Very sad news recently received. David Collingham, K3LP, is Silent Key.

David had been on over 70 DXpeditions, visited over 100 different DXCC entities, operating from 62 of them. He was a leader or co-leader on over 14 major DXpeditions. He was inducted as a member of the CQDX Hall of Fame in 2014. In addition, he activated Most Wanted DXCC Entities; 8 of the Top 10 and 16 of the Top 50. Over the last twenty years, he had supported numerous youth education and development projects, and youth sports.

May he R.I.P and thoughts to his wife Rebecca & family.

David, K3LP, co-leader of VP8STI/VP8SGI
At N8S, Swains Island.
David, K3LP

K3LP, bottom left.

56 COMMENTS

  1. David is on the greatest DXpedition of them all. David has activated heaven.

    Rebecca, we ham radio operators grieve with you. You are in our prayers and in our thoughts.

  2. THIS IS A REALLY A SAD DAY FOR AMATEUR RADIO, WE LOST A GREAT PERSON & A TOP -CO LEADER OF THE GREAT INTREPID DX GROUP, AND ALSO A GREAT INSPIRATION TO HAM RADIO.

    I’LL NEVER FORGOT DAVID, HE WAS THE OPERATOR THAT I MADE CONTACT WITH (7O6T) SOCOTRA ISLAND IN YEMEN ON MOTHER’S DAY, MAY 14.2012 AT 0106 GMT. I’LL NEVER FORGET THIS CONTACT…

    R.I.P… DAVID OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY……

    GARY (K6RNK)

  3. Very sad news. I have the pleasure of meeting David at the Visalia DX convention. David is a true gentleman. He has done so much for Amateur Radio. My condolences to his family. RIP David.

  4. Dear David, you have just left for a new dx entity. We will all join you there one day. Until then, RIP and monitor our activity from above.
    Radi f6gnz

  5. Dear Friends of David Collingham-K3LP:

    I have learned additional information concerning his death.
    Last night, during a heavy winter storm, David let his dog outside. David later took his truck to search his 25 acre property when his dog did not return. David found that his dog had fallen into an icy pond that adjoins his property with another property.

    David made the heroic decision to go into the pond to try and save his dog.

    After some time had past, David’s wife Rebecca went looking for him. She found his truck at the pond and called 911. Fire personal recovered David’s body as well as his dog. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
    David lived his life bold, courageously and heroically and he died trying to save his beloved dog. He will always be a hero in our hearts.

    RIP David R. Collingham, age 59.

  6. Very very sad moment.can’t believe the news.Our condolences to the wife Rebecca and family.I remember our great time together in Tokyo,Japan.You are in our thoughts and Prayers.You will Be Missed.
    R.I.P. My Brother David.

  7. Very Sad News. Dave was such a great guy and Ham Radio will really miss him. He will be especially missed at the Dayton Hamvention.

    R.I.P.

    Jim WA3FET (K3CR, WP3R)

  8. I am still in shock. David was an inspirational leader in the DX and ham radio world in general. Very generous and I won’t ever forget first meeting david where he most kindly offerred me a seat at his table at the dx dinner dayton 2015. RIP my friend and you will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to Rebecca, Ryan and Amanda.

  9. Very sad news! I met David first at VU4AN in 2006. Since he did know that I was there he handed over QSLs from his previous DXpeditions with DK5WL. David was such a great guy, we will miss him! R.I.P and my condolences to his family.

  10. Picture on the top has taken in our room on Palawan is. DU1/K3LP.
    What a generous and beautiful person we’ve lost!
    Dave,you’ll never be forgotten my friend. RIP
    Deepest condolences to Rebecca and family.

  11. Vy sad (and shocking) new in just the beggining of 2018 for the World Wide DX Community. Dave has gave me a lot of new ones and i did never meet him personally to thanks him. Will pray for him and his family. RIP.

  12. Absolutely horrible accident… Unbelievable.. Dave will be sorely missed… our sincere condolences to Rebecca and the family. We are all stunned. I probably would have done the same if it were my dog.. All I can say is that he is on the best DXpedition ever with God in Heaven… we will see him again… 73/ 88’s Pat KJ5Y

  13. O my… this really hit my heart. Having spent time with Dave in Palawan and met him at other occasions he was a inspirational guy. Dave was part of the station planning for CY9M and I learned a lot from him about multi-station expedition planning. He will surely be missed by the ham community, but today my heart goes out to his family. RIP Dave!

  14. RIP Dave, I will miss the friendship and good times we had at Dayton Hamvention. My condolences to his family. Jeff AC5O

  15. Very sad DX-News on the beginning 2018. He was “responsible” for some new ones he brings to me. My condolences to his family – RIP Dave

  16. Sorry for the loss, a tremendous loss….I would do the same for my beloved best friend….the good die young they say….so true….never gotten Dave….RIP

  17. What a ridiculous death – does not fit in my head ! A bunch of dangerous DX’peditions with difficult weather conditions at the world’s end and death in a pond near his own house. Truly bad luck… RIP my friend Dave, will always remember nice time we had in many Daytons and great DX fun you gave to community. You will be missed. Sincere condolences to the family.

  18. David was very nice to me on the air recently when I met him for the first time and he took a lot of time telling me things about what he was involved with and giving me tips and tricks for what I needed to know regarding Youth and such. Thank you very much bye bye k3lp.

  19. When Krassy, K1LZ, told me that David was a SK, I was shocked. I met him many times and always admired him for his accomplishments in life and in amateur radio. Such a sad day to think he is gone and his poor dog, what devotion! His DX credentials are legendary and we will all miss him terribly.

    My deepest condolences to Rebecca and his extended family.

    Richard (Dick) Crouch
    N6RC
    Tucson, Arizona
    Past President, NCDXC
    Grandson of ARRL President, George Bailey, W2KH
    1940-1952
    George Bailey, W2KH

  20. David gave me many of those rare DXCC entities that I needed for #1HR.
    He was amongst the greatest radio amateurs of our time & we can feel privileged to have worked him or known him personally.
    His bravery is of such a magnitude that the President of the United States should bestow the TOP Award on David Hollingham K3LP, for this exceptional act of unselfish bravery of the highest order.
    To his wife Rebecca, his Son Ryan & Daughter Amanda & his many friends we extend our sincere condolences & to say that they can be mighty proud of this GREAT MAN who laid down his life for his best friend, a canine named COOPER. DAVID has gone straight to HEAVEN.

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