KM4ATT, Violetta

Back in late September 2016 I was tuning across the 40m band and came across Jim WB2REM on 7.163, and a net which he runs with fellow USA stations.  I worked Jim and a further 7 stations in the USA, including Violetta KM4ATT in Pennsylvania.  What was special about the QSO with Violetta is that she is just 12 years old.

I sent off a QSL card to Violetta along with some photos of myself and my wife Marija, and some Australiana photos including kangaroos, koalas, etc.  I was very pleased to receive a QSL card back from Violetta.


Violetta told me in her reply thatI was her first QSO to Australia and of course the first QSL card she had ever received from Australia.  Violetta told me that she is one of 9 in her family and that f those 9, 8 are licenced amateurs.  Wow!  The youngest being her only brother Aaron KM4LEJ who is just 7 years old.

Violetta said: “Ham radio is so cool.  There’s always new stuff to learn‘.

It was great to hear a young person with so much enthusiasm for the hobby.


Violetta also sent a photo of her Dad, Shannon KA8JRQ.  More information can be found on Shannon’s page.


4 thoughts on “KM4ATT, Violetta

  1. Hi Paul, I have also worked a number young hams including a school radio club of members. I also sent a qsl plus info about Beechworth and district. To say that all were pleased would be an understatement. None had worked VK at all! I love it when I meet new hams who have never worked Australia and always send a qsl for the contact. Even get an email from all of them of appreciation. I love it! Great fun.

    73 de Geoff

    • Hi Geoff,

      On my recent trip to Victoria I spoke with Julie VK3FOWL’s school class. I have spoken with these kids previously, but what was special about this particular QSO was I was mobile. When I caught up with Julie in Melbourne she told me the kids were amazed to hear that I was mobile at the time.

      I commend you for sending them an email with info about your town and the district. I think it is really important that we do everything in our power to encourage the younger brigade to our hobby. They are our future.

      I hope to work Violetta again soon and she is very keen for a QSO with my wife Marija VK5FMAZ.


      Paul VK5PAS.

  2. It was great working you and hope to again! The hobby has so many opportunities for everyone, especially youth. I’ve been on Dxpeditions, operated many contests, and made so many new friends over the years. I was 10 when I got my extra, and now I’m 14. -KM4ATT-

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