From time to time I write about radio persons that I hear or look for on familiar frequencies or times. A predictable rhythm that beats with the regularity of cicadas. I call them “Beacons in my night”. These all too familiar regulars are becoming scarce these days. Another beacon was extinguished today. With thanks to the Japanese Blog “Small Talk” I found the following news.
Subject: Jim – VK9NS – SK
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
Thanks for reading my blog. Best, Chas W7MAP/5