GIACOIA Francesco "Frank" was born in 1978 in Taranto, a city in southern Italy, his passion for radio was born in 1992 when his brother Alberto brings home a little handheld CB, the passion became increasingly so as to begin to spend his spare time using the Banda town, Uncle Ernesto IW7AUH, at that time lived in Pisticci (MT) invites you to listen to amateur bands, specifically the VHF and UHF, Ernesto was also equipped with HF equipment for listening only, and Francis immediately realized that his favorites were just the HF bands! In 1996, after a long "apprenticeship" by SWL achieves the license for amateur radio and amateur radio license accordingly with the callsign IZ7AUH.
His first radio station was composed of a dipole for 40 meters of the band that with an external tuner granted a little everywhere, were times of great propagation, and in these conditions it was possible to connect to distant radio stations, its an old radio Sommerkamp 707 ; Frank has evolved over time, trying to keep pace with technology, from there to just buy a Kenwood TS-140 and a vertical line, removed early to make room for a Directive of 3 elements Yagi for bands 10-15-20 Matthew, he soon replaced his radio, from an Icom IC-756 PRO2, an ICOM-7800 and then to the great balance to the digital world: SDR "Software Define Radio," currently working with Antenna Dynamic Ultrabeam 4 Elements ( 6/20mt) a rotary dipole IK7ATH by 40MT, 30MT by IZ7LDC Fullsize rotary dipole, dipole-V Inverter 80m and slooper 160/40mt by IZ7LDC, the radio system FlexRadio Systems FLEX-5000 SDR driving an ACOM-1000, radio backup is compose by KENWOOD TS-590, Microkeyer II, WIndom antenna.
Frank is a Voluneer Examiner of ARRL, US callsin is AK1CQ.
His passion is still for the HF bands, going to hunt the missing DXCC, but also loves to organize activities in portable and micro-DXpedition, participate hamradio conferences and Meeting on.
His other passion is the world of Apple iPhone OS and engaging in developing applications for iPhone OS and more and Blogging, since 2010 I am one of DXCOFFEE.com an exscluive italian project on hamradio information.
Married on 2006 with Annarita L. KB3VZX and in 2008 born Giuseppe our son.
I working every day on HF, SSB, Digital, I love DX Hunting, IOTA and Contest.
Activation for Italian Castle Award: DCI Honour Roll Activator active more 30 ref. . info about DCI on web site of ARI Mondovì: http://www.dcia.it
Activation for I.I.A.: IZ7AUH/P (more than 20 IIA islands) for different ref. IOTA (EU-073 - EU-091,EU-025,EU-031)
IC8M Licosa Isl. EU-031 (IOTA Contest 2004);
IR8C/7 S.Andrea Isl. EU-091 (IOTA Contest 2005);
IQ8OM/7 S.Andrea Isl. EU-091 (IOTA Contest 2008);
IJ7/IZ7AUH ARI TARANTO DX-PEDITION San Pietro Isl. IOTA-EU073 / IIA-TA002 / DCI-TA038 (2002)
IJ7/IZ7AUH San Paolo Isl. IOTA-EU073 / IIA-TA001 / DCI-TA037 (2006)
IR7C Contest Callsign QSL via IZ7AUH
II7ANT & IR7ANT A.A.W. Callsign QSL via IZ7AUH
IP7IPY International Polar Year 2007-2009 QSL via IZ7AUH
IY7GM Centenary Nobel Prize for Physics of Guglielmo Marconi QSL via IZ7AUH
T70DXC San Marino Republic 2011
IA7MM 150th Italian Navy Anniversary 2011
IJ7DX IOTA DXPedition from EU-073
II7STEVE Remember Steve Jobs
IJ7T IOTA DXPedition 2012-2013 EU-073
II7LDP/MM Special activity on board of Italian navy Ship Luigi Durand de la Penne
IJ7TA IOTA DXPedition 2015 EU-073