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Commemorating WW-II
Operation Veritable
and 75 years of
freedom with S.E.S.

PA75OV

75 years of freedom
2Ø2Ø

Hello there

We are PA75OV

Back again in 2Ø2Ø and by then added 5 years to our callsign.

Again it's our pleasure to announce a special event station in the year 2Ø2Ø in the Gennep region commemorating 75 years of freedom: PA75OV. This special event station combines both the city of Gennep and Operation Veritable and is made possible by several amateur radio operators from the region, just like the previous edition in 2Ø15. Operation Veritable, namesake of the station and the successor of Operation Market Garden, was the northern part of an Allied pincer movement. More info is available here.

Some statistics of special event station PA7ØOV, it´s predecessor, on the air in 2Ø15.

2395
QSO´s
28
Days on
the air
14
Members
involved
802
Cups of
coffee

Our team (19 members)

PA3ETC Hans
Hans
Main radio interests
  • Sysop and maintanance PI1NLB PI2NLB PI8NLB
  • Working HF DX
  • DARES EMCOMM
  • Homebrew activities
  • Over 25 yrs Dutch Red Cross member
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PA6OMG (1994)
  • PA7ØOMG (2Ø14)
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
PA2P Jan
Jan
Main radio interests
  • Co-sysop and maintanance PI1NLB PI2NLB PI8NLB
  • Working HF DX
  • Portable operation
  • CW/RTTY
  • Homebrew activities
  • Worked from VK, UA, 9K, TA, 9A, 4O, E7, ET...
  • Active JOTA operator
  • Webmaster PixNLB and SES stations (see at the right)
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
QRZ info
PAØQ Hans
Hans
Main radio interests
  • Working HF DX
  • SOTA operator
  • CW
  • Homebrew activities
  • Second call OE3JRC
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOMG (2Ø14)
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
QRZ info
PA3FQK Mark
Mark
Main radio interests
  • Co-sysop and maintanance PI1NLB PI2NLB PI8NLB
  • Hardware and antenna specialist
  • Working HF DX
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
Support team Hendrik
Hendrik
Main radio interests
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Homebrew activities
  • Hi-res meteo images
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOMG (2Ø14)
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PA1ØØFDM (2Ø16)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
PBØAEZ Jan
Jan
Main radio interests
  • Making SDR transceivers
  • Experimental mobile
  • HF antennae
  • Hardware contact radio to PC
  • Official VERON Nijmegen
  • Homebrew activities
  • Digital QRP QSO´s
  • Designer OMG QSL card
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOMG (2Ø14)
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PA1ØØFDM (2Ø16)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
PAØRBA Rienus
Rienus
Main radio interests
  • CW, straight key, SKCC
  • Working HF DX
  • SOTA chaser
  • Antenna experiments
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOMG (2Ø14)
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
QRZ info
PA4A Andrzey
Andrzey
Main radio interests
  • CW/RTTY
  • Working HF DX
  • HF antennae
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOMG (2Ø14)
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PA1ØØFDM (2Ø16)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
PA3ADJ Stefan
Stefan
Main radio interests
  • CW/RTTY
  • Working HF DX
  • HF antennae
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOMG (2Ø14)
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PA1ØØFDM (2Ø16)
QRZ info
PG3N Peter
Peter
Main radio interests
  • CW/RTTY
  • Working HF DX
  • HF antennae
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PA2ØØØN (2ØØ5)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
PAØSBV Tjerk
Tjerk
PAØAM Cor
Cor
Main radio interests
  • SRS activities
  • Restoring WW-II equipment
  • Demonstrating WW-II equipment
  • Working CW and AM
  • Operator PI9NLM, the station of the National Liberation Museum
Previous SES experiences
  • PI4SRS (many yearly occasions)
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • Much more...
QRZ info
PE3BB Bart
Bart
PA4JAM John
John
Main radio interests
  • Co-sysop and maintanance PI1NLB PI2NLB PI8NLB
  • Working HF DX
  • Digital modes
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
PD5GB Ger
Ger
Main radio interests
  • Working HF DX
  • Digital modes
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
DL4BER Ber
Ber
Main radio interests
  • Working HF DX
  • Antenna experiments
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
PD8RW Roy
Roy
Main radio interests
  • Working HF DX
  • Antenna experiments
Previous SES experiences
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PD7ØFRDM (2Ø15)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
PD2LEO Leo
Leo
Main radio interests
  • Co-sysop and maintanance PI1NLB PI2NLB PI8NLB
  • Working HF DX
  • DARES EMCOMM
  • DARES coordinator Brabant North (region 21)
  • Digital modes
  • Worked from YA, IS
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PA2ØØØN (2ØØ5)
  • PA7ØOMG (2Ø14)
  • PA7ØOV (2Ø15)
  • PG4ØØTH (2Ø17)
QRZ info
PA3GEF Ad
Ad
Main radio interests
  • Radio engineeering
  • CW
  • SRS activities
  • Restoring WW-II equipment
  • Demonstrating WW-II equipment
  • Much more...
Previous SES experiences
  • PI4SRS (many yearly occasions)
QRZ info
You? Other operators are welcomed.
Please contact us here.
You?

Station setup

A brief ´tree shaped´ description of the special event station with it´s radio positions, used antennas, working modes and other pheripherals.

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The perspective

History of Operation Veritable

Operation Veritable (also known as the Battle of the Reichswald), namesake of the station and the successor of Operation Market Garden, was the northern part of an Allied pincer movement. The operation took place between the 8th of February and the 11th of March 1945, with the objective to clear German forces from the area between the Rhine and Maas rivers, east of the German/Dutch frontier, in the Rhineland. It was part of General Dwight Eisenhower's "broad front" strategy to occupy the entire west bank of the Rhine before its crossing. Operation Veritable is not known very well to most people. It was the battle which formed the prelude to the leap across the Rhine after which the eventual defeat of Germany soon followed. Both operations took place in the Land of Maas and Niers.
More info on Wikipedia, © Wikipedia.

Gennep city and Veritable

The Gennep region played a special role and in the city in particular you can experience Operation Veritable. The Battle of the Reichswald forrest and the Battle of Gennep formed the prologue to the successful crossing of the Rhine. The Martinus Tower in Gennep bears the scars of Operation Veritable. The tower is nowadays the starting point of two cycle routes which, among other things, lead through the Reichswald where the last big battle on the western frontier took place. Here you will also find the largest war cemetery of the 2nd World War in Europe and the largest German war cemetery of the Lower Rhine area. To be able to get the allied troops across the Maas the longest Bailey bridge of the 2nd World War was built in Gennep. The Gennep region became a battlefield during Operation Veritable and most of the inhabitants had to take refuge. It took a long time of heavy fighting before the region was truly liberated. Many people and militairy were killed and buildings and bridges were destroyed. At the cost of many young soldiers the Gennep region was conquered.


Picture above: the battle in Gennep has begun. Fighting near the city inn.


Picture above: to be able to get the Allied troops across the river Maas the longest Bailey bridge of the WW-II was built in Gennep.

Gennep during the war

Gennep was attacked by the Germans on May 10th 1940. An armored train with German troops managed to penetrate the Peel-Raam-line using the Gennep railroad bridge and were able to reach Mill. The Germans used the railroad bridge as a regular bridge to get all their troops and material across the Maas. For the same reason they also built a pioneer bridge near the ferry house. After 4 years of occupation, on June 6th 1944 D-Day starts, the landing in Normandy, France, the beginning of the end. September 1944 the Allies have a risky plan with Operation Market Garden, which, in the end leads to a status quo of nearly 5 months. October 1944, evacuation of the civilians from Gennep. In February Operation Veritable begins and ultimately Gennep is liberated. This liberation was essential as a prologue for the Rhineland offensive.

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Jewish families in Gennep

At the beginning of 1941 all Jewish families in Gennep had to register, about 45 persons in total. Several families had already lived for several generations in Gennep. When the deportations started in The Netherlands on July 1942 about 28 persons were still registered als Jews. On August 24th 1942 they were announced to report in Maastricht the next day, from which they would be sent to camp Westerbork. From Westerbork they were transported to Auschwitz after two days either to work as slaves or to die in the gas chambers. Others died in Buchenwald or at the slave camps. On March 29th 1943 another 18 persons were sent to camp Vught. These persons ended in camp Sobibor and were killed upon arrival. Most oft hose who left Gennep in 1941 in an early stage survived.

More info on Monarch Foundation, © Monarch Foundation.


Footage above:
The film ´Krieg am Niederrhein´ (in German) which tells about the final battle for the lower Rhine river during Operation veritable.

Footage above:
The 51st Highland Division attacks the German occupied city of Gennep in The Netherlands on Febrary 8th 1945 (in Dutch).

Footage above:
The capture of Gennep during Operation Veritable.

Footage above:
A film (in Dutch) made by the Jetten family during wartime. Voice-over Han van Arensbergen.


Picture above: The Kaufmann family leaves Gennep in 1943 and heads to camp Vught for an uncertain future.

Commemorate and celebrate

Let´s commemorate and celebrate 75 years of freedom. The activities will take place from XXX to XXX 2Ø2Ø. During XXX days we will activate the callsign PA75OV and try to work as many amateur radio operators across the world. Whether you are an amateur radio operator hoping to contact a new country or a casual visitor, we welcome you to our website. Some members of the SRS (Surplus Radio Society) will also join us during the activities and will demonstrate - and transmit with - old (restored) WW-II militairy equipment. Next to that members of DARES (Dutch Amateur Radio Emergency Service) will demonstrate how - in case of an emergency - (digital) messages can be broadcasted.

Visit us

If you find yourself in the vicinity of Gennep, near Nijmegen, be sure to visit us throughout the activities of the special event station. We are situated in the centre of Gennep city. Our contact info is here.

You might take the opportunity to visit the National Liberation Museum, only at 10-15 minutes driving distance.

Please also have a look at the website of the Veritable Foundation (only in Dutch). This website is also dedicated to Operation Veritable.


Picture above: RP-3 rockets being loaded into Land Mattress launchers in preparation for the offensive in the Reichswald, Germany.


Picture above: British infantrymen advance through the Reichswald during Operation Veritable, 8 February 1945.








A special event station
throughout the year 2Ø2Ø

History On The Map

Operation Veritable pictures via the markers

Each marker tells a story; click on each one. The layer button top-right shows the markerdefinitions and the map representation [Gray | Sat | Strt].

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Picture And Movie Gallery

Event pictures, preparations and the aftermath

A gallery with pictures of the previous SES PA7ØOV and pictures of the new station PA75OV, subdivided into three sections: preparations, event activities and the aftermath. Click on each picture for a stand-alone and full-screen view.

Pictures of Previous SES PA7ØOV

CATEGORY: previous SES PA7ØOV

Old flyer PA7ØOV

The old flyer of the previous special event station PA7ØOV in 2Ø15.

CATEGORY: previous SES PA7ØOV

Old poster Veritable Foundation exhibition

The old poster of the Veritable Foundation (in Dutch) of the held exhibition in 2Ø15.

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The town hall as our radioshack and the antenna park

The town hall as our radio shack and the antenna park in 2Ø15 with a four element 3-band yagi and wire dipoles.

CATEGORY: previous SES PA7ØOV

Temporary museum with old military gear

Temporary museum with old military gear and a lot of information regarding Operation Veritable.

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Old QSL card

Old QSL card of SES PA7ØOV in 2015.

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Interview with Cor, PAØAM, of the SRS

Local television interview with Cor, PAØAM, one of the members of the Dutch Surplus Radio Society (SRS) in front of the WW-II military equipment. Tjerk, PAØSBV, working CW at the same time.

CATEGORY: previous SES PA7ØOV

Radio position number 2

Radio position number 2, used both for telegraphy and telephony operation. The ICOM TRX hooked up to a double Zepp antenna. Band filters at work to prevent interference at the other two radio positions.

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Niersbridge ceremony

Official moment during all the activities in Gennep: Scottish veterans attend the ceremony where the Niersbridge has been given a second name: The Highlanderbridge.

Videos of Previous SES PA7ØOV

  • Start

 PAØSBV working CW in 2Ø15
 Tjerk, PAØSBV, on the SRS station and working with
      old WW-II military equipment during the previous
      edition in 2Ø15 with PA7ØOV. Operating CW on a
      German Junker straight key.
      Typical tjirping CW sound.
 Video

  • Start
  • F
  • DL
  • F
  • IZ
  • HB

 QSO´s of PA7ØOV in 2Ø15
 Footage of PA7ØOV in 2Ø15. QSO´s recorded from
      the Yaesu FTdx-5ØØØ. In this case Jan, PA2P, on
      4Ø meters in telephony handling the pile-up. In the
      end a total of 2.395 QSO´s were at long last logged.
 Video

  • Start
  • Speech
  • Speech
  • Speech
  • Speech
  • PA70OV

 7Ø years liberation in 2Ø15 (in Dutch)
 Celebration in 2Ø15 of 7Ø years liberation and several
      services. Visitors all over the world.
 Video

  • Poster
  • Start
  • Final

 Memorial service in 2Ø15 (in Dutch)
 An international memorial service held in 2Ø15 in
      Milsbeek. One of the towns in the ´Veritable area´.
 Video

Pictures of the Preparations of SES PA75OV

CATEGORY: preparations of SES PA75OV

Renovation of the city hall: our radio shack in 2Ø2Ø.

New website live for Special Event Station PA75OV on the new URL: www.pa75ov.nl

CATEGORY: preparations of SES PA75OV

Renovation of the city hall: our radio shack in 2Ø2Ø.

Dutch article of December 24th 2018 in the newspaper ´Maasdriehoek´: an renovation of the city hall is planned in the year 2Ø19. The city hall will our radio shack in 2Ø2Ø. According to the planning the renovation will be finished by the end 2Ø19. Just in time for us.

CATEGORY: preparations of SES PA75OV

PA75OV Toolbox for radio-amateurs.

In the meantime a HAM Toolbox has been developed. A stand-alone webpage with useful HAM radio web-applications.

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Financial funding for PA75OV.

A delegation of the PA75OV team participated at the annual event ´Gennep Clean´ on Saturday 6th 2019, which activitites gave us a financial contribution for our station. Front row, from L to R: PD2LEO (Leo) throwing the ´javelin´, PA3ETC (Hans) and DL4BER (Ber).

CATEGORY: preparations of SES PA75OV

Financial funding for PA75OV.

A delegation of the PA75OV team participated at the annual event ´Gennep Clean´ on Saturday 6th 2019, which activitites gave us a financial contribution for our station. The clean-up team after completion of the work.

Pictures of the Event activities of SES PA75OV

CATEGORY: event activities of SES PA75OV

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Pictures of The aftermath of SES PA75OV

CATEGORY: the aftermath of SES PA75OV

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Commemorating WW-II
Operation Veritable
and 75 years of
freedom with S.E.S.



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Hans Nogarede, PA3ETC
Loodsstraat 58
NL-6591 EM  GENNEP
The Netherlands


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