Dr. Eddy De Busschere is the Secretary of the Belgian Polar Exploration Society (BPES).
For many years, Belgian and Dutch Antarctic teams carried mail from collectors during the involvement of the Antarctic programs often in cooperation with other nations. The scientists and expeditioners did their utmost to take care of the philatelic mails and BPES, through Eddy, has done great efforts to set and forward boxes of self addressed envelopes to the various Bases and Camps as well to polar ships starting their Antarctic campaigns in order to have the precious covers with Base leader’s signature mailed in the polar regions or as near as possible. If many of the Antarctic philatelic collectors (including myself) have some or many of these rare envelopes, have to thank Eddy and BPES for the service!
Recently I have received a mail from Eddy. He states: «Polar philately is nearly not existing this season because of Corona. I am offering a collection of stamps and covers related to Marconi. May be one of your Radio amateur friends is interested? Exchange is also possible against Antarctic QSL cards».
In addition to this, Eddy sent a scan of the old QSL card of OR4OR Gene (Jean Hooghewys). That is really a rare one! Eddy is still looking to have one of this card for his collection.
He said: « Jean Hooghewys OR4OR is no longer with us and I cannot contact his family to find out if any cards are left. It is the only card I am still missing from the Belgian Antarctic base 1957-1967. I think I have all the others. The only person that has such a card is Ghis Penny (ON5NT). May be there is someone able to offer me such a card. I keep my fingers crossed.
Now, if someone could be interested in exchanging Antarctic QSL cards with Marconi’s stamps and covers (see some in pics attached) or having a card of OR4OR can eventually write to me:
Eddy De Busschere
BE-8310 Assebroek, BELGIUM – Belgique
Dr. Eddy De Busschere sent greetings to the passionate collectors and Polar lovers and hopes Polar Philately and Ham Radio activity from Antarctica will soon resume.
TNX Eddy De Busschere @ BPES