Tom was first introduced to ARMS while stationed at Hill AFB, in Ogden, UT as the operator at the Base MARS station, to set up and reactivate it. Tom had a visitor enter the station, who asked if he could use one of the radio positions to check into a net during his break time. The Collins KWM-2A was tuned up using the log periodic on 14.307.5 Mhz. When the net control asked for further check-ins, the transmitter fired up with, "this is W0ETA, short time." From that day on, Tom had the radio warmed up and ready when Chuck Brockmeyer came in for his morning break.
Tom served twenty years in the US Air Force as a Special Purpose Vehicle Repairman and the past twenty-six years as a Caterpillar, Mitsubishi, Jungheinrich Lift Truck Field Service Technician at Altorfer Lift Truck in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tom's specialty is electric lift trucks, but also repairs LP gas and diesel lift trucks.
Tom held call sign KA6TH while stationed north of Okinawa, Japan, living and operating from the Island of IE Shima, DA2TD, while stationed at Rhein Main AB, Germany, and G0/N0DNJ while TDY to Greenham Common, England while performing data collection on Ground Launched Tomahawk Cruise Missiles.
Tom's station now includes a Kenwood TS-130S transceiver, an MFJ-989 antenna tuner and a Zepp dipole. He is active on DMR TGIF talk group 7399 keeping in contact with other ARMS members. He also enjoys participating in the ARMS Midwest Section Net on Saturday mornings and as a NCS one Saturday a month. Tom enjoys contacting DX and special event stations.
Tom has been married to Deb since April 1994. They have five children, two from Tom's previous marriage: Tyler and Kelly. Three from Deb's previous marriage, but adopted by Tom: Anna, John, and Jacob. Tyler lives in Arizona, and Kelly lives in Nevada. Anna, John, and Jacob live in Iowa. Tom and Deb also have two grandsons Hudson and Crosby.
Tom and Deb are members of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion, Iowa. Tom is a past church council member. Tom and Deb taught Sunday school together and were group leaders for Wednesday Night Live and Logos. Tom was also a Confirmation Group leader.
Isaiah 40:31 is Tom's favorite Bible verse: "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
Last updated 15 November 2021