Clifton Harper KE5YZB continuously tells the young Vikings that amateur radio will open doors for them. By listing your amateur radio association on your college application, it may be the one reason your application is selected above all the rest. Such was the case described by 12 year old Sh’Kyra, KF5NNT after she followed that advice, but not for a college application.
KF5NNT is in several honor classes, amateur radio club, and participates in pageants. At a recent pageant competition the selection process was tight, really tight. As part of the application process, Sh’Kyra took Mr. Harper’s instruction to heart and listed amateur radio as an activity. As the pageant continued Sh’Kyra was asked about amateur radio and her involvement. Sh’Kyra explained that in amateur radio we talk to people, build antennas, learn about electronics, safety, and patience and use a lot of math. When asked what was the farthest distance she talked? She proudly replied “ITALY”! The judges observed and listened in silence, and soon announced Sh’Kyra’s selection.
Sh’Kyra has been in the radio club for over a year, starting her amateur radio career as a shy very soft spoken participant, always willing to try, always willing to learn, always willing to take criticism and advice. She has developed a “radio” voice that easily fills the classroom (and hallway). Now Sk’Kyra the oldest of 3 siblings, finds herself coaching and correcting her peers. This same confidence while speaking to peers and seniors certainly added to her presence in the eyes of the judges as she answered those questions. Congratulation Sh’Kyra and thank you for representing amateur radio during your pageants. Yes, put amateur radio on those application. Amateur radio is fun, challenging and requires self study but continues to help open the door of opportunity, just ask KF5NNT.
We are heading back to the classroom! Listen for K5USA/KF5CRF this Saturday February 4, 2012, from about 1 pm until 4 pm central time. Find us about 14.295 MHz +- operating from the school station.
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Have a great weekend and as always, please stop in and tell the young Vikings about your school, club, museum, ship, troop or yourself. Repeat visitors always cause renewed excitement.
Thanks to KC5CYY for this report.