Our spotlight this week is on Ora Gifford, KE7BF. Ora, who holds an Advanced Class license, received his first license as KA7GGP in 1983. He wasted no time joining ARMS and became a member in 1984. Today he serves as the ARMS secretary/treasurer and Tuesday NCS on the 20-meter net.

The KE7BF station consists of a Kenwood TS-450S fed into a G5RV or a Mosley Classic at about 35 feet on a free-standing Rohn tower. The G5RV is in an inverted V configuration with the apex at 30 feet on the tower trailing off to the northwest and southeast corners of the lot. The ends of the legs about 10-12 feet off the ground. He also has an Alinco DR-110 for 2 meters in the shack and a Kenwood phone patch hooked to the HF rig. His mobile rigs include an ICOM IC-706 and a Kenwood TS-7320. He also has an Alinco DJ-190 hand held which he won at a hamfest drawing in Walla Walla, Washington a few years ago. At the top of the tower at about 37 feet there is a two-meter quad which he says needs to be repaired this spring as it is coming apart.

On his operating, Ora says, "I enjoy rag chewing on the Christian nets and enjoy just listening at times to interesting conversations. I have tried many modes but have settled into phone almost exclusively at the present time."

Ora joined the U. S. Air Force right out of high school and was assigned to training at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. He followed that career by returning for advanced training in 1952 and served as a meteorological analyst forecaster in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands at Cold Bay and Shemya. After separation from the military in 1954, he continued as a meteorologist at the Hanford Nuclear Site for 41-plus years with General Electric Co. and later with Battelle Memorial Institute who operated the weather services for the Department of Energy. Ora retired in May 1995 and terminated his work a year later in May 1996.

On February 5, 2006 Ora and his wife, Connie, celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. They have four children, including three daughters and a son. They are also enjoying their 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. All of their children are serving the Lord in their different churches, and Ora remarks what a wonderful blessing that is.

Although Ora has several "favorite" Bible verses, he particularly notes Roman 8:1: "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

Ora shares these concluding words for the ARMS members. "We really appreciate the ARMS net members. It is a tremendous blessing to participate in the net and hear the Scriptures shared on the air daily."

You can check out Ora's Web site at

[ POSTED ON 05-MAR-2006; 10-FEB-2007 ]