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Ciao!

My name is Stefano (sometimes Steve on the air for simplicity), I'm a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. My origins are in the province of Bologna, northern Italy. I came to Austin in 2012 to study ice on Mars - with an HF orbital radar - and liked it enough to stay a few more years to go through a PhD program.
I've been fascinated by radio and electronics since I was a kid, and my curiosity continued to grow with time. I decided to study and do the tests after seeing a picture of a friend playing with an HF radio.

My shack is also my studio, I come here to work on my research and listen to some QSOs. I love chasing DX, so if I can hear a DX station I'll likely try to work it. Sometimes I go to the UT Austin N5XU club and make DX contacts using that callsign. I'm actually the president of the club since January 2018.
My home station consists of a Yaesu FT-450D, an external tuner and an homebrew OCF dipole that I'm still experimenting with. I've designed it to work on 80-40-20-15-10 meters, but most of 80 and 40 require the external tuner while I get 30 and 6 meters as unexpected bonuses. This taught me not to rely too much on antenna modeling software! I also have a commercial longwire antenna that is currently down.

I also built a computer-radio audio interface for the digital modes. You may find me sometimes playing with them, but I enjoy chasing DX the most. I'm also trying to learn CW, I'm sure one day I'll finally make it! I attended the awesome CW Academy class in 2017, but that learning process was interrupted by a couple of events that set me back for a while. I'm currently going through all the class material again.

I like to experiment with propagation, so you may find me on WSPR. I really enjoy testing how far my signal is heard with low power (usually 1W).

SWL reports and QSLs are welcome on eQSL.

I also have a website with a ham radio section: http://www.nerozzi.it/hamradio/

Thanks for the visit and 73!

 

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