Mercy Crandell – KJ5EQA

One of Bella Vista area Radio Club’s newest members (and the youngest) is 11 year old Mercy Crandell – KJ5EQA.

Mercy and her dad, Levi – KJ5EPZ, recently completed the BVRC Technician license class and passed their license exam. They reside in Farmington, AR.

They originally discovered amateur radio when they attended a meeting of the Ozark Wireless Society which meets the fourth Saturday morning of each month at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. During that meeting, they received information about BVRC and the Technician class and decided to enroll. They are both very excited about beginning their radio experience and have already become the proud owners of a QYT KT-7900D tri-band transceiver and a QRZ-1 handi-talkie with an extended antenna.

Mercy says that so far she is really enjoying meeting and visiting with other hams on the radio and attending BVRC events. She will be participating (with her dad) in this year’s 2024 SSB Rookie Roundup. Mercy is already doing a fine job in checking-in to, and participating in, the HAM 101 Tuesday night net.

She also enjoys other hobbies such as painting with Bob Ross videos, sewing, and going on nature walks. While on the walks, she is studying plant identification.

Mercy and her dad are already studying for their General license and her younger brother, Michael (9 years old) is studying for his Technician.

She says she would like to talk to the International Space Station on her HT someday. She is in the 5th grade and her favorite subjects are penmanship and history.

Mercy, a big BVRC “Welcome” to you! You are an inspiration to us all.

by K5DB, Don Banta