As an attorney, Robert P. 'Bob' Walsh, esq., WA8MOA, has a private law practice in Battle Creek, MI. He specializes in veterans disabilty benefits law, representing veterans in matters before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. From 1970 to 1976, Bob had two years of active duty in the U.S. Army and 14 years of National Guard and Reserve service. He obtained the rank of first lieutenant in the Signal Corps, U.S. Army Reserve. Earlier, he was a sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Bob's interest in radio communications began as early as 1964 when he earned an amateur radio license. He continues to be active on all amateur radio frequency bands. He has achieved a listing on the DXCC Honor Roll, which reflects exceptional skill in conducting international communications. Early on, Bob worked as a two-way radio and microwave equipment installer. In the 1980s, Bob resided in Saudi Arabia where he worked for Aramco. He dispatched 100 maintenance technicians for the company's telecom facilities on a daily basis. Bob earned his law degree in 1989, clerked for a time in Battle Creek, worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Battle Creek, and then returned to the Middle East for three years to work for the U.S. Army in telecommunications at Camp Doha and at a law office in Kuwait City. Since late 1994, Bob has conducted his private practice in Battle Creek. Bob has traveled to 28 countries including Taiwan and the People's Republic of China, Heard Island in the Australian Antarctic Territory, and most of the Middle Eastern countries. Besides operating an amateur radio station at his home, Bob has operated from Austria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Mellish Reef and Heard Island. He has the 160-meter DXCC and WAS, which are amateur radio operating awards. He has 50 MHz WAS, WAC and 76 countries confirmed. He said he is looking forward to the new sunspot cycle with hope.
October 19, 2015