This week we turn the spotlight on longtime ARMS member Dave Shortess, W7PTL. Dave joined ARMS back in
1972 and has been an active member through the years. From 1993 to 2005 he served as the Monday
NCS for the 20-meter ARMS net and also was editor of the Beam, the offical newsletter of ARMS
and an outstanding publication, for the same period of time.
Dave was first licensed in 1958 as K3EDR and currently holds an Advanced Class license. Other call signs
he has held through the years include W5PQL, JY9DS (Jordan) and of course W7PTL. He has earned the
ARRL Worked All States award and enjoys building and ragchewing on the air. He especially enjoys
experimenting with low-cost (PVC) antennas for 20, 17 and 15 meters.
The W7PTL station includes a Yaesu FT-920 HF transceiver, an Ameritron ALS-600 amp, a Mosley PRO-57A
five-band beam, a Yaesu FT-2800 2-meter rig, a Ringo Ranger 2-meter antenna, and combined inverted V's
for 40, 80 and 160 meters.
Dave is a retired college biology professor and was at New Mexico Tech, in Socorro, New Mexico, for 25
years. He spent one year lecturing at the Jordan University in Amman in 1976-77. He hastens to add that
hamming from Amman was quite interesting. That's probably quite an understatement.
Dave and his wife, Wealthy, have been married for fifty-six years and have four grown children. None of
their children are hams.
Proverbs 3:5-6 are cited as Dave's favorite Bible verses. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and
lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths
Dave adds the following words for us. "I have enjoyed the many great friends I have met through ARMS
and look forward to continued activity with the group."
Thanks, Dave, for all you've contributed to ARMS through the years.
[ POSTED ON 19-FEB-2006; 03-MAR-2007 ]