World renowned DXper Jim Smith VK9NS - silent key

Discussion in 'Silent Keys / Friends Remembered' started by NN3W, Feb 10, 2009.

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  1. NN3W

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    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

    Bruce (G3HSR)
  2. W6SA

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    A great loss! He will be greatly missed. Condolences to his family.
  3. N9YB

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    Indeed, my condolences to his family and loved ones.
  4. NL7W

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    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.
  5. N6AJR

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    God's Speed my friend, and thanks for the many conversations. My condolences to the family. 73 De N6AJR
  6. VK4SP

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    How sad 73's Jim
  7. AL1G

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    My condolences

    My condolences to his family.
  8. KW0U

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    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.
  9. W6UQZ

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    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, W6UQZ
  10. K2UV

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    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
  11. LY8O

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    Very very sad news... My condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed by many of us....
  12. N3AIU

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    VK9NS SK

    It is with deep regret that we record the passing of this amateur ...

    73, Nick N3AIU/DL1NE
  13. W0BKR

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    Goodbye Jim

    Jim was a class act that will never be able to be followed.
    Jim was the voice of the Pacific...whenever you heard him on, you knew who it was before he ID'd. Jim was always willing to chat and share info on his life on Norfolk and was an avid and well liked and excellent DXer. To say he will be missed is an understatement.

    Will miss you Jim, miss hearing your voice on 20 meters.

    God speed and your family is in our thoughts and prayers!
  14. N3MVF

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    Rest in peace

    Jim always tried to get as many stations in his log as possible. As rare DX as Norfolk is for most people, Jim would do his best to pull out the weak signals to log it. Worked him quit a few times and always the gentleman. Not just a great DXer is lost but a great person.

  15. W4TKI

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    VK9NS Jim Smith

    I am very saddened at his passing. He was a help to me in my dxing and I have heard him on the air many times. My sincere condolences to Jim's Family. w4tki Kennon Smith
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