This week's Spotlight is on Bob Kurtz, W2CYO, from Mansfield, Ohio. Bob was first licensed as a Novice in 1969 and currently holds an Advanced Class Amateur Radio license. He has also held the call sign of WA2CYO. He is a longtime member of ARMS and joined in 1971.

The W2CYO station includes a Kenwood TS-430S transceiver, a 75-meter doublet, and an all-band vertical antenna.

Bob especially enjoys net operation. He was the ARMS Eastern Section Director for many years and was very active with that group. He enjoys the 75-meter ARMS net and checks in quite regularly. He used used to enjoy running overseas phone patch traffic to the mission field. Of course, that part of ham radio has greatly diminished in recent years with the advent of the Internet.

Bob was born in India and moved to the United States in 1937. He spent two years in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of Houghton College (1953) and Alfred University (1957). From 1958-69 he was employed by General Electric as a human factors designer. He then worked at Xerox in the same position until his retirement in 1989. In his positions he was an ergonomic designer and worked in the engineering department in the design of new products.

As you can see from the beautiful picture above, Bob is a multi-talented man. That's a sample of his many paintings. He also enjoys woodworking, and doing things outdoors such as hiking and canoeing. He has even built a cedar strip canoe.

Bob attends Berean Baptist Church and enjoys teaching the Bible. He frequently teaches the men's Sunday school class. He also helps Children's Services in renovating homes in collaboration with his church.

Joan, his wife of 52 years, is the apple of Bob's eye. They first met at Houghton College and today they have two daughters and three granddaughters.

As favorite Scripture verses, Bob lists Philippians 4:6-7: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

[ POSTED ON 25-OCT-2006 ]