week the spotlight shines on ARMS Vice President Mike
was first licensed in 1973 and holds an Amateur Extra Class
license. Previous call signs were WA6FTB, WB7CGT, KAØIWR, KEØFN,
and AAØAO. He has been an ARMS member since 1979.
he spends most of his time on 75, 40 and 20 meters phone with
occasional CW operation, Mike also enjoys all the digital modes.
He started with RTTY and packet and progressed through AMTOR,
PACTOR and PSK31. He especially likes to build kits and
interfaces for the digital modes.
K7PTL station includes an Icom IC-910 and Yaesu FT-1000MP in the
shack. He operates CW with the choice of a Bencher keyer or one
of two Vibroplex keyers. He can run a phone patch with the
TS-440 and patch controller. He enjoys putting this fine
equipment to work for Field Day and the Pennsylvania QSO
Parties. He's elmered several people in the hobby. Many of the
people in his church now have tickets, including his pastor and
wife. He says that's one way to make sure they can stay in
Mike is a pilot for Continental Airlines. He currently flies
Boeing 757 and 767's. (He says, "If it ain't Boeing, I'm
not going!") His routes take him all over North and South
America, the Caribbean, and to several destinations in Europe.
Years ago he was a crop duster and flew the air mail in Montana.
From there it was UPS freight hauling in Convair 440's.
is a deacon in a Southern Baptist Church near Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania. He works closely with his pastor in developing
curriculum for their classes. They also pray often for their
part of the body of Christ. Mike has helped a lot with necessary
renovations at the church. He also does considerable counseling
and discipling of individuals and couples. However, most of his
time is spent in teaching in homes and at church with occasional
calls to preach.
wife, Mary, is also a licensed amateur radio operator (K3PTL).
This is how Mike describes the love of his life: "I am
married to a very godly woman, Mary, who is also very active in
our church. She has been our treasurer for the last several
years. I proposed to Mary three days after I met her in San
Diego and she was wondering when I would get around to asking
her. In Denver she helped another Christian woman in a business
start-up called, The Name Above All Names." Mike and
Mary have one son, Travis, who is married and has five children.
Travis and his wife, Esther, are graduates of Moody Bible
Institute in Chicago and live just a couple of miles from Mike
and Mary. When Mike retires in 2009, both families plan to
return to Montana.
2:20 is cited by Mike as his favorite Bible verse. "I am
crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave
himself for me."
leaves these words with us. "It has truly been a blessing
to be a part of ARMS over the years. I plan to continue that for
as long as the Lord allows. Lord willing, we will be retired and
living back in my hometown area of Missoula, Montana, and my
ARMS involvement will be from the Bitterroot Valley."
POSTED ON 01-APR-2006, 27-SEP-2007 ]