Tony Vieira OA4DX

CWops # 2934, from Lima , Lima , Peru.

Greetings from Lima, hello friends. A brief account of my trajectory on the way to amateur radio and my close contact with Radiotelegraphy.

I was born in São Paulo-Brazil in 1951 and learned Morse code at the age of 16 at the Telegraph Operator Training Course (CFT) at the railway where my father worked, but I was never a professional.

On the contrary, life offered me other ways and after my studies I joined the Military Police Force where I had my entire professional career always in the Communications Department, and for 9 years I was manager of the São Paulo Emergency Network, then PY2REP, in the ARES style, involving Civil Defense issues, and police emergencies. We provided a link between the radio amateur and the institutions through the network of VHF repeaters, at a time that was not even dreamed of before the existence of mobile phones or Internet, between the 70s and 80s, serving an dense area like the city of São Paulo.

My first callsign was granted in 1980 as PY2UFO, and a decade later, 1991 I switched to PY2DX which I still keep active today when I’m in Brazil.

Right after I retired I moved to Peru where I studied Journalism but I didn’t graduate, and I have permanent residence receiving the OA4DX callsign in 2008.

All the time I was active on radio, always on CW – participating in various DXpeditions, contests, and every activity involving Charlie-Whiskey mode.- including the activation of San Lorenço Island IOTA SA-052 in 2014, as OC0I, among others. Among several CW Groups that I’m part of I have special appreciation for the SKCC Group, where I have Member #160T present since its foundation in 2006 .

I’m very happy for the invitation made by Peter Butler W1UU after a nice QSO on 80 meters, and the sponsors of my membership to CWops, N0BK, K1TZQ, N1CC for their kindness and trust, encouraging and preserving the art of telegraphy ever higher and farther – honoring the good name of the CWops group and ham radio around the world.