Kay Craigie, N3KN
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Kay graduated from Georgia State College (now Georgia State University) in 1968 and then moved to Pennsylvania to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She taught at the University of Maryland for three years in the 1970s. Later, she taught part-time at Cabrini College in Pennsylvania and worked on the non-instructional staff at a high school. She moved to Virginia in 2007.
First licensed in 1983, Kay became the editor of her radio club’s newsletter, a position she held for 24 years. She has been a Volunteer Examiner for more than 20 years, now working with the New River Valley Amateur Radio Club’s team. In 1986, she became ARRL Section Manager for Eastern Pennsylvania, moving up to Atlantic Division Vice Director in 1990. Six years later, she became Atlantic Division Director, in 2006 she was elected First Vice President, in 2010 she was elected to President of ARRL.
Kay has served on all the standing committees of the ARRL Board of Directors and also worked on the League’s Enforcement Task Force, the committee whose pressure finally resulted in the FCC’s assigning Riley Hollingsworth to clean up the ham bands.
Kay’s first assignment as Vice President was to design what became the ARRL Education and Technology Program. Later, she chaired the National Emergency Response Planning Committee, tasked with recommendations on the League’s readiness at the national level to respond to extraordinary disasters.
On the air, Kay enjoys DXing -- that’s what attracted her to ham radio in the first place -- award-hunting, and contesting. She holds VUCC on 6 meters, 5BDXCC (endorsed for 12, 17, and 30 meters), the DXCC Challenge award, WAZ, and WAE Class 1 CW. She enjoys digital modes such as RTTY and PSK31, as well as CW and phone. She is involved with Skywarn through the Blacksburg, Virginia, National Weather Service Forecast Office.
Kay’s husband Carter is a retired college professor. He has served as a Section Traffic Manager and as an ARES Emergency Coordinator. He especially enjoys QRP and operating outdoors on the Appalachian Trail. He is also a Skywarn volunteer. Their daughter Jenny Riffe, KA3WVD, lives in Virginia with her husband and two children.