AK4JG, Erin King, Named 2012 Young Ham of the Year


2012 Young Ham of the Year Presentation

The 2012 Newsline Young Ham of the Year award was presented August 18 at the Huntsville (AL) Hamfest. From left, Newsline’s Don Wilbanks, AE5DW; CQEditor Rich Moseson, W2VU; Young Ham of the Year Erin King, AK4JG; Bob Heil, K9EID, of Heil Sound, and Yaesu’s Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV. CQ, Yaesu and Heil Sound are corporate co-sponsors of the Young Ham of the Year program. (Photo by Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB)


Erin King, AK4JG, Named 2012 Young Ham of the Year

Seventeen-year-old Erin King, AK4JG, of Columbus, Georgia, has been selected as the Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year for 2012. She was recognized for promoting amateur radio through a video she made of launching the mailing tube in which her acceptance letter to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) arrived as an amateur radio high-altitude balloon payload. The award was scheduled to be presented at the Huntsville (Alabama) Hamfest in August.CQ is a corporate co-sponsor of the Young Ham of the Year Award. For more on Erin, see September’s “Zero Bias” editorial.
Daughter of K4ETY. MIT class of 2016!
Member of Columbus Amateur Radio Club (W4CVY) and Russell County Radio Club (WX4RUS).
Founder and President of Columbus High School Radio Club (W4CHS).
I enjoy contests (Field Day, School Club Roundup) and using radio for high-altitude balloon missions. I am a part of the DREAMS high-altitude balloon program at Columbus High, and have participated in six flights so far. I also conducted my own balloon launch on January 16, 2012. The payload was my MIT tube – the container they sent my early-action acceptance letter in – containing two APRS trackers and a GoPro HD video camera. The mission was for MIT’s “Hack the Tubes” project for the class of 2016’s early admits.