October 1953 QST
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
7-year-old Sharon Pakinas was celebrated as the youngest
licensed female- aka 'YL' (young lady) - Ham radio operator in 1953.
That was quite an accomplishment considering that she had to not only pass the written test which
included FCC regulations, operational guidelines, electrical theory, but also pass a 5
word-per-minute Morse code test! From what I can find in a Google search, the current youngest
licensed girl is 5½-year-old
White, from Long Beach, California, who earned her ticket in 1991 while a 5 WPM code test was
still required. In 1991, the
Morse code test for the Technician level license was removed, allowing easier
access to Ham radio. The FCC dropped the Morse code requirement for all license levels in 2007.
Strays - Youngest YL Amateur Radio Licensee
Seven-year-old Sharon Pakinas, of Bothell, Washington is undoubtedly the youngest YL amateur radio
licensee. Sharon, who passed her Novice exam together with father Nick, starts third grade this fall.
Sharon's kid brother Mike, only three, may be another fellow to keep an eye on!
(Seattle Post-Intelligencer photo)