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 the hobby.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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" (NIV).
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 summer."
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 ]