month ARMS Spotlight is on Matthew Chamber, W1JEQ,
from Newark, Missouri. Matthew was first licensed in
2003 as KCØQEV. He joined ARMS in 2009 and is now
the proud holder of an Amateur Extra Class license.
says he originally got licensed simply out of
curiosity but quickly found that his favorite facet
of ham radio was emergency communications. God
happened to make his second-ever Ham Radio contact
with a man who changed that. Dave Kreuger, ABØDK,
led him to the Lord and, to quote Matthew, "My
life's never been the same."
there's a great Ham Radio story!
W1JEQ station includes an Icom IC-725 HF transceiver
which outputs into a Vectronics mobile tuner and a
20-meter Hamstick on the fire escape of the college
dorm where he lives. He also has a Yaesu FT-1500
2-meter transceiver. His antenna is a 2-meter,
half-wave mag mount.
of school responsibilities, Matthew isn't able to
get on the air a lot now, but he does enjoy DX'ing
and some contesting. But, most of all, he enjoys rag
chewing with his Christian brothers--finding out how
God is moving in their lives. He somewhat humorously
shares that last year he made the least number of
contacts possible at field day by not making any
actual field day contacts. Nevertheless, he still
sent a message to the section manager, so his award
was highest score with zero contacts.
is a student at Heartland Christian College and also
work part time at Heartland Creamery loading trucks
to head out to stores. He also volunteers time
working on their 2-way (UHF) radio system for the
ministry and farm. He is a sound engineer on his
church's worship team and is learning how to play
the bass as time permits. He is also on the camera
crew for his church's TV show (www.hland.tv).
adds these words. "I hope to get a chance to
meet many of you on the air when I can actually hear
you. I have tuned in and tried to check in, but so
far I haven't actually heard the net even though I
am on the right frequency at the right time, but
with the wrong propagation."
to ARMS, Matthew. We're glad to have you on board.
POSTED ON 19-JUN-2009 ]