ARMS spotlight this month is on John Racz, KA9OOO,
from Lawrenceburg, Indiana. John has been licensed
since 1982 and holds an Amateur Extra Class License.
KA9OOO was his call sign as a Novice Class operator
and is the only call sign he has held. He says,
"I liked it so I kept it. Had a lot of fun with
it on CW." He has been a member of ARMS since
around 1985 and has served as the Wednesday NCS.
main interests in Ham Radio are CW, contests, DX,
and nets. He is also involved in public service
activities, including weather nets, and is a
Dearborn County RACES officer. He also operates in
the annual Field Day when he is able. He is also an
accredited ARRL volunteer examiner.
station equipment at KA9OOO includes a Yaesu
FT-1000MP HF transceiver and a Kenwood TMG707A
2m/440 FM transceiver, in addition to a scanner and
a Pete Brothers weather station. The antennas
include a Butternet HF5B beam at 50-feet and a
Butternet HF6V verticle. A Ringo Ranger on a beam
mast is used for two meters.
served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight engineer on
a C-141. He received the Air Medal and was
discharged in 1970. In 1995 he retired from Delta
Airlines as an avionics tech/supervisor.
December, 1961, John married Judy, his high school
sweetheart. In addition to their two married
children, Steven and Bonnie, they have five
grandchildren. They enjoy camping and fishing
together as a family.
and Judy belong to the First Baptist Church of
Harrison, Ohio, where John serves as
secretary/treasurer. His favorite Bible verses are
from Matthew 11:28-29: "Come unto me, all ye
that labor and our heavy laden, and I will give you
rest. Take my yoke and learn of me; for I am meek
and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your
a final note, John says, "I have been tardy
lately, but will try to check in to the net from
time to time."
POSTED ON 01-JULY-2008 ]