Episode 051 - Carole Perry - WB2MGP
When it comes to introducing amateur radio to kids, there is no better elmer than Carole Perry, WB2MGP. Carole captured the imagination of almost nine-hundred Staten Island public school kids a year for almost 30 years in her "introduction to amateur radio" enrichment class. With this experience and knowledge, Carole is still a leader in ham radio education through a number of national radio organizations. Carole is my QSO Today.
First licensed: 1977, WB2MGP, while working at Rapidcircuit, Inc.
Elmer: Roger Isaacs, W2SLP (SK)
First Rig: FT-208R handheld, a gift from co-workers at Rapidcircuit.
HF Rig: Kenwood TS-440S
Favorite Mode: SSB
Luck - opportunity meets preparation
Secret Sauce to teaching almost 900 kids per year for almost 30 years about ham radio - "enrichment class, not a license class.
School Net - Twice weekly HF net in the 1990s with Gordon West to share classroom ideas for teaching amateur radio.
San Francisco Earthquake, 1989 - magnitude 6.9 earthquake that killed 67 people and where sections of the San Francisco -Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed.
Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club, W5RRR
Astronaut Tony England, W0ORE - spoke with Carole's students in July 1985 from the Space Shuttle mission STS-51F.
Radio Club of America - Carole is a Director and heads the Youth Activities Committee.
Roy Neil, K6DUE (SK) - New World of Amateur Radio, produced by the ARRL in 1987.
Martin "Marty" Cooper, Motorola executive and inventor of the cell phone.
STEM Program - education curiculum based on educating students in four specific disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Fred Link, amateur radio pioneer, entrepreneur.
Frank Gunther, W2ALS, creator of the first two way mobile system for the Bayonne, NJ police department. FM pioneer.
“Hams with Class” (73 Magazine column) - written by Carole. Download a sample 73 magazine here.
CQ magazine - Young Amateur Column.
Quarter Century Wireless Association
Antique Wireless Association
"A goal without a plan is nothing more than a wish"
Carole’s Ham Radio Awards:
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2013 Hamvention Youth Forum
A group of Carole’s students wait their turn to get on the “CQ All Schools Net,” co-hosted Gordon West,WB6NOA, that ran two days a week between the West Coast and New York City.
Carole Perry poses with astronaut Jay Apt (N5QWL) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston prior to the launch of the all-ham crew of the space shuttle Atlantis in April 1991.