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I was born in San Benedetto del Tronto on 17 January 1967 and I spent my young age in the small fishing town of Martinsicuro very close to San Benedetto del Tronto a town with a big fishing port.

                                  

Google Map of my places

In these places until 1985 the main job was involved with Oceanic fishing made by giant trawlers in all the oceans of the world and my father spent a life on board these ships with the duty of Captain, in my young age I decided to follow the profession of my father but I ended my studies in the Nautical College (QTH - Ancona) when this kind of activity was at his end so I took the opportunity offered by my studies to take the exams in Rome (Ministry of Communications) to get the International Certificate of First Class Radiotelegraphist for merchant ships and I visited many parts of the world on board cargo ships from 1987 until 1994 when I decided to change my job because the role of Radio Officer was declining due of satellite comms promoted in maritime communications.

      

 

 

 

One of the biggest Italian oceanic Trawler

 

 

 

 

 

 

The use of the radio for me has been always important - at first - because from ships she was the sole system to pick up weather and safety information for navigation and to stay in touch with shipping companies for the commercial employ of the vessel but not the last the radio was the sole system for crew members to stay in touch with their relatives at shore sending and receiving radiotelegramms and trough radiotelephone calls. The watch on the distress frequency of 500 kHz was the main duty of a Radio Officer and in my radio room one of the receivers was always tuned on this frequency also when the auto-alarm was ON.

                            

The picture above shows my last ship in the harbour of Bourgas in Bulgaria waiting to load cargo

Nowadays I am full involved in the Amateur radio on Short Waves with morse code communications and I still believe there are not many back up systems to this one declared "obsolete" only for business reasons...in few words, to sell to ship's owners new equipments of a nosense technology,  I declare very dangerous for full safety of ships - an extremely efficient system has been abandoned...but Authorities are Authorities and common people cannot say words to complain.

Anyway I am happy to be Amateur radio and thanks to this service, after my experience on board ships, I knew lots of people fashionated of morse communications, I helped some of them to learn CW and I am in touch with many ex colleagues around the world made in the past my same profession.

I am not strictly interested in DX, my activity is forwaded mainly to catch Amateurs radio operating in Maritime Mobile and all the other situation connected with sea life like lighthouses and lightships activations and I love to have on my Log QSO's with the Islands of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A panoramic view of my home Radio Room

My antenna system installed in my backyard

Below the last ship I was on duty in 1994 as R/O

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