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Randy Becnel - W5UE
243 Red Top Rd
Lumberton, MS 39455-5214
Photo taken on 26 Aug, 2005 - Three days before hurricane Katrina
This is at the Grand Casino in Gulfport - It would all be gone by Aug. 30th
I was first licensed in 1972 as WN5JBW/WB5JBW as a teenager in high school. My license lapsed in the 80s due to starting a new family, relocating away from my "ham community" and several other bad reasons. I returned to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1993 and reconnected with my long time friend and elmer, Floyd, N5FG and others. It didn't take much arm twisting to get me to go retest and I quickly passed my General and received the callsign KC5YJI as punishment for letting an Advanced ticket lapse. About a month later I passed my Extra exam and applied for the vanity call W5UE. I enjoy DXing and contesting primarily using my favorite mode CW. I have been fortunate to be involved with several Mississippi/Alabama coast IOTA activations and contest trips to Suriname and the Bahamas. You may have caught me on the air on some of these trips operating as W4D, K5R, K5C, C6AKO, C6ARB, PZ5A and PZ5UE. I serve as QSL manager for many of these operations in addition to renowned contest superstations HC8N / HC8L, 9V1YC and others. Please visit myQSL Manager page for detailed information on these activities.
I have been married since 1976 to my wife, Kathy and we have been blessed with one terrific son, Kevin. We currently live in Lumberton, MS and I am employed at the Stennis Space Center.