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I am a retired Senior Electrical Engineer from Caterpillar Inc.  My current stint is a Senior Project Engineer at Manufacturing Maintenance Solutions in Pekin Il where I serve as a Training Instructor and Electrical Engineer as needed.
Currently serving as the ARRL ILL Assistant Section Manager (ASM) and the
Central Division Assistant Director (AD). Both of these offices are appointments.

My station antenna has recently been upgraded to a US Tower HDX 589 with a Steppir Dream Beam 36 6 Meter through 80 Meter Beam. Four active elements make this a great antenna. Antenna is coupled to the mast with an NN4ZZ Tilt-Plate that keeps the antenna parallel to the ground as the tower is tilted back to ground level for service.  Rotor is an M2 2800 with a Green Heron Point and Shoot Controller.   The Alpha 87A Amp is a nice addition to any shack and made operating this console lots of fun during contests.

The rig here is a Yaesu FTdx9000 connected to the computer with a MicroHam MicroKeyer II, an LP-100A Wattmeter and an Array solutions Six Pack allowing me to select any of six antennas to either of my two radios. The second station here is a FT1000MP-MK5 with a Rigblaster Pro. PSK-31 used to be my favorite mode for favorite mode for DX until I discovered the thrill of contesting in the CQ WPX. I also keep a Kenwood 480SAT in the van, fully operational with a Tarheel 800A, but this mobile rig is on a quick dis-connect for those times when a quick radio demo is required or a Field Day operation is available.

I just started contesting a couple of years ago and got a serious bug after working CQ WPX.  It was right after this contest that I discovered that contesters will upload their logs to LoTW.  This type of response got me interested in getting an electronic WAS and DXCC.

Contesting also got me interested in CW and RTTY.  My skills are lacking with these modes but I am improving. 

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