North County DX Association -Alaska Chapter
QSL via K7ICE Only!
2017 is a commemorative year for the United States. One-hundred fifty years ago Alaska was sold to the United States by Russia. Starting in October, Donn KL7DG and his group of operators will be signing as KL7RST from remote Alaska villages. Certificates and QSLs are available via K7ICE. See info below. Email JohnKL7JR@gmail.com for certificate details.
73, de Yukon John, KL7JR
NCDXA stations KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RSTand OX7RST are now on Facebook!
KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST and OX7RSTareflagship stations for the North Country DX Association (NCDXA). Listen for us in special events or contests from the lands we love! Full color QSLs and certificates are available.
The North Country DX Association (NCDXA clubK7ICE) is a dedicated group of DXpeditioners who specialize in unique Amateur Radio activities from remote areas. Our sister clubs VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST, KL7RST, OX7RST,KP2JRand NH7DX form a northern network of antenna experimenting, contesting and special event operating!
We are always looking for additional operators and sponsors for our adventures. If you can bring something to the picnic then we need to hear from you! Remember, a green stamp or two will help the thirsty generator!!!
Some of the many homebrew antennas we use "up here".
SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ALASKA:
A state of the United States in extreme northwest North America. Alaska was admitted as the 49th state in 1959 and is the largest state of the Union. The territory was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7,200,000 and was known as Seward's Folly (after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who negotiated the purchase) until gold was discovered in the late 1800s. Juneau is the capital and Anchorage the largest city. Population: about 723,000 in 2011.
Highest Point: Mt. McKinley (aka Mt. Denali)@ 20,320 feet Largest Cities (some): Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Sitka, Motto: NORTH TO THE FUTURE Nickname: THE LAST FRONTIER Flower: Forget Me Not State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan State Tree: Sitka Spruce State Sport: Dog Mushing Industries: Oil, Tourism and Fishing
WE HAVE: 3 million lakes 586,400 Square Miles 29 volcanoes 33,000 miles of coastline Over 1/2 the world's Glaciers (about 100,000 if all were to be counted!)
WE ARE: 2 times the size of Texas 1,400 miles North to South 2,700 miles East to West 55 miles east of Russia The only state to have coastlines on three different seas- Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea
ALASKA, YOU ARE.
A wondrous landmass of towering mountains, endless forests, islands galore in fish-abundant waters and Ice Age glaciers- Alaska is your name. You host the midnight sun, northern lights, Mount McKinley and much, much more in your paradise of ice and snow. You are different things to different people. The alluring voice that so many hear but few heed. Your domain of rugged splendor and untamed beauty demands respect but seldom forgives mistakes. An independent realm of opportunity, you are as diversified as your climate, wildlife and people. You are remote to all except your own. No roads lead to your capital and your closest neighbors are foreign to your ways. You are life-giving, yet number only approximately 525-thousand people (slightly higher than the population of Denver, Colorado). You are "peace within ones self" when wanderlust runs deep in the soul. You are an everyday holiday, an outdoor playground where high tech meets the primitive frontier. You house exotic wildlife, including reindeer, caribou, musk ox and polar bear- they roam about you freely. Unbelievers previously referred to you as a "folly and icebox" (Seward's), but look who's laughing now! A precious property wealthy with oil, fish and knowledge, you bring out the very best and sometimes the worst in people. You are a state of mind where freedom prevails above all. Most of your people possess a positive attitude, knowing negative is defeatable. From your rain forests to your wide open tundra, you are beyond definition and almost too vast to comprehend. You have; 3-million lakes, 12 major rivers, 119-million acres of forests, 33-thousand miles of seacoast, about 100,000 glaciers and you border 2 oceans and 3 seas. Those are quite impressive measurements from the seductress of today who long ago gave up her territorial virginity. You collect no sales tax or state tax but instead financially and spiritually reward your inhabitants. You are not for everyone- that in being your scheme to forever ensure a Last Frontier. I can't imagine what it would be like not living within your boundaries. Alaska, I stand humbly in awe of your magnificence and pledge always my allegiance, for you are home!
John Reisenauer, NL7TB 1991 (now KL7JR)