spotlight this week shines on long-time ARMS
president and Amateur Extra Class licensee
Charlie Cox, K7AQ.
certainly qualifies as an official old
timer in the ham radio ranks with sixty-eight
years of radiating RF around the world. It all
started at age 14 when he was invited to join
the Boy Scouts and started to read the Boy Scout
Handbook. He says he was hooked when he came
across a chapter on radio. He soon built a
crystal radio set and more tuned circuits. This
was the beginning of many more years of building
radios and antennas.
a great story on Charlie's early years of
hamming, go to the Spring 2006 edition of The
Beam and read his article titled, "How
I Got Started in Ham Radio."
1938, Charlie passed his Class C radio test and
operated under the camp call of W3FEM in
Virginia. In 1940 Charlie moved to Maryland and
worked for the Martin Aircraft Co. He then went
on the air as W3JVI. From 1944 to 1946 he served
in the U.S. Navy as an electronic supply
technician. Then, in 1950, he became W6PNT after
being transferred to California. While he was in
California, Charlie built a SSB rig for 75
meters, making him an early pioneer in that
mode. He returned to Maryland in 1952 as W3JVI
before being transferred to Colorado in 1956. He
then received the call sign KØGKR.
retired in 1973 and moved to Grants Pass,
Oregon, where he received his current call sign
of K7AQ. He and his wife, Emily, moved to
Arizona in 1991. They now enjoy retirement at
the Glencroft Retirement Community in Glendale.
so many years in amateur radio, you have to
believe Charlie has been involved is many
different facets of the hobby. His main interest
today, however, are building, VHF contesting,
and the ARMS Christian Fellowship Group.
say that ARMS is merely an interest of
Charlie's is probably a huge understatement,
since Charlie served as our president for
twenty-four years. He stepped down in June of
2003, when Gerry Brunk, K4RBZ, our current
president, followed him. In Fall 2003 edition of
The Beam, Gerry wrote, "In
recognition of his term of service, and as
in-coming president I hereby confer upon Charlie
Cox, K7AQ, the title of President Emeritus of
the Amateur Radio Missionary Service, with all
the rights, privileges and honor appertaining
thereunto. Thanks, Charlie, for all you have
done for ARMS." To which all ARMS members
say a hearty "Amen!"
life verses are found from 1 Peter 5:6-10:
"Humble yourselves therefore under the
mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due
time: Casting all your care upon him; for he
careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because
your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom
resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the
same afflictions are accomplished in your
brethren that are in the world. But the God of
all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal
glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have
suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish,
strengthen, settle you."
speaking of the faithful ARMS leadership,
Charlie says, "Arms has come a long way. I
am so thankful for all the new leadership. The
Lord has provided above all expectations.
Through all these years of ARMS there was always
someone in the wings ready to step in."
the ARMS membership is grateful that Charlie is
one of those who stepped in and helped
make ARMS the wonderful group it is today.
POSTED ON 18-MAR-2006; 21-APR-2007 ]