week we turn the ARMS Member Spotlight on David
Hoff, WB9GGK, from Barron, Wisconsin. David was first
licensed in 1971 and currently holds an Advanced Class
license. He's an oldtimer in ARMS as he joined up in
credits his oldest son, Brent (WB9GGL), for getting
the two of them started in ham radio. As a United
States Coast Guard engineman, David was required to
learn blinker light and, of course, Morse Code. When
his son heard about ham radio and the Morse Code, he
asked to learn it too. As David says, "The rest
his Yaesu FT757 GXII transceiver and 20-meter attic
dipole, David enjoys CW, contesting, DX, nets, and QRP
among other things. He especially enjoys the
fellowship of the ARMS Christian Fellowship.
shares a great story about his CW. He says, "Of
late my CW was when I was coming out of heart surgery
and was on a breathing tube. My XYL was holding my
hand and I wanted her to know I was OK (in my mind) so
I tapped out code on her wrist. She knew at once what
I was doing but my youngest son, Bard, copied
and told the rest of the gathered family what I was sending.
So if this happens to you, it's a great way to
communicate when your mouth is full of tubes."
leaving the U.S. Coast Guard, David worked at a
municipal electric utility. He spent nineteen years as
chief engineer and eleven years as administrator for
the combined electric, water, and wastewater
has been married to his wife, Marjory, for fifty-three
years. Marjory is a wonderful Christian lady who stuck
with David during the years he was in the North
Atlantic patrol. And, when he volunteered for
Antartica, she was on the dock when he returned.
Together they have four sons, three of whom are
licensed hams (he working on his grandsons). Two of
his sons are electrical engineers, one is a missionary
pastor in a church-planting ministry, and one is the
senior editor and general manager of a weekly
and Marjory attend and are members of First Baptist
Church of Barorn, Wisconsin. He testifies, "The
Lord has been precious to me for as long as I can
remember. It was at Bible Camp I learned to trust Him
as Savior and made Him Lord of my life at my High
School (secular) baccalaureate address.
107:23-23 (NKJV) are David's favorite Bible verses.
"Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do
business on great waters, They see the works of the
Lord and the Wonders of the sea." He says,
"As an ol' sailor who sailed from Greenland and
Iceland waters to the Antarctic, I can attest to His
closing, David adds, "I've appreciated the radio
communication and the eyeballs over the years."
He calls them "precious times."
POSTED ON 06-JAN-2007 ]