My name is Gianpaolo, for Ham friends just "Gianpi".

Born in Torino (TO) on 7th Februar 1968, I live in a little village called Arma di Taggia (IM), on the Ligurian Coast, about 25 km with the French Border. I'm married with Cinzia, and I have two kids, Riccardo and Aurora !

I am an HAM since 1993, but I love radios already since 1985 !! My favourite activitiy it's DX'ing and Contesting...I travel quite a lot, and I love Island Activations or particularly places !I like fishing abord of my "FISH BANDIT", and I love photography, I am a Canon 7D enthusiast !

See this BLOG to know everything about my Radio Activity !!! A lot of information about me, my shack, my activity and dx-speditions and others things of my life!! I hope to meet you in frequency !!

Best 73 de IK1TTD Gianpi

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This is my shack today


I had 16 years old when I was invited by a friend of mine at his house to see "a fantastic present he got" .... it was a CB transcever, and I remember I spent a couple of hours with him, trying to get some contacts ....

When I was back home, I start asking to my father if I could also have a CB station ... few days later, he came at home with a big box, containing my first transceiver, a valvular Tenko 23+ AM. 

Then came the problem to put the antenna ... the place I was living at that time, did not allow me to build an external antenna ... so another friend (Giovanni IK1AWS) help me to build a little dipole for the 11meters and we put it on the balcony of my apartment. The surprise was big when, after few calls, somebody start to reply me ...

After few months, I was taking part a group of about 7/8 persons that every day was spending some time having contact throw CB ... One years later, with more people and with the help of some adults, we start a CB CLUB ... 

A couple of years later a buy a CONCORDE II from Ham International, and the world of DX was not more hide to me ... DXing virus attacked me, and since that far far days never leave me ... what a nice surprise having contact with other CB operators from all Europe and when propagation allow from US and South AMerica as well, Asia and other far places !!

In 1991 I was a " navigated" CB with already 5 years experience, and I decide to look forward and have the access to the next level ... the HAM license !!
And in 1992 I definitely get it ! I well remember the great emotion opening the letter from the Post that was informing me about my call: will be IK1TTD !

The first HF Transceiver I used was a FT7B from Yaesu Musen, lended from my friend Mauro I1WNB....  just 5 Watt, and as antenna now I had a Inverted V Dipole for 10-15-20-40 meter hang on the roof of my new house.

Few month later I definitely buy my first HF Transceiver, and I choose a Kenwood TS 140S ... 

The last Transceiver I buy was a Kenwood 450 S-AT, which I'm still using and is still fully operational.

 Few day ago I found the Transceiver I dreamed during all these years ... was with a very interesting price, and in few minuts I decided to get it ! NOw on my shack it is arrived the new guest star !! The Kenwood TS 950 SDX !!! 
It was the last Top Level Transceiver from kenwwod until in the 2012 they start producing the TS 990 ! Another planet, another concept, another price !

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