Giorgio IU5HWS, owner of YI9WS licence, is still operating from the base camp located some 40 miles away from Baghdad, Iraq until March when he will return back home after having been part of the Italian military peacekeeping mission as a paratrooper of the Italian airborne Folgore.

Giorgio, after thousands of QSO’s with Europe and Russia, is now mainly working DX stations outside Europe in need of Iraq as a “new one” for
DXCC. It is kindly requested to avoid duplicating QSO’s and to respect Giorgio’s selective call areas without getting impatient making QRM.

He is still active daily in his spare time, sometimes being forced to interrupt his radio activity according to the sudden demands of his military mission.

The scheduled time, which may vary due to service needs, and his favourite frequencies are:

  • 7.132 and 3.799 from 17:00 to 05:00 GMT (20:00-22:00Z for JA/Pacific area/Indian Ocean and Africa)
  • 14.242 from 12:00 to 17:00Z
  • 18.142 from 09:00 to 12:00Z
  • 21.282 from 06:00 to 09:00Z

All QSO’s are regularly uploaded on LoTW by IK5SRF and direct QSL requests will be answered as soon as he is back home if shipped with SASE + 3 USD. QSL direct to George’s home address: Giorgio Toma – Via Settembrini, 5 – 57128 LIVORNO, Italy.


NOVEMBER 25, 2020 UPDATE by Paolo, IK5SRF – QSL manager for YI9WS

I would like to give some updates on behalf of Giorgio, IU5HWS operating from Iraq. Giorgio is still active and the good news is he received his official license – finally – from local authorities. Look for him starting today November 25th as YI9WS. Let me underline few points:- all the previous QSOs made as YI9/IU5HWS will be confirmed via mail.  I’m working with Giorgio to apply for a YI9WS account on LoTW. So all QSOs made starting today will be confirmed this way also.  Remember, Giorgio is there on duty. Activity will be on regular basis but always in his spare time. Please follow what Giorgio asks for, especially when he try to call “outside EU”.  For special needs and skeds, stations outside EU can ask and send an e-mail to me, IK5SRF at my web page: we’re focused to help stations that needs YI.  Remember, he is working with a simple dipole and mainly on 15, 17, 20 and 40 meters band. No CW activity is planned so far. Thanks and have fun DXing.

OCTOBER 28, 2020 by Girogio, YI9WS

Finally, I just received news from the MoC. Until December I will have the call (issued) YI9/IU5HWS and now just waiting for the official license. Updates will follow.

Recording below by PA2LO

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 – Giorgio got back in touch with DX-World to say that he is having a lot of success operating. Meanwhile, he wanted to point out that about 3-4 months ago he applied for a radio license but never received any word from the Iraqi MoC. He will continue using YI/IU5HWS and hopes soon his license application is approved to dispel rumours of “fake activation”. A QSL card (preview soon) is prepared. Giorgio will also send some pictures of his activity. 

JULY 1, 2020 – Giorgio IU5HWS informs DX-World that he will again be in Iraq (60km from Baghdad) during July 30 to November 30, 2020. He’s going there with the Italian Army Airborne Brigade. QRV on 40-20-10m. Giorgio will update his YI/IU5HWS page on with more details later.