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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 some wire for low bands, a Comet CHA-250B multi-band vertical, various mobiles and HTs for local FM, etc
I enjoy chasing DX, US grid squares (see map), US counties, and contesting. I've earned DXCC (235 worked as of April, 2014), Triple Play Worked All States (all states on CW, SSB, and Digital), Worked All Zones, and Worked All Continents.
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.
View a panorama showing how desolate this location is. The blue dot in the middle is my tent.
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