Dario Piscitello , IT9SSI

CWops# 2137, from Rometta Marea , Messina , Italy.---->View on Google maps

First, I want give a big thank you to my sponsors.

I was born in 1961, I work as a forensic biologist. My experience with ham radio began when I was very young. My uncle Peter (IT9QEK) offered me advice on how to become a Radio Amateur. I start as an SWL in 1975 and my SWL autorization was nr. 2000. I was a shortwave listener for several years, but then decided that I wanted to get my Amateur license. I studied at home with the help of books and also learned Morse code with the help of software in my PC. After passing both exams, I was issued the callsign IT9SSI in 1994.

My main interest in Amateur Radio has always been HF DXing, contests using SSB and CW and from 2015 data modes occasionally. I’ve been on several DXpeditions 5B/IT9SSI AS-004 – 5B/IT9SSI AS-120 – 8A3M OC250 (NEW ONE) – YB3ZES OC-021 – YB3ZES/P OC-237 – Z38/IT9SSI – T70DXC – 4U1ITU – 4U1VIC – HV5PUL and many others Italian Islands. I was a member of the R1MVE DXpedition in 2008, but unfortunately a letter was received from FSB (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation) 22 May 2008 stating the operation from Malyj Vysotskij cannot take place. Therefore, the DXpedition has been cancelled.

I’m very happy to be a member of this great organization. I love CW.

Current equipment includes an old Kenwood TS 950 SDX, a Kenwood TS 50, an Elecraft K3. My antenna is Optibeam 11/3 (10-15-20) and inverted V for 40 and 80. There is also a Yaesu FT 736 r for VHF/UHF with a vertical antenna.

Other interests include, stamp and coin collection, music and astronomy. So, hope I have not bored you and thanks for having me. I am looking forward to becoming more involved with the CWops organization.

This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.