I am sad to hear of the passing of P43JB, Joop, who is reported Silent Key by OPDX. I worked Joop on four bands, and he gave me the pleasure of a new country on 12m. All the contacts were on CW. Here is the report of Joop's sad demise from OPDX:
SILENT KEY. Carl, AI6V/P49V, reports that Johan (Joop) Box, P43JB, became a Silent Key (SK) at approximately 1700z, Thursday, January 19th. He states, "He had a severely infected kidney. When the doctors tried to remove it, they found the area surrounding it full of infection, so they could not remove the kidney. His wife, Yvonne, and daughter, Barbara, Sue, myself and Lisandro, P43L, were with him when he passed away."
OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of P43JB.