spotlight this week shines on long-time ARMS
president and Amateur Extra Class licensee Charlie
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
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
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
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. Thanks Charlie!
POSTED ON 18-MAR-2006; 21-APR-2007 ]