About me, and other boring information.
This page needs a proper update, but until then... I was the QA Performance Lab Manager at ShoreTel until the company reorganized & did another round of layoffs in July, 2012. My group was hit pretty hard. As a result, I've recently begun searching for a new job.
In 2008, I wrapped up working for the REI Outdoor School. For the south bay school, I am the primary instructor for the navigation classes: GPS, Map and Compass, Geocaching, Backcountry Navigation for GPS, and Advanced GPS. Here's what some of my students wrote on their feedback forms:
"David was an incredible instructor. Not just for his enthusiasm and knowledge, but he knew his audience - what might be interesting, confusing, etc. The right level of info was given in the right way." - Anonymous
"David is excellent. Good balance between theory and practice. Very patient, encouraging and knowledgeable." - Aaron D.
"... Your instructors, Dave and Evan, were truly outstanding. Both were very professional, considerate and fully prepared to educate us that day. Since we were so impressed with Dave and Evan, we thought it would be great to reward them with a little something at the end of the outing. They very graciously declined our tips and told us our satisfaction with the program was more than enough reward for them. Such gentlemen! We highly commend Dave and Evan for their overall performance." - C. A.
And from our market manager: "Dave has averaged a 4.92 (out of 5) score on evaluations over the year, which is especially exceptional given that he has had the most (>500) evaluations of any instructor. Students regularly single him out for praise in the evaluation notes, have signed up for outings primarily based on his presence, and have written me personally to praise his work." (Aw, shucks!)
Before REI, I spent seven years at IBM working on several websites, and before that I was with Taligent for about five years. At IBM, I received several minor awards, as well as a major award from the IBM Software Group division for Technical Leadership Excellence.
I've been a volunteer with a small local Search and Rescue team for about fifteen years now.
I enjoy continuing my education. I hold certificates for several FEMA independent study courses including Emergency Program Manager and Radiological Emergency Management. I completed Project Management Fundamentals, Leadership in a Project Team Environment and various other technical courses when I worked at IBM. At different times I've been certified in First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Responder, AED, Oxygen, and Wilderness First Aid.
If you're into social media, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (@dcroyle), and EveryTrail.
I love hiking and backpacking, although I can never do either as often as I'd like to. Along those lines, my Henry Coe Backcountry Weekend reference page includes distances, times, and coordinates based on previous visits and published sources. Also included are GPS track logs in GPX format and AnalyzeTrack summaries.
I am a founding member and a volunteer admin for our local geocaching website, Geocachers of the Bay Area (GBA). You can also check out my Geocaching profile page.
I've been a member of the CA4WDC for several years now. Please Tread Lightly.
Ham Radio by N6XE
I obtained my FCC ham radio Technician class license as KE6QKZ in 1995, thanks to the ham radio club at Stanford University. In early 2007 I passed the General exam test. After a few additional weeks of study, I then passed the final test and upgraded to an Extra class license and the N6XE callsign.
I really enjoy HF & DX although I've not been active much the last year or so. I have an Icom IC-718 which I use with an Alpha Delta DX-EE antenna.
When I bought my Yaesu FT-7800 I used the FTB7800 software to manage the memories and other settings. Based on what looked potentially useful to me here in San Jose, I created a listing of over a hundred local 2m/70cm repeaters for my radio. It was made with my personal use in mind, but I exported a CSV file of the repeaters that may save others the time of entering them by hand. They are all shown as open repeaters, mostly in the Bay Area.
About That Image on my Site Homepage
My thanks to Bryon Dorr of Exploring Elements for the image of me driving out of the Mojave River bed, on our way to Overland Expo in May of 2012. Check out his site!
Last modified October 26, 2012. Contact Home