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I was first licensed as a novice in 1960 but let my license expire and made no attempts to upgrade. Living in El Paso, Texas as a UPS manager in 1976 I met some really good friends who were all studying to get their novice license.  I joined the group and the W5ES club and got my Novice License in 76 then my General in a few days, then Advanced and a Extra within 6 months.  I moved all over with UPS, had a couple of big stations and was KB5RA.  I have 307 countries worked with 301 confired.  I have not been active since 1992.  In 2016 I am back on the air with a Hex Beam.  My rig is a Yaesu DX3000.

I could never find a call I wanted to so I kept KB5RA until about 10 years ago I did a vanity and got my current call AB9Z, which I like. 

I retired from UPS as a Executive Vice President in 2001 after 31 years and opened a Micro Lending Company based in Hong Kong.  The company did business in China, Vietnam, and the Phillippines.  I lived in Hong Kong for several years.  I sold the company end of 2015 and returned to my childhood roots in Ozarks of NW Arkansas.

I have lived and worked all over the USA plus the Caribbean, England, Hong Kong, and the Phillippines.  I have been to 124 countries in my lifetime.   Now I am done traveling, building companies and consulting.  I am back near where my life all began.  I am a blessed man to have seen the world.  My friends tell me I have had 3 lives from my accomplishments.  Not bad for a farm boy who was the first in his family history to get a high school diploma.

I hold a BS in Finance from UTEP and a MBA from Michigan State University as well as an Executive MBA from Wharton Business School.

I am a proud Veteran of the Vietnam Era.  I was drafted in 1966 and was selected for OCS and become an Officer.  I was discharged in 1970 as a Captain but remained active in the Army Reserve.   My career at UPS was on a rocketship so I left the Army Reserve in 1977.

I am currently working on my life story.


Previous Calls KB5RA, N5BUQ, KA5ESJ, WN5NZL & J79RQ

SMIRK 4382

Ten-Ten 32,281

QCWA 32886

DXCC 292 countries confirmed.




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QRZ Logbook Summary for - AB9Z
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CG9RK 2017-04-23 20m SSB Canada Richard Hochwarter
EA3BOX 2017-04-17 20m SSB JN11ms Spain JOAN SOL VILASECA
K2EFG 2017-04-15 20m SSB FN30au United States Yigal Rechtman
NY1S 2017-04-15 20m SSB FN31hh United States JEROME E NEVINS
W3SOX 2017-04-14 20m SSB FN10ke United States DAVID E SMITH
IU4HMP 2017-04-12 20m SSB JN54QO32 Italy Sandro Nobili
IZ4UFG 2017-04-12 20m SSB JN44xt Italy LUCA VISCONTI
EA5IKJ 2017-04-11 20m SSB IM99qn Spain Paul Thomson
EA7GX 2017-04-10 20m SSB IM76he Spain PEDRO ROLANDO ORTEGA
AK7RM 2017-04-09 20m SSB DM43ek United States Robert Monsipapa
OM4MM 2017-04-08 20m SSB JN98ep Slovak Republic Martin Znasik
EA8TL 2017-04-06 20m SSB IL18nf Canary Islands JORGE GARCIA
KC1FMD 2017-04-02 20m SSB FN42JA66 United States Steve C Vanacore
N1RCX 2017-04-02 20m SSB FN34JJ49 United States Eric J Lessard
WR7DW 2017-04-02 20m SSB DN28kx United States DONALD W JOHNSON

Book Totals: 155 qso's   47 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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