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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 generally 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! 

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 love getting on the air on amateur radio satellites! I have operated from EM73, EM83, EM84, and EM93 in Georgia, EM77 in Kentucky, and EN82 and EN83 in Michigan. I am enjoying the challenge of balancing two radios and an arrow antenna, changing frequencies, and trying to talk on the satellite and remember callsigns at the same time! The more passes I do, the more I learn, and I am having a ton of fun. I started out on FM satellites only, but I have very recently upgraded to linear satellites as well.  

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. 

I really enjoy participating in special events and contests. My first event as a licensed ham was Field Day 2015, and since then I have operated in many events such as Summer and Winter Field Days, GA QSO Party, MI QSO Party, NPOTA, ARRL Rookie Roundup, Michigan State Parks on the Air, and the 13 Colonies Special Event! 

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 now a General class operator. We have had some wonderful adventures together!

I belong to the ARRL, the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (W4GR), the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NF4GA), the Genesee County Radio Club (W8ACW), the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL), the Young Amateur Communications Team (YAHCT #166), the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT #40043), and the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC #14766). Everyone has been so supportive of me and I continue to learn many things from my wonderful group of mentors.

One of my favorite ways to give back to the community is by writing articles and giving presentations about Amateur radio! Articles I have written have been published by many of the clubs I am a member of. I was honored to be in the ARRL 2017 August QST. Check out page 13 for a member spotlight about me and page 70 for my article on the 2016 Youth DX Adventure which won the August QST Cover Plaque Award!

Some of the presentations I have given include: 

"The Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure" at the Alford Memorial Radio Club and the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society monthly meetings

"A Year in Ham Radio" at the 2016 NFARL HamJam

"Experiencing the Hobby of a Lifetime" at the 2017 SWODXA DX Dinner during the Dayton Hamvention. 


"Plugging Into Your Valuable Club Resources" at the 2017 Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum

Upcoming events include:

"An Introduction to Amateur Radio Satellites" presentation and satellite demo for the Amateur Radio Club of Columbia County. 

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), the YACHT net (Saturday 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! 









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