd anniversary. A little quiz was held during the show I was listening. “What is story behind the name of the station KL85?”. My answer was correct , it is Kortrijk – Leie and postal code 85. And today I received my prize: a beautiful book about the history of Radio Veronica. Find out more about KL85 and their cool programs on

Thank you Geert and the KL85 team!

QSL Oostende Radio 518 kHz

Unless you go for HAM radio or into FM DX there are not a lot of options anymore to receive a QSL from Belgium. Fortunately Oostende Radio is still a reliable verifier. I received this QSL Oostende Radio 518 kHz for my reception of their NAVTEX message announcing gunnery exercises on the North Sea:

2023-04-21 07:10:10> ZCZC TA63
2023-04-21 07:10:12> 210611 UTC APR
2023-04-21 07:10:16> OOSTENDERADIO MSI 187/23
2023-04-21 07:10:20> DE PANNE-OOSTENDE
2023-04-21 07:10:35> TODAY 21 04 2023 FROM 0630 UNTIL 1030 UTC.
2023-04-21 07:10:43> GUNNERY SECTOR IS LISTENING ON CHAN 16 AND 67.
2023-04-21 07:10:49> CANCEL THIS MSG 211030 UTC APR.
2023-04-21 07:10:49> NNNN

Reading the letter I somehow got the feeling that they forgot to include the QSL card. So I “copied” one from Hugo’s DX hoekje… 😉

QSL Oostende Coastal Radio NAVTEX
QSL Letter Oostende Radio, Belgium
QSL Oostende Radio OSU, Belgium (taken from Hugo’s DX hoekje)

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