This week our ARMS spotlight is on Dick Harris, K7VCD, of Mountlake Terrace, Washington. Dick holds an Amateur Extra Class license. He was first licensed in 1953 as KN2MBT with a Novice Class license. When he upgraded he dropped the "N" and became K2MBT.

Dick never actually joined ARMS in a technical sense; he was a co-founder of it in 1957. Click here to read more about Dick's involvement in the History section of the ARMS Web site.

Dick's station consists of a Kenwood TS-570 HF transceiver, an Ameritron AL811 linear amplifier, a Palstar antenna tuner, a 3-element Hy-Gain triband beam, a Hy-Gain DX-88 8-band vertical, an 80-meter inverted VEE dipole, and a 2-meter IC-W32A HT into a two-meter J-pole antenna.

His main interests in ham radio are PSK-31, contests, chasing DX (he holds DXCC), checking into nets, and QRP. He's especially fond of DXing on 20-meters, or any band that's open for that matter. He also enjoys his weekly chat on two meters with other members of the Cascade Radio Club. Of course he enjoys the ARMS nets too. But he adds, "When I can wake up early enough."

Professionally, Dick started out in 1949 at WGBA in Columbus, Georgia as a staff announcer. He says he gradually morphed into a radio engineer over the next few years until going full time as a radio engineer with Salem Communications in the early 80s. He retired in the Spring of 2003 after nearly 20 years with Salem. Most of his professional career was with Christian radio stations, although he spent one year in 1968 as a radio news anchor at WCBS in New York.

Dick married Dorothy Bankhead in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1949. Their four children multiplied to ten grandkids, and now stands at 6-1/2 great grand-kids. DIck and Dorothy are members of Alderwood Community Church (IFCA) in Lynnwood, Washington.

Philippians 1:6 is Dick's favorite Bible verse. "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

[ POSTED ON 23-MAY-2007 ]