Licensed since 1997, Altus became interested in ham radio while working in information systems and telecommunications for a hospital. She thought ham radio would be beneficial in disaster communications, and she used what she learned as a new licensee to write an emergency communications plan for the hospital. She has served as president of the McMinnville Amateur Radio Club and as an ARES assistant emergency coordinator and emergency coordinator. An Amateur Extra Class licensee, she is especially interested in digital modes. Her husband Mark is AC7ZQ. She served more than 7 years as Oregon Section Manager, from July 2006 until January 2014.