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DXCC TOP HONOR ROLL with 353 Confirmed DXCC Countries

DXCC HONOR ROLL since 1996  


 My beloved and since 1988 year in site 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, Overseas First Class Any Mode #100 and M.O.P.-Most Overall Progress Award 2016. For "Emil" RSARS and RAFARS are families to which is very fond.


        2016 Winner of RSARS G3DPS (MOP) Award 




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.

The first son "Gabriel" (SWL I5-2701-FI, member of Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society - RAFARS # 4873 and NAQCC #8952,as his father "Emil", see HamCall.net I52701FI) is an Attorney (Lawyer of Criminal and Civil law) and the second son "Dan" (IW5EFO, CWops #1574, SKCC #15062 and NAQCC #8953) is Physician (Medical Doctor of Haematological Diseases):"Emil" has four grandchildren for now. 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 1988-1998, of two Yaesu FT-747GX rtx, one Sommerkamp FT-757GX, one Yaesu FT-817, a 360 FT Long Wire antenna and many MFJ and Ten Tec QRP transceivers and 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 Gold  Award Century Certificate (Gold CC ) #353 for 500 points, FISTS 4 Million Millionaire #176, FISTS 1xQRP #135, SKCC Senator #255, SKCC PFX #240 Px6 and SKCC WAS #386.

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" 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):




I'm also a "prepper" with two Radiological Ion Chamber Survey Meters (a Victoreen CDV-715 and an Eberline RO-2), two Geiger Counters (a Victoreen CDV-700 and an homebrew with ZP-1400 geiger tube) and one Scintillation Dose Rate meter with EMI 9757B Photomultiplier tube.

As "prepper" I keep and cure my all tubes radio stations (RX and CW&SSB RTX) and electricity generator, what can withstand EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) resulting from very very strong detonation. I keep and cure my old cars without electronic parts (two VW Beetle '70s era and one VW Golf  '80s era).

All this for not return to the "stone age" !!! Hi Hi


My meteo station address is https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=ICAPANNO11

My guestbook address is http://users2smartgb.com/g/g.php?a=s$amp;i=g26-33176-6a


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