There are three elected
officers in ARMS, each serving a three-year term. These are
the president, vice-president, and secretary-treasurer. In
addition there are several appointed national officers. They
include the 20-meter net manager, The BEAM editor and the
tape editor. Section directors may be appointed by the
president or elected by members of their respective
The president, Mike Rafferty, K7PTL,
, is responsible for the overall operation of the
organization. He recruits the appointed officers as well as
the section directors (see below), if necessary. Mike was
elected president in June, 2017. Mike was first
licensed in 1973 while stationed on board the guided missile
destroyer, USS Towers ( DDG-9. ) He holds an Amateur Extra
Class license. Previous call signs were WA6FTB, WB7CGT,
KA0IWR, KE0FN, and AA0AO and he has been an ARMS member
since 1979. As president, I will devote myself to
promoting the fellowship of the group as well as a positive
witness for Christ on the air..
Charlie Cox, K7AQ,
served as president of ARMS for 24 years, almost half the
time ARMS has existed. During that time he endeared himself
to ARMS members, and faithfully gave effective leadership to
the organization. In 2003, newly elected ARMS president
Gerry Brunk, K4RBZ, wrote in the Fall 2003 edition of The
Beam: "In recognition of this term of service, and
as in-coming president I hereby confer upon Charlie Cox,
K7AQ, the title of President Emeritus of the Amateur Radio
Missionary Service, with all the rights, privileges and
honor appertaining thereunto. Thanks, Charlie, for all you
have done for ARMS."
vice-president, Frank Brodale AGØM, serves as a backup for
the president as well as a general good-will ambassador for
ARMS. Should the president be unable to continue in that
capacity, the vice-president would assume that
responsibility. Frank was elected vice-president in June,
Roger Stubbe, WØZMU,
takes care of the membership applications and rolls as well
as all the financial aspects of ARMS. Roger worked in
various capacities in engineering, programming and
administrative ministries in Ecuador for 30 years.
Even spent a year working in the mission's Ecuador
accounting office. He served
as an elder and pastor in an local Ecuadorian church there
for about 20 years. Assigned to HCJB World Radio home office
in Colorado Spring in 1995 and worked in International Radio
Development and audience research. Elder and teacher in the
church in Colorado Springs and now retired and living in
Pella, Iowa near his wife's elderly mother and youngest
Roger's experience serves him well as he brings a real
professional touch to his position in ARMS.
The ARMS net manager is responsible for seeing that the
20-meter ARMS Net operates smoothly and efficiently. He
recruits net control stations, and is generally available
during the operation of the net, providing relays to those
unable to hear the net control station. Our current net
manager is Boyce Guffey, K5VSP.
Before his retirement, Boyce ran a radio/TV shop for many
years. He and his wife, Thelma Lou, live in Cash Arkansas.
The Beam editor, James Fisher NQ7L, is responsible for the
publications of ARMS. Primary is the production and mailing
of The Beam, the official newsletter of the organization. He
maintains a mailing roster of the members and is responsible
for publishing the ARMS Directory every two years. He also
keeps track of members' e-mail addresses.
editor, Denis Parker, WD4ACH,
tape records the text of The Beam when it is published and
sends the tapes to several of our members who are blind.
Denis is also director for the Southeast Section of ARMS.
Denis and his wife, Andra, KD4CLF, live in Knoxville,
Section - Larry Hodge, W2PT,
Conklin, New York
Central Section - Roy Clark, KC4YGB,
Southeast Section - Denis Parker,
Midwest Section - Tom Hauskins AA0LF,
South Central Section - Boyce Guffey, K5VSP,
Rocky Mountain Section - Geno McGahay, AL7GQ,
Northwest Section - George Wood, KA7HGE,
Southwest Section - Sharon Shortess, KA7DAC,
Canada Section - Vacant
to these directors, some of the sections have additional
officers who take care of various section activities.
The webmaster is not a net officer. His or her
responsibility, however, is to design and maintain the ARMS
Web site, and to assure the integrity of its content.
Effective January 4, 2013, Lew Orcutt, NØCXY,
is the webmaster.