In April, 2008, Bill, N6ZFO relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to a 27 acre farm on the summit of Mt. Dali Dona at the south end of Clear Lake, CA. Mt. Dali Dona was the site of the Konocti TV tower and transmitter in the 1950's. With XYL, operates the Talleyrand Winery, a small commercial winery and vineyard.
Previous call: KN6OPI (1955) and K6OPI (1556-71); N6ZFO since 1991.
Member - ARRL, NCCC (VP/Contest Chair 2002/3, Director, 2003/4), MLDXCC, SCCC, and REDXA (Director, 2001/2).
AWARDS and RECOGNITION:
-- NCCC Contester of the Year, 2010-11.
-- ARRL Sweepstakes: SF Section Records: "A" Category - CW. 167,000 points (2010); "A" - SSB, 138,000 pts (2004). "UL," SSB, 138,092 (2012) "B" - CW, 155,928 (2013) [replaced oldest record, 1974, in Phone or CW Sweeps]
-- Pacific Division Top Score, ARRL SS CW "A" Category (2004, 2009, 2010) [Plaques courtesy of N6TV, Tks Bob!]
Contest Director and Founder of the NCCC Sprint Ladder Competition. http://www.ncccsprint.com
As KN6OPI . . . WAC and WAS; as K6OPI, DXCC, WAZ.
Antennas: Home brew Yagi beams for HF and 6m; 40m Double Extended Zepp at 75 feet; 160m Inv. L and 600 ft Eu and JA Beverages for 160.
Owner/operator of the Talleyrand Winery, Kelseyville CA. http://talleyrandwinery.blogspot.com
President, Friends of the Taylor Obsevatory-Norton Planetarium, Kelseyville, CA www.friendsoftaylor.org
Research Chemist in Food Safety -- 1969-2003: USDA, ARS, Western Regional Research Center: chemical toxicology, food-borne bacterial pathogens. Mass Spectrometry. 2004-5 Large Scale Biology Corporation, CSO of Predictive Diagnosics; Most recently, 2006-2009, R&D for Quest Diagnostics, Nichols Institute, San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Education: BS Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College; Ph.D. Chemistry, Purdue Univ.
Family: Married , 3 children
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