“In late April 2016, Ana (PU2VYT) and I were again in Northern Italy, to participate in various activities related to the end of World War II.
More than 25.000 Brazilians participated in the Allied effort to break the “Gothic Line” from 1944 to 1945 and some cities pay tribute to Brazil there.
At the end of our ‘historic’ mission, I retake my amateur radio passion and made a visit to the famous artist Piero Begali, I2RTF, which manufactures telegraphic keys / paddles.
He is almost every day in his small factory, located in Cellatica, few kilometers from Brescia.
We had lunch together in a very traditional restaurant, drinking the good Lugana white wine from Garda region and finishing the visit going back to the factory for a coffee with Begali’s family.
Of course, I took one of his “Sculpture” paddle, special series for the 60th production anniversary. All settings in this piece were made by Begali himself, before being packaged by Bruna, her daughter.
Was a very special moment, repeating last year (we gone to Cellatica with a Brazilian 95 years old WW2 veteran – see picture), but with more time together now.
Grazie Mille, Piero & Family! – Vitor PY2NY and Ana PU2VYT.”