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< Now retired and living in either Sunriver, OR or Spanish Springs, NV >

Originally licensed in 1968 as WN6DIL, took 3rd place nationally in CW Sweepstakes in the Novice class back when it was a separate classification. That got me hooked on contesting, which completely consumed my brain for the next 15+ years. My teen years were the most fun, multi op contesting with local hams in the Walnut Creek/Concord area, and also from Ross Forbes K6GFJ (then WB6GFJ) station in Los Altos Hills. Ross and Rusty Epps, W6OAT convinced me to join the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC). There I met lots of high level contesters and had opportunities to operate at K6EBB, K6ZM, AI6V and later at Ken Keeler's N6RO Radio Oakley station. I was the VP/Contest Chairman the first year the NCCC won the ARRL Sweepstakes Club competition in 1975. I placed in the top ten twice in ARRL Phone Sweepstakes Low Power.

I was also very active in NTS and traffic handling, being Asst. Net Manager of Northern California Net (NCN) for a couple of years before starting college.

Got married way too young in 1974, had a daughter in 1979, and divorced in 1985 with custody of my daughter. Between a career and being a single parent, my radio time dropped to pretty much zero for many years.

I remarried in 1992. In 2005 I had a promotion/job transfer, so my wife Melanie, myself, and our dogs left California and I got active again after moving to over an acre in Spanish Springs, NV, just north of Reno/Sparks. Excellent QTH on a small hill at an elevation of 4600'. Radios in Sparks is either an ICOM 756 Pro ll or a Kenwood TS-480HX to a stealth "All-Band" 80/40 inverted vee up 25'. Nevada station is pictured below.

Since retiring, most of our time is spent at our QTH in Sunriver, OR where I run a TS-870 to another stealth 80/40 inverted vee using 20ga wire 25 feet up a Ponderosa Pine. Elevation there is 4200'.  We're just a couple blocks from the Deschutes River.  The Sunriver station is pictured below.

I also run a Remoterig over the Internet driving the TS-480HX. It works VERY well with no computers involved at either end. The faceplate of the TS-480 is with me and the radio is in Nevada. I use it on trips using my iPhone 4S for my Internet connection with more than adequate bandwidth to even use Ham Radio Deluxe using 3G cell service. The picture below is from a hotel room in Las Vegas.  I also use the remote setup from Sunriver with normal Internet service at both ends when band conditions are better from my Nevada station.

I'm still quite active on some traffic nets on 75 meter SSB and 80 meter CW, as well as some spare time DXing and contesting.  The rest of our time is spent hiking, camping, kayaking, and of course the "joys of home ownership", especially with two homes. We do everything with our two awesome mutt rescue dogs, Augie and Turbo, pictured below.

As of January 2015, I retired from engineering in the industrial automation field and we're splitting our time living in Sparks, NV, Sunriver, OR, or out someplace quiet in our motorhome.  I've made many friends through the years on ham radio. If you are still reading this, it must be that you know me (or you have way too much time on your hands), so drop me an email and say hi at Dave.Wilkinson01@Outlook.com

73,

DIL

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