I am from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I am a firm believer of the Bible as the ‘word of God’ and I use the Bible as a gauge of my world view. When faced with issues in the world, I use the Bible as my measuring stick of whether it is right or wrong. I came to know Jesus in 1986 when I was 20 years old. I married Sunday, in 1989 and she has been a blessing to me beyond measure. I have two sons that I am very proud of and also feel they are a blessing to me.
I have been interested in technology my whole life starting out with my fascination with receiving distant radio and television stations. I use to sit in front of the television turning the antenna rotor trying to see what stations I could find. My dad is a Broadcast Engineer so I have been around technology my whole life. I have been an amateur ‘ham’ radio operator since 1983 when I was 17 years old with a call sign of KA5QNB. I received my Novice class in April 1983, and then upgraded to a Technician in June 1983. I upgraded to a General Class in November 1989. In December 1993, I requested to be issued a ‘7’ call sign to reflect living in the ‘7’ call area of the United States. At the time I was living in Phoenix, AZ. I received the call sign KB7ZCO and I hated it. This was because I had to give it out phonetically every time someone asked, because people could not understand it over the radio. It got old saying Kilo Bravo Seven Zulu, Charlie, Oscar. In 2001, I requested from the FCC to be assigned my dad’s original call sign, K5GLH that he abandoned in 1979 when he upgraded to Extra Class. In 2004 I decided to upgrade to the Extra Class license myself just because I thought it was the thing to do after 20 years. Again, ham radio was inspired by my dad as well.
The year before I received my first ham radio license, in 1982, I bought my first computer so naturally I love both of them. That computer was the powerful Commodore VIC 20 with a massive 3 kilobytes (KB) of RAM that ran Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC). I lost count of how many computers I have had since then but I am sure I will be approaching three digits soon :). I am an Internet junkie that loves to sign up for nearly every new gadget that comes along. I put up my first web site in 1995 and it was on Geocities. I volunteered as a community Tech support on Geocities on my spare time while living in Alaska.
Since I keep referring to various locales that I have live, I should tell you that I spent 10 years on active duty Air Force and three years in the Air Force Reserve prior to that. I was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), near Tucson, Arizona from 1989 to 1991. My first son was born in Tucson when we were there. Then I moved to RAF Bentwaters, near Ipswich, England from 1991 to 1993. My youngest son was born in RAF Lakenheath, near Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk. While living in England I was sent to Khobar Towers near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War. From England we moved to Luke AFB near Phoenix, Arizona from 1993 to 1995. In May 1995 we moved to Eielson AFB near Fairbanks, Alaska. Finally we moved to Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas in 1998 through 1999. It was in 1999 when I separated from active duty and began to work as a civilian with the U.S. Air Force. Despite my many rants about the government in this blog, I am very faithful to the Unites States government though there are times that I do not trust our leaders.
I have been fascinated with severe weather since I was younger than ten years old. I vividly remember waking up in the middle of the night to a tornado siren at a very young age, probably six or seven years old. From that day forward I have had a love for severe thunderstorms. Being an amateur radio operator goes hand in hand with severe weather so many of my hobbies seem to go together. Since the late 1990’s there have been several types of computer programs that have emerged where I can use my radio and my computer together in the same application. As I said before, many of my hobbies go together well.
Thank you for stopping by,
Where I grew up
Del City, Oklahoma
Places I’ve lived
Felixstowe, Suffolk, England
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia