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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Ora has several "favorite" Bible verses,
he particularly notes Roman 8:1: "Therefore,
there is now no condemnation for those who are in
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
can check out Ora's Web site at www.oraswebsite.com.
POSTED ON 05-MAR-2006; 10-FEB-2007 ]