Congratulations to Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN – AR Newsline Young Ham of the Year!

 From Amateur Radio Newsline – 


“Really? Oh, my God!”

That was the reaction of Audrey McElroy KM4BUN after learning she had been selected as the recipient of Newsline’s Young Ham of the Year award.

Audrey, of Cumming, Georgia, is the daughter of Thomas McElroy, W4SDR, and Janet McElroy, K4PRM. Her brother, Jack, is KM4ZIA.

Audrey is 18 and an honor student who graduated in June from Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia. She already has begun computer science studies at Georgia Tech.

She credits her parents with generating her early interest in amateur radio.

“By the age of like 3 or 4, I was out there helping my dad put antennas up, run coax in the hot summer heat,” she recalls. “And, I became so fascinated looking into the radios.”

Audrey passed her Tech test in June 2014 at the age of 10, took her General license exam a few years later, and passed her Extra test on Election Night 2016 at the age of 13.

In 2019, Audrey was invited to join the Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure to Curacao.

“Probably one of the best experiences in my life, not only in amateur radio but overall,” she recalls. “We were so blessed to be able to use the PJ2T station.

“And we spent day and night making contacts. We broke the record for the number of contacts made. I think we made over 65-hundred contacts in just the span of really just a few days when you count up all the hours.”

Audrey says she put her love of amateur radio together with her pursuit of biotechnology STEM studies in high school to produce a senior capstone project that involved a high-altitude balloon launch.

Her payload was small roundworms or C elegans.

“My whole project was launching them up to 100,000 feet, which I calculated using the amount of helium and everything,” she explains. “And at the same time, I was taking measurements and readings about the pressure and the temperature.”

But this was not her first launch. She credits her mentor, Bill Brown, WB8ELK, a NASA engineer, with helping her achieve success in launching several high-altitude and orbiting balloons including one that circled the globe nearly five times.

Audrey has made presentations during forums in Dayton, Huntsville, and for the Youth on the Air camp. Audrey says promoting amateur radio is a big part of her immediate future.

“Now I kind of make it my mission to bring more youth and especially women into amateur radio and STEM,” she says.

Audrey will receive her award on Saturday, Aug. 20 during ceremonies at the Huntsville Hamfest in the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


Congratulations and Best Wishes Audrey!

All About Electronic Circuits

A big shout out to Mason McCoy, who found this resource while working on his Boy Scout Electronics Merit Badge and shared it with our club to use on this website. It’s an excellent article by Mark Houlahan for Speedway Motors Academy, and while it’s especially for kids, it’s also good for anyone new to electronics or ham radio.

“Electronic circuits are simply pathways that transmit electric current, or moving electricity. These circuits make it possible for lights and appliances to work. Electric circuits have to have a source of power, wires that the electricity flows through, and a device that uses the electricity. These three parts have to be connected directly for the electric current to flow.”

Read the rest of the article to learn more about these parts, how they work together, closed and open circuits, and measuring electricity:

At the end of this article, there is also a treasure trove of additional links for kids who want to learn more about electricity and electric circuits, including some do-it-yourself projects.

December is YOTA Month!

The entire month of December is dedicated to YOTA!, Youth on the Air!

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From the ARRL: December is YOTA Month, celebrating and encouraging Youth On the Air. Amateur radio operators who are 25 years old and younger will be on the air as special event stations around the world throughout December in celebration of youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month stations will be on all bands and modes at various times.

In the US, the call signs will once again be K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Three new DXCC entities will be participating for the first time. Argentina will be active as LR1YOTA, Cuba as CO0YOTA, and Peru as OA0YOTA. Other countries may be added. Listen for these stations, as well as all call signs with YOTA suffixes.

Read more:

YOTA – Home Page:

Blog –

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More on POTA 11/4/21

Program announcement from Rich, K3VAT

Due to several positive comments on the last Parks on the Air (POTA) presentation, for the upcoming SVARC Presentation on November 4, we plan on showing two POTA YouTube videos covering.

1) What to Pack for POTA and

2) POTA Logging

Both are fairly recent and total length of both under 25 minutes. Come join us at 7:30pm in person in the clubhouse or by Zoom. If you’re not a member and want the Zoom link, let us know using the Contact form on this website.

New to POTA? “Getting Started in Parks on the Air”

Here’s the program we showed last month:

And be sure to check out POTA’s excellent website:

Free General Class Course via Zoom

Free General Class Course via Zoom

Thanks to Stephen KN4IOU for sharing this information about a licensing course that begins later this month:

Rol K3RA will be offering a free weekly General Class licensing course on Zoom beginning Thursday, October 28 and running through Thursday, January 13 (9 sessions plus 3 weeks off for the holidays in November and December.)   Sessions will start at 6:30 pm eastern time, and run 3 hours.  These are the classes sponsored by the National Electronics Museum that they have been holding for years.  Please publicize this with anyone you know that you think would be interested.  Those wishing to sign up should email Rol K3RA at