Spotlight this week shines on Bruce Elbert, K6ZB, and
Amateur Extra Class licensee from Thousand Oaks, California.
Bruce was first licensed in 1959 and formerly held the call sign
WA2IZV. He joined ARMS in 2006.
is married to Cathy, about whom he says, "She is the light
of my life, the best possible mother to our two girls, and the
one who brought me to Christ Jesus." More about her later .
was introduced to the hobby by Steve Biren, WA2EGK, while still
in high school. This sparked a lifelong interest and career. Due
to family and work, he was off the air between 1987 and 2002,
but is now very active at their new home in Thousand Oaks.
K6ZB station includes an Icom IC-756PROII which drives a
500-watt solid state amplifier. His antenna is a High Sierra
screwdriver antenna mounted on an iron fence. He uses a Kenwood
TS-830S for backup. For VHF/UHF he has a Yaesu FT-817 and a
Kenwood TM-732. In the mobile he uses a Yaesu FT-857 and an
is involved in ARES and RACES emergency communication in Ventura
County. He also enjoys CW ragchewing on HF, HF SSB nets
(particular the ARMS net), and chatting on local VHF/UHF
repeaters. He holds DXCC and several certificates for volunteer
work. He even assisted during the motorcade for President Ronald
Reagan's cortege to his Presidential Library, where he now
to the interest sparked from Ham Radio, Bruce began a career in
radio communications. He graduated with an E.E. degree from CCNY
in 1965, then served four years in the U.S. Army as a Signal
Corps officer during the Vietnam War. His first civilian job was
at the Communications Satellite Corporation, where he learned
about satellites and their applications. He also worked for
Hughes Aircraft for twenty-five years, which is how he ended up
in Southern California. He retired in 1999 primarily to go off
on his own as a consultant and teacher.
was raised Reformed Jewish and was Bar Mitsvahed at his temple
in New York City. The preparations caused him to learn much of
the Old Testament and take it to heart. While stationed at Ft
Lewis, Washington, in 1966, he was fortunate enough to meet his
future wife, Cathy Cummings, who was and is a Christian. They
allowed each other to pursue their respective beliefs, but they
attended church, and their two daughters were exposed to the
Christian faith and not the Jewish faith. Eventually, through
Cathy's gentle influence, Bruce got more interested in her
faith, which is now his as well. They attended and then joined
the First Baptist Church of Thousand Oaks in 2005. They were
then baptized together.
has always been important to Bruce. He says, "I had a happy
childhood in Flushing, New York, with two brothers (David and
Larry) and a loving father (Michael) and mother (Catherine). Our
house was filled with family, including both grandmothers and
for a while my Uncle Andy. I've lost all except my younger
brother, Larry, who lives in Orange County. As I mentioned, we
were a Reformed Jewish family, being members of a local temple
called Beth Shalom. In 1967, I was fortunate to marry Cathy and
we now have two lovely girls, Sheri and Michelle. Our focus is
on them as we want them to have happy lives."
cites Psalm 24 as his favorite Scipture passage. Concerning the
ARMS Christian Fellowship, he says, "The ARMS Net is truly
blessed and has helped me to better understand and live by Jesus
and our faith."
POSTED ON 16-MAY-2006 ]