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Curently teaching Technology at Illinois Central Christian School because I can.

I am a retired Senior Electrical Engineer from Caterpillar Inc.  My last stint wss a Senior Project Engineer at Manufacturing Maintenance Solutions in Pekin Il where I served as a Training Instructor and Electrical Project Engineer.
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 Flex 6500 connected to the Dell workstation computer, 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 Icom IC-9100 with a MicroHam DigiKeyer II. PSK-31 used to be my favorite mode for favorite mode for DX until I discovered the thrill of RTTY contesting in the CQ WPX. My third station in this shack is the Icom 7300 which I purchased for Field Day 2016 at Dayton from DxEngineering.

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. Knowing Morse Code and using it are totally different. After 30 years of activity, I decided to use CW while listening to the ARRL SS for 6 straight hours.  Once I got the rhythm of the sending station, I sent my callsign via an N1MM macro.  I think I peed my pants when the station responded.

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