This week's ARMS Spotlight is on Don Jensen, KC7WV, from Tucson, Arizona. Don was first licensed in 1956 as KN6VXM and received K6VXM upon upgrading. He holds an Advanced Class license and joined ARMS around 1957.

The KC7WV HF station consists of a Ten Tec Omni 6+, an MA-1000 solid state amplifier, a Hy-Gain TH6DXX yagi at 60 feet, and a G5RV. In addition, Don has a Kenwood TS-480SAT that he calls his "gettin'-out-of-bed" rig. He uses 40-10-meter attic dipoles for this rig. For two meters and 70 cm he uses an Icom IC-207H, an 11-element yagi at 70 feet, and a 2-meter Ringo. He uses another IC-207H in his wheelchair van.

Don learned to love CW as a Novice licensee and still loves it today. He says it "clears the mind." He also enjoy DXing, the ARMS net, and chatting with missionaries around the world.

Operating awards for KC7WV include WAS, WAC, and DXCC. His current DXCC total is at an impressive 305. Don lived eight years in Mexico and operated from there as XE1CCZ with a quad antenna on top of an apartment building, which he calls "fun!" Before the days of e-mail, he used to run lots of phone patches for missionaries and military personnel. He tells the story of when once a young soldier proposed to his girlfriend during a phone patch. Of course she said yes. Interestingly, it was through ham radio that Don met his wife, Sharon, KA7DAC.

Professionally, Don is the treasurer for SIL - Wycliffe Translators - Mexico Branch. He's been in accounting and tax work for forty-five years. He started his own business at the age of twenty-one, then joined Wycliffe seven years later. He was also co-owner of the "Wireless Shop" in California for several years. They sold Yaesu, Drake, Collins, and used equipment. He was the elmer for his partner, Pete, K6JCN.

Don's mother was Jewish. She and Don were baptized together in the Evangelical Christian Church. He is currently a deacon in the church, but has held just about every office in the church at one time or another. He has enjoyed many fellowships, as Wycliffe is composed of many denominations.

Don's father came from Norway as a candy maker. His mother was a concert pianist, but became a "chocolate dipper" when she married Don's dad.

Romans 12:1-2 (from The Living Bible) are Don's favorite Bible verses. "And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy--the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you."

Don adds this about the value of amateur radio. "Ham radio was a God send to me when I broke my neck, diving at age 14. Ernie, K6EGV, lived just around the block from me -- picked him up on my crystal set. He mentored me through to Advanced class. I've met many, many wonderful people through ham radio and thank the Lord for this wonderful hobby! Looking forward to meeting many more!"

[ POSTED ON 16-JUN-2006 ]