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My hamradio activity

I got my ham radio license in 1970 and began my activity in 40 and 15 meters bands with a small station (50 W + dipole). I made good DX contacts in CW, the most exciting ones being those in 40 m with VK/ZL/JA/USA. Later on, I also experienced others bands/modes but, starting in 1973, I discovered VHF and from that moment onwards my interest was mainly devoted to this band.

I am interested in all VHF weak signal modes (MS, EME, Aurora, Es, Troposcatter, F2). Up to now I worked 406 squares in 60 DXCC countries (via Tropo/MS/ES/Aurora/F2) and 5 more squares via EME, all with a single Yagi and about 300 W.

My longest QSOs on 144 MHz:
1335 Km 1387 Km 2027 Km 3184 Km 7596 Km

In the seventies/eighties, I have been active from JN65hq, a small town in the Venetian countryside, where I got my best results in VHF with a TC20, a 20 elements Yagi antenna made by I2ODI.
In the years 1996 through 2010, my station was located in JN55wj (center of Padova), a quite poor site for VHF DX activity, because of heavy radio noise coming from many urban sources, including a lot of computers and servers in offices and laboratories of the University campus. In this position I operated with a 17 elements F9FT Yagi antenna, but my take off from there was acceptable only into directions from 20 to 180 degrees.
At the end of 2011 I moved my station to the outskirts of Padova in JN55vk, where I installed a LLY (Log-Loop-Yagi) antenna by I3DLI. I am still setting up my new station, but my first feeling about the new conditions is positive.

Contest maps

Here are some maps of my contest activity (EDI visualizer by UT4UKW):

Year 2016

July 2016.

Year 2015

Year 2014

Year 2013

My logbook

Since I am blind, I have problems in managing paper QSL cards.
In order to overcome this issue, I have set up an experimental on-line version of my station logbook, with the possibility of displaying a confirmation sheet for each entry. I could recover my QSO entries back to 1978. Any remark to improve this function will be highly appreciated. Thank you.

I apologise with allOMs who did not receive my QSO confirmation and hope this attempt will offer a reasonable replacement for QSL card.

My VHF station

DX sounds

The background sound of this page is a sample of the recording I made during my random EME contact with K1WHS, FN43mj, in September 4, 1983 from JN65hq, with a single 20 elements long Yagi and 300 W power. On that Sunday afternoon, at the end of international September contest, my antenna was randomly pointed to the moon at its set position (at that moment, I was not aware of this circumstance). I heared a weak but very clear CQ de K1WHS in CW, then I answered and immediately got a 549 OOO report> and completed the QSO in few minutes.

Here you can listen to more DX sounds, including:

Any MS schedule proposals?

Either fill in the on-line form or send an E-mail message to my home or to my office.
To avoid TVI problems, I prefer early morning time.

Hamradio for blind people

This section (in Italian) is designed to present various contributions, due to different authors, all relating to devices, appliances, information that might be useful for blind amateur radio people, as part of their hamradio interests.

Questa pagina (in italiano) è dedicata a contributi di vari autori, tutti riguardanti accorgimenti, apparecchi, informazioni che potrebbero essere utili ai radioamatori non vedenti nell'ambito dell'esercizio dell'attività di radioamatore.

My pieces of software

In the good old times of MS-DOS, I made some pieces of freely usable software. You can see:

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