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"Amateur Radio" began practically with the experiments of Guglielmo Marconi in 1895; in fact, Guglielmo Marconi may be considered, for his historical homemade equipment, the first radio amateur of the world. The first association of radio amateurs, the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) was founded in the U.S.A. in 1914; in Italy, the ARI (Associazione Radioamatori Italiani) was founded in 1927, and called "Associazione Radiotecnica Italiana".
I have been active since September 1947; at that time it was necessary to construct the station yourself, or to use "surplus" military equipment, the cost of the rare sets available on the market being absolutely prohibitive. Nowadays it is no longer so and one who wishes to purchase suitable equipment has only too much to choose from, nevertheless, I have continued to build the various items of the station by myself, keeping up with the progress of technology as much as possible.

Pictured above:

  1. Myself at the station built in 1973, during the HAMBIT meeting (Florence 1986).
  2. The first station built in 1947.
  3. The station built in 1951.
  4. The present antennas covering all HF bands from 1.8 to 28 MHz.
  5. The transceiver built in 1991, the heart of my station at present.
In the middle my QSL is depicted, that is the card that radio amateurs, as a rule, exchange to confirm two-way radio contacts.

I have also implemented some free software for amateurs or other interested people, only for personal, "no profit" use. Beginning from March 1999 I'm active also on 137 kHz. Beginning from July 2013 I'm active also on 472 kHz.

To every radio amateur who wishes my opinion on tecnical arguments involved in our activity, I simply say write to me!. To everybody that has not yet been infected from the "virus" of radio, and wishes to know something about our activity, I suggest visiting the site ARRL, American Radio Relay League.
© Cesare Tagliabue I5TGC