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I am a retired high school English teacher and a current adjunct academic writing instructor for Mercer University. Other than helping my college students, I spend my time with my husband, our six rescue dogs and family activities. However, a large chunk of time since 2015 now goes to my personal amateur radio contacts and to volunteer activities with our local club, Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS).

I was introduced to amateur radio by watching my husband Chuck, KK4TKJ, enjoy his time on the air as well as the club meetings and new friendships with fellow HAMs. After a little over a year, I decided to join in the fun and got my Technician license in November 2014. I began checking in on the GARS local net and the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL) YL net on Echolink as a slow start into being on the air.

My first venture into CQing was the ARRL Rookie Roundup in April of 2015.  My OM Chuck logged calls for me since the experience was a bit overwhelming but so much fun! I loved meeting fellow HAMs and hearing the sincere welcomes to the hobby. After that, I began helping with my club’s volunteer activities and attending Hamfests.

The next real CQing experience was at my club’s 2015 Field Day. I was able to call for W4GR on 20m overnight with the assistance of Extra licensed club members logging for me. It was so much fun. After a quick Sunday morning nap, I was back at the park calling CQ on 40m with my OM Chuck logging for me. What a blast!

The photo on this page is of our club president awarding me the GARS Field Day 2015 Rookie of the Year award. I had managed to make the most phone contacts of any other club member for FD. I was so surprised, but it was especially rewarding to have made so many contacts for the club. I began studying for my General license, earning that in September 2015, and continued studying to December 2015 when I passed my Extra exam. I now serve as a VE for GARS exams.

I am hooked on the NPOTA event this year and as often as possible have been chasing new parks. What a brilliant combination this activity is to encourage folks to visit the parks and to welcome radio activators to set up stations to make QSOs. I have enjoyed meeting all of you activators and admire your patience in the pile ups and appreciate your pulling a soft YL voice out of the pile! My OM has activated several parks and has had so much fun doing so that I plan to activate a Georgia park soon!

I have enjoyed meeting many of you on the radio already and look forward to future QSOs with new contacts and old! 

73 and 33,

Donna

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