World renowned DXper Jim Smith VK9NS - silent key
Received this directly from Jim's email account this morning. I have been corresponding with Jim off and on for some time. He was an amazing DXer, pioneer, and one who selflessly gave us our first new ones on countless DXpeditions - VK0, T31, T33, A52, several VK9s, and others.
73, Jim, and thank you.
Please pass on to interested parties I am sorry if I have not included everyone:
It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Jim (VK9NS) passed peacefully away on Norfolk Island at 15:40 local time on 10 February 2009 after a short illness.
Jim is survived by his wife Kirsti (VK9NL) and his four children: Bruce (G3HSR), Stuart, Sheena and Fraser (all living in the UK).
Jim's contribution to Amateur Radio, DX-ing and IOTA is inestimable. He will be sadly missed.
Further information and condolences can be sent to Kirsti at firstname.lastname@example.org
A great loss! He will be greatly missed. Condolences to his family.
EX: WA2HGL - KK6RG
The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.
There's no sense worrying, nothing is going to turn out all right anyhow!
Indeed, my condolences to his family and loved ones.
73 Old Friend...
Yes... a great loss for the HF ham radio family.
I, like so many others over the years, had many conversations with Jim. He will be missed.
Condolences are extended to his family.
73 old friend.
73, Steve, NL7W
Not in but around Palmer, Alaska
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"Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay: small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage." - Gandalf the Grey, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
God's Speed my friend, and thanks for the many conversations. My condolences to the family. 73 De N6AJR
My condolences to his family.
The Maestro Has Left the Building
Checking into the Heard Island DX Net at the peak of the last cycle, I always felt like a musician in a vast planet-wide symphony. Jim would conduct the net like a master, organizing each section (continent), giving everyone a turn with a solo piece (2 calls), and kept it all running for hours. His patience and skill were matched only by his devotion to this wonderful hobby and all the pleasure it brought us.
My heartfelt condolences to his family. He leaves a legacy that is unmatched.
FNL 73 es Gud DX, Jim!
What a terrific loss for the worldwide ham radio community. Jim had great ears, and always listened for the weak DX mobiles calling him. It was always a pleasure working him, and he was a lighthouse on the bands. A true icon and stalwart of our hobby who will be greatly missed.
73, Jim....de W6UQZ
Jim is on the ultimate dxpedition!
Farewell, Dear Jim, radio friend to us all. May the bands always be open, and all signals be 59/599 at your final QTH in that ethereal place to which we all must depart. See you again when my key also goes silent. 73,Warren,K2UV