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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 have a Icom IC-756 Pro II and Icom IC-7000 and a 6-band K4KIO Hexagonal Beam on a 30' tower. I also use a Comet CHA-250B multi-band vertical, various mobiles and HTs for local FM, and have a Ameritron AL-811 600 watt amplifier for when the going gets tough.
I enjoy chasing DX, US grid squares (see map), US counties, and contesting. I've have DXCC (205 worked / 175 confirmed as of October, 2013), Worked All States (without using nets), Worked All Zones, and Worked All Continents. In 2013, I hope to learn CW, complete Triple Play WAS (all states on CW, SSB, and Digital), and work many more DXCC entities.
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 1, 6, and 10. I enjoy hunting, four wheeling, and astrophotography. The photo below is from a recent trip to India.
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. Unfortunately, LoTW will only support QSL confirmation of one location, so I have QSLed Rich County, Utah via LoTW
View a panorama showing how desolate this location is.The blue dot in the middle is my tent.
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