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DXCC TOP HONOR ROLL with 353 Confirmed DXCC Countries

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 !!!

 "There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey." (John Ruskin 1819-1900) 

‘Emil’, a native of Lucca in Tuscany, as a ten year child was a BCL with two old family receivers (one 1941's CGE-315 and one 1945's Hallicrafters S-41). Then he was authorized SWL I1-14748 with a Hallicrafters S-107 receiver of 1959. In year 1969 he was licensed OM with callsign I1EFO and started with a 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), the 2 elements Hy Gain Cubical Quad antenna seeing in the photo, the 18AVT/WB Hy-gain Ground Plane antenna and full-size dipoles for 160&80 meters.

‘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 I5-2701FI 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 his brothers Albert and Bernard, after April 6, 1917 in which the United States of America entered WWI, come back to Europe from USA, where they lived, as many other Italian and Jewish Immigrants, 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 I52701FI (see HamCall.net), 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 SEN - National Electric Service) 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-FI  "Gabriel", member of Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society - RAFARS # 4873 and NAQCC #8952,as his father "Emil", see HamCall.net I52701FI), another son (IW5EFO "Dan", CWops #1574, SKCC #15062 and NAQCC #8953) is Physician (Medical Doctor of Haematological Diseases) and three grandchildren for now (and one coming ...!). 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 FT-747GX rtx, one FT-757GX, one FL2100B linear, one 360 FT Long Wire antenna and many other accessories.


CW activity

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


script tags are not allowed.

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-500) for 500 CWops members, FISTS Silver Century Certificate (Silver CC ) #591 for 250 points, FISTS 2 Million Millionaire #176, SKCC Centurion #1450 Cx4, Tribune #1190 Tx8 and SKCC PFX #240 Px5.

LowFER One Watt EIRP activity

"Emil" other activities are Low Frequency (2200m band) in Opera 32 over 1000 Km, in Deep Search mode  or Normal Mode (see below images) :



MF activity

and Medium Frequency (630m band)  in CW or JT9-1 (see below image and file audio .mp3) :


...  near ex ships calling wave:

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


DIGITAL mode activity

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



QRP activity

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 by the CGE MF&HF family receiver of year 1941 (model 315):


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - I5EFO
Latest Contacts for I5EFO at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
I1WQR 2016-01-21 40m CW JN44lk Italy RICCARDO DAPINO
3Z9DX 2016-01-11 40m SSB JN99tr Poland Dom Grzyb
IU4DTV 2015-12-28 80m CW JN62ks Italy Massimo Pecoraro
3Z9DX 2015-12-20 15m SSB JN99tr Poland Dom Grzyb
G4XJN 2015-09-24 20m CW IO91np England John WILLIAMSON
CR7AJL 2015-08-29 20m CW IM58kq Portugal Helder Mendes
IK1LJG 2015-08-04 40m CW JN34tx Italy BRUNO FININO
IU0AHC 2015-07-08 40m CW JN62dl Italy Fabrizio PORZIO
DL3HBT 2015-05-16 20m JT65 JO53hu Germany Horst Tiedemann
EA7JMW 2015-04-25 15m JT65 IM66um Spain JOSE LUIS
M0WYH 2015-04-20 20m JT65 IO92bj England Darren Lester
R6LCG 2015-04-20 20m JT65 KN97uh Russia Valeriy Golovenko
OR7T 2015-02-19 636m JT9 JO20ix Belgium Rik Strobbe
S57A 2015-01-30 636m CW jn65tw Slovenia BORIS CELIK
I5MXX 2015-01-19 636m CW jn53ju Italy MARZIO MONCINI

Book Totals: 836 qso's   188 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

Grid Squared Award#11387
Granted: 2016-04-27 18:40:02   (I5EFO)

World Continents Award#3690
Granted: 2015-02-14 19:56:03   (I5EFO)

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