I was born in Argentina in 1960 and I moved to Bologna, Italy when I was 6 years old. When I was a kid, the germanium transistor era was at its beginning, and at 9 years old I started to play with these devices, by first building audio oscillators and then audio amplifiers. After a while I was introduced to the RF world. It was a blast! In 1972 at 12 years old, I got my first handheld radio, with 5 transistors, a wide band receiver and only one crystal transmitter channel!
I still remember the first QSO, at a short distance, only 200 m away, but it was over a hill similar to what G. Marconi has done in the past! Bologna by the way, is the city were G. Marconi was born. This was the first spark that started my Ham Radio career.
After graduating in Electronics, at 18 years old I passed the license test, and got the I4UFH callsign. At that time I was addicted to the main DX-ing awards. DXCC, WAS and WPX were my first targets. In 1982 I started to get involved as an operator at the IY4FGM station, located in the house that once belonged to G. Marconi. That’s how my interest in contesting has started. My first CQWW participation was in 1982 in the M/M category, right from that prestigious QTH ! That was the first step in my 40 years of my contesting career.
The next step for me was to experience the sunspot cycle #22 on the top of a 70m high water tower, with the IR4T callsign. After several good European scores, in 1995 I moved away in order to taste the 3 points pileups by operating for 5 years at IG9, Lampedusa Island in CQ zone 33. That was amazing! Tons of QSOs went into the log, in several different categories, a real exhilarating experience... The next step was to find the best place in the world for contesting, and after several incredible activations around the world from FY5, TG9, SV9, FJ and 1A4A, I landed in Cape Verde D4.
Our team was lucky enough to start contest activations from D4 in 2001, followed by many others, until 2017 with several callsigns D44TD, D4C, D4Z, D41CV. Those were the best 16 years of my Ham Radio activity.