Hello, my name is Piero and I was born in 1962. In 1974, while reading a book, I casually discovered the world of radiocommunications on short waves and suddenly became a BCL (BroadCasting Listener), collecting QSL confirmations from all over the planet, using a Grundig Satellit 2100 receiver and a Windom antenna 30 meters long. Some years later I entered the radio amateurs world as SWL with the callsign I1-1414/TO, increasing my interest for the DXing and experimenting with various home made antennas, from simple dipoles and verticals to yagis and cubical quads. In 1983 I served in the Italian Army, first at the Transmissions School in Naples, where I learned Morse code and traffic procedures for CW and RTTY operations, and then as Radio Operator at the "Cremona" Command and Transmission Department in Turin.
From 1984 I am married to Annamaria and we have two daughters, Evelina and Marinella.
1983: The Italian Army Transmission School in San Giorgio a Cremano near Naples.
I was first licensed in 1987 and here I was operating my FT757GX.
My shack in the 90ties: TS940S and TL922. A lot of fun and DX's!
In those years I have been honoured to collaborate with Mauro, I1JQJ, redacting the weekly "425 DX News", till nr. 240 when I had to quit due to cronical lack of time and life's changes.
In that period I was also packet-radio manager for the local radio club "A.R.I. Nizza Monferrato", mantaining the IK1IYU BBS and developing high speed links for the local Flexnet node until 2002, when Internet become more accessible to the public and the packet-radio network collapsed. Than I lost interest in DXing and Amateur Radio in general.
In 2003 I learned to fly RC airplanes and developed a great passion. I build and fly electric models and gliders now, and during the good season you will find me at the flying field rather than on the radio!
This is a panoramic view of my QTH Montegrosso d'Asti, taken from a remote camera flying on a RC glider.
2011: CW and digital modes, that's my prevalent activity on the air.
2012: A blast from the past.
To celebrate my 50th birthday I have done something crazy: I have got an Ebay acquisition on my youngster radio dream, a Kenwood TS-830S.
Very little information except that it was working and completed by the external VFO-230 and speaker SP-230.
A new matched pair of 6146B tubes have been installed and neutralized.
No additional IF filters were originally fitted, so a YK-88C filter bought from an EBay trader and a very rare YG-455C bought from I1NDB (TNX!) have been installed. The radio was about 30 years old before it was so treated!The results are, however most pleasing.As my preferred mode of operating is CW, this is a real bonus. And this is the final results:
Talking about results: Not bad for 100 watt and a doublet antenna! (note the test contact on SSB)
Working TX5K, Clipperton Island DXpedition, on 30 meter has been my greatest gratification ever!
My antennas: due to the limited space available and neighbourhood's restrictions can't aspire to much more than this:
Last addition to the line, a rare Kenwood HC-10 World Clock:
A known issue with those is the lack of a battery backup and they completely reset every time power takes a hit.
I have done a very easy modification, adding a 9 Volt battery with a 1N4001 diode to keep the clock on during power outage.
The battery is connected outside the HC-10 cabinet.
During power outage you will only miss the display.
2013: Yaesu 50MHz module for the FTV-700 transverter.
PLEASE NOTE: I have been using Global QSL service for all my bureau QSL's for the past few months.
Please drop me an E-mail if you receive one. Thank you!
73 de Piero, IK1IYU
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