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QSL: I answer QSL directly: I'm not member of ARI nor any Radio Amateur Association...

If you want to contribute for the expenses of shipping the QSL card, please donate something via PAYPAL, to my account asbesto@freaknet.org specifying "QSL" ! Thank you! If not, don't worry: I will ship you my QSL anyway! :)

Hi, I'm Gabriele "Asbesto" Zaverio, welcome to my page!

What you see in the main picture is my "Dammuso": is an ancient sicilian building made with stones creating a full ARC. My Dammuso is half dug in the mountain, so I'm into a sort of cavern :) This is my lab, in which I work and enjoy my hobbies.

I'm a radio listener since my childhood. I remember myself listening to "strange alien voices" with my old radio set, or Radio Tirana during the night broadcasts with my little radio and piezo earphone!

This hobby become more serious in early 1997, when I fixed an old National/Matsushita T-46H portable radio receiver, bought for only 3 Euros! . It's still working today: it receive shortwaves from 3 to 21 MHz with no gaps, and it had a fine tune knob (unfortunately, no VFO). It's a great receiver for broadcast stations! :)

After that, I found a modern National RX-M50 portable radio/tape recorder in a trashcan. I also fixed it, and it's one of my favourite portable receiver: it has fine tuning and can receive shortwaves from 2.2 to 23 MHz without a gap! (but still no VFO :) And I can also record tapes of what I listen... very funny! :)

So, I like vintage and old radios. I own an ICOM IC-720A modified by me to get rid of the infamous "rotary switch problem" (from a mod by F5IKI), a YAESU FRG-7 receiver that sound FANTASTIC, and an AOR AR-2800 scanner. 

I'm a SWL since 15/3/2000 and a Radio Amateur since 30/6/2003, but I started being "on air" only since 2007 when I purchased my ICOM IC-720A.

My antenna is a vertical HUSTLER 6BTV with a bunch of radials; I use a MFJ-945E tuner, "it can tune also an iron fork!", as said by my dear friend IW9HQP.

Sometime I'm around the world with my rig, putting weird antennas up and being online with batteries in QRP mode! ;)

I have so few QSO because I like to listen and also I don't like contests. :)


This is my home with my antenna on top of the roof. :)

Hustler 6BTV on my QTH ;)


Some images of my shack and other funny things can be found on my internet site:


and some of my works are on http://zaverio.com/~asbesto/lab ;)

My radio station is powered by a 832 NFA 30A Switching Power Supply.

I hope to learn CW soon; I've not so much time, but I'm trying to follow the great teaching course by I7OHP. :)

My dream? Understanding CW as soon as possible, and getting my hands on a YAESU FT-101EE or a similar vintage one... :)

I recently modded my ICOM IC-720A to get rid of the rotary switch problem; here you can find my mod:


Some other interesting things can be found on http://zaverio.com/~asbesto/lab/ ;)

I HATE contests! In my opinion they are a total waste of time, and I hate them because in the weekend all frequencies are occupied. I hate contests because I can't feel nothing interesting in contacting other HAM's without sharing a bit of talk. So, I like to "talk" in radio, to exchange feelings, hopes, friendship; to have fun. So, since 2007 I only have less than 200 QSO on my logbook (I also like to listen a lot :) )


I recently built a sort of "RigBlaster" interface so now I'm able to have fun in RTTY, PSK-31 and other digital modes :)


P.S. I'm actually creating my personal QSL card, so please be patient; I'm almost done and, when it will be ready, I will mail my QSL to every person in my log. :)


I'm the director of "Museo dell'Informatica Funzionante", a Computer Museum in Palazzolo Acreide, Italy; please check our internet site:



Now, some pictures! :)




This was an artistic installation at Montalbano Elicona (IT), in Sicilia, for http://www.trasformatorio.net, in which I made an installation about radio waves and art; the art piece was the antenna for our DX's. :) More details on Trasformatorio site! :)


That's all for now... thank you for contacting me. \o/




Peace, Love and Cosmic Wisdom! ;)



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - IW9HGS
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UR5WBB 2016-08-17 20m PSK31 Ukraine NIKOLAI PAVLYUK
IW3SMR 2016-06-02 20m RTTY jn65nq Italy Mike
UA3IHJ 2016-05-31 20m RTTY KO67nd Russia Valery
DC6MY 2016-05-31 20m RTTY JN58JO Germany BER...?
UE98PS 2016-05-29 20m PSK63 JJ00aa Asiatic Russia Nick
SV9BMG 2016-05-10 20m rtty KM25ua Crete STELIOS FANOURAKIS
HA5KN 2015-10-04 20m PSK31 JN97ol Hungary Janos Verebes
IR1DCI 2015-06-14 20m RTTY JN34vj Italy Via IK1GPG MASSIMO BALSAMO
DL7GAL 2015-06-14 20m psk31 JN47jx Germany Juergen Schultz
IK7XTG 2014-07-17 20m PSK31 JN71uh Italy PAOLO ANNESE TEL. 339 / 2277619
IN3GNV 2014-04-25 20m PSK31 JJ00aa Italy GIOVANNI MONTI
IZ2MZK 2014-04-25 20m PSK125 JN62ks Italy Diego
IW2CTV 2014-04-23 20m PSK63 JN62ks Italy
S58X 2014-04-21 20m PSK63 JN76tn Slovenia BORUT ZALIK
R3FO 2013-10-27 20m PSK31 KO86ri Russia Nickolay V. Botsman

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