spotlight this week is on ARMS President Gerry Brunk,
K4RBZ. Gerry holds an Amateur Extra Class license and
was licensed in 1954. I guess fifty-one years of
hamming would qualify one as an old-timer in
Gerry is also an old-timer
when it comes to being an ARMS member, since he joined
this fine group in 1967 and has been president since
June 2003. He says, "It has been a pleasure being
with ARMS for neary forty years, and I am pleased the
organization is alive and well."
When it comes to operating, Gerry
is quite an achiever. He has achieved DXCC Honor
Roll--a very significant accomplishment--and
has 343 countries (now entities) confirmed. In
addition to DXing, he enjoys participating in various
nets. We're glad ARMS is one of those!
One of Gerry's hamming highlights
was contacting the late King Hussein, JY1, of Jordan.
As a result of that contact, he was invited to have an
audience with thirty-five university students in the
royal palace. Unfortunatley, that meeting had to be
cancelled because King Hussein had to participate in a
last-minute summit meeting in Amman.
The K4RBZ station consists of an
Icom IC-756 tansceiver which drives an AL-82
amplifier. His antennas include a Hy-Gain TH6-DX
six-element beam, a Crushcraft three-element beam for
17 and 12 meters, and a 75/40-meter dipole. No wonder
he always has such a good signal. For two-meters in
the house he uses an Icom IC-O2AT HT into a Ringo
Ranger antenna. While mobiling, he uses a Kenwood
430-S on HF with a Hustler antenna. His 2-meter mobile
radios are an Icom IC-2100-H and a Kenwood TM-261A.
Although it's difficult to see in
the above picture, Gerry notes that the plaque on his
operating desk has the ARMS motto, Galatians 6:10, on
it. The plaque was given to him by our beloved former
vice-president, Jay Sudenga, KØGAZ.
Gerry is married to Shirley and he
has four sons born to his first wife, Janet, who died
of cancer in 1980. Two of his sons are married, and
each has two children. Shirley and Gerry spend a lot
of time with their grandchildren. Fortunately, they
all live nearby.
Gerry is a retired history
professor at Eastern Mennonite University in
Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition to his teaching
duties at EMU, he served for two years as a
representative of the Mennonite Church in Cairo, Egypt
during the 1970's.
One of Gerry's favorite Bible
verses is Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all
things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose"
Being the efficient ARMS president
he is, Gerry leaves us with this reminder. "I
look forward to seeing many of you at the 50th
anniversary national convention of ARMS in the summer
of 2007. It will be held May 25-27 at the Mt. Olivet
Conference & Retreat Center in Farmington,
Minnesota. Keep this in mind as you plan that
Thanks, Gerry, for being a
Christ-like example on the air and for serving
faithfully as the ARMS president.
[ POSTED ON 18-JAN-2006; 03-JUN-2006