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.
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.
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
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
and his wife, Wealthy, have been married for fifty-six
years and have four grown children. None of their
children are hams.
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 straight (NIV)."
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."
Dave, for all you've contributed to ARMS through the
POSTED ON 19-FEB-2006; 03-MAR-2007 ]