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N7SMI-11 High Altitude Balloon

Details at http://hab.smithplanet.com/.

QSL Information

I am QSL manager for T2R (Tuvalu 2016), VK9WA (Willis Island 2015), and TX7G (Marquesas Islands 2014). 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 - T2R Club Log OQRS PageVK9WA Club Log OQRS Page and TX7G 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. All QSOs are uploaded to LoTW and eQSL.

T2AT and T2TP QSL Manager

I am QSL manager for T2AT and T2TP. Please send SASE or minimum $2 for postage. QSL requests via PayPal are also accepted - be sure to include all QSO details. Donations go directly to Tili and Tony to support their amateur radio efforts in Tuvalu.

About Me

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 an Elecraft K3-S, Elecraft KPA-500 amlifier, and a 6-band K4KIO Hexagonal Beam, some wire antennas, etc., etc.

I enjoy chasing DX, US grid squares, US counties, and contesting. I've have logged over 270 DXCC entities, Triple Play Worked All States (all 50 states on CW, SSB, and Digital), and Worked All Zones.

I hope to participate in a DXpedition from a much-desired entity every year. I'm happy to set up a sked for anyone that wants Utah or Cache County, Utah.

I owe many thanks to WA7GIE and KF7EUW for their generosity and passion for ham radio that got me interested in this hobby.

I follow the DX Code of Conduct and you should too. I'm a member of the ARRL, Utah DX Association, and Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club.

DX Code of Conduct Utah DX Association Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club

I'm happily married and have 3 beautiful kids, ages 4, 9, and 13. I enjoy hunting, four wheeling, astrophotography, and traveling.

T2R - Tuvalu DXpedition and Amateur Radio Club Outreach

John (KK7L) and I actived T2R from the tiny South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu from September 27 - October 4, 2016. A big aspect of our trip was coordinating with local amateurs, government officials, and the Red Cross to establish a permanent Tuvalu Amateur Radio Club for amateur and emergency communication purposes. We were able to get two licensed operators - T2AT and T2TP - equipped and on the air, as well as provide training and awareness to others interested in amateur radio.

Equipment has and will be donated to local Tuvaluan amateur radio efforts. Your donations will go directly toward equipment to get T2 on the air regularly and to support emergency communication from this remote island.

Learn more at T2Radio.com

VK9WA - Willis Island DXpedition 2015

I was co-team leader for the VK9WA DXpedition. We were on on the air for 10 days from Middle Cay in the Willis Islets in November 2015. The eight-man team concluded the operation with nearly 62,000 QSOs.

More details at http://VK9WA.com/

Middle Cay and the VK9WA Camp

N7SMI operating as VK9WA

TX7G Marquesas Islands 2014 DXpedition

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.

October 2016, NPOTA - Fort Bridger, Wyoming

KF7EUW and I activated a NPOTA station on the Mormon, Oregon, California, and Pony Express National Historic Trails (TR07, TR08, TR14, and TR15) from Fort Bridger, Wyoming on Oct. 21-22, 2016. A unique opportunity to get 4 NPOTA units and a rare state in one QSO!

May, 2016 NPOTA - MN37 - Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming - May 21st

KF7EUW and I were active as N7SMI from MN37 6 hours on May 21, 2016.

2016 7QP - Wyoming/Utah border

I was on the air from the Lincoln County, Wyoming and Rich County, Utah border for the 2016 7th Area QSO Party on May 7. Exchange was WYLIN/UTRIC. Our QSO counts as two states and two multipliers. I made 1802 QSOs in about 15 hours. Poor conditions with little DX, but lots of people there to answer my calls.

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. With 1680 QSOs I earned the following certificates: First Place Wyoming, Second Place Single Operator County Line, and First Place Lincoln and Rich Counties.

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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