week the spotlight shines on ARMS Vice
President Mike Rafferty, K7PTL.
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
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 communication!
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
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
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 ]