yl.beam #52 november 2017

  • Poppie Meyer, ZS6BCP  Silent key.
  • Congratulations RAE Candidates  
  • Further Afield : YL Grants? And Tasmanian Yls 
  • South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT) Bursary Scheme 
  • Ja-Well-No-Fine &  EchoLink
  • Amateur Radio Ladies (YL) Networks on Facebook 
  • Contacts & Calendar

Silent key.
It is with deep regret that we must announce that the key of Poppie Meyer, ZS6BCP, has gone silent during the week. We extend our sincere condolences to her husband Hansie, ZS6AIK, family and friends. (SARL weekly news in English 2017-10-21)

Poppie Meyer,  ZS6BCP
(Article below by Poppie's husband  OM  ZS6AIK)
ZS6BCP Poppie Meyer appeared in the SA Radio League March 1962 Callbook Ek verwerf my lisensie ZS6AIK op 30 November 1959, nadat ek verhuis het na Pretoria, maar ek het toe nog nie n stasie gehad nie. Toe ontmoet ek n man wat my hele lewe verander het. OK
Sunny Greef ZS6IO. Hy het my toegelaat om sy stasie te gebruik, en nie net dit nie, hy leer toe ook my verloofde (later my vrou) om 'n Radio Amateur te word. Sy verwerf haar radio lisensie ZS6BCP September 1961. Sunny het ons ook gehelp om ons eie stasie op te bou. Hy het ons ook op motor tydwedrenne saam geneem en touwys gemaak hoe om beheerde radio nette te beheer.
Toe is die gort gaar, ek het besef Amateur Radio kan ook aangewend word vir hulp aan die gemeendskap. 'n Trofee was deur my aan die Pretoria Radio Klub geskenk om dank te betoon aan twee Oks wat my geleer het om my radio vir die gemeenskap in diens te stel. Die trofee word genoem "Die Sunny Don Trofee". Hulle was Sunny Greeff ZS6IO en Don Steward ZS6IA Ek en my vrou Poppie het so baie tydwedrenne gedoen dat dit my lank sal neem om almal te tel.
Van die tydrenne was die Castrol, LM Rally, Total rally, Roof of Africa, Radio 5, Sasol Rally.
BNU ( Banco Nacionnal Ultramarino) 'n tydren gereël deur die Portegeuse, ens. Ek en Poppie het telkemale die beheerstasies van die grootste tydwedrenne behartig, ook buite ons land grense, bv Swaziland, Lesotho en Mozambique.
Van al my Amateur aktiweteite was die Raport Fiets Toere vir my en my vrou die aangenaamste. Ons het aan drie toere deelgeneem. Elke toer het twee weke  geduur en was uit die boonste rakke. Ek wil hier net hulde bring aan Radio Amateurs wat in die span was, dit was Tinus Lange ZS6TL, (Hoof van die span) Hilda Lange ZS6HL, Poppie Meyer ZS6BCP, en myself ZS6AIK.
Ek wil dit vir die lesers noem dat om jou Radio te gebruik om die gemeenskap te dien n ander lewe van ons stokperdjie open, en glo my dit word opreg gewaardeer deur hulle.
(WATTS 06-2016 p5/6  Monthly Newsletter of the Pretoria Amateur Radio Club)

Congratulations & Welcome
The following 10 ladies, listed alphabetically, are warmly welcomed and congratulated on passing the recent  RAE (21 October 2017): 
ZS6LIS Clarke, Clarissa Roodepoort
ZS6ATN De Nysschen, Antoinette Roodepoort (heard on air 29/10/17)
ZS3SW de Wet, Sonet Vanderkloof
ZS6RCB Eloff, Riana Vanderbiljpark
ZS1IC Faasen, Mariska Bellville
ZU1N Jansen van Vuuren, Nadia Worcester
ZS6DLR Le Roux, Deidre Honeydew
ZS5RPP Palminha, Robyn Durban
ZS1JD Porter, Drusilla Jayne Bellville
ZS6MYS Schnetler, Chantell Roodepoort
Special congratulationss to Mariska Faasen ZS1IC, previously of the SARL admin department! 

Gary Immelman ZS6YI on West Rand ARC Facebook: 29/10/2017 
Congratulations to all, welcome to the airwaves and well done!
I fondly remember the original ZS6ATN, by coincidence one of the first woman radio hams in the Vaal. Tannie Anna Steytler was a very active radio ham who did an amazing job as secretary of the Southern Transvaal branch of the SARL. I met her in early 1969 when I joined the SARL as a young listner with the call sign ZS6276

Anna Steytle's callsign ZS6ATN, appears in the SARL callbookof  March 1962
She was awarded the Jack Twine Awardin  1966 and the Willy Wilson Award 1976  
YL # 23 Aug-Sept, 2014  announced that ZS6ATN / ZS5AP / ZS4AP  Anna Steytler, SK  9 Sept. 2014

Further Afield : 
YL Grants? And Tasmanian YLs
From  Linda VK7QP:
 ALARA is doing a survey of what sponsorships or grants are available internationally for YLs. 
We are fortunate to have a few $$$ in the kitty at the moment, and we are trying to decide how best to share it around. Any thoughts or ideas welcome.
Anyone with information could sent it to my ALARA email vk7@alara.org.au
We have a weekly national net for ALARA mixing between Echolink and 80metres. While 80 metres is more real 'radio', we get more reliable contact using Echolink so it is easier to keep in touch. 

Tasmania is a surprisingly large island for those unfamiliar with Australia. It is about the same size as Ireland. I live at Bellerive, near Hobart, and the five YLs in the south of the state meet about monthly for coffee. It is a 2.5 hour drive to Launceston, the main town in the north, and even further to Burnie, so the ladies up there are not able to join us.
My husband Martin, VK7GN, and I have been getting a remote shack set up, about an hour's drive away from home. This gets us away from the local QRM and we don't have to worry about interference we may cause.
33 Linda VK7QP

South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT) -  TONY REUMERMAN  Bursary Scheme 
Four bursaries offered during 2017 for students and learners under 26 years old to study for and write the Class A Radio Amateur Examination.  Each bursary is valued at R1000. This will cover the RAE examination fee, cost of the first year license with the balance towards tuition cost.
Two bursaries are available for the May examination and two for the November examination. 
Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of the South African Amateur Radio Development trust   saardt@intekom.co.za

Tthis issue is about   Echolink and you are probably wondering 'who needs it'?
We (your editor ZS5YH and OM) live surrounded by hills, about 70 kms away from the nearest linked repeater; too far to 'hit' directly but we can use Echolink.
Perhaps you are new to Amateur Radio, got your license but don't know who to listen to or what sort of radio to buy? Echolink on a Smartphone or PC can help you to listen  and join Amateur Radio Nets.
You'r travelling, maybe even in another country, use your registered Echolink connection (PC, Smartphone)  to stay connected to your local bulletins and nets 'back home'.  
Its an App for Radio Amateurs. 
Silence makes no friends! 

EchoLink is a computer-based Amateur Radio system distributed free of charge that allows radio amateurs to communicate with other amateur radio operators using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology on the Internet for at least part of the path between them.

You can use EchoLink to connect your station (or your computer) over the Internet to other amateurs using the same software, and carry on a voice QSO.  
For licensed hams, EchoLink® software opens up new possibilities for communicating around the world with other amateurs.  

You can access EchoLink either with a radio or a computer.  
If you are in range of an FM repeater or simplex station equipped with EchoLink, you can use DTMF [Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency] commands from your radio to access the EchoLink network.  EchoLink is an extension of conventional voice modes, particularly FM.
Any low-power handheld amateur radio transceiver which can contact a local EchoLink node (a node is an active EchoLink station with a transceiver attached) can then use the Internet connection of that station to send its transmission via VoIP to any other active EchoLink node, worldwide. 

Your PC links you or your local repeater to any of thousands of other stations over the Internet.
If you are a licensed amateur with an Internet-connected PC, you can access EchoLink stations directly from your PC. 
If you don’t have a mobile radio or an HT [Handy Talkie] OR a repeater in the area that has a Echolink, then you will have to use a computer. 

 To be able to use Echolink on your PC or smartphone, you need to install the software, register your callsign at www.echolink.org/, and then confirm that you hold a valid amateur radio licence. To prove you have a licence, you are required to either scan and upload an image of the first page of your licence, or fax a copy of your licence to the number provided. You can find out more about how to do this from the Echolink site

EchoLink is offered free of charge to the worldwide Amateur Radio community for the purpose of setting up simplex and repeater links that can be accessed by other EchoLink users.

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AMRS Frauenreferat – YL's (Austrian Military Radio Society)
ALARA  (Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Ass) www.facebook.com/groups/alararadio/
BYLARA (British Young Ladies AR Ass) www.facebook.com/groups/274292375944452/   
CLARA - Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Association   facebook.com/groups/129299648738242 
Grupo YLs-Amateur Rádio Ladies-Portugal"  www.facebook.com/groups/122062238251916/
Ladies On The Air  www.facebook.com/LadiesOnTheAir/ 
YLs-Amateur Rádio Ladies-Portugal" www.facebook.com/CT2ISX
YL de France website http://yls.r-e-f.org/en 
YL Ham Radio Operators www.facebook.com/groups/ylhamradio.operators/     
Young Ladies' Radio League, Inc.  www.facebook.com/www.ylrl.org 
SYLRA (Scandinavian YL Radio Amateurs) www.facebook.com/groups/359564047406812/ 
Women in Ham Radio Fan Page   www.facebook.com/groups/108446132516004/
Women on The Radio (Spanish)  www.facebook.com/groups/1913222872262810/ 

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Calendar November 2017
4 Nov.      YL-MAFC  (Austria)
4 Nov   SARL RaDAR Challenge [Sat 24 Hrs]
4 Nov Netherlands 57th Ham Radio Convention, Apeldoorn (VERON, Dutch radio soc.)
5 Nov       PEARS (Port Elizabeth AR Society) HF Contest  RSA
5 Nov   EANET Sprint Contest - Radio Clubs of the World Award   08:00 to 12:00 UTC
5 Nov Ballarat Hamvention  2017 (Aus) ; 5  Nov    Brasil –  Dia Nacional do Radioamador 
11 Nov      9º Jornada Radial Ferroviaria Argentina (Railways On The Air) 
11 Nov   Gold Coast ARC HAMFEST (Aus).
11-12 Nov  FIRAC  Fédération Internationale des Radio Amateurs Cheminot (Railways) - HF SSB Contest  http://www.firac.de/html/contest.
12 Nov      Remembrance Sunday
16-19 Nov. 45th SEAnet Convention 2017 [Thurs -  Sun]  Siem Reap,  Cambodia (Asia)
18 Nov  AWA (Antique Wireless Assoc.) AGM & Fleamarket , SAIEE Johannesburg.
25 Nov   SARL Newbie Sprint  (RSA); Westrand ARC Flea market 
25-26 Nov  CQ WW DX CW Contest
2017 1 Dec  Start of YOTA Month


yl.beam # 51 Oct. 2017

Local-is-Lekker &  Ja-No-Well-Fine
Sputnik  launched 60 years ago
2017 JOTA-JOTI Theme — 60 Years Connecting Scouts  
Les Mitchell - G3BHK (Sk) Founder of JOTA ( Jamboree on the Air)
BACAR5 launch & ARHAB (Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloon)
Ladies on the Air net Ladies Tea Time Net - Barb Schlueter, KDØWAU 
Contacts & Calendar 
Local-is-Lekker:  Midlands ARC held their AGM 16 September 2017 when Marjoke ZS5V was awarded the Cindy Cup (for always on air when needed, with great organisational skills)
October 60 years ago Sputnik was launched and this October Scouts celebrate 60 years of JOTA.  A South African Amateur Radio Balloon launch is a convenient connection between them.
Please go to the Australian and Scandanavian ladies web sites to view pictures of their events, held September 2017; 
Please share your news, events, pictures and thoughts – 33 & 88  Ed. Eda ZS5YH/ZS6YE

Sputnik  launched 60 years ago
October 4, 2017, marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite. It operated for only 92 days and did not carry any specific scientific equipment, but its transmitter generated radio signals heard around the world and that marked the beginning of the Space Age. 
Officially, Sputnik was launched to correspond with the International Geophysical Year, a solar period that the International Council of Scientific Unions declared would be ideal for the launching of artificial satellites to study Earth and the solar system.
Sputnik’s official designation was “PS-1” or “Elementary Satellite 1” in Russian.  Traveling at 18,000 miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles. Visible with binoculars before sunrise or after sunset, Sputnik transmitted radio signals back to Earth strong enough to be picked up by amateur radio operators. 
 Sputnik was in the form of a sphere, 23 inches (58 centimeters) in diameter, pressurized with nitrogen, it weighed 184.3-pound (83.6 kg). The craft’s primary function was to place a radio transmitter into orbit around the Earth as it circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes.  Four radio antennas trailed behind. Two radio transmitters within the sphere broadcast a distinctive 'beep-beep' sound that was picked up all over the world. Silver-zinc batteries powered the transmitter for 22 days before giving out.
After about three months, in January 1958, Sputnik’s orbit deteriorated, as expected, and the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere.
.Despite its simplicity, Sputnik 1 also served science. The USSR built a network of observational stations throughout the country to track its path. Based on those observations, researchers obtained new information on the atmospheric density at Sputnik’s altitudes, and a new branch of science was conceived—space geodesy. 
Special call sign R60SAT will be active from 00-00UTC October the 1st 2017 till 23-59 UTC October the 8th 2017. This activity is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite orbiting Earth.

2017 JOTA-JOTI Theme — 60 Years Connecting Scouts
The theme “60 Years Connecting Scouts” recognizes the start of the event in 1957, commemorating growth in expanding communication channels activated on the third weekend in October, 20 to 22 October 2017.
Those channels include communication via radio, Internet, social media, ScoutLink and IRC chat services, Skype, and more. It also recognizes the goal of the event – connecting Scouts  This allows them to discover geographic and cultural differences and similarities. Plus, they are exposed to the technology that makes all this happen.
pic JotaFounder

Founder of JOTA ( Jamboree on the Air)     Les Mitchell - G3BHK (1923- 2014) died on October 6, 2014.
The young Les Mitchell was a sea-scout and later joined the Royal Navy, where he was trained in radio. He spent a year in the U.S.A. and another in Australia, becoming a Scout Leader in both countries. When he became a radio amateur, with his own call sign G3BHK, what struck him was the similarity between Scouts and Radio Amateurs in the friendly way they transcend class, creed, colour, religion and political boundaries.
In 1957, a World Scout Jamboree was held at Sutton Park, England, with 35,000 Scouts from 62 countries attending. For the first time at any World Jamboree local radio amateurs installed and operated a large station under the call sign GB3SP (Sutton Park). Scouts and leaders were allowed to visit, as long as they stayed behind the little fence with the flower pots and kept the noise down.
Les Mitchel, G3BHK, (9 December 1923 – 6 October 2014), a British Scout leader at the time, wrote:
 “I was very surprised by the number of overseas Scout radio amateurs attending the Jamboree and decided that some effort should be made to bring them all together. A notice in the Jamboree Newspaper resulted in daily coffee meetings during which we got to know each other and had a good rag chew. Towards the end of the Jamboree we were all a little sad at our impending departure, and someone casually remarked that we might try to contact each other on the air. This then developed into the idea of trying to make contact on one specific day in order to concentrate our efforts, and I was asked to make the necessary arrangements”. Unknowingly, Les became the JOTA founding father. (This was his own choice of title for Les felt it described exactly what the event was – a Jamboree-on-the-Air.)
In October 1957, Les organized a weekend station with his local Scout group to test the idea. They made contacts all over the world and it was obvious that the interest was such that a worldwide Radio Jamboree could be envisaged
There have been changes which have improved the event. One is the change from Amplitude Modulation (AM) to Single Side Band (SSB). The second improvement, the miniaturisation of equipment. In 1958 a single station consisted of several large sized and heavy pieces of equipment; today one can carry a complete station in a small suitcase and assemble it within a few minutes. It is only the aerial which still needs the same amount of installation time as it did in the past!
With the advent of the Internet, and following the same concept that JOTA had used for decades, amateur radio is still making long-distances contacts. In 2013, the World Scout Committee decided to join JOTA and JOTI together into one big event. 
First held in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of Scouting in 1957, it is now considered the largest annual event scheduled by the WOSM (.World Organization of the Scout Movement )
Les Mitchell, G3BHK (Silent Key) - Founder JOTA, was Inducted into CQ Hall of Fame 2016

BACAR- Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio
Launch of BACAR 5 will be at Trichardt Model Airplane grounds, near Secunda, 21 October 2017.
BACAR5 has received clearance from CAMU to launch on 21 Oct 2017
We will start filling the balloon at 06:00Z. Launch site will be at the Trichardt model airfield
Frequencies will be confirmed closer to the launch. Chase teams are always welcome. 
The launch moved to 21 October to give the YOTA and CQ Hou Koers youth a chance to experience the parrot repeater on the BACAR5 payload
Christo ZR6LJK  SARL Forum Event: The BACAR5 launch on 21 Oct 17  ZR6LJK Posted - 17/09/2017 
ARHAB (Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloon)
aka   BACAR (Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio)    aka   HABEX   (High Altitude Balloon Experiment Launch)
High-altitude balloons are unmanned balloons, usually filled with helium or hydrogen, released into the stratosphere, reaching between 60,000 to 120,000 feet (18 to 37 km). Launched into what is termed "near space" the area of Earth's atmosphere where there is very little air, but where the remaining amount generates too much drag for satellites to remain in orbit.
ARHAB often flown by students and by amateur groups for both scientific and educational purposes, do not require many resources for conducting a launch. A  flight consists of a balloon, a recovery parachute, and a payload. 
Most flights use an Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) tracker which gets its position from a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and converts it to a digital radio transmission. Other flights may use an analog beacon and are tracked using radio direction finding techniques. Long duration flights frequently use high frequency, custom built transmitters and slow data protocols, to transmit data over great distances using little battery power. Other payload components may include sensors, data loggers, cameras, amateur television (ATV) etc.
Common uses include weather, atmospheric and climate research. They are also widely used to collect data and imagery from near space and  submillimetre astronomy. Testing radio range is often a large component to these hobbies
Use of amateur radio transmitters on an ARHAB flight requires an amateur radio license, but non-amateur radio transmitters are possible to use without a license.

Ladies on the Air net: A Dream Come True
Barb Schlueter, KDØWAU from Andover, Kansas,(USA) gave a presentation to the Quarter Century Wireless Association in Wichita, Kansas on December 20, 2016.  She spoke about starting the “Ladies On The Air Net.” 
Via Echolink in July 2013, Barb heard “The Breakfast Club”, hosted by Don McLain, KB8RAD, of the Central Michigan Amateur Radio Club. Barb expressed an interest to Don about a ladies net in Wichita. Don introduced Barb to his wife, Julie, KB8ZXR, who was running a “Lady's Tea Time Net” in the evenings, on Echolink.
Barb was a member of the Wichiata Amateur Radio Club (WARC). In December 2015, she was elected treasurer and assumed Net Control every couple of weeks. During the February 2016 Installation of Officers Dinner she expressed a desire to have a lady's net where only lady hams could talk. Barb exchanged emails with Julie to learn more. She logged into Julie’s net to get operating experience. Julie said the gentlemen’s segment was important to keep conversation flowing. Barb contacted Glenn Holbrook, W5GEH, for guidance on an unscripted net. Glenn runs an Antenna Net and told Barb a golden rule. “Barb, just because YOU think something is interesting doesn’t mean everybody else does!”
In June and July, Barb searched for some ladies who were willing to talk on the air. She had sign-up sheets at Wichita Amateur Radio Club Field Day and placed fliers at the local Derby Radio Shack where Hams frequent. Also, in July, the Kan-Okla Intertie System posted to its Facebook page the following comment: “It has come to the board’s attention that the ladies would like to start ladies net on Tuesday nights. The board members of the Kan-Okla would like to offer the system on Tuesday nights to the ladies. Just want everyone to know just in case they decide to use the system.”
On July 19, 2016, the ladies had their first net.. Presently, 19 ladies are participating. Typically, nine to 11 ladies participate in the net. The objective is to be able to communicate, make friends, share interests and remember Glenn’s golden rule!
It is sad to note that Barb’s mentor, Julie McLain, KB8ZXR, became a silent key in May. Julie was a true joy to hear on the Ladies Tea Time Net in Michigan.            http://www.arrlmidwest.org/pdfs/ar;,wd=may2017news.pd
ARRL Midwest Div. Newsletter, May 2017 Wayne Schlueter KD0WAT – Editor Grounded Grid, Wichita Kansas

Ladies On The Air  www.facebook.com/LadiesOnTheAir/ 
The purpose of Ladies On The Air is to encourage Lady Ham Radio Operators to have fun getting out on the air each week talking to other Lady Hams. Tuesdays 8 PM Central KanOkla Intertie System Echolink Node: W0UUS-R  
Email Callsign to KD0WAU@cox.net to obtain access through Echolink
Barb Schlueter,- KD0WAU BIO    https://www.qrz.com/lookup 
I passed my General in October of 2013 and my Extra in April 2017 In my house there is always a new radio to learn!   I am well versed in computers so naturally I want to manage the radio through software. I have a Yaesu 817, 897, 857, 920 and a Kenwood TM-V71. I interface them to Ham Radio Delux and Signalink working with PSK31 using fldigi. I use a vertical antenna called a Grasshopper, an Alpha Delta DX-CC Dipole for HF and a GP6 for UHF/VHF up about 20 feet. I started a local Ladies Net on a 70 Centimeter UHF repeater and it is now tied to the KanOkla Intertie System.
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Calendar : October 2017
05     Oct  SARL 80 metre QSO Party [RSA]
06- 08      Oct  DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest  (YLRL)  SSB/CW/Digital Oct 6, 1400 UTC to 0200 UTC Oct 8. Logs due: Nov 6
07     Oct  SARL Spring QRP Sprint (RSA)
07-08  Oct  Antique Wireless Assoc. (AWA) -  AM and SSB Contest (RSA)
10     Oct  Ada Lovelace Day  2nd Tuesday  (International)
13-16  Oct  RSGB Convention  [Friday to Monday]
19>23  Oct  RAE (RSA)
21     Oct  BACAR 5 launch  & CQ Hou Koers
20-22  Oct  JOTA/ JOTI 60th Jamboree on the Air / Internet
26     Oct SAMMN (S African Maritime Mobile Net) 38th Aniversary Started 1979
28-29  Oct  CQ WW DX Phone Contest [Sat-Sun] 
31         Oct  Witches On The Air /    Halloween 

November 2017
4            November SARL RaDAR Challenge RSA
5            November PEARS HF Contest RSA/    Ballarat Hamvention  2017  Aus.

BACAR - Wikipedia; YL #16 Newsletter  - Oct  2013