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I am formally K5UBL from Moss, Ms (Jones county). I was first licensed in 1959 at age 12. My brother is also a ham, currently K5WK, but originally licensed as K5RUO . We grew up in ham radio, building from scrap parts and kits, We built quads from cane poles, angle iron, and old motor windings.  My dad once had his hay bailed by a neighbor and I had forgot to tell anyone I had started a 40 rhombic layout of wire on the ground and it got bailed up with the hay.  Not a happy dad.   My so called, Relaxation Oscillator, timed RC circuits with wildly blinking neon lights, won first prize in our 8th grade "science fair".  With weird wires around, strange noises and occasional TVI, we for some reason were misunderstood by our country, non ham neighbors.

Petal, Miss is our home qth but, my xyl (Jan, KC5PQG) and I spend much of our time in a fifth-wheel camper (Mountainaire by Newmar 40 ft) located at Pickwick Lake, in extreme northeast  Ms.  This is our second qth allowing us to fish and hunt when we have the opportunity.  One of the hams has nicknamed me "fetch-em".  Jan kills the deer, phones me at the other deer stand,  (im probably snoozing) wanting me to go retrieve the deer from the brush.  I happily do so.  Jan is a great sport and wonderful wife.  Don't mess with Jan, she is a good shot!

Ham radio is a bit restrained with antennas with one 80m loop at 25ft.   I enjoy ragchewing, antenna modeling, dxing and some occasional contests.   My rig in the camper is a Elecraft K3s  and Ameritron ALS-600 and 80m full loop at 25ft. You will most likely find me on CW, my first love,  around 025 or higher in the bands looking for a rag chew .  When I'm not on CW, I also hang on 75m  ssb, 3837, in mornings.

When I am at the home qth in Petal I also run a K3s,  Acom 2000a,  T8 Log and 80 full wave skywire.

My family and I are also beekeepers.  We raise bees, produce honey and provide pollination services.  We can be found on Facebook by searching for Sunrise Honey or Sunrise Bee and Honey.   We are in Petal, Ms and are happy to discuss bees anytime.

I joined IBM Corporation in 1966. I have held various jobs but spent most my career (23 years of 30 years) in marketing.  My  first 7 years I was an OPCE,  and afterwards changed into marketing for my other 23 years. I retired from IBM December 31, 1996 as Account Manager with 30 years service. I attended Shady Grove High School, Jones Junior College, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Miss, and Delta State University.

Jan and I have been blessed with two great children, a son and a daughter. They have given us 7 grandchildren and three great grand children and all make us proud.   Our son is an active Extra Class ham AB5TT,  ex 7j6ACF, a scoutmaster, and a Gideon. Our daughter, Shannon, is a is married to a great guy and are both very active in their church.

I have had many years to enjoy ham radio and have achieved several milestones along the way.   However, the one I am most proud is having been invited into the FOC organization by my fellow CW amateurs. I am often around the FOC CW frequencies, generally around 025 on each band.  More information can be found at FOC.com   I am FOC 1948

Come by and visit us sometime and we will make up a pot of coffee, and eat some of Jan's famous pound cake if we are lucky.

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