a pleasure to introduce you to ARMS member Les Hamilton,
W9MGM, from Delano, Minnesota. Les was first licensed in
1961 as KN9IYO while in high school. He received his General
class license in 1962 and became K9IYO.
from city to city and state to state through the years while
working for Chrysler Corporation limited Les' ham radio
activity for 34 years until his retirement in 2001. It also
caused him to change his call sign to W8JFZ in 1968 and to
his current call sign in 1970.
Chrysler, Les worked in Product Engineering, Resident
Engineering, and Quality Control areas at the Detroit
headquarters and at various manufacturing plants. He even
met Lee Iacocca once and gave him a tour of the Huntsville
Electronics Plant in Huntsville, Alabama.
years Les used a Hallicrafters SX-110 receiver and a
Heathkit DX-20 50-watt CW transmitter with a maximum
attainment of 22 wpm. His current station includes a Hy-Gain
TH7DX beam, a 48-foot tower, an Icom IC-7600 transceiver, a
Tokyo Hy-Power HL-2.5KFX amplifier and a Tokyo Hy-Power
HC-1.5KAT antenna tuner.
is a member of Maple Plain Community Church and serves as an
elder and young adults Bible study facilitator. He offers a
seminar of "The Four Priorities of a Believer" for
any church that wants to grow in spirit and love for the
Lord. He is a member of Gideons International and serves as
Chaplain of Wright County, MN camp. He says he exhibits
classic reasons why Almighty God said (paraphrased),
"Adam, you need a helpmate!" And he hastens to
add, "My first and only wife, Cindy, of over 45 years
is a gift from God!"
for a favorite Bible verse, Les struggles like many of us
and says his favorite verse is the one being read or
currently being contemplated.
concludes his bio information by writing, "Here's what
I know for sure: The worst sound anyone can possibly hear
is, '. . . be gone, I never knew you.'" --AND--
"The worst personal strategy an individual can ever
experience is to go to hell thinking he was saved."
POSTED 24-FEBRUARY-2012 ]