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Happy telecommunications users in Belgium
Submitted by: ON4CAS

ibptBIPT conducts an annual survey of customer satisfaction of telecommunications users.


The results obtained show high levels of global satisfaction.
Ham Radio 2021 cancelled
Submitted by: ON6TI

Unfortunately we have to inform you that HAM RADIO 2021 cannot take place this year as well. As HAM RADIO lives from its internationality and the corona pandemic still has the world firmly in its grip, it is unfortunately not possible to meet in Friedrichshafen.
ARISS Press Conference on Columbus Radio System
Submitted by: ON6TI
ARISS Press Conference on Columbus Radio System
March 10, 2021 at 1900 UTC (2000 Belgian Time)

The ARISS team will conduct a 45-minute press conference for media this Wednesday March 10 at 1900 UTC (2000 Belgian Standard Time). This press conference will focus on the ARISS Radio system mounted in the Columbus module.

As a reminder, the ARISS team has been working very closely with NASA and ESA to identify potential causes of an ARISS radio anomaly first observed after the EVA (spacewalk) conducted on January 27.  No transmissions or receptions have been heard from this radio since the EVA.  During the spacewalk, cabling was installed to support the commissioning of the Bartolomeo attached payload capability mounted on Columbus.  Part of this effort rerouted the ARISS antenna cable through one of the Bartolomeo cables.
UBA DX Contest CW 2021
Submitted by: ON9TT
DiRaGe 2021 cancelled
Submitted by: ON7YD
DiRaGe 2021 planned for Easter Monday April 5th will not take place since the location (GCOC Den Amer in Diest) is occupied until at least end of September, serving as a vaccination center.
A special edition of our trunk-sale is planned in October 2021, aptly named "DiRaGe Meets Junk in the trunk" for now.
More information can be found on https://www.dirage.be/

Radiosondes KMI-IRM
Submitted by: ON7YD
We received following question, from KMI-IRM:

"As most of you know, the Royal Meteorlogical Institute of Belgium (KMI-IRM) is launching 3 times a week radiosondes coupled to ozonesondes from its site at Uccle. With these measurements, we monitor the ozone layer above Belgium and the meteorological data are used to constrain the numerical weather models that provide a weather forecast."

Working from home changes the use of communications
Submitted by: ON3FDS
Tower with GSM AntennasSince the outbreak of COVID-19, more people are working from home, and a change seems to be happening in the way we make use of remote communication.
More of our meetings and interactions are estabished via the internet and by using computer screens, a.o. through user-friendly applications such as Google Meet.

UBA DX Contest 2021
Submitted by: ON9TT
John ON4UN is now Silent Key
Submitted by: ON7TK
ON4UN - Silent KeyIt is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of John ON4UN.

Belgian fibre optic network
Submitted by: ON3FDS
On the left CTO Geert Standaert, on the right the mayor of Ostend...Belgian telecom operator Proximus is accelerating the construction of its fibre optic network. COVID-19 has boosted working from home, for which the fibre optic network's ultra-fast digital access is ideally suited. Even after the corona crisis, working from home will continue.