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
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:
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.
Here are some maps of my contest activity (EDI visualizer by UT4UKW):
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
transceiver ICOM IC-746, 100 W;
receiver Drake R 4C with converter and preamplifier (1 dB NF);
19 elements LLY (Log-Loop-Yagi) antenna by I3DLI;
solid-state LD-MOS Beko power amplifier HLV-1000;
DTR by DK7KF to decode high speed CW;
This 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.
(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.
(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
Utility programs, particularly designed to be used on personal computers equipped with speech or braille devices. The package DOC can be configured to be used in
any language; the remaining ones are in Italian.