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 I was a NASA Flight Controller for 30 years starting in 1965.

The above photo shows me at my original console in MCC-H. I was the "abort/bring-'em-back-alive" guy back during Gemini and early Apollo. I was a member of 'The Trench "...3 consoles on the front row of the MCC whose engineers were responsible for control of the spacecraft trajectory.

This picture was taken December of 2015 after a book-signing party. (signed over 450 books!)

I had participated as a contributor to a book (GO FLIGHT ! The Unsung Heros Of Mission Control).The book is available on AMAZON.

The primary picture shows me at the EGIL (Electrical,General Instrumentation and Lighting) console in 1982. I became an EGIL for SKYLAB RESCUE and STS.

I now have a bit less hair on the head and a little more "fluff" around the middle as you can see compared to the primary  photo.


My swan song with NASA in 1995 was to help in the design of the ISS electrical power system and train the "newbies" on operating a solar array/battery electrical power system since I was about the only old guy left who had actually real-time managed such a beast on SKYLAB RESCUE

Been hamming since 1955 when I was 15 (NOVICE, KN4EHL). Got my GENERAL the next year and then when I moved to Texas from Florida in 1964 I became W5PGZ. In 1970, I got my EXTRA class license. I operate mostly CW on 80 through 10 meters.

 My main rig is a K3 and a KPA500/KAT500. Just recently, I added a KIO HEX beam up about 20 feet ...works pretty well. I also still use "Ol' Faithful"..a GAP Titan vertical I've had for almost 20 years now. Recently purchased a used FLEX 6500 and am enjoying it a lot.



I  substitute teach in our local school district (48 schools), have always loved kids, and really enjoy working with teachers (especially math/science).

I am in a Bluegrass Gospel band called WHITE DOVE. I am one of the three core members in the band and we  have been praising Jesus together for over 18 years. I pick 5-string banjo and do a little singing. We were submitted for a GRAMMY in 2001 for our cd "THE GATHERING" and were offered a recording contract...we all prayed about it and felt that the good Lord told us to "keep our day jobs" so we have remained a weekend band travelling around Texas mainly.

In the picture, thats me on the 5-string banjo, Angie on the stand up bass, Glen on the guitar and Ron on dobro. We all sing.

XYL Faye was our road manager and  likened her job to "herding cats !"My beloved Faye went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 30th, 2017, after a valiant battle with Alzheimers. How I miss her.

I have had a good life and have been blessed with a wonderful family, an exciting (sometimes a bit too exciting) career and loving friends. Any good thing that I have accomplshed in my life has been the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit working through me...certainly not me alone...by myself, I tend to mess things up!!

See you on the bands !

Best 73's

Bill, W5PGZ

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W5PGZ
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KJ4SM 2016-05-20 20m CW EL97ve United States JOHN W FOX
DL5ANT 2015-08-31 20m CW JO50lq Germany Bjoern Ben Bieske
LU6UO 2015-08-31 15m CW Argentina HECTOR MARIO OMBRONI
E51DWC 2015-08-26 40m CW BG08CS73 South Cook Islands MILAN Vobornk
DS4AOW 2015-07-07 40m CW PM34sw South Korea Geum-dong Han
JA5BIN 2015-07-01 20m CW Japan Hiroyoshi Yokota
R0CM 2015-06-30 20m CW Asiatic Russia Evgeny Tsibizov
VK2GWK 2015-06-08 20m CW QF67bf Australia HENK TOBBE
YB4IR 2015-05-25 20m CW OI27ia Indonesia IMAM RAHARJO
YB8RW 2015-05-23 20m CW PJ21ok Indonesia SYARIEFUDIN SYAH Din ex YC8RSW
WA2QAJ 2015-04-04 40m CW FN30hr United States EDWARD M CHIMENTO
7N4SJX 2015-03-15 40m CW PM95tv Japan MASAKI IOKA

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