JONESBORO — Silas Kriner is an eight-year-old with a unique interest in radio, which led him to become one of Craighead County’s youngest amateur radio operators.
Silas, who is a third-grade student in the Valley View School District, is the son of Eric and Florence Kriner, who are also licensed HAM operators.
He said he was excited when he passed his technician class license exam on April 29.
“Now I’m just waiting for the FCC to send me my license so I can start transmitting,” he said.
“I wanted to help the community in the event of a natural disaster, like a tornado or an earthquake,” Silas said, “because they’re scary and I want to help people with that.”
He said he became interested in radio after watching his parents on their radio, which he will soon use as well. He started studying a few weeks ago, then took and passed his exam a few weeks later.
He is currently studying to upgrade to the general class while waiting for the FCC to issue his call sign, then he said he would start studying for the supplemental class license exam.
“He studied for an hour and a half to three hours a day,” his father Eric said. “He was very diligent in his studies and we are very proud of him.”
“I hope to have all three licenses before the end of the year,” Silas said proudly.