VK9WA - Willis Island DXpedition 2015
I'm happy to be a co-team leader for the VK9WA DXpedition. We'll be on the air for 10 days from Mid Islet in the Willis Islands.
More details at http://VK9WA.com/
I am QSL manager for TX7G (Marquesas Islands 2014) and VK9WA (Willis Island 2015). I do not need your cards for these DXpeditions. Please do not send cards via the bureau. Please use Club Log OQRS for direct card request or bureau requests - TX7G Club Log OQRS Page and VK9WA Club Log OQRS Page. If you prefer not to use OQRS, please e-mail me your QSO details and I'll happily send a card via the bureau. Direct mailed cards (must include SASE or minimum $2) are also accepted (though OQRS is preferred) at my address above.
For N7SMI QSL cards, I accept Club Log OQRS requests. If you send a QSL card direct with SASE/postage or via buro, I will respond in kind.
I was first licensed (Technician and General) in June 2011 and immediately went to a new vanity call because my assigned KF7QKZ was awful. I figure if I can remember my last name (Smith), I can remember N7SMI. I upgraded to Extra in October 2012.
I operate on a Icom IC-756 Pro II and Icom IC-7000 and a 6-band K4KIO Hexagonal Beam, some wire antennas, etc., etc.
I enjoy chasing DX, US grid squares (see map), US counties, and contesting. I've earned DXCC (260+ worked as of June, 2015), Triple Play Worked All States (all 50 states on CW, SSB, and Digital), Worked All Zones, and Worked All Continents.
I hope to participate in a DXpedition from a much-desired entity every year.
I owe many thanks to WA7GIE and KF7EUW for their generosity and passion for ham radio that got me interested in this hobby.
I upload all of my contacts to both eQSL and LoTW. If you send a QSL card direct with SASE or via buro, I'll happily respond in kind. I'm happy to set up a sked for anyone that wants Utah or Cache County, Utah.
I'm happily married and have 3 beautiful kids, ages 2, 7, and 11. I enjoy hunting, four wheeling, astrophotography, and traveling. The photo below is from a recent trip to India.
2015 7QP - Wyoming/Utah border
I was on the air from the Lincoln County, Wyoming and Rich County, Utah border for the 2015 7th Area QSO Party on May 2-3. Exchange was WYLIN/UTRIC. Our QSO counts as two states and two multipliers. I earned the following certificates: First Place Wyoming, Second Place Single Operator County Line, and First Place Lincoln and Rich Counties.
I coordinated efforts for and operated during the TX7G DXpedition to Nuku Hiva, Marquesas on October 18-26, 2014. The team operated high power CW, SSB, and RTTY into antennas directly on the beach - 80-10 meters. Marquesas was #69 on the Club Log most wanted list (#41 for Europe) at the time. The team completed the operation with 27,237 QSOs with 11,656 stations located in 133 DXCC entities on every continent (including Antarctica). Thank you for answering our calls and for your support of this highly successful DXpedition.
More details and QSL information at TX7G.com.
2014 7th Area QSO Party Operation from the Utah/Wyoming border
On May 3, 2014 N7SMI was the callsign for a 7th Area QSO Party multi-multi operation from the Utah/Wyoming border.
Our exchange was UTSUM/WYUIN (Summit, Utah and Uintah, Wyoming counties) and our location was precisely at the Southwest corner of Wyoming. Operators were N7SMI, KF7EUW, and WA7GIE. We worked 830 QSOs during the day. Thanks to all of you that contacted us.
Confirmation have been uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. QSL cards are available by SASE or buro to N7SMI.
2013 7th Area QSO Party "Three Corners" Operation
Thank you to everyone that I worked in the 7QP three-state, three-county, single-op, portable operation at the Idaho / Wyoming / Utah "three corners" intersection. The counties on the air were Bear Lake, Idaho; Lincoln, Wyoming; and Rich, Utah. All three of these counties are relatively rare with only a few dozen active hams on HF combined.
Due to high winds and threat of rain, I had to conclude the operation after only 7 hours and 591 QSOs. I will provide a QSL card showing confirmation of the 3 states and 3 counties upon receipt of your QSL card and SASE.
View a panorama showing how desolate this location is. The blue dot in the middle is my tent.
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