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
DXCC 292 countries confirmed.
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