Active on HF-VHF-UHF.
Main interest on VHF Weak signal qso and Contesting in general !
I started my activity since I was really young, cause my father is an OM too (IK0BAL), I remember all the past weekends side by side to my father in the radio shack, when I was only a child.
At the beginning it was only a sporadic hobby for me and my curiosity grew day by day, and when I was 10 years old I started to come to ARI Roma Club and there I met other enthusiastic friends that taught me a lot about hamradio.
I want to remember the one that I consider my mentor after my father, Ugo Cartia I0CUT (now sk).
Every time we met Ugo was always asking me, like a quiz, about DXCC countries prefixes (hi); Ugo was an avid dxer on HF and 6m, contester on VHF in the 80's and the man behind the activations from Vatican City and Sovereign Order of Malta.
By the way, I started my activity like ham operator in 1998 like IW0GPN till 2009, when I moved in my new qth and I changed my callsign in IV3KKW (for a little while I owned also IV3AKZ call).
With my new callsign I started also my HF activity, and now I'm active from 1,8 MHz to 432 MHz and I hope soon also on 1296 MHz.
My new QTH is not the best for VHF & Up due to high Alps mountains just behind my house (around 1km from my roof I have my north side closed by several mountains higher than 1200m)
During these years I used several callsigns, and made some radio experience of every kind:
During the previous solar cycle (23rd) I was mainly active on 50 MHz and I reached 176 countries worked with only an IC-706MKII (100 watt) and a 5el. M2 Enterprise on my roof.
I was also active on 144 MHz with an FT-736R (100 Watt) and a 16el. I0JXX making my experience on MS-SSB ESp and TR. I took part also in VHF Contest from home qth, but in the main events I used to be part of some contest stations on top of a mountain, with good take off.
On November 20th 2000 I made my first qso on 2m Aurora in Rome with DF2ZC and DK5DQ, it was a very rare event in Rome, the previous time was on July 1991. (Planetary index K=9)
On October 2008 I was nominated ARI Coordinator for 144-432 MHz bands and member of ARI VHF & Up Committee.
At the beginning of 2012 I became the ARI VHF & Up Manager.
I took part at the IARU Reg. 1 C5 Interim Meeting in Wien on 2010, 2013 and 2016.
I took part at IARU Reg.1 General Meeting in Varna-Bulgaria on Sept. 2014, representing ARI on C5 Committee.
Proud to be member of IO5O TenFifty Contest Group
Real Time Weather Station from my qth
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