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