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DXCC TOP HONOR ROLL -  Now 353/339 Countries Confirmed - DXCC HONOR ROLL since 1996  

 My beloved and 40 years old 2 elements Hy-Quad model 244 Antenna has withstood the wind speed over 155 MPH of 5 March 2015 in my QTH !!!

‘Emil’, a native of Lucca in Tuscany, was first licensed as I1EFO in 1969, after few years as SWL I1-14748. He started with Hallicrafters S-107 receiver and Johnson Viking VFO, Heathkit DX-20 and Heathkit SB-10 SSB adapter in TX, who they are still fully functional and can make feel to other OM, the unmistakable phase shift SSB modulation ! At that station, "Emil" added an unusual Amateur Linear Amplifier of Kem-Tron (Ohio) model Interceptor 101 that allowed only 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters, but with the beautifull propagation that there was at that time 10 and 15 meters were favorite bands and the two 6LQ6 PA's tubes were sufficient for DX too.


Since 1962 has also begun to use the Hallicrafters SX-140 receiver to whom, in 1969, he matched the HT-40 TX with HA-5 VFO, and  HA-1 TO keyer, to obtain a full CW/AM Hallicrafters line, also still working perfectly ! "Emil" adds to that station a Heathkit SB-200 linear amplifier too (which is still working perfectly with its beautiful 572B / T160L Cetron tubes) and a Murch UT-2000A Ultimate Transmatch.


From 1974 "Emil" use Hallicrafters FPM300 and SWAN 350B on 18AVT/WB Hy-Gain Antenna. In 1978, "Emil" adds to that station a Yaesu FL2100B linear amplifier (which is still working perfectly, also fully functional with its chinese 572B tubes) and the 2 elements Hy Gain Cubical Quad seeing in the photo. 

‘Emil’ from 1961 attended Industrial Engineering Institute on Pisa (from my classroom I could see the famous Leaning Tower where he imagined were installed his antennas ...)  and he graduated in 1966 as Telecommunication Engineering Technician. After, he moved to the Olivetti headquarters in the city of Ivrea (Turin) on North Italy where he partecipated in the testing and calibration of Olivetti Teletype model Te 300, went into production in 1967.


In 1970 he served in the military (as did his grandfather "Emil" Senior in WWI and his father Gino in WWII) as a lieutenant of the Italian Signal Corps in NATO forces (as did, after him, his son SWL I5-2701 Gabriel as a lieutenant of the Italian Air Forces, also in NATO). "Emil" Junior still proudly retains the Kingdom of Italy "Cross of World War One Merit " of his Grandfather "Emil" Senior who, together with his brother Albert and, also, the major brother Bernard come back from Chicago (USA) where he lived, to fight in the Italian army to free the North-East italian regions.


For this reason "Emil" is very happy to be a member of the Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society - RSARS  and , also, of the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society - RAFARS together with his son Gabriel SWL I5-2701, who were our allies (together with the Americans and other peoples) in WWI and then also in the last part of WWII. In RSARS "Emil" got the RSARS Overseas Basic CW Awards CW #142 and Overseas Basic Any Mode #163. For "Emil" RSARS and RAFARS are families to which is very fond.


In 1967, he is hired by the National Electric Public Company (brand ENEL) in the rural town Grosseto to electrify the Tuscany “Maremma”. Those territories were drained from marshes layers in previous years and still there were cases of malaria due to mosquito bites, which were plentiful in those marshes. After military service, "Emil" married his wife Marcella ( SWL I-62833, HamCall.net i62833i) "Emil" remained in Grosseto for other two years and he participated in the extension of the electricity network on the beautiful Argentario promontory, which overlooking the beautiful Tuscan Archipelago. Being honored by the company ENEL (now E-DISTRIBUTION) with a Gold Medal which he jealously preserves, after 37 years of work in Tuscany Region (in the cities of Grosseto, Pisa and Lucca) ‘Emil' retired.

After retirement,  for few years "Emil" continued to make technical expertise in the telecommunications and electricity sector, as expert of the Public Prosecutor and Technical Consultant to the Civil and Criminal Court of  Lucca in Tuscany, his province. Now "Emil" is a pensionist.

"Emil" has a son Lawyer of Criminal and Civil law (SWL I5-2701 "Gabriel", member of Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society - RAFARS n. 4873 as his father "Emil", HamCall.net i52701fi,), another son (IW5EFO "Dan", CWops #1574, SKCC # 15062) is Medical Doctor of Haematological Diseases and three grandchildren for now. The "Emil" motto is: "To achieve success in life, and also in radio, it helps a lot to have a sweet wife and so patiently".

‘Emil’ has a hobby the collecting old radio and tubes, in particular those made in USA, donated  by Joseph Focosi (a cousin of his  father, native of Chicago in 1905 and in that place died in 1980) and by William Parker (the husband of  a cousin of his wife Marcella, native of Jasper in Texas and in that place died a few years ago). My Vintage radio's collection at http://www.radiomuseum.org/collection/emilio_focosi.html

The current HF station of ‘Emil’ is the originals one above with the addition, in the decade 1978-1988, of two FT747GX rtx, one FL2100B linear, Hy-Gain 2 elements Cubical-Quad antenna and many other accessories.

Now "Emil" prefer CW with his vertical key of year 1937 (a UK Military Key model WT 8 AMP NO2 MKII)


and, rarely, with McElroy/TAC civil version bug of year 1944:


For this reason "Emil" really like to be member of  CW clubs, for which he feel a great sense of belonging and friendship with the members, such as:


and "Emil" got ARRL DXCC CW Award #3291 since 1985, Cumulative Membership Award - CMA for 250 CWops members and FISTS Century Award Certificate - CC #2165

"Emil" other activities are Low Frequency (LF) 

and Medium Frequency (MF) ,

...  near ex ships calling wave:

For this reason "Emil" really like also be part of the "NAVAL" CW clubs, such as:



"Emil" love also Digital Modes ( for this reason he is a member of the European PSK Club (EPC):


and QRP (for this reason "Emil"is a old member of the Italian QRP Club I-QRP # 127 and he got ARRL DXCC QRP Award): 


and listening (as SWL I1-14748) by the CGE MF&HF family receiver of year 1941 (model 315):


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