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
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
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
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
to ARMS, Matthew. We're glad to have you on board.
POSTED ON 19-JUN-2009 ]