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Greetings from Michigan or Georgia! I am a student at Kettering University in Michigan. Although I don't have a rig of my own at school, I am able to get on the air at a friend’s home. So, if I give you a QTH of Michigan, it is indeed accurate! I will be alternating between school and co-op terms while I am in college, so I will generallly be in Michigan for half the year and at co-op or at home in Georgia the rest of the year. 

QSLs: My address on QRZ is good. All cards sent to me are going to a home address. I absolutely love getting QSL cards and will send a return card as soon as I can! Because of my school and work schedule, I can’t guarantee how soon that will be. However, rest assured that if I have gotten a card from you, I will do my best to send you a return card!

I passed the Technician in June 2015, the General in January 2016, and the Extra in May 2016! There are so many things I love about Ham Radio —  the community, the constant learning and the excitement of making a contact. I love having a new and different experience every time I get on the air! 

As of February 9, 2017, I am on the air on the SO-50 satellite! I have operated from EM73, EM83, and EM93 in Georgia and plan to get on the air from Michigan as well. I am enjoying the challenge of balancing an HT and arrow antenna, changing frequencies, and trying to talk on the satellite and remember callsigns at the same time! I will do my best to work everyone who calls me, although I am still getting used to tracking a satellite manually. I am learning how to do it better the more passes I do, and I am having a ton of fun. Right now I am runing half duplex though I hope to figure out a way to get full duplex sooner than later. 

My primary HF radio interests are rag chewing, contesting, chasing DX, and having as much fun as possible! I mainly operate SSB and CW. I love my voice privileges on HF, it is such fun to talk to hams around the world! I enjoy the benefits of being a YL and having a younger voice when seeking out contacts. I have completed the CWOps CW Academy Level 1 and I try to take advantage of every chance I have to use CW. I have worked a number of contests on CW and am working on improving my code speed for regular conversations on the air. I love the unique thrill of calling CQ on SSB and CW and working big pileups on the air. Every contact, whatever mode, is a learning experience and teaches me more about becoming a better ham radio operator. 

I was honored to be a member of the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure to the island of Saba! Our callsign was PJ6Y and we were on the air from August 2-9, 2016. Our team website is http://www.qsl.net/n6jrl/

National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) was a passion in 2016 and I was privileged to both chase and activate parks. When the final numbers were compiled, I had contacted 267 unique park units and completed 20 NPOTA activations. I loved every moment I got to spend with NPOTA and made many wonderful friends. 

When I was first licensed, I was the only person in my immediate family who was a ham. However, after seeing how much fun I was having in this hobby, my mother Sharon became a ham in May of 2016! Her callsign is KM4TVU and she is a General class operator. We have had some wonderful adventures together!

I belong to the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (W4GR), the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC #14766), North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NF4GA), and the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL). When I am in Michigan for school, I am involved in the Genesee County Radio Club (W8ACW). Everyone has been so supportive of me and I continue to learn many things from my wonderful group of mentors.

I participate in weekly nets on VHF/UHF when I have the time, including the NFARL Youth Net (Wednesday nights at 7:00), a YLRL net (Thursday nights at 8:00) and various GARS nets.

My faithful cat Pattycake has become quite fascinated with my rig. One of her favorite places to sit is right in front of my radio. :) 

The picture below is special to me because it reminds me of my dear friends in my first club, the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society. The mug was a gift from them and is flanked by symbols of my two favorite modes — my mic and my Morse Code Key. 

I look forward to having the pleasure of meeting you on the air! 

73,

Ruth

 

                               

 

 

 

 

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