Feb.2017: UltraBeam !

with the first nice weather, the good TH5 Hy Gain it’s been replaced by a powerful and actual  UltraBeam 3 elements 6-20 meters yagi … first test was on full functionality, elements adjustement and check of CAT command through PC to rtx … also rotator it’s been improved and now is an HAM IV always by Hy Gain.



Posted March 2, 2017 by iz1esm in News

Sept.2016: VHF IARU reg.1 contest

After long time I’d Enjoy again this VHF appointment and worked 6 hours category in Saturday using the VHF home setup like Elecraft K3 and transverter TR144- H by Kuhne with 500 W on a single 17 el. M2-5WL … without adding  other antenna systems. The activity was interesting and after the usual short QRB contacts with nearest zone answering to my call, finally I’ve looked to improve the final QRB average (and also my personal pleasure) with some DX QSO. Not new calls or locators: ODX with OM6A (as usual) and its 902 Km and for stats 16 QSO over 700Km and among others the QSO in JO31 with DL0GM and jn JN94 with YT4B …. not so usuals squares  from home location … closed with declared of nr. 109 QSO and over 45K points with 416 QRB average really in-line with past results with similar working/location conditions. On Italian side I would like to highlight the usual top ops/teams activities as IQ4AX drived by IK4WKU Marco, the new call IQ5NN for Nerone Team with I5PVA Paolo and IK5ZWU Andrej, the IK1TBE Team drived by I1AXE then IO2V with IK2CFR Marco and his team, this time (as already done on 2001/2002) working over 3000 mt a.s.l. from “Marmolada” for sure the biggest Italian windows on EU countries and at the end with the great operation done by IK3UNA Mirko that worked DQ8T contest club form DG8NCO shack in JO50 that gained a top score (over 600 QSO more than 210K pts) in Italy normally reached  only by multioperators and portable teams: really a great job !


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UPDATE:  6° place over 153 attendees on official result IARU Contestanalysis link .



Posted September 12, 2016 by iz1esm in News

Sept.2016 : IZ1ESM CQ WPX Contest result

Good news  about  last Mach activity on CQ WPX SSB HF contest… not marked but gained also position # 13 in the Word.


Posted September 11, 2016 by iz1esm in News

Agust 2016: lot of IT9 on “Field Day Sicilia” VHF …

This year the appointment was attended by a lot of IT9 stations thanks the  effort of many local HAM , IT9FDS among others , to have each years bigger VHF activities  and the result it’s been for sure reached: on August, 21 I’ve worked  nr. 11 stations in the North Sicily border,  like in the map, with QRB coming from 872 Km with  IT9NVE in JM67LX  to 964 Km with IT9BLY (ODX) in JM78RD . Thanks Sicily’s HAM for this opportunity and next year I really suggest to don’t forget this contest !


Posted August 24, 2016 by iz1esm in News

April 2016: HF tuner Palstar AT2K

Just replaced the HF tuner MFJ 989C, in the shack since an old trip to Freidericheshafen (2001),  with the powerful Palstar AT2K .. just looking the external dimensions and confirmed by the same range of the capacitors (4,5Kv) drived by 6:1 ratio Vernier dials more than the inductor variable ceramic core roller with a silver plated roller wheel and an high precision mechanical counter, this tuner gives a good idea about its performance … it is capable of manage 2KW PEP SSB from 1,8 to 54MHz .

Posted April 25, 2016 by iz1esm in News

March 2016: worked on CQ WPX SSB contest

The first HF contest experience  started with the category choice, dropped on Single Op, 15mt, Low Power, Assisted, TB, then some quick tests with the powerful QARTtest contest software by IK3QAR , and rig “setup” like the YAESU FT2000 (100W) more the voice keyer MFJ434B with the Heil headset and  footswitch …  The band was really crowded with many prefixes on-air, as the intent of this contest due they are multipliers, and only the power limitation of my category has added a bit difficulty to complete some QSO (especially in answering while not on my CQ calls), caused by the power difference because the OMs contacted often were HP, furthermore adding for sure the worsening of reception levels due local high QRM everywhere … remarkable on Saturday the first CQ with a nice East land feedback particularly from JA, and Sunday late afternoon when the band normally went closed while this time had a new increment peak with a lot of activity until 22Z that seemed with no end …

I’ve really joined this experience and I’ll surely reapeat and improve it because this time I’ve lost too much time with personal problems both days  … In the end  I’ve reached  385 QSOs for a declared over 290K pts. but this time the points weren’t the real objective ….

UPDATE on 06, April 2016 :

as  in the picture from CQ WPX web site the RAW score where I’m temporary in positions :      # 1 ITALY ,  #3 EUROPE ,  #13 WORLD



Posted April 3, 2016 by iz1esm in News

June 2015: 144 MHz E Sporadic , finally …

The last events I’ve joined was in 2013 and finally on 2015 I had the chances to work a nice ES opening on 22 June so within 17 minutes I did 10 QSO with UK stations and amog these the TOP DX of 1741Km with GM8IEM in IO78HF .

here the full log:

17:28 GM4CXM, IO75TW 1507Km; 17:30 G4KUX, IO94BP 1295Km; 17:33 GM4JR, IO85FB 1400Km; 17:35 M0CTP, IO93QU 1176Km; 17:36 G0EAT, IO93OU 1183Km; 17:37 M0DTS; IO94IL 1258Km; 17:38 GM4EOU, IO86PF 1467Km; 17:39 GM8IEM IO78HF 1741Km; 17:42 GM4ILZ; IO87IP 1615Km; 17:45 GM4FVM; IO85WU 1412Km.

As ususally, more info about this and other ES opening in “E-Sporadic Summary” news on MMMonVHF web site.


Posted June 23, 2015 by iz1esm in News

March 2015: the milestone in the shack ..

I’ve been looking for a YAESU FT1000 transceiver since long time and now finally is in the shack … the charm of this milestone is really incredible.

Introduced at the end of ’80 with the high-end competitors  like Icom IC781  and Kenwood TS 950 , this rtx came out as “… the highest third-order input intercept of any commercial radio ever tested in the ARRL Lab … “ more ” .. .ultimate contesting and Dxing machine available today  …  YAESU has every reason to be proud of this achievement …” on Product Review in QST March 1991. In the short test performed until now, I’ve been really impressed about the result by the comparision with the most modern transceiver on the desk …

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Posted March 6, 2015 by iz1esm in News

Sept. 2014: HF antenna system ready !

The TH-5MK2 by “Hy-gain” has finally found it’s right location over the 12 mt. “Angelucci” tower with trolley, driven with cellflex RFS LCF14-50 and inflex RT 50/20 cables while the rotator is a CD45 always “CDE Hy-Gain”. I know that this antenna isn’t “actual” (i.e. without WARC bands or dynamical) but is for sure enough for my actual HF target.


Posted August 28, 2014 by iz1esm in News

July 2014: 9A VHF awards 2013

I was very surprised about the home reception of these awards by traditional mail. Really appreciated ! Thanks to RADIO CLUB “KUTINA” and 9A VHF managers.


Posted July 3, 2014 by iz1esm in News

May 2014: ARI VHF Trophy Award 2013

Last May,18th, I attended the ARI VUSHF Meeting in Marina di Pietrasanta where I received this award for the 1st place in the 2013 ARI VHF Trophy cat.6h  from Alex IK3KKW ARI VUSHF Manager. It was a very nice end for an intense 2013 season lived with Roberto I1BPU, starting with some “contest” setup improvements to my fixed station, until the portable operation of July and November as detailed in the previous posts and also with the big result in September again in fixed station but with Davide IZ2UPJ. The main competitor Alex IW3INQ and his team (IK3TPP, IV3KKW and others ) has been overtaken with a great and powerful effort, always with setup changes more than improvements and relative better results.

2013 VHF ARI Ttophy

Posted June 5, 2014 by iz1esm in News

May 2014: meet up Carlo Bianconi, IK4ISQ

With the chance gave me by a recent trip to Bologna, I’ve meet Carlo in his lab and due he is Official Elecraft Dealer and Service, I’ve brought the K3 to check it, in order to verify the main operational status.  Really interesting looking while Carlo was testing and verifing my K3 with his high professional skill and his high-level instruments.


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Posted May 21, 2014 by iz1esm in News

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Posted May 20, 2014 by iz1esm in News

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VHF Int.”Cinisello” May 2014: looking for DX …

In this appointment  I’ve tried to hunt any good DX available on the band, leaving any relation about the total score, but only looking for the system capability in order to evaluate one time more any possible improvement. For this reason the “home setup” with Elecraft K3 & Kuhne TR144 and the M2 2M5WL 17 el. it’s been used without any addition due his capability on that kind of activity. The tropo condition was nice since the contest startup on  saturday confirmed with  the good QSO with OM3W in JN99CH and 874Km going to the ODX with HA6W and his KN08 with 974Km worked in the evening. On Sunday, the tropo condition wasn’t so good, confirmed by some unlucky test on sked through KST chat, however some interesting QSO has be done like with  HG7B in JN97 and 865Km , 9A0V in JN95 and 850Km or OM5AW in JN88 and 827Km .

At the end the total QRB average about this test was 653 Km. Here a graphic detail:




Posted May 16, 2014 by iz1esm in News

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Upgrading Bird 43 with PeP card

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to get this original Bird kit upgrade (mod.4300-400) that convert any Model 43 to accurately read Peak as well as CW power. The main card of this kit need to be fixed directly on the instrument, while at the place of DX socket for extra element, must to be installed a command plate with a switch and a LED to indicate the meter is switched to Peak mode. Here few shot to show the steps of this easy and  “no wiring” installation …..


Posted May 14, 2014 by iz1esm in News

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VHF Int. Contest “Lario” March 2014

This appointment was performed with a temporary installation of a 10el. BJ9BV design added to the main 17el. 2M5WL drived by the new couple Elecraft K3 more Kuhne TR144 and 500W. The activity was related to winter conditions with a low average and not enough interesting DX but anyway on the top 20 QSO there are nr. 4 QSO over 800 Km and 16 QSO on 600 / 700 Km range while the DX was with HA5KDQ in JN97LN and his 853 Km. The first experience with the improved setup it’s been very interesting showing the high capability of the system.

Clicking here the pictures about  QSO map and the TOP20.



Posted March 10, 2014 by iz1esm in News

Feb. 25, 2014: finally up !

Thanks to the big help and availability of Fabio, IW1BND and my son Gabriele, finally my tower is raised up ! Really a long work, many time paused, but at the end I can count on a 11mt. (a.g.l.)  50cm side tower (with trolley). Now only few details need to be finished , but the most important step has been done.

Here some pictures about the installation:

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Posted March 4, 2014 by iz1esm in News

2014 VHF season: ready !

This is the main setup for the next VHF season : Elecraft K3 and Kuhne TR144H +40 ;  17el. 5WL M2 inc. ;  Italab Phoenix 1000A.



Posted February 13, 2014 by iz1esm in News

Last 2013 setup update: Elecraft K3 !

What better way to close  the winning 2013 VHF Activity with a new setup upgrade like a new rtx K3 by Elecraft ? I don’t think more other : so here in the shack my last improvement, instead of my glorious Yaesu FT1000 MP ( still on side) to drive the TR144H+40  transvert by Kuhne El. (DB6NT).
The K3 was arrived on 24,Dec in “VHF model”  like K3/10 with the option KXV3A transverter interface, in kit version. In the firsts 5, 6 hours available, I’ve assembled it without any problems: the instructions are very detailed and all the parts supplied have found their location. At the end, after hold my breath at the first power up, I’ve started to experience the basically functions in order to discover and learn how to take advantage by it’s high performance. After the mainly setup and some test  in HF bands, the K3 is already connected to the Kuhne …



The first approach was very interesting  and a few time after the use on-air, is quicly and easy understand the fame and the success of this great and widely reviewed tranceiver. I have also connected the PMSDR on IF out and with POWER SDR/IF-stage software now I am testing the PC based Panadaper tool for the next ES and  Tropo activity season.

Pictures about assembling clicking on the line below :

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Posted January 3, 2014 by iz1esm in News

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2013 ARI Trophy last step: [MMC] Marconi Memorial VHF

I’ve reached this last appointment with the 2nd position in the 2013 ARI VHF Trophy “6 hour category” and about 5k pts backward so, in order to try to gain the 1st position, I haven’t any other choice to make a portable operation: obviously the season bring many doubts about weather conditions especially on high mountain locations ! Moreover Roberto I1BPU cooperation was not sure until few hours before the deadline … but at the end he confirmed and we started with this hard attempt.
Saturday, after about 3 hours travelling arrived in place over 1500 mt a.s.l. but unfortunately inside fast clouds with low visual, strong (and cold) wind and high humidity level. In this situation we have raised up the two systems, a 2 x 7 el. and a 4 x 5 el. (all vertically stacked) on DK7ZB design h.b. by Roberto …


A quick test with the antenna analyzer highlighted a problem on the 4 x 5 system (also if all checked before) that forced us to tear down and then up again all the system to clear it, and in that bad weather conditions isn’t been so simple . The dark of the evening was arrived early but we finish antenna mounting not long after  … On Sunday morning we were really pleased to see the two system still upright, due the high wind bursts of the night, and still there, so we started to connect all equipments inside the van.. then the first QSO in log … the local activity appeared less than usual related to the other contest due to “only CW”  reason, but on the other side the higher QRB average is evident and many good QSO with remarkable QRB are easily in log simply coming back to our call on our QRG. This is confirmed by the 30% of QSO that have QRB over 700Km (detailed on nr.3>900Km, nr.17>800Km, nr.19>700Km), by the 7 QSO in KN field (from 04 to 08) and also by the ODX with YU7ACO in KN05QC and his 959Km. Obviously the “KST” chat has brought some support to our hunting but hasn’t defined a heavy result difference. All the activity was done while the weather conditions were changing with the first sun was breaking the overcast …. At 14 UTC all switched off, and we go ahead to dismount all, finishing more than 2 hours later and more 3 hour’s travel for archive this hard but nice and successful experience with Roberto, closing with these numbers:

158 QSO, QRB average 481Km, DX YU7ACO in KN05QC QRB 959Km, declared 76089 points

and, as said, inside these ; nr. 51 differents WWL, nr.13 DXCC calls,  42% points vs. dist. over 700Km,  nr. 3 QSO over 900Km QRB, nr.17 over 800Km QRB , nr.19 over 700Km and nr. 18 calls 9A, nr. 11 calls HA, 17 calls OK, nr.8 calls OM ending with nr.21 calls S5 , nr. 5 calls YU and nr. 1 call ON … really fun !

Now 2013 VHF season is over, waiting the final classement …..

UpDate on Nov. 15 :  claimed score cat. 6 hours from ARI Bologna web site tnx to IZ4DYN MMC contest manager

IZ1ESM/1 76089
IW3INQ/IV3 52340
IW4AJP/4 22569
IZ4FTB 22547

UpDate on Dic. 14 :  final score cat. 6 hours from ARI Bologna web

Categoria 6 ore   (59)
CL Nominativo Locator Aslm Antenna Power Qso Dich. ODX DX Ricalcolo ERR. ERR. Finale %
qso punti
1 IZ1ESM/1 JN44OR 1510 2×7 & 4×5 500 158 76.089 YU7ACO 959 75.986 4 2.001 73.985 2.5 %
2 IW3INQ/IV3 JN65QQ 5 4x8jxx2 500 140 51.918 DL2YDS 711 52.274 12 5.397 46.877 8.5 %
+ 4x8jxx2
3 IZ4FTB JN54PL 70 Yagi 11 El. 500 61 22.547 OL4K 764 22.520 6 2.623 19.897 9.8 %


Posted November 4, 2013 by iz1esm in News

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October 2013: new improvement with a PHOENIX 1000 LDMOS amp. by ITALAB

Recently I’ve decided to upgrade the glorious and very reliable amplifier AM6155 by ITT Aerospace  with his 8930 Eimac tube and over 500W (in my shack since year 2000 and sold few days ago) with a new generation technology amp offered by the last equipments on the market.  After some phone calls I’ve met Nico, ITALAB head, in his lab nearby Milan to purchase his last product:

PHOENIX 1000A 144MHz, 8W @ 1 KW,  Tho-Tzu CX600N / CX140D relais,

EATON-TDK APR48 power supply and MRFE 6VP61K25H Freescale LD MOS

Really a compact and powerful equipment. Below some pictures about Nico while is testing my amplifier on his power desk (with Franco I2FHW on the background), checking the full power and all protections (max.input, high SWR … etc.) and finally the new amplifier test in my shack …..

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more detailed info about LDMOS amp on ITALAB web site.

Posted October 22, 2013 by iz1esm in News

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IARU VHF 2013: over 80K points in 6 hours !

I never reach a great result like this from my home station on side of QSO number and total score … really a great result and probably is the Italian record in 6 hour category from fixed station and, more important, also this time in the current ARI trophy season, the score is better then the previous (beyond the portable op.). 
In the shack I’ve had the cooperation of my dear friend IZ2UPJ Davide (ex IW1DMC) that give me his really appreciated availability while I1BPU Roberto was engaged as a member of the IK3UNA, Mirko’s Team , moreover the home setup it’s been improved with a temporary 2×7 elements DK7ZB h.m. provided by IZ1GDZ Cesare (thanks) in addition to the main 17 elements by M2 inc. (2M5WL) drived by the couple FT1000MP with the Kuhne TR144H+40 and the power (500W) splitted in the two aerial systems.

The activity it’s been in high level as IARU VHF reg.1 main contest, also if lower in the nearby area, with nice QSO in 9A (nr.21), OK/OM (nr.20), S5 (nr. 22) with a total of nr. 2 QSO over 900Km and nr. 19 QSO over 700Km. and among that YT4B from JN94SD and HG7B from JN97LW really loud, until the best DX with OM6W in JN99LJ and its QRB of 927 Km. QSO Map

 208 QSO, DX OM6W in JN99LJ, QRB 927, average 386Km, declared of 80423 points 

Now 2 month in stand-by, waiting the last 2013 ARI Trophy appointment : Memorial Marconi VHF CW on next Nov.02/03 fighting for the first position

Here the audio of the QSO with SN7L from JO70SS and his 825 Km posted in SO3Z  web site: 


Update on Oct.2013: 2nd place on the pubblished classement where you can find also a deep analysis about zone activity Link 


Posted October 22, 2013 by iz1esm in News

9A Activity Contest 2013

It’s long time that I’m active looking for DX each third sunday morning due the “VHF Activity Contest” present in the East Lands, but I’ve never sent the logs. This year, also thanks to 9A2HM mail invitation received in February and in order to highlight the VHF activity of my zone gaining more attention in the International contest (i.e. antenna turning), I’ve decided to send the log in “9A VHF portal” of my activity.

After the first log sent about the 5° period (May) with a score of 21 QSO and 13722 pts, average 653Km/QSO and the  pos. of this period, while the 6°  tournament (June) has got a better result with 35 QSO for 24264 pts. and an average og 693Km/QSO, that reach the  position in this classement. Need to be highlighted the good QRB average of these appointments that permit to have a low total QSO numbers but with remarkable total score: the nearby competitors often are over 100 QSO instead my few but long contacts. I hope to have time availability to attend the next appointments. More info and full classement on 9A VHF portal.

9A web

Here the extract of my results:

Pos.Nr. Call CToSc Cla Cla Cla cc ToSc cc QSO Point
9A Act. QSO ODX QRB or Km/
Period.       qso
5 May  7.  IZ1ESM  15171  23  9A0V  850  13722  21  653
6 June  4.  IZ1ESM  24264  35  9A0V  850  24264  35  693
7 July  6.  IZ1ESM  21858  32  9A0V  850  21091  31  680
9 Sept  7.  IZ1ESM  12536  18  9A0V  850  12536  18  696
11 Nov.  7.  IZ1ESM  16906  26  YU1LA  971  15597  24  650

update on Jan 14;   3rd place in 2013 final classement for station outside 9A.

Stanice izvan 9A – (Station outside 9A)

    A – 145 MHz Jedan operator – (Single operator)

Nr. Call UKUPNO I Per. II Per. III Per. IV Per. V Per. VI Per. VII Per. VIII Per. IX Per. X Per. XI Per.
1.  S56P 459828 61052 59432 55582 64710 63828 49983 54353 50888
2.  HG3X 449227 33447 60999 64534 54211 57808 64066 57151 57011
3.  IZ1ESM 87210          13722  24264  21091    12536    15597 

Full data table are on-line here


Posted September 18, 2013 by iz1esm in News

2013 ARI Trophy: July step, IZ1ESM/1 from JN44OR !

In order to improve again the score and after the previous test from my home locator and thinking to have reach the physical limit of my location, this time me and Roberto, I1BPU have decided to … pass up to the portable operation.
Saturday 06 July in the afternoon we moved in JN44OR at 1550 mt ASL, a wonderful location that only with the panorama let thinking about wonderful performance….but we have encountered the first problem due the BPU “Contest VAN” didn’t gained the top of the field with the wheels sleeping on the humid grass, and only pulling it with the 4×4 we arrived in the right place. Started with the two  antenna systems mounting, the first with turnable 2 v.stacked 7 elements and then the second with 4 v.stacked 5 elements fix to NNW, all on DK7ZB design H.M. by Roberto and after the place in position of the Power Generators.
In the evening we started to connect all the radio setup inside the Van and performed the first receiving test in order to verify all the systems, but we have encountered the second problem: a remarkable low signals on the 4×5 group confirmed by high SWR . At 0:00 AM we decided to take down the system (dismounting step by step the stack) finding the problem. Found it, we fit up again the system, finishing at 1:00 AM.
Sunday 07 July  after the last check, we have started our 6 hours: the first was closed with 61 QSO (!) and after the second the QSO numbers was 105 (!). It was  the first time the I experienced a mini pile-up on my calls on VHF … really extraordinary. Also incredible is the “normal” replay at our calls of YU station from KN field. Very high the feedback received from  9A, OK and YU lands stations, many with strong signals that has  permitted  really fast QSO.

The difference of the location has definitely done the confirmation of the powerful range because  also the best setup cannot be compared with the position chances, and this one is wonderful ! The top is reached in the DX with  YO2YLN from KN15 and his 1011km …. and at the end we have nr. 19 QSO over 800km !
between the other, the best numbers are nr. 27  9A,  nr.25  DL, nr. 18  F, nr. 11 OK , nr. 6 HA and nr.9  YU and with nr. 10  JO more nr. 7 KN field locators, permitting this great final result :

229 QSO, DX YO2YLN, QRB 1011, average 393Km, declared of 90041 points

For our knowledge, is the highest score never reached in the 6 hours category … really a great success !! and this probably will get the temporary first position in the ARI Trophy, but for sure it’s been a great interesting HAM experience, and also this time thanks to Roberto and his incredible enthusiasm.

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Posted July 18, 2013 by iz1esm in News

E-Sporadic 144 MHz summary on 2013

June, 18


Third chanches of this 2013 ES season with a new big opening in the later afternoon where the east zone has been present for more than 2 hours, ending with a fast QSB of the last QSO. More evident than the previous opening, the “reception” zone with some close locator was still working while not here and viceversa but not enough to avoid some little pile-up. To leave the band clear, also this time from my side I’ve used 150W. The log:

16:52 LZ1ZX KN32IO ; 16:59 LZ1ZP KN22ID ; 16:59 LZ1KG KN31CS ; 17:03 TA1D KN41LB ; 17:08 LZ1DP KN22TK ; 17:09 LZ1JH KN12PQ  ; 17:10 LZ3RX KN12TQ ; 17:15 LZ2RBB KN12QP ; 17:20 LZ1GHT KN12QP ; 17:22 UX0XFF KN45KJ ; 17:48 YO6XK KN25BS ;  17:55 YO7GM KN05EI ; 17:59 YO3FOU KN34BK ; 18:21 YU5C  KN02XX ; 18:24 ER1LW KN46KW  ; 18:29 LZ2ZY KN13OT ; 18:32 LZ2FO KN13KX


June, 09 ESmapEU_09giu13

Second opening worked on 2013, but this one really great since long time… I’ve started at 17:20 UTC and a lot of activity is gone until 18:50 …in the log 9 CT stn adn 8 EA stn.. this time also a remarkable high local activity due  sunday holiday. Here the log:

17:21 CT1DDW IN60BP ; 17:26 EA4AZZ IN80AR : 17:28 CT1HZE IM57NH ; 17:30 CT1HSO IN61CB ; 17:37 EA4BMF IM69TL ; 17:40 EA4LU  IM68TV ; 17:46 EC4TR  IN80ER ; 17:48 CT1ANO IN51RE ; 17:55 EA1BYA IN70WW ; 17:58 CT1ASM IN60BP ; 18:01 EA1BYC IN70DX ; 18:10 CT1APE IM59KL ; 18:18 EA4RN  IN80BC ; 18:19 EA7ITL IM66WK ; 18:21 CS7/PD0HNL IM67EF ; 18:45 CT1EWD IM58KP ; 18:50 CT2ILN IM59JK.


May, 30 ES30may13

Today I’had the opportunity to enjoy the first couple of ES QSO in this year …
After hearing EA1ASC but quickly dropped in the noise, the first chance at h 18:12 CT1BXT frm IM59PF ( 1556 km) and after dinner, the second openiing at h 19:53 CT1DIZ frm IM58PK (1602 km) with a strong signal (over 10dB) really coming up like a thunderbolt . Remarkable the very low number of station active on the band in both side, missing the opportunity to take advantage about this strong ES opening. More info about the 2013 ES opening season with full database on MMMONVHF site .


Posted June 4, 2013 by iz1esm in News

May 2013, back on 50MHz again …


Since 2002 I haven’t works on six meter … my activity on  this band, was started on 1999 when the 50MHz was available also for class. 2 licensed, and  that time as IW1ESM, I’ve got the first experience with a Kenwood TS60 ( 50-54 MHz 100W ) and a simple 4el. Fracarro ( modified TV antenna for VHF channel E2 ).

Few time later I’ve upgrade the aerial in a A50-6S by Cuschcraft, installed in a little 6mt.  tower, and also the transceiver in a more flexible Yaesu FT100. Also if I’ve bought a 6 el. by Hy-Gain (mod. 66DX) I’ve never installed, and in the last day I’ve sold it. Looking on web cluster a lot of spot about six, I’ve decided to install my old 4el .again and just today I have enjoyed some nice EU QSO with a full day ES … really fun ! so, back on 50 MHz again ….

Posted May 18, 2013 by iz1esm in News

2012 ARI VHF Trophy Award

Last May,11 I’am attended the ARI VUSHF Meeting in Marina di Pietrasanta where I’have received this award about the 2012 ARI VHF Contest season from Alex IK3KKW ARI VUSHF Manager. It has been a vey nice sunday between many contest operators, with the great opportunity to exchange information, impression, and experience about our activity.


Here some pictures of the meeting

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Posted May 18, 2013 by iz1esm in News

2013 VHF A.R.I. Trophy : the second step ..

May,05 2013  VHF Intern. “Cinisello  Balsamo”:

Another nice Contest with I1BPU Roberto, using one time more an upgraded and powerful system rather than before. A new 2x7el. DKZB system ,vertically stacked and fixed to SE has been added to the previous setup of the 1x17el. 2M5WL and a 4x5el. DK7ZB system also vertically stacked and fixed to E direction: these three systems have got a large coverage allowing to capture an extended area full time. Furthermore, the first test on-air of the TR144H+40 by Kuhne, has got a very good impression with an optimized FT1000MP setup: only one very close local station (with an uncertain output quality)  have created sometimes little problems to this strong couple.

Analyzing the result, also if we have obtained an higher QSO number and a good score improvement, the location don’t permit the right jump related to the system upgrade. This is easily observed looking the operating system condition of other competitors, also in other category, that with more simple system can obtain a bigger result (more QSO ad higher score). Also the useful QSO maps that we can find everywhere on Internet, highlight that the main Italian activity area is centered in the nord west and in nord center Italy zone.
Anyway a personal higher score it’s been reached, and this is really close to  the best one obtained in the past 24h contest but now worked only in 6 hours:

165 QSO: DX OL9W in JN99CL with 884km, 6 qso OVER 800km,  declared of 62220 points      Report   QSO map

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Posted May 10, 2013 by iz1esm in News

Apr.2013: new transverter TR144 H+40 by KUHNE electronic GmbH of DB6NT

Great improvement of the 144Mhz setup with this new arrival !  After the use of the LT2S since 1999 I’ve decided to get the most quoted transverter actually available on the market: the TR144 H +40 by Kuhne electronic.  It’s been supplied with the option nr.05 related to 14MHz  IF frequency, in oder to take advantage about the best receiver linearity of many rigs, including the  YAESU FT1000 MP, on that frequency. Now I hope to test it in contest asap.


here more pics during IF setting for FT1000 MP and separation of RX/TX line

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Posted April 5, 2013 by iz1esm in News

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March, 2013: “Contest Sezioni VHF” worked with call IQ1AO/1

After long time and some nice results (2° on 2001 and 2002 in 2nd class call category with my old call IW1ESM) , this year I’ve  decided to participate to the contest related to the ARI sections but, enjoying the spirit of the contest, I’ve chosen to use the ham-call of section ARI of Casale Monferrato nr.1503 were I’m proud signed:  IQ1AO/1 . Basically on this contest the multiplier are the ARI section number and for this reason hunting the new one is very fun. Started with a lot of I2 zone, a great crowded field, followed by I3 and many I5, two I0 until IC8FAX and IC8AJU from JN70 and F1EIT in JN03 closing with nr. 14 QSO in 9A land (no one Slovenian Station heard: all on holidays ?) but unfortunately I’ve not taken any improvement by the presence on air of the Chzech Activity contest active in the morning. Nice it’s been to receive the support of other ARI Casale  members,  like Giuseppe I1OJE, Mario I1RJP, Sergio I1KFH, Giampiero IW1CKM and Giovanni IW1ANL. Thanks to all!   Here the result:

108 QSO and 49 section;  DX 9A4V in JN75KI with 817km,  declared of 1248030 points 


Update on Oct.2013: IQ1AO/1 3rd place in the final classement, and 3rd place as “North Italy ARI Section”


Posted March 20, 2013 by iz1esm in News

2013 VHF A.R.I. Trophy : SEASON STARTED !

March,03 2013: VHF Int. “Lario”:

Great news! In this appointement with Roberto, I1BPU the setup it’s been improved with a temporary installation of a 4x5el. (design DK7ZB,  HM by I1BPU) vertically stacked and fixed to 70° in addition to the main 17el. by M2 mod. 2M5WL. The power it’s been divided in the two systems, full active on TX  with the choice of the RX group. Also the operations it’s been centered on the “CQ calling” instead of  finding QSO on the band going only on reply. These changes, have permitted to reach a remarcable result about QSO number and final score (NB always related to 6hour operation and previous editions):

145 QSO:  DX OM3W in JN99CH with 875km, 6 qso OVER 800km,  declared of 51897 points  Map   Rep

P1030551 P1030560 P1030601


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Posted March 5, 2013 by iz1esm in News

2012 ARI VHF Trophy ** IZ1ESM: 2° place **

First note: this post is updated after each contest of the VHF ARI Trophy 2012 where I join the 6 hour category (cat.59: sigle or multi op./fixed or port.station). The data are referred to claimed score and the result are confirmed on official ARI web site.

2013, 20 Feb.  Final classement: 2nd  position.

on ARI website, have been published the final classement of the 2012 VHF Trophy, where I’ve gained the 2nd position. This is a very nice result, especially if compared with the winner team of  IW3INQ,  for sure an high level team but based on multioperator and portable station. Moreover the latest operating mode differences with the long (neverending) setup optimization, have permitted to overtake IZ1OKG team (also multiop. and portable station) since the middle of the season, underlined also with the first place and the good score of the last two appointement  IARU and Marconi.  Here the podium of the Trophy, and you can find whole classement in the official data.

Categoria 6-Ore 144
P. Nominativo Lario Cinisello Roma IARU VHF Marconi P, FINALI
1 IW3INQ 63.320 76.143 62.617 34.236 24.168 260.484
2 IZ1ESM 27.278 39.188 45.311 51.249 29.189 192.215
3 IZ1OKG 28.918 46.446 39.117 37.346 25.665 177.492


3/4 Nov, VHF Int. “Memorial Marconi CW”

With the support of the friends Alvaro IK1RAG, Luigi IK1YFE and Fabio IK1YEZ , I have joined the nice contest where the DX possibilities is very high. This is confirmed by nr. 3 QSO over 900 Km and nr. 11 QSO in the range 700-900 Km with also a nice QRB average of 540 Km/QSO. The top was nr. 2 KN locator (04 and 08) and nr. 3 JN99. THANKS GUYS ! This is the last contest of this year and I am waiting the final classement ….

nr:QSO  54 DX Call HA6W DX Loc. KN08FB  DX QRB 975 QSO Avg 540 Pts. 29189 Contest Class. 1  Trophy Temp. pos. 2


1/2 Sept, VHF Int. IARU reg. 1

One hundred eighteen ! Yes, 118 QSO and a total score near 54k points !   This is a very nice improvement and now the comparation with full time contest worked in the first year  2000 is very close.  About  DX side,  nr. 1 QSO over 900 km ( always with OM6A) , after nr. 9 QSO over 800Km and  nr. 21 QSO in the range 600/800 Km …. inside this , there are nr 23 OK/OM stn. in log…

UPD: in the final classement, I’ve gained the FIRST place…the temporary second position in the Trophy is always more stable …

nr:QSO 118 DX Call OM6A DX Loc. JN99JC DX QRB 902 QSO Avg 455 Pts. 53719 Contest Class.   Trophy Temp. pos.



7/8 July, VHF Int. “Città di Roma”

Finally 100 QSO !    It’s for sure a relative endline, but in 6 hours from fixed station and in this geographical location, I never gain this result … obviusly the score mounted up over 47k normally joined in the 24 hours contest operation … nr. 2 QSO over 900Km and nr. 20 QSO in the range 700/900 Km … This improvement take me in second place of the temporary Trophy classement …

nr:QSO 100 DX Call YT7C DX Loc. JN94XC DX QRB 917 QSO Avg 478 Pts. 47758 Contest Class. 2°  Trophy Temp. pos.


5/6 May, VHF Int. “Cinisello  B.”

Best average from March but only few QSO more . Nice score improvement over 40k .. nr. 7 QSO over 800 Km but no new DX or WWL worked  .

nr:QSO  84 DX Call OL9W DX Loc. JN99CL DX QRB 884 QSO Avg 489 Pts. 41051 Contest Class. 3°  Trophy Temp. pos.


3/4 March,  VHF Int. “Lario ”   

The first contest of the year is always influenced by the winter season and also the station in portable aren’t so much and the tropo conditions are very low. Anyway, a result with regular score without any improvements since lastest year.

nr:QSO  71 DX Call 9A4V DX Loc. JN95KI DX QRB 816 QSO Avg 392 Pts. 27794 Contest Class. 3°  Trophy Temp. pos.


Posted November 14, 2012 by iz1esm in News

Oct.21, 2012: Meeting with Roberto, I1BPU in my shack.

Really a nice and interesting  Sunday morning …. I meet Roberto, I1BPU in my shack in order to test and compare my system/location with his equipments. Using the antenna relais for fast rigs switch, the comparision started between his extra-modified Yaesu FT225RD (with Mutek etc.) and my coupled Yaesu FT1000MP + LT2S by SSB Electronics beaming some useful beacons. Both systems are used without antenna preamplifier, anyway the FT225 has got a really good receiver with only a bit more noise in the background and only the absence of a CW filter was evident. The many modifications performed work very well. After that, we changed the FT1000MP+trv with an Icom IC275E (with the avaiability of a SP2000 antenna preamp. by SSB Electroincs):  the signals were always readable in the two systems  (better on the 225 and I remark, without antenna preamp.) but this in an empty and clear band. For sure on a overcrowded area during a contest the situation would change with best results on the FT225, thanks to the Mutek F.E. card. A quick test with the Roberto’s Icom IC910 but enough to notice more noise and with the signals less “evidenced” if compared to other systems. The last interesting check was performed between the couppled Roberto’s Icom IC738 + Khune TR144 transverter and my FT1000MP + LT2S : here the comparation was sharp. On SSB seems that the IC738 have a little bit more background noise (also with 6dB attenuator on 28MHz) but on CW the filter perform very well and the beacons pop-up very clear like on the FT1000MP where the CW sound of seems not optimized (better after some adjustements like IF-shift etc.).

At the end of these test, all my system was putted again in “normal operation” and we jumped on SSB band looking to any possible DX due the opportunity offered by the 3rd Sunday field day contest in EAST land. Easily worked some OK/OM stations from JN88, JN89 and few 9A each one before by I1BPU/1 and after by me. Really extraordinary the enthusiams of Roberto for these QSO, remarking the good signal over 800km and the very narrow angle of my 17el. by M2 that working on DX it’s very powerful. The top was obtained through the QSO with YU1LA from KN04FR and it’s 946Km: even if it isn’t the first time with Ivan, these QSO are always real fun ! After this we said goodbye, both happy of this nice and interesting meeting.

Thanks Roberto.

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Posted October 22, 2012 by iz1esm in News

2012 Sporadic E season on 144 MHz report * updated *

31 May 2012: I had the opportunity to work my first  E Sporadic QSO in 2012. In my short available time, I’ve done contacts with YO4FYQ frm KN44, ER1SS frm KN46, ER1LW frm KN46 and UR3GS frm KN66.  Here the video about the 1583 Km QSO with YO4FYQ :


09 June 2012: very nice ES QSO today, but on FM mode! Looking on the band, I’ve found a great and reasonable stable signal on 145.500 MHz coming by Halil, with his mobile RTX Kenwood TM D710 (50W) and a vertical antenna X510 Diamond: so in my log :

09.06.2012 11:05 TA2LG 59 59 FM KN50NT (QRB 1902Km)


Posted June 4, 2012 by iz1esm in News

Report of Sunday May 20,2012 during 9A Activity Contest

Image27 nice QSO is the report of this Sunday morning, thanks to the Activity Contest in OK, OM, HA, S5 and 9A land. With a low number of local stations and for this reason with a very clear band, it was very interesting to hunt the DX stations and reach a QRB average of 661 Km. Here the list of the QSO with QRB over 700Km :

Top Call ODX Loc. QRB
1 OM3KGW JN99CH 875
2 OK2S JO80OB 860
3 9A0V JN95PE 850
4 E71EBS JN92GR 848
5 9A8D JN95LM 823
6 9A6K JN95IT 804
7 OM2VL JN87WV 787
8 HG3X JN96EE 781
9 OK2IGG JN89IE 774
10 OK2YT JN88JX 767
11 OK1RZ JN79PP 724
12 9A1EJK JN85QU 701

Posted May 20, 2012 by iz1esm in News