week's spotlight is on Royal W. Kramer, W3ZIF, from
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Royal was first in 1954
licensed as WN3ZIF with a Novice Class license. He
joined ARMS in 1989. Other on the air interests are CW
(he's a FISTS Club member), DXing, and public service.
W3ZIF station includes four HF rigs, all of which he
uses at various times. He's had a Kenwood TS-520S
since 1977 that he uses mostly on 75 meters and the
ARMS net, a Ten-Tec Jupiter, a Ten Tec Scout, and a
MFJ-9020 QRP rig running 5 watts on 20 meters CW only.
For VHF/UHF he uses the Kenwood TR-7600 (he's had it
since 1980), an Icom IC-2AT, and a Yaesu VX-5RS.
Antennas include a 66-foot long G5RV approximately 18
feet in the air, a B&W AP-10A window sill type
antenna (40-2 meters), and a ¼ wave ground plane for
2 meters approximately 12 feet above ground.
has earned the following operating awards: WAC (all
CW), WAS, RCC, DXDC, the Century Award Certificate
from FISTS for working 100 FISTS members, and two ARRL
Public Service Awards (for the Stroudsburg flood in
1955 and the Johnstown flood in July of 1977).
the Stroudsburg flood, Royal spent thirty hours on
August 21-22, 1955, helping to maintain radio
communication. He says it was an experience he will
never forget as he was still an infant in amateur
radio and it left a big impression on him in seeing
all the devastation and loss of life. With so much to
be done, he felt he did very little, if anything, to
alleviate the situation. But prior to leaving after
those thirty hours, the fire chief went over to Royal
and the other hams, and with weariness on his face and
tears in his eyes said, "Thank you gentlemen for
all the help that you have given to us. We don't know
how we would have done without your help." Royal
says, "I don't know how the other seven men who I
was with felt about that comment, but to me it meant
more than if he would have handed me a million
dollars. I knew he was truthful and really meant every
word that he said."
has been retired for eleven years from the
Pennsylvania Power & Light Company in Allentown,
Pennsylvania, where he worked for forty-three years.
For thirty-eight of those years he was involved with
electrical drafting and engineering.
to moving to Mechanicsburg almost three years ago,
Royal and his wife, Charlotte, lived in Allentown,
where they had lived all their lives. Royal was a
member of his church's Elder Board and later the
Deacon Board for nine years. He was also involved with
the senior citizens group and is still a member of the
Veterans Appreciation Committee (VAC) at that church.
The VAC honors all of the church veterans at a special
morning service on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
Royal also spent twenty-eight years involved with the
sound system and the audio and video tape ministry. In
his Mechanicsburg's church, he is involved with the
senior citizen group, a Sunday morning greeter once a
month, and recorder of the tally sheets of members who
attend each week.
January 7th of this year, Royal and Charlotte
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have
two children. Their daughter, Louise, who lives in
Westerville, Ohio, is married and has four children.
Her son was adopted from a Christian orphanage in
Haiti. Royal and Charlotte's son, Curtis, is married
and has four children. The youngest will be two years
of age in May. He's the only boy, and that makes
"Pop-Pop" quite happy as the Kramer name can
now continue down the path of time, the Lord willing.
They live about twenty minutes down the road in
cites Isaiah 40:31 as his favorite verse of Scripture.
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their
strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they
will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be
is proud of his U.S. military service and would like
to leave these words with us. "I served our great
country during the Cold War in Pirmasens, Germany in
the U.S. Army Signal Corp (1957-59). I am still in
contact via e-mail or Christmas card with several of
the men who I served with. It seems that camaraderie
never disappears from your life as there will always
be that band of brotherhood that remains for
POSTED ON 11-MAR-2006; 05-APR-2007 ]