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Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: KE5OKT on September 24, 2007, 05:17:53 PM
How can I search for the youngest hams?  My son is 10 and I keep hearing of a legend of an 8 yr old girl.  Not trying to "hhok him up", but he would enjoy talking or emailing with another young ham.
Is there a way to search FCC database by birth year?
JimD
KE5OKT


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: ONAIR on September 25, 2007, 12:37:49 AM
  Send an email request for information to the FCC or the ARRL.


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: AB2RC on September 26, 2007, 05:09:34 AM
You can download the ULS databases here
http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm?job=transaction&page=weekly

but they do not seem to have birthdate in any of the files used for the amateur service


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: KI4PRK on September 29, 2007, 10:34:42 AM
I'm Brennen, KI4PRK. I'm 13. That may be a little old, I dunno, but if you like my e-mail is bpe144@earthlink.net. 73, Brennen


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: ONAIR on September 30, 2007, 01:38:14 AM
  I think the youngest ham was 5 or 6 at one time.


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: K1CJS on October 08, 2007, 07:09:32 AM
The youngest ham that I've heard of was a five year old, that was a couple of years ago.  It may take a little time, but contact the clubs in your area and see what you can find out.  Another source may be the local boy scout council, or church youth groups.

Talk to the hams on the local repeaters too.  Even though some hams despise 2 meters, for local info, especially local ham info, they can't be beat.  Heck, you may even contact one directly that way.  Good luck and 73.


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: N3BIF on October 08, 2007, 11:54:50 PM
From the archives

RE: Youngest ham?    Reply
by KD5RNN on April 3, 2002

   
The youngest ham is a six year old girl in ...i belive california. it was on an arrl article a mont or two ago


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: VO1GXG on October 14, 2007, 06:26:40 PM
Im the youngest Ham in NL , but not the youngest licensed .


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: ONAIR on October 15, 2007, 01:37:05 AM
    Forget hams, what about the 3 year old CBers that parents have put on the air?


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: N7NBB on October 21, 2007, 07:29:49 AM
Seems like no one is publishing stories about young hams... Mattie Clauson who WAS the youngest EXTRA class at 7 years old, but that was back a few years... she's a teenager now.  Google also has "youngest ham" hits from 2002, 2005, and other years, but now, in 2007 they are all in their TEENS.

BUT - Follow This Link:
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2007/jul/24/pint-sized-communicators/

It tells the CURRENT story (July 2007) of an 11 year old girl and her 8 year old sister who are the youngest hams in Tenn.

That might be a start... I know GOOGLE, and probably the other search engines out there have a way for you to be "ALERTED" by E-mail if a story that matches your search topic is posted... I'd give that a try... just tell them you want an E-Mail if any story comes up about a "youngest Ham Radio operator" or Amateur Radio Operator" and wait for the E-mails to start rolling in...

Good luck, and
CONGRATULATIONS to your young HAM.
73
CAM


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: AB5CC on October 21, 2007, 01:37:50 PM
My grandson Jacob,KE5PPT is 9 years old and got his Tech back in July.  He is having a blast.  He got 11 states on 10m back in July and early August.  He also worked 6m and 2m in the latest VHF contest.  We live in Oklahoma also.  His email is good on QRZ.

Kenneth


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: AB5GU on November 02, 2007, 09:56:10 PM
I don't know who is the youngest now. At one time my son Casey, AB5RG, was the youngest Amateur Extra at 8 yrs old. That was a long time ago when the 20wpm code was still the standard. He had his General call KB5UEO at 7 yrs old and received a letter from David Sumner, K1ZZ, at the ARRL stating that he was the youngest DXCC ever.

I've seen several younger hams recently listed in CQ and QST and think one was even 5 yrs old.

Congratulations to your offspring.

73,
Marty AB5GU


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: AB5GU on November 02, 2007, 10:15:06 PM
Also, someone to contact is Carole Perry. She is a school teacher in New York and writes the youth column for World Radio magazine. Carole also hosts the Youth Forums at Dayton and several other hamfests. My sons, Cody, KB5WYJ, and Casey, AB5RG, gave speaches at her youth forums in Dayton and Dallas in 1993 and 1994. They were 7 and 8 years old then. Time really flies, they are grown and out on their own now.

Carole a really great lady and would have the most up to date info on younger hams and "on the air" youth nets.

73,
Marty AB5GU


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: KD4GDT on November 21, 2007, 04:43:27 AM
I've checked around and it's impossible to find out with any certainty who the "youngest" is.  I checked with them and never got a response.  

I do know for certainty that my daughter is at least one of the youngest.  She was licensed at 6 just one week before turning 7.  She's keeping up a family tradition as my wife and I are both licensed amateur radio operators.  


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: K9AMA on December 06, 2007, 06:23:23 PM
 Amanda..Af6yl was a ham at 7 and a Extra at 9
 Her brother Isaac was also licensed at 7..he is a 8 year old General now.



Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: KC9MAV on December 13, 2007, 02:33:03 PM
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Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: KD4GDT on January 18, 2009, 01:22:01 PM
Just an update on my daughter Megan, KI4WXJ.  On January 11, 2009 she passed her upgrade to Amateur Extra at the young age of 8.  Her goal was to pass her upgrade before she turned nine and she did. She passed her Technician at 6 in July 2007, General in January 2008.  While she's not the youngest, she's one of the youngest.  


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: KC7OVN on January 20, 2009, 12:42:44 PM
Congratulations to both of your daughters!

I have 2 daughters that are hams as well
Abigail, KE7QVB - age 9
Annalisa, KE7VJO - age 6


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: K9IG on January 27, 2009, 03:04:17 AM
There have been many instances of 5 year olds getting their ticket over the years.  I believe that the FIRST of the young hams was WB9VPG - here is a link :

http://home.comcast.net/~neilrapp/bio.htm

He is still active today but back in 1976, he was the first of the young folks on the radio.

My daughter, KB9THU, received her Novice at the ripe age of 8.  She's a General now - and 19 :)

Interesting topic.

Greg
K9IG


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: W3WN on February 09, 2009, 10:49:54 AM
One of the youngest hams in the area was AA3JS -- licensed at 9, and had her Extra by 11.

Both of her parents and her sister are also licensed.

We lost touch with Sam when she went off to CMU and her dad became less active in the club for various reasons.  Last I heard, though, she was about to graduate and go on to medical school...


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: KT7DAD on April 03, 2009, 11:59:52 AM
I just got my tech, and I am studying for General, my 9 year old daughter is studying for her tech.
However, she think it is to many OLD men on the radio.
Would be nice to organize some kind of a "youth group".

That would also secure recruiting and protect the bands for the future....


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: KC7LFB on August 11, 2009, 12:32:55 PM
...back in February. He would have gotten it while still age 6 but the holidays got in the way [grin]. He's taking the General next month (September) and I'm encouraging him to try for his Extra before his 8th birthday. That would make him a 7YO Amateur Extra, one of the youngest I've heard of.


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: W5FYI on August 11, 2009, 04:53:24 PM
QST for November 1963 listed KN3ZIM, Maurice Baker, as "barely six" when he was licenses. He learned the code at four!

There could be younger hams since '63. The ARRL should know who the youngest US ham is, and who the youngest was when licensed.


Title: Youngest ham?
Post by: W3FUN on October 25, 2009, 05:23:58 PM
Kati Stensrud (KF7EGV) is 9


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: AC7SP on February 12, 2010, 05:48:52 AM
Mattie Clauson, AE7MC, was licensed when she was 5, upgraded to General at 6 and upgraded again to Extra at 7 years old. She is still active in amateur radio having worked Satellites, Lighthouses, The ISS (Contact with Cdr. MacArthur), remote islands and even contacted a battleship. She enjoys amateur radio a great deal and works with the local AREA group, although not a member due to age. Additionally, she enjoys maritime mobile work from her sailboat.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KB9MDQ on March 16, 2010, 09:26:19 PM
my son just got his tech ticket at AGE 9. we are going to study for our general together.

Some on this site claim it is because it is a dumbed down test. I disagree. My daughter is in 6th grade and is covering Geometry, Algebra, and calculus in math class. They claim they can learn faster at this age. Foreign language, etc.

My son said they are teaching Morse code in 4th grade.

On a side note, this ticket is opening my sons eyes to all kinds of career possibilities. He is excited about satellites, working overseas contacts, APRS, ......


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KE5OKT on March 17, 2010, 11:35:56 AM
Funny this thread shold spring back to life.  My 2nd son passed his tech Friday, at 7.  I'm not planning on working with the 4 yr old until he stops eating the wallpaper.
JImD


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: N2EY on March 23, 2010, 11:35:56 AM
Great to read about young hams!

Congratulations and well-done to all.

Some history:

Jane Bieberman, W3OVV (SK) earned the Class B license back in 1948 at the age of 9. Made the cover of QST back then.

73 de Jim, N2EY






Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KJ4TEE on May 14, 2010, 11:14:18 AM
Ham radio is more fun I am the youngest in my area hehe at 15 KJ4TEE 73


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: K2CLH on October 29, 2011, 09:18:44 AM
Hello from K2CLH! I am currently nine years old and I was seven when I passed my General. I passed my Technichian at age six. Don't know if this helps, but good luck finding the youngest! Hope to get you on HF!

73 and good DX!


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: K3WEC on November 01, 2011, 02:33:20 PM
That is quite an accomplishment for anybody, K2CLH!   Congratulations!


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: WB6BYU on November 01, 2011, 04:26:56 PM
Not to detract from the accomplishments of the many young hams mentioned in this thread...

But the youngest hams to hold callsigns were in Jordan.   During the reign of King Hussain (JY1)
many members of the royal family were issued callsigns at birth.  I have no idea how many
of them actually got on the air, however


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: N2EY on November 02, 2011, 07:56:39 AM
Not to detract from the accomplishments of the many young hams mentioned in this thread...

But the youngest hams to hold callsigns were in Jordan.   During the reign of King Hussain (JY1)
many members of the royal family were issued callsigns at birth.  I have no idea how many
of them actually got on the air, however

So let's restate the question:

Who is the youngest ham to earn the license by actually passing all the required tests?

73 de Jim, N2EY

(licensed at the ripe old age of 13)


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KA5ROW on November 12, 2011, 08:02:32 PM
I remember in the ARRL handbook 1984 or so of a 4 or 5 year old as being the youngest ham. I also remember looking him up years ago on QRZ and he was a young adult, and was only a technician.
I supposed his dad pushed him to get his license, just for the prize “for dad”. But evidently he had no interest in amateur radio.   


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: WA4FNG on June 09, 2012, 11:38:25 PM
Today, I had a QSO with W0ANT, Anna in Colorado. She's 12 years old and pretty darn good with a key. Her dad is N0AH so maybe you could email him to setup a sked or something.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: VK3TQ on September 09, 2012, 11:13:51 PM
Yes there is an eight year old girl in Melbourne Australia who passed her "Foundation Licence"
A very intelligent girl, I was part of the assessment team
Peter VK3TQ
WIA Nominated Assessor NA002


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KD7WNJ on September 21, 2012, 05:36:19 PM
I WAS, emphasis added, 13 when I got my extra ticket, with code (5 wpm) but still. Just bragging not making much to add to the original post  8)


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KF7WUG on November 24, 2012, 11:02:31 AM
i am 11 years old (12 on 14/12/12) and have my Technician 8). i am also the youngest ham in my area. you can find me on WA7ABU's 145.290 rep. I CAN do IRLP. if u want the 5.29's node # go to http://wa7abu.com/ .

Logan A.K.A WUG
KF7WUG :)


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KA5N on November 25, 2012, 05:31:39 AM
No longer concerned with who is the youngest ham, I just want to live long enough
to vie for being the oldest ham.

Hi Hi
Allen KA5N


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: K2CLH on November 25, 2012, 08:04:09 PM
Hello! I am ten years old and I got my license at six. I then got my General at seven. I am now working on my Extra and hope to get it before my eleventh birthday. Just my two cents!

73 hope to work you,
K2CLH


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: W8DPC on March 20, 2013, 08:20:07 AM
I'm a VE, and I remember a young girl around 9'ish or so who came to a test session at our hamfest. What was curious was that she had passed the code element, but was having trouble with the written (element 2). I would have personally thought it would be the other way 'round.

Dave
KX8N


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: K2OWK on March 21, 2013, 01:54:37 PM
Check the Feb. 2013 issue of QST. On page 99 there is an article about a 6 year old girl (a complaining article) who passed her test. Her call sign is KD0PLJ. This is the youngest ham I have heard about in my 50+ years of ham radio.Congratulationsns to Priscilla, both her parents are ham operators.

73s

K2OWK


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: WB6DGN on April 02, 2013, 04:03:53 PM
Quote
Her dad is N0AH so maybe you could email him to setup a sked or something.

Naw!  He's probably too busy building boats!


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KC9FJE on April 11, 2013, 07:04:55 PM
My uncle administered a general exam for an 8 year old who made passed the exam. That's been a point he's brought up numerous times since I got licensed at age 14 and still haven't upgraded from tech.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KC9DRE on April 20, 2013, 05:07:16 PM
My 2 year old is showing some interest and I have to watch out as he has learned. to turn on my radios and how to change the channels and "looks" for signals on the waterfall if I am running DM780 on the computer, AND he has learned that I unplug the radio at the powerpole from the power supply and will plug that back in as well... So I have learned to take the mic off and take that with me.  He is fascinated and hope he keeps the interest that he can pass his test when he can do it.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: WM4RB on April 24, 2013, 06:43:22 AM
Congrats to all the young hams! My daughter Emily, WE4MB was 8 yrs. old when she passed the Tech. exam, 9 yrs old she passed the 5 words a minute CW exam. At 10 yrs. old she passed the General and Amateur Extra at the same test session.  She will be 18 in a few days and will be starting college this fall.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: K7BPA on May 13, 2013, 08:58:42 PM
My son Eric, KF7TQU, passed his Tech within days of turning 17.  He would have had it at 16 but failed the first 2 attempts.

My daughter Leyla, just passed her Tech today on her first attempt, and she's 8 years old.

She's definitely enjoying the praise she's receiving right now and it's quite the confidence booster.

Eric is now 18 y/o and he is "enjoying" his 2nd week of of USMC boot camp on his way to become a Marine grunt.  He gets enough praise so having his little sister rub it in a bit won't kill him.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: AD4U on May 28, 2013, 05:35:36 AM
My daughter Jennifer passed the Tech license in 1984 with 5 WPM morse code at age 7..  She was (and still is) KC4FSX.

Dick  AD4U 


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: VE3GYY on June 24, 2013, 04:08:12 PM
http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/3850641-peterborough-girl-may-be-youngest-amateur-radio-operator-in-canada/


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: AD4U on December 06, 2013, 06:05:00 PM
If my 65 year old memory serves me right the youngest ham ever was a kid named Neil Rapp who became a novice with 5WPM code at 5 years of age.  This was in the 1970's.  QST ran a story on him with a copy of the sheet where he copied Morse Code at 5WPM.  At 5 years of age the little guy could hardly write his name, but he copied the code.  

Dick  AD4U

PS:  I just updated my post.  After I posted this I googled Neil Rapp to see what showed up.  He is still a HAM and is currently a chemistry teacher.  His picture is under the first google "hit" that came up.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: W7HBP on February 16, 2014, 09:14:48 AM
My grandson was 11 when he got his Tech license and a month later, upgraded to General, all at age 11. He is 12 now and is working on his extra class now. His call is KG7ESK


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: W7HBP on February 16, 2014, 09:16:21 AM
Just an update on my daughter Megan, KI4WXJ.  On January 11, 2009 she passed her upgrade to Amateur Extra at the young age of 8.  Her goal was to pass her upgrade before she turned nine and she did. She passed her Technician at 6 in July 2007, General in January 2008.  While she's not the youngest, she's one of the youngest.  

Congrats, what an achievement for an 8 yr old. I wish I would of started with my grandson earlier, but he just recently showed interest in radio.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KC1AHI on March 22, 2014, 02:24:32 PM
I was licensed as an Extra at age 11. Hope that helps your search.

73,
DE KC1AHI


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KC1AHI on March 22, 2014, 05:51:56 PM
I think that makes me the youngest Extra in my area.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: W4SV on April 27, 2014, 08:07:21 PM
Our VE Team had two 4-yr olds, one boy and one girl, who became licensed. We were amazed, but they were extremely intelligent children and even filled out the 605 Forms themselves. This was back in Morse Code days too. There was an article on ARRLweb, but the direct link to that was lost after ARRL redesigned their website. Luckily, you can still see it on The Wayback Machine:

http://web.archive.org/web/20090108081534/http://www2.arrl.org/arrlletter/98/980320/#youngest (http://web.archive.org/web/20090108081534/http://www2.arrl.org/arrlletter/98/980320/#youngest)

Unfortunately, both have let their licenses expire, although some of their family remains licensed.

73,
Stan W4SV


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: K9HL on March 03, 2017, 02:59:42 PM
My son Matt became a Novice at age 5 and 11 months with the call sign of KB9FLW in 1990. He is now K9MRW. At the time I contacted the FCC and asked about younger hams. They stated that they did not keep records on the youngest ham, but they could only remember one younger.


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: K9HL on March 10, 2017, 12:41:06 PM
Guys, I've got egg on my face on this one.  I'll have to plead old age for my mistake and it happening 27 years ago...dimming this 68 year old brain.  I posted the other day that my son obtained his Novice Class license at age 5 and 11 months, and that was wrong.  His initial Novice ticket was obtained at age 6 and 10 months.  Sorry for the mistake.  You can see documentation of this at: http://www.k9hl.com/custom.html


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: KA1VF on March 10, 2017, 07:42:03 PM
   Dick (AD4U), your daughter Jennifer (KC4FSX) is eligible for the 'free' upgrade
to General class because she passed the Technician exam prior to March of 1987.

   note: Any VE team can process her FCC form 605 for the automatic upgrade.
 
   FYI:  If there are any other Technician class Hams reading this who passed
           their exam prior to March of 1987, then I would encourage you to go
           for the 'free' upgrade to General class.

           73, and GL
                Bob


Title: RE: Youngest ham?
Post by: W3TTT on March 21, 2017, 12:55:54 PM
 ;)

Do you count all those hams that ACT like seven year olds?     ???

 :P