yl.beam #49

Silent Keys
YL Celebrations & Meets
Local-is-Lekker: Robben Island,    Lesotho 
WOMENS  DAY  9th  August 2017 Net & SARL YL Sprint
37th  A.L.A.R.A. CONTEST 2017   
QRZ Contacts
RaDAR “Challenge”

Silent Keys
From Laura Fanelli 16/07/2017:
On 11 July 2017, ZS6APS Jimmy, OM of Pam Momberg ZS6APT, unexpectedly went Silent Key. Pam is a long time YL operator (she was Sec. of  SAWRC 1978) and she and Jimmy always worked as a team. We send sincere condolenses to Pam and family, and the Centurion Radio Amateur Club – he will be missed.

YL events to Celebrate:
1º Aniversário YLs Portugal JULY 26, 2017
YLC (Chile) celebrating 3rd Anniversary with SSB phone Event on 40m
from Saturday 26 August, 00:00 Hrs CE, until Sunday 27 August, 24:00 Hrs CE
Logs to be submitted by 10 Sept. 2017  e-mail  contactos@ylc.cl 

Next YL Meets 2017 :
08-10     Sept  ALARA meet in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
08-10     Sept  SYLRA in Kungsbacka SM6/Sweden (West coast)
Registration is now closed. If you want to participate you need to contact Anita SM6FXW or Solveig SM6KAT on:   sylra2017@hotmail.com    http://www.sylra.is/

Robben Island,(ZS9V)  IOTA AF-064, Group of South African Radio Amateurs will be active  9 - 13 August 2017 on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m SSB, CW, Digital Modes. Further information on the Dxpedition  will be published on www.zs9v.org.za
Lesotho, 7P8 Sani Pass region, will be active  2017 18-21 Aug by Quintus, ZS2KU/ 7P8QM and Vaughan, ZS2VR /7P8VRR  40 20 15m; 100w; dipoles.


Womans Day Ladies-Net
 9 August 2017 from 0600-0700 UTC [0800-0900 SAST/local] No scoring, no logs.
Frequency  2m Repeater  [VHF Kloof 145.625 MHz (Rptr Tx) & 145.025MHz (Rptr Rx)
88.5Hz CTCSS access tone, linking up with two repeaters in Pietermaritzburg KZN, and Echolink.
Easy to make contact via Echolink which is not affected by propagation.
Echolink, select South Africa, then ZS5PMB-R  KZN Linked Repeaters.
Net Controller: ZS5VAL Valerie

South African Radio League YL Sprint- 9 August, 2017.    
This is a fun activity to celebrate National Women’s Day, South Africa, and to encourage YL's to meet and greet 'on-air'. All contacts are valuable - please join us.  Call: “YL Sprint!”
Date and Time 9 August 2017 from 09:00 to 10:00 UTC    11:00 to 12:00 SAST (local) 
Mode/Band:  phone sprint on the 40-metre band
Scoring - Contacts between YL stations are worth 5 points; contacts between YL and OM stations are worth 3 points, and contacts between OM stations are worth 1 point.
Submit Logs,  by 16 August 2017, e-mail to:  contest@netactive.co.za

37th A.L.A.R.A. CONTEST 2017
NOTE: Contest is always on the last FULL weekend of August
The rules for the ALARA contest were significantly revised in 2016
ELIGIBILITY:  All licensed operators throughout the world are invited to participate.
OBJECT:  To encourage YLs in the use of amateur radio. YLs work everyone; OMs work YLs only.
CONTEST:  Combined phone and CW run over 24 hours:
Saturday 26th August 2017  0600 hours UTC to
Sunday 27th August 2017 0559 hours UTC
SUGGESTED FREQUENCIES: All HF Bands to be used except 160m & WARC Bands
Contacts made on ECHOLINK and TWO METRES will also be accepted. (Separate logs for these would be preferred).
Logs must be received by  by: 30th September, 2017 to Contest Manager Diane Main  VK4DI
PO Box 546, Gatton, Qld. 4343, AUSTRALIA                    

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RaDAR – Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio, was launched in August 2009  from an earlier idea known as 'shack-in-a-sack”.  Initially it was a requirement to walk at least one kilometre carrying all station equipment, antennas and logistics to the operating position. There was no time limit so the essence of deploying quickly was not there.
The highlight is the “moving” aspect of RaDAR which makes it different to other amateur radio activities. It's more than just making QSO’s, it’s a challenge to rapidly set up an effective station, proving it works by making 5 contacts, packing up, moving and doing it all over again.
RaDAR promotes all modes, although the use of terrestrial repeaters is not allowed for contests.
RaDAR promotes survival and fitness. Radio amateurs need to get out of their comfort zones and put themselves into real life situations if we are going to be of any value “when everything else fails”. It’s not until one gets out of the “shack” that one realises the need to be practised at being able to communicate almost as effectively as we do running high power into high gain antennas with grid-power. Take that away and you’re left with a “bare bones” system which may feel uncomfortable. 

Walking RaDar Challenge – 15 July 2017
This was my (ZS5APT) and Sid’s (ZS5AYC) 2nd attempt at doing the ‘walking RaDar Challenge’, our first attempt in November 2015 was a dismal affair. It was a wet, windy and a totally miserable day here on the South Coast, I opted to stay home, but Sid wanted to know where my sense of adventure was, so armed with a beach umbrella to protect the radio equipment, we drove down to the beach, apparently the sea is a good reflector, I landed up fighting the wind to keep the umbrella over the radio and not being turned inside out. The 1st point (Lucien Beach) we managed one contact and that was just readable, we decide to move to a more sheltered spot between the rocks on the Lilliecrona Blvd, unfortunately the only success we had was getting drenched.  What a sorrowful sight we must have been, two bedraggled amateur radio RATS (RaDar Active Team Sport). Equipment was dry and the coffee and rusks were great.
This time we were going to walk in the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve with members of the ZS5HAC (Hibiscus Amateur Radio club) manning a base station, Sid went during the week to get a map of the walking trails so that we at least had a plan of action, unfortunately the veld had been burnt so that was a no go. The decision was made that Jan (ZS5JC), Emmie (ZS5EB) and Herman (ZS5LH) would do a mobile RaDar challenge working as a club station, while Sid, myself and our son Craig would do the walking RaDar, walking from our QTH to the Skyline Nature reserve and then doing the circular hiking route within the reserve, with 12:00 – 16:00 utc being the allocated time to walk as the Sharks were playing the Lions and Craig is an avid Shark supporter.
Some background info:
Because we love doing SOTA (Summits on the Air) we have worked out a routine that works well, once we are at the activation point, Sid starts erecting the antenna and I set up the Icom 703, battery, coax etc. and of course I log the contacts, by the time he is finished with the antenna we are ready to call cq. This usually takes about 10 minutes, depending on the location.
Icom 703 (love this radio)
RaDar – 15 July 2017
At 12:00 Sid decided to set up the station (KF59EE61NA) in our garden as I was still busy getting ready and ensuring we had adequate water and snacks. Jan was Sid’s first contact (bonus point RaDar to RaDar) with me giving him his 2nd much to his surprise. After our 5 contacts we packed up and started walking towards Skyline for the 2nd activation point (KF59EE62MM), we set up station and within 7 minutes Sid had 5 contacts.
We moved to the 3rd activation point and had to back track as the picnic area was not suitable to set up a station. Once we had setup (KF59EE63MM) it took 15 minutes before we had our 5 contacts, but reports were not good.
The 4th activation point was on a pathway (KF59EE63FI) there was a lot of QRM and QRN after 22 minutes we had made the 5 contacts and decided we would visit my brother-in-law who was pet sitting at Skyline.
We set up the 5th activation point outside Skyline and within 7 minutes had made 5 contacts; unfortunately we couldn’t walk another kilometre to activate a 6th point as we had run out of time. Moral of the RaDar story don’t stop to chat.
Looking forward to the November’s RaDar Challenge we will be visiting our son in Nelspruit and will be either mobile or walking in the Hazyview area.

Explanation of  local words: veld = fields; Sharks and Lions – local rugby teams.
Lucien Beach, Margate, and Skyline Nature Reserve, inland of Uvongo, are both located on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Nelspruit (Mbombela) is in northeastern province  Mpumalanga, SA  and Hazyview is nearby and close to the Kruger National Park.     

Calendar  August  2017   
5     August     European HF Championship    1200Z-2359Z,   [Sat.]
6     August     SARL HF Phone Contest    [Sun]
9     August    Womans Day Ladies-Net & SARL YL Sprint    [Wed]
5-12      August    7th YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) Summer Camp, Gilwell Park, UK    
12     August     SANSA Open Day in Hermanus, (South African National Space Agency)
9 - 13     August      Robben Island ZS9V activation.
18     August        Sterre en Planete met Hennie Maas, 1830 SAST Centurion, SA
19 -20     August     ILLW International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend
20     August     SARL HF Digital Contest    [Sun]
21     August     Total solar eclipse across USA, in other countries only a partial eclipse.
25-26 August     YLC (Chile) celebrating 3rd Anniversary
26-27    August    ALARA CONTEST 37th   [26th, 0600 UTC - 27th, 0559 UTC]
27     August     SARL HF CW Contest



Woman's Day Ladies-Net
Aim: To encourage lady radio amateurs to GOTA (get-on-the-air) and celebrate Womens Day.
Date and Time 9 August 2017 from 0600-0700 UTC [ 0800-0900 SAST/local]
Call “CQ YL” No scoring, no logs.
Frequency  2m Repeater  [VHF Kloof 145.625 MHz (Rptr Tx) & 145.025MHz (Rptr Rx) 
88.5Hz CTCSS access tone, linking up with two repeaters in Pietermaritzburg KZN, and Echolink.
Easy to make contact via Echolink which is not affected by propagation. 
Echolink, select South Africa, then ZS5PMB-R  KZN Linked Repeaters.
Net Controller: ZS5VAL Valerie

South African Radio League YL Sprint
1. Aim:  A fun activity to celebrate Women’s Day between radio amateurs in South Africa. 
Call “YL Sprint”
2. Date and Time: 9 August 2017 from 09:00 to 10:00 UTC [1100-12-- SAST/local]
3. Exchange The exchange is a RS report and YL or OM.
4. Frequency It is a phone sprint on the 40-metre band (7 063 to 7 100 and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz)
5. Scoring Contacts between YL stations are worth 5 points.
Contacts between YL and OM stations are worth 3 points
Contacts between OM stations are worth 1 point.
6. Log Sheets Logs, in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format and labelled “call sign YL Sprint,” shall be submitted by 16 August 2017 by e-mail to contest@netactive.co.za
[The 15th South African Radio League Contest Manual (2017) Page 48 of 55]


yl.beam #48 july 2017

Ladies Activate RMS Queen Mary Ship
Local is Lekker & Ja-No-Well-Fine
Norway Special Event Station Celebrates King & Queen 80th Birthdays
Culatra Island, Portugal
JP3AYQ /V73YL,  Mami Sanada  (Japanese YL)  Majuro Island
V6J -  Mokil Island, Micronesia  IOTA expedition  About  Mokil  Island
Sazan island -  Albania
Islands On The Air (IOTA) Contest 2017

The Buckeye Burr July/Aug 2017
Ladies of the Net KM6CIR to Activate RMS Queen Mary Ship Station W6RO July 8 2017
The Ladies of the Net group continues to increase. We now have many ladies in the Southern California region. The event planned for July 8th will be aboard the Queen Mary W6RO in their beautiful radio room. Our group has exclusive use of the transmitters & will roll a special event aboard the vessel. Any ladies
interested in participating may contact Tina KK6KSY for further details see QRZ page http://www.qrz.com/db/kk6ksy
  Many of us will stay at the hotel aboard the ship. Please plan to attend & meet our friendly group.
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/461331304050134/
Web Page: http://www.qrz.com/db/km6cir
The Buckeye Burr. Susie Scott N8CGM, (Ye Ed)  Cincinnati OH     n8cgm@arrl.net
 News team welcomes Irene Myburgh, ZS6IEA . Irene will be the voice behind the Sunday Afrikaans bulletin.
By the time you read this you might well be on your way to Canada to celebrate CLARA's 50th Birthday -  .
 Happy Birthday CLARA you are wished many more years on-air.  Please share your thoughts with the rest of us and take pictures (remember to tag pics).
If you are not at the Hamfes at Friedrichshafen and staying at home, we can travel the air-waves, especially for the Islands on the air event.  Or we can follow Mami (JP3AYQ) who loves dxpeditions.
Hope the Norwegian Special Event  below will remind you of  SYLARA's  (Scandanavian Young Ladies Amateur Radio Assoc.)  meeting in Sweden.
33, 88  Editor Eda ZS5YH

Norway Special Event Station 2017 Celebrating HM King & Queen 80th Birthdays
King Harald celebrated his 80th birthday in 21 February and his wife Queen Sonja will be 80 on July 4
LM80Q  Special Event Station in 2017
Celebrating HM Queen Sonja's 80th Anniversary
1. January 2017 - 31. December 2017
LM80REX  Norway Special Event Station 2017
Celebrating HM King of Norway Harald V's 80th Anniversary  
1. January 2017 - 31. December 2017

Majuro Island (OC-029) of Marshall Islands V7. 2015
JP3AYQ #257@Team7043 Mayumi Sanada
Buon Giorno! I am Mami, JP3AYQ/V73YL. I like IOTA chasing and also IOTA activations from islands. In September 2015, I operated from Majuro Island (OC-029) of Marshall Islands V7.
That time, it was a combined trip with scuba diving activities as another hobby of me.
Majuro is close to Japan, but transportation is not so good to get to Majuro Island. It takes 2 days from JA to get there via Guam Island (KH2). So it was a faraway island. After a long flight, I arrived at the Majuro Atoll surrounded by the blue sea.
Since propagation was still good in the peak of cycle 24, I was able to make QSOs with a lot of people and my hand made antennas were doing a good job. There is no rental shack in Majuro, so we brought all the rigs, PA and antennas, so the team’s total baggage weight was over 120 kg. The manager of the hotel was a very nice person. He said to us, “you may place antennas wherever you want and ask us anytime if you need help”. It was a very pleasant trip. I also dived into the sea. I saw the beautiful blue and wonderful transparent sea. Although it is a bit far destination, the sea is beautiful, people are very warm and kind, and radio operation is also possible at the resort hotel. I would like to visit there Majuro again.
V73YL Mami Sanada(JP3AYQ)
QTC U.R.I. - Unione Radioamatori Italiani Anno 2° - N. 7 - Maggio 2017 Pag. 90- 91

V6J -  Mokil Island, Micronesia
 IOTA expedition OC-226   (July, 2017)
QSL: VIA JP3AYQ    Email: jp3ayq@jarl.com
Mode: CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and JT65   IOTA pedition,  please make only one QSO in one band
Timezone in Mokil Atoll is Pacific/Kosrae  UTC +11 (year round; does not observe DST)
Almost all of the members belong to Nara DX Association in Japan. YL - Mami (V63YL/ JP3AYQ)
and V63GJ (Tosy, JA3FGJ), V63GF (Hid, JA3KGF), V63SS (Sanny, JJ3CIG); coordinator Kenny who lives in Pohnpei. We will use our individual V6 call sign in Pohnpei island. (IOTA OC-010)
We will try to upload our LOG to the Clublog in Pohnpei and Guam, but the internet connection in Pohnpei and Guam is not so good. We do not have internet and phone access in Mokil island.(OC-226)
QRZ.com page V6J  info in English French, Spanish
Background to Dxpedition
2017 Travel route: Japan > Pohnpei >  Mokil Island > via Pohnpei and Guam > Japan
June 26: ship delayed leaving for Mokil island scheduled to arrive June 29th.
June 28: ship delayed again, loading-unloading problem at the small Pohpei port.
June 29: ship delayed again, arrive at Mokil island July 2nd, if ship sailes July 1st.
July 3, 2017  Joe Aoki, JJ3PRT  pilot for V6J  reports:
V6J started the operation on 20m CW around 03GMT on July 1st  and made 1200 QSOs as of 03GMT July 3rd. 70% of the QSO are with Japan. V6J will continue the operation until 20 GMT July 6th.  The members are supposed to leave for Phonpei July 7th.
We are going to use two generators for electric power. V6J stops operation around 14 GMT every day due to the fuel shortage problem. The V6J members purchased 200 litter of gasoline at Phonpei and it is stored at the of the Mokil city warehouse. This is severely controlled by municipal staff and locked.  The warehouse is completely closed before sunset. V6J members go to the warehouse to get the gasoline (small 18 lt bottle) just before sunset. However, it gives them only six hours operation at night. As a result, six hours later, they encounter the out of gas problem.  Although the members are trying to cope with this problem, I suggested to Mami that she not work many JAs in the evening in order to save the gas.
Mwoakilloa or Mokil (aka Wellington Island, Duperrey Island, Kalap, Mogal, Mokiiru-to, Mokiiru-tō, Mokil Islands, Mukil, Mwekil) Coordinates: 6°40′N 159°46′E    [Latitude. 6.6706°, Longitude. 159.7833° ]
is an inhabited atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. Geographically, it belongs to the Caroline Islands and is a district of the outlying islands of Pohnpei of the Federated States of Micronesia.(FSM)
The almost-rectangular atoll of Mwoakilloa (Mokil) is 4.5 kms /2.8 ml long and 2.8 kms/ 1.7 ml broad. The atoll consists of the three islands Uhrek, Kahlap (Capitol), and Mwandohn, forming a central lagoon of approximately 2 square kilometres in area. Only the northeast island Kahlap is inhabited, with the town facing the lagoon. Total area of all 3 islands is approximately 1.24 sq kms/ 0.8 sq ml
Mokil Atoll lies roughly 95 NM (153 km) east of Pohnpei Island and 84 NM (113 km) northwest of Pingelap Atoll. 

Pohnpei, lying at 6°57′ N, 158°14′ E, is an exposed tip of a submerged volcanic mountain. A protective barrier reef surrounds Pohnpei and creates a lagoon of varying width that covers an area of roughly 207 square kilometers. A total of forty small islands of volcanic and coral origin rest on or within the reef.  A 300-foot ship, operated out of Pohnpei, travels southwest on an 11-day, 900-mile round-trip voyage to some of the most remote islands in the world
On the outer reef of eastern Pohnpei lie the ancient ruins of Nan Madol, majestic in its scale and mysterious in its origins. The canal streets and waterways linking the 93 man-made islands are often compared to Venice, but the physical accomplishment of transporting and assembling the tons of basalt pillars is best compared to the Egyptian pyramids

Editor: Although originally selected because of  YL participation before cancellation, I thought that Sazan island sounded interesting enough to be shared and perhaps someone will activate the lighthouse during August for ILLW (International Lighthouse Weekend)?

Adriatic Sea -Bay of Vlorë; Albania - Sazan island & Lighthouse,  dxpedition June 2017 (canc)  
ZA/IK7JWX Sazan Island  Posted 12 June 2017 “The dxpedition to Sazan island (IOTA EU-169) is cancelled for family problems of the mother of my Albanian wife.”    73s, Alfredo IK7JWX
Originally:  YL   Titti IK8GQY & friends  had hoped to make this their 3rd dx-pedition to this island
Bay of Vlorë; Adriatic Sea    Coordinates    40°30′N - 19°17′E
In 2010, the island's surrounding sea waters, and those of adjacent Karaburun Peninsula were proclaimed a National Marine Park by the Albanian government. Located at the informal junction line of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea, The island has a length of 4.8 km (3.0 mi) and a width of 2.7 km (1.7 mi), the island was once a fortified, isolated military base and has never had any civilian population.
Albania’s Defence ministry is officially opening up the subtropical island to tourists during the warmer months, from May until October.    http://www.news.com.au/travel
Sazan island Lighthouse,  Albania Coordinates    40°30′14.3″N 19°15′59.8″E
Built 1871,  first lit  1920 is a cylindrical tower 11.9 mt high, attached to a 2-storey keeper's house
Admiralty number    E3723    NGA number    14328    ARLHS number    ALB-004
Islands On The Air (IOTA)
 Started in 1964, this annual contest has run for more than 50 years and takes place over the last weekend of July.
The aim is to promote contacts between stations in IOTA island groups and the rest of the world; 
to encourage expeditions to IOTA islands and  the greater use of the amateur bands.
Many of the islands counting for IOTA also qualify as islands for the DXCC program .

2017 - IOTA Contest    Sat 29-Sun 30 Jul.     1200-1200
The essence of the contest is to work as many island stations as possible. Although you can work any station, island or non-island, contacts with islands score more points, and only new islands count as multipliers. How do you know if a station is on an island? Because after sending the serial number, island stations also send an island reference, but non-island stations don't send any reference.
8 - 9 July IARU HF Championships    [Sat/Sun]
14-16 July Ham Radio 2017, Friedrichshafen    [Fri/Sun]
15 July RaDAR Challenge   
15 July Naval Radio Party –CS5NRA (Naval Radio Armada) 3rd Sat
15-16 July Jakarta Amateur Radio Fair (JARF) 2017
17-22 July CLARA  50th  Birthday 2017  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
18 July Nelson Mandela's birthday   
22 July Winter QRP Contest;     CTARC 71st AGM   
23 July ZS2 Sprint    
29-30 July RSGB Islands on the Air contest    [Sat/Sun] IOTA
09 Aug YL Sprint
08-10 Sept Next YL Meets 2017: SYLRA Sweden & ALARA, Queensland,Australia


Its Sunday morning and I am waiting to listen to the bulletin...

David asked me to tell the group about the PIC and how to program it...
So next session will be a presentation on the 'up to date' and 'cheap' ways to program the PIC. 
It will feature the hardware programmers available and the 'Small Development C Compiler' - SDCC

John ZS6WL


yl.beam #47

WARO celebrates 55 years    &     Christine Taylor VK5CTY  gains Award
Local is Lekker & Not       &    Ja-Well-No-Fine
Kon-Tiki's 70th Aniversary celebrated with Special Event Call-sign
Gulf Harbour Radio & Patricia Dallas, ZL2RK
QRZ & Calendar

WARO (Women Amateur Radio Operators)  celebrates 55 years
NZ - WARO will be 55 years old at the  Rotorua June 2017 Conference The first WARO meeting was held 10 March 1962 in Rotorua organized by Thelma Souper, with seven ladies present. Florence Voss ZL1AXP was elected the first president. The formation of WARO was first discussed at the 1961 Convention in Hamilton(N.Z.) and the first WARO on-air net was held a month later (11 July), 1962. The first WARO column in 'Break-In' was in the August 1962 issue.    BREAK-IN Jan / Feb 2016 (NZART) Volume 90/1) [Ed: By the time you read this, our New Zealand friends will be back home – do hope we hear and see pics of their celebration.]

Christine Taylor VK5CTY  was awarded 'The Higginbotham Award'  at  the May 2017  WIA Conference (Wireless Institute Australia). Award in recognition of her long history of Amateur Radio magazine contributions particularly on Women in Radio, ALARA (Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Assoc.) & AHARS News (Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society).
The Higginbotham Award is named after Ron Higginbotham VK3RN, who produced 'Amateur Radio' magazine over many decades; 1st awarded 1964.
Amateur Radio Newsline, May 30, 2017

Local is Lekker
June is a special month: 
65 years ago on June 2, 1952 SAWRC (South African Womens Radio Club) was founded.
6 years ago June 2011 this YL group newsletter (YL.beam) was started.
And we welcome new operators.

Join the Highway ARC Ladies Net every Friday evening 1930 (SAST) 1730UTC, hosted by Val ZS5VAL 2m Repeater  [VHF Kloof 145.625 MHz (Rptr Tx) & 145.025MHz (Rptr Rx) 88.5Hz CTCSS access tone; equipped with an Allstar board, linking up with two repeaters in PMB, and Echolink] or the West Rand Novice Net on Tuesday nights @ 20h00 on 145.625

​Welcome 8 New YL's - RAE (Radio Amateur Exam) May, 2017
Name    Ref. No.    Class    Centre    Call-sign
Bosch, Elzaan    1705010    A    Kempton Park    Pass    ZR6EB
Engelbrecht, Karin    1705125    A    Vanderkloof    Pass    ZS3KAT
Feis, Anna    1705039    A    Pretoria    Pass    *HF *Other
Garde, Rachel Ellen    1705042/ B    Sandringham Scout Group Pass ZU6FUN
Kruger-Reynolds, Amy    1705068    A    Roodepoort    Pass    ZS6XR
Levey, Sharon Heather    1705072    A    Roodepoort    Pass    ZS6RRL
Truter, Esmé    1705106    A    Roodepoort    Pass    ZS6ESM
van Zyl, Patricia    1705111    A    Belville    Pass    ZR1XL

The local regulatory authority ICASA has cancelled many lapsed, and in arrears licenses.
This has resulted in the transfer of 50 YL's from our current data-base to “Cancelled”.
A separate notification has been sent with information as to reinstatement.
Editor: This is most discouraging and depressing. I would welcome your ideas and suggestions as to how we may retain Ladies in our Radio hobby. 88 Eda, ZS5YH

This months newsletter covers the Pacific Ocean; from Peru in the east, north to Hawaii and south-west to New Zealand. Hope it will demonstrate how useful Amateur Radio can be as it spans oceans, cultures, technology and time. Enjoy.

Kon-Tiki's 70th Anniversary [28 april- 7 aug 1947]  on August 7, 1947, the maritime mobile station LI2B concluded its journey from South America by washing ashore on an island in French Polynesia. It was better known as the Kon-Tiki, a raft constructed largely from balsa logs.
Through this expedition, Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer and ethnologist wanted to prove that it was possible for people from South America to have crossed the Pacific from east to west and  settled the Polynesian islands. Heyerdahl and his team built a raft of the type preserved in Inca legends and early Spanish historical accounts. They named the expedition in honor of the pre-Inca Sun god  “Kon-Tiki” and  departed Peru for Polynesia on April 28, 1947.
Throughout the 101-day voyage, the expedition members collected meteorological and oceano-graphic data.  The raft sailed more than 4300 miles across the Pacific Ocean before smashing into a reef in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7, 1947.
 Thor Heyerdahl was accompanied by five crew members, including former Norwegian veteran under-ground radio operators, Knut Haugland and Torstein Raaby;  neither had ham radio experience, which they took along on this ocean journey. 
LI2B was the amateur radio call-sign of the Kon-Tiki raft expedition. For 3 weeks following the crew’s departure from Peru, the only radio contact Kon-Tiki had was with OBE, the station of the Peruvian Naval School. LI2B kept to a schedule, trying to contact key amateur stations on specified frequencies without success. Finally, on May 20, Harold Kempel, W6EVM, heard and worked LI2B on 14.142 MHz, providing the raft with its first North American contact. By mid-June, LI2B had worked numerous amateur stations, and as the trip progressed, a long-haul network of amateur stations developed. One of the network regulars was W3YA, the Penn State Amateur Radio Club station, which helped relay traffic to the Norwegian embassy in Washington. In the final month of the voyage, the 20 meter transmitter’s crystals had all failed, so the crew re-tuned the 10 meter transmitter to 13.990 MHz, the closest they could get to 20 meters.
The expedition carried three watertight radio transmitters. The first operated on the 40 and 20 meters bands, the second on 10 meters and the third on 6 meters. Each unit was made up entirely of 2E30 vacuum tubes providing 10 W of RF output. As an emergency backup, they also carried a German Mark V transceiver originally re-created by Britain's Special Operations Executive in 1942. Other equipment included a hand-cranked emergency set of the Gibson Girl type for use on the maritime bands, a special VHF set for contacting aircraft and two British Mark II transmitters. The Kon-Tiki also carried a National Radio Company NC-173 receiver. Dry batteries and a hand-cranked generator supplied the power.

Post-script: Knut Magne Haugland of Norway, passed away December 25, 2009, age 92; the last survivor of the six man crew on the Kon-Tiki expedition.

Kon-Tiki's 70th Aniversary celebrated with Special Event Radio Call-sign OZ44C marks Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki Expedition (LI2B/MaritimeMobile) 70 years ago.
The call will be active until the end of 2017. QSL via 5P2BA, direct or via the bureau.
Experimenterende Danske Radioamatører (EDR for short) was founded 15th August 1927.
On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of EDR, Danish radio amateurs will be active from Greenland and southern Denmark  with the special event calls signs,    http://oz90edr.oz5bir.dk/

The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Board of Directors named Richard Darling, AH7G, and Barbara Darling, NH7FY, of Keaau, Hawaii as the recipients of the 2016 International Humanitarian Award, awarded at Aupuni Center in Hilo on April 8, 2017
This award is conferred upon an individual radio amateur or Amateur Radio group that has demonstrated devotion to human welfare, peace, and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established this annual award to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.
The Darlings ongoing efforts over many years with on-the-air activities during weather events, including several typhoons, as well as other emergency activities, (assistance to boaters in trouble) have earned them this recognition.
Barbara is the ARRL QSL manager for Hawaii State and very active in the Big Island ARC while Richard is one of two DXCC card checkers for the State of Hawaii with over 300 countries confirmed himself. Both have traveled extensively throughout the Pacific so are familiar with many islands along with the problems of both travel and communications. They have also provided support in the form of money and material.

Made up of around 607 islands, covering a distance of about 1,677 miles or 2,700 km., spread across the Western Pacific Ocean, with a population of about 103,000 lies FSM (Federated States of Micronesia); consisting of four states – from west to east, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae.
Towards the end of April 2015 Typhoon Maysak struck Ulithi Atoll with 160 MPH winds, with gusts up to 195 MPH.  A major storm surge of unknown height also hit and infrastructure, including schools, homes, power and telecommunication systems, suffered major damage or were destroyed.
 HF gear was sent to FSM (Federated States of Micronesia) as part of a relief effort in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Maysak. Ham Aid equipment accompanied a shipment of radio gear, tools and supplies from Hawaii. Ham Aid kits had originally been shipped to Hawaii during the fall of 2014, as the massive Puna volcanic lava flow threatened some communities on the Big Island of Hawaii.

 William (V63YWR) one of the newer FSM (Federated States of Micronesia) hams that Richard regularly talks to, can get on the air now partially because of the solar panels, batteries and antennas that Richard and Barbara helped supply. The health and welfare phone patches and messages go all over the United States and the emotion involved can be heard especially since some of the people have not talked to their relatives in several years. They speak in several Micronesian languages.

Patricia Dallas, ZL2RK & Gulf Harbour Radio   
Patricia Dallas, ZL2RK, in Whangaparaoa (just north of Auckland, New Zealand) is not heard on the ham bands much but between May and December she is very busy on the radio.
Here she tells why:
I was very active for the 15 or so years we cruised around the world. My husband even got his ham license when we were in Mexico. He is ZL2VY now. Among other things he has a meteorological background which proved very useful when we were cruising and he often gave weather info to fellow cruisers. When we decided to be land based in 2012 we combined our interests to give weather to friends on route from NZ to the Islands. After a visit from a radio inspector(!) we decided to get a marine coast station license and reach more people. It is amazing how quickly the news gets out about a free weather service. Gulf Harbour Radio, ZMH286 was born.
In 2012, one boat called in from Wallis (north of Fiji) and asked how I organised boats. I think I had got in a muddle so it was a good question! When I replied that I just used a simple excel spread sheet, he said he could do better. Well, little did I know that his profession was interactive web sites and indeed he did do better!
www.yit.nz was born in support of the radio station. (YIT – yachts in transit).
It enables boats to send their positions, weather report and comments directly to the web site. My husband then checks that what he is seeing in weather models reflects the true picture and then when we start the morning ‘Patricia and David show’ I add the positions and information from those boats that don’t have on board email. Family and friends can then follow their progress and be part of the adventure. We are also called upon from time to time by RCC (Rescue Cordination Centre) when information is needed relating to a boat, or sometimes they need to find a boat.
The site has mushroomed over the years and now we handle about 500 boats. This is the only service of its kind as others that used to be there, like Des Renner, Dr John etc have passed away. We operate from May 1 to November 30 as this is the time when boats leave the NZ and Australian winter behind and head for the tropics. Part way through our winter they are joined by boats coming west from Europe and North America.
We now use about 500watts to make sure we are heard. David does about 30mins of weather for passage makers and those in each of the island groups; after that we take questions and comments.
In 2016 we started live streaming. This was helpful for those still in NZ waiting for passage weather to go north. They are too close in Whangarei and Opua to hear us on our usual frequency of 8752kHz. We were surprised that the cost of cell phone time in places like Fiji meant that we had quite a few listeners on the streaming from there too. Often busy anchorages like Muscat Cove (Fiji) have a high noise level so that made it easier for them to hear.
By the end of November we are more than ready for a rest. By then all the boats are out of the cyclone season, or should be, and we are ready to use our own boat in the Hauraki Gulf.
 GHR (Gulf Harbour Radio) ZMH286, operates from our home on a ridge between Gulf Harbour and Tindalls Beach in Whangaparaoa, just north of Auckland NZ.     patricia@ghradio.co.nz    NZ – WARO  BULLETIN   March 2017

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Calendar June 2017   
11     June     Hammies ZS6 Sprint   
16     June     Youth Day   
17     June     World QRP Day    
17-18     June    International Museums Weekends. 3Rd weekend in June primary weekend
17 -18    June      World Castles Weekend 2017 (WCW-2017). 8th  castles and fortresses  on air
18     June     Father’s Day; National Day for the Blind
24-25    June    International Museums Weekends.  4th weekend in June
24-25     June     ARRL  Field Day 2017 (1800 UTC Sat - 2059 UTC Sun)
26     June     Eid Al Fitr   

http://www.arrl.org/news/most-unusual-expedition-    08/07/2014
Radio ZS Volume 70 No/Nr 1, January 2017 Januarie
http://www.arrl.org/news/last-surviving-crew-member-of-i-kon-tiki-i- 01/04/2010
http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/community/puna-amateur-radio-operators-honApril 15, 2017
Stacy Holbrook (KH6OWL), ARRL Public Information Officer – Honolulu



yl.beam #46 may 2017

  • Ruth Willet, KM4LAO at 2017 Dayton Hamvention DX Dinner  
  • AWA - Antique Wireless Assoc. (SA)
  • Hello from Japan! [JLRS]
  • World Telecommunication Day - 17 May
  • Dxpedition J5B & J5W AF-020 - Rubane Island (Bijagos Arch), Guinea-Bissau  Africa
  • Sunspots & Flares   
  • IZØUDF- Samantha Cristoforetti, Italian astronaut    EU
  • Austrian YL Newsletter April 2017   [pic from letter]
  • QRZ & Calendar

Ruth Willet, KM4LAO - Speaker at 2017 Dayton Hamvention DX Dinner
The SouthWest Ohio DX Association has announced that Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, will keynote its 32nd annual DX Dinner, held in conjunction with the 2017 Dayton Hamvention®. Her topic will be "Experiencing the Hobby of a Lifetime." 
RUTH is a freshman at Kettering University in Michigan, majoring in mechanical engineering and engineering physics.
As a member of the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX adventure, she travelled to the island of Saba. The callsign PJ6Ywas  on the air from August 2-9, 2016. ( team website is http://www.qsl.net/n6jrl/ ) There were nine in the group and they lived on the island for about a week.  It was a lot of fun, getting the experience of travelling there and operating from the island.  They operated on satellites which most had not experienced before, as well as HF.  Getting to put Saba on the air was quite the adventure.
Ruth is looking forward to sharing her adventures with everyone at the DX dinner on Friday, May 19, at the Dayton Marriott, 
 Amateur Radio Newsline, Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. Report 2055, March 17, 2017

AWA (Antique Wireless Assoc.) 14th Anniversary
On the 22nd March 2003, seven founding members got together on air and the AWA of Southern Africa was breathed into life. Since then, there have been 10 presidents from around the country and membership has grown to 274, with members from 10 different countries around the world.
Saturday morning SSB nets, CW and AM nets,  Newsletters, CW open days, Valve QSO parties have all become part and parcel of the organization and has made quite a mark in the Amateur Radio development and heritage of radio in Southern Africa.
The best of all and one of the trade marks of the AWA is that Membership is free and by association. This was the cornerstone of the founding. Thanks to the members who have donated radios , money and time to raise money, we have not only survived, but thrived. Whether you are a new member or a founding member, we salute you and thank you for wanting to be part of this organization.
It is an honour and a privilege to be associated with so many like minded people.   Andy ZS6ADY
Source: # 129 AWA News April, 2017 - The AWA Committee


AM QSO Party     13:00 to 17:00 UTC Saturday 13 May 
NB: Date changed due to SARL- AGM
SSB QSO Party    13:00 to 17:00 UTC Sunday    14 May  

NB: Date changed due to SARL- AGM
Frequencies: 40 metres; 80 metres:Power 100 w
Exchange: Call sign, RS, consecutive serial numbers, plus type of radio used, e.g. HT37 TX.
Scoring:  valve radio 3 points;   Hybrid radio 2 points ;  Solid State Radio 1 point
Send log sheets by 22 May 2017 to:  andyzs6ady@vodamail.co.za.Party    13:00 to 17:00 UTC Sunday    14 May  NB: Date changed due to SARL- AGM

Hello from Japan!
I am Yukiko Maki 7K4TKB in Tokyo, Japan, the DX Chairperson of Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS). I would like to make an announcement that our club JLRS celebrates the 60th anniversary of foundation (1957) of the club this year. To celebrate our anniversary year, we launched the special station 8N60JLRS on April 1 2017 and will operate it until March 31, 2018 (for one full year).  We take turns operating each month from different call areas in Japan starting from 6 call area, Kushu islands, in April, and operate in any bands and any modes. 
We hope to make as many QSOs as possible during this special anniversary year.
Thank you very much.  Have a nice day!  33, Yukiko Maki, 7K4TKB   Tokyo, Japan

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2017)
 Celebrated annually on 17 May, marking the founding anniversary of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which was initiated in 1865 and first celebrated in 1969.
The Power of Data
​ "Big Data for Big Impact," the theme for WTISD-17, focuses on the power of Big Data for development and aims to explore how to turn imperfect, complex, often unstructured data into actionable information in a development context
World Telecommunications Day is celebrated to increase awareness of communication technology among the public. It aims to make information and communication more accessible to people in remote, rural areas. The day is celebrated with a different theme every year.
http://www.itu.int/en/wtisd/2017.     http://www.festivalsofindia.in/worldtelecommunication


Guinea-Bissau - Rubane Island (Bijagos Arch), Dxpedition J5B & J5W AF-020 - Nuria Font Soler (YL station EA3WL) has been on another exotic dxpedition, go to her Facebook page to see some great photographs of Bubaque, Bolama and Rubane island in Bijagos Archipelago and their people.
(yl news featured their Dxpedition to São Tomé and Príncipe  #39 Oct. 2016)

After 7 days of operating in the Bijagos Archipelago, 7 to 15 April 2017,  J5B (Josep EA3BT) & J5W (Nuria EA3WL - YL) have  19,500 QSO's in the log!  The last operation from this reference was in 2010, more than 7 years ago. They are very happy except they no longer have any voices  and have returned home to ponder their next dxpedition.
Radio Equipment: 2 full stations: Equipments: Icom IC-7300 / Icom IC-7000
Linear Amplifier: Expert 1.3K-FA with ATU / Ameritron AL-600 (600 w)
Antennas: 2 EAxbeam (6-20 m) & wire dipole (30 & 40 & 80m)
Bands: 6-40, 80 m? Modes: SSB, CW, RTTY

The  Bijagós Arquipélago, (11°14’N - 16°02’W) are a group of about 88 islands and islets located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the African nation of Guinea-Bissau. The archipelago was formed from an ancient delta. Only some 20 islands are populated year-round.  Lack of infrastructure and communication links prevent the development of the islands' unique tourism potential.
Bubaque is one of the Bijagós Islands and is also the name of its main town.   13.6 km long and 8 km wide,the island has an airstrip and is linked by ferry to Bissau.
The forested island is known for its wildlife. The archipelago was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1996—Boloma Bijagós Biosphere Reserve, known for animals including marine turtles, and hippopotamus.
Guinea-Bissau has named the large Archipel Bolama-Bijagós as its second Ramsar Site.  The inter-tidal mudflats host one of the largest populations of migratory shorebirds in the world. The influence of coastal upwelling and estuaries and the large areas of mangrove support  large number of fish species. The site hosts the largest colony of green turtles.
Sources: QRZ.com, wikipedia, http://www.ramsar.org/news/guinea-bissau-

     Sunspots are dark, irregularly shaped areas which can sometimes be observed on the surface of the sun. They appear dark because they are about 2000° C cooler than the surrounding sun's surface .
    Sunspots can be seen with the naked eye under favorable conditions and have been observed for thousands of years. Galileo was the first European that we know of to observe the sun using a telescope. He recorded observations of sunspots in the seventeenth century..
    Sunspots often appear in pairs in which one is like the north pole of a magnet and the other like the south pole of a magnet. The two poles (sunspots) are linked by loops of magnetic field which arch through the sun's corona. Their strong magnetic field inhibits convection of heat to the surface.
    Soon after the sunspot cycle was discovered, more than a century ago, a strong relationship was noted between the number of spots on the Sun and the number of auroras that were seen in the northern (and later the southern) skies. A similar relationship was soon established between the number of sunspots and the state of Earth's magnetic field: When the Sun showed more spots, Earth's magnetic field was more frequently disturbed by violent "magnetic storms."
    Sunspot activity goes up (from minimum to maximum) and down (from maximum to minimum) in an eleven year cycle. Communication systems on earth and satellites are affected by sunspot activity. In addition, it has been known for many years that the state of Earth's ionosphere - the ionized layer of the high atmosphere that makes possible long-distance radio communication - is affected very critically by solar activity, in step with the number of sunspots.
    It is not the spots themselves that bring about the terrestrial changes, but other, less frequent and more dynamic events such as solar flares and eruptions in the chromosphere and corona.
    Flares are sudden brightenings of limited regions of the chromosphere. By almost every measure they are th
Calendar May 2017e Sun's most catastrophic and energetic events. They have special importance to man, for they are known to produce effects that race through millions of kilometres of inter-planetary space to rattle the upper atmosphere and magnetic field of Earth, altering the ionosphere and producing auroras and magnetic storms.  Solar flares are now believed to result from the sudden conversion of magnetic energy to the energy of heat, light, and motion. Flares have little effect on the sunspots themselves.
    Because sunspots are the most easily observed of all solar features, they have traditionally served as the storm warnings of the solar system.
history/nasa - http://jjw47.blog.com/

 Astronauts such as  IZØUDF Samantha Cristoforetti, are able to see sun-spots better than most of us. I am indebted to the Italian Radio Amateurs Union (U.R.I.) monthly magazine  QTC which featured this famous YL. Even if you dont understand Italian, its worth looking at the pictures.
Thanks to our Italian Amateur sister  IZ0EIK – Erica for sharing QTC and adding a copy of yl,beam at the end of the publication. (Editor  Eda ZS5YH)

Samantha Cristoforetti, IZØUDF    QTC Anno 2° - N. 6 - Aprile 2017 Pag. 46 -49
(born April 26, 1977 in Milan, Italy) Samantha Cristoforetti is a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut of Italian nationality. Between November 2014 and June 2015 she spent 199 days on board the International Space Station as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 42 and 43. During ASI's Futura Mission, Samantha conducted experiments in the Station's laboratories. Samantha is a Captain in the Italian Air Force. On 16 July 2015 she was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest ranking honour of the Republic.
(ANSA) - Bolzano, January 3 - Italy's first female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti gave birth to a daughter, Kelsey Amal in Cologne, Germany, at the end of November 2016.
great site, lots of video clips:    http://www.wired.co.uk/article/cristoforetti-memorable-moments 

Austrian YL Newsletter April 2017 
Invitation to the 6th YL round of the MAFC [Mödling Amateurfunkclub]
The 6th .YL round of the MAFC will take place on 6 May 2017, led by (OE3YTA Tina) with OE3XMC the club-call of the Mödlinger Amateurfunkclub at 17.30 LT,  on 3740 Khz + - QRM.
All YLs and OMs, also from other ADLs or clubs are also gladly included in the log.
After the round, all the listeners are invited to the confirmation.
 With best 73 de OE3YTA, Tina MAFC YL-Operator

 Under the MAFC's (Moenlinger Amateurfunkclub) flag on the 5th of May,  we are organizing an amateurs' presentation at the 'New Mittelschule Brunn am Gebirge' for the 4th time, and at the same time taking part in the European Day of Schools.
We will start with a Power-point introductory presentation for about 100 students and teachers with OE1PYA, Peter. Afterwards, the kids can get in contact with other school stations on- air at a short wave station, managed by OE3YTA, Tina and OE4SLC, Sandra.
We hope to make many QSOs via Repeaters operated by OE3VET Emil,  OE4ENU Ewald and OE4NAU Norbert.
OE3OPA, Peter will demonstrate Morse-code to the pupils and OE3TDW, Thomas will show the young people emergency radio activities, and of course the kids - as with any presentation - can marvel at the great funkobil of OE3MSU, our Max.
Special callsign OE3KIDS from 9:00 -13.00 LT 
HF: 40m: 7175MHz 20m: 14275MHz and 15m: 21275MHz
Analogue relay 438.950 MHz Kahlenberg and 439.025 MHz
Digital DMR Local 2/9 and 1/9 and 438.3625 MHz C4FM Wienerwaldrelais
The Mödling Amateurfunkclub says thanks in anticipation of the QSO partners and school stations at home and abroad.  On behalf of the MAFC - 73 de OE3CFC, Chris  (OE3YTA, Tina's OM)
[Europe Week  5 to 14 May 2017; the 18th European Day of the school stations will take place on Friday, 5 May 2017, 10:00 am to 16:00 UTC ]
Austria Time (Central European Standard Time ( CET ) UTC +1 hr; Summer UTC + 2)
OE17ATOM - Nuclear Power Plant Zwentendorf
The ÖVSV / Landesverband OE3 - Niederösterreich as organizer - in cooperation with the ICOM - Radioclub, the disaster relief service of the Johanniter accident assistance / area communication, the ADL 350 and the ADL 303 (district of Mödling) hosted a special event for radio amateurs on 22 April 2017 at the atomic power station Zwentendorf. Information booth occupied by OE4SLC Sandra, OE4ENU Ewald, OE3CFC Chris and OE3YTA Tina.
QRV on all frequencies! KW, VHF, Dstar, C4fm, Dmr and relays
 e-mail:  Oe3yta@oevsv.at
[Editor: lots of pics on QRZ.COM page] 

YL on Facebook M6HMK Helen Melhuish April 22, 2017  at 6:21pm ·
After some effort fighting through the pile-up of stronger stations, I have just worked OE17ATOM - a station set up at a very interesting location - a nuclear power plant in Austria that was never put into operation due to the results of a referendum in 1978, but now produces 100% solar power. The attached picture is from a live video stream at the precise moment I was working the station :)

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Calendar May 2017   
5         May      OE3KIDS -  European Day of Schools, MAFC's (Moenlinger Amateurfunkclub)
6    May     SARL- AGM Convention
6          May       2017, 6th round of .YL 80m contest of the MAFC (Austria)
13-14     May       AWA - AM and SSB Contest 
13-14     May,     2017  CQ's Twentieth Annual Foxhunting Weekend [Sat-Sun]
13- 14 May    Mills on the Air
14     May     Mother’s Day     [Sun]
14-15     May     Portuguese Navy Day Contest [Mode: CW, SSB; Time: 15:00 - 15:00 UTC
15      May     International Family Day
18     May     International Museum Day
19-21     May     2017 Australia (WIA) AGM 
19 – 21 May     Dayton Hamvention, USA    [Fri-Sun]
20     May     RAE     [Sat]
21      May     ZS3 Sprint         [Sun]
27- 28 May CQ WW DX WPX CW Contest
28     May SARL Digital Contest [Sun]
3–4    June    NZ - WARO will be 55 years old at the  Rotoura 2017 Conference


yl.beam #45 April 2017

  • French YL Award - Marie Curie  Nobel Prize Winner
  • Vimy Ridge - Centenary Commemorative Special Event (TM100VIMY)
  • Social Media...We Were First!
  • 15th – CQ World Scouts – HF
  • 18 April World Amateur Radio Day 
  • CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest 
  • Raspberry Pi
  • ALARA Meet 2017   
Marie (Sklodowska) Curie  150th Birthday
To commemorate  the 150 anniversary of the birth of Marie Curie (born Maria Sklodowska)
The association of the “YLS of France” have created an award in honour of the first woman scientist who obtained two Nobel prizes.
The award rewards all contacts with the list of YLs below.
Each contact is worth 10 points and all contacts with MARIA F6BAT are worth 20 points.
Each YL can be contacted only once on a band with the same mode.
Authorised modes SSB, CW, DIGI.
The award is attributed once 100 points have been attained.
The award is free (electronic version only).
The logs with the Date, Time UTC, Band, Mode, call sign and the Christian name of the YL operating the station are to be sent to F5JER@ ref-union.org
 This file can be used : 
Contacts : from January 1th to  December 31th 2017
 List of Yls :        Maria F6BAT;        Mado F1EOY        Alexandra F1UBA   
Christine F4GDI    Danielle F4GLR    Aline F4GPA        Cécilia F4GQW   
Maryse F4HBC    Nicole F4HFX        Claudine F5JER    Lydie F5MSS       
Marie-Jeanne F5MYL    Evelyne F5RPB    Marie F5UAY       
Joana DJ5YL        Tina DL5YL        Dora HB9EPE

Maria (Sklodowska) Curie Nobel Prize in Physics 114 ago (1903-2017)
BIRTH     November 7, 1867  Warsaw, Poland    
DEATH     July 4, 1934    Passy, France
EDUCATION    Sorbonne                
Marie and husband Pierre Curie were awarded half the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 for their research on the radiation phenomena discovered by Henri Becquerel, the other half recipient.
In 1911 Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discoveries and studies of the elements radium and polonium. She is the only woman so far, who has been awarded the Nobel Prize twice. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.
In 1898 the Curies discovered two new radioactive elements: radium (named after the Latin word for ray) and polonium (named after Marie's home country, Poland). In 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered the existence of X-rays. In 1896, Henri Becquerel discovered that uranium salts emitted rays that resembled X-rays in their penetrating power.
Marie Curie not only made huge contributions to the fields of physics and chemistry, but also to the world of medicine. Curie had studied x-rays and x-ray machines and  her newly discovered element radium, as the gamma ray source on x-ray machines allowed for more accurate and stronger x-rays. She created smaller and portable x-ray machines that could be used by medics in the field during World War I in 1914, saving many lives.
Because of their levels of radioactive contamination, her papers from the 1890s are considered too dangerous to handle. Even her cookbook is highly radioactive. Marie Curie's papers are kept in lead-lined boxes, and those who wish to consult them must wear protective clothing.
Sources: Wikipedia

Vimy Ridge  Centenary
Vimy Ridge, a WWI battle site, is an escarpment 7 km in length in the north of France, part of the “Western Front” of WWI. Occupied by German forces after 1914, attempts by the French and British forces to take the Ridge had repeatedly failed with  heavy casualties. In April of 1917, four Canadian Divisions, captured Vimy Ridge, which remained in Allied hands for the rest of the war and served as the base for the wireless operations of the Canadian Corps of Signals.
In 1922 France ceded to Canada 100 hectares at the summit of Vimy Ridge to be used as a park for a monument.  Every year, thousands of Canadians make the journey to view the monument, inscribed with  the names of the Canadian soldiers who were lost or missing and who have no known graves.
The centenary of the Battle will be marked in April, 2017 by  formal ceremonies to be held at the base of the monument which will be attended by Heads of State.

TM100VIMY, Vimy Ridge
, will operate from  April 1 to April 9, 2017.
A Centenary Commemorative Amateur Radio Special Event
Organized by the Vimy Commemorative Station Society, British Columbia.
 2 stations on Vimy Ridge plan to cover 160-10 meters using CW, RTTY and SSB.
For security reasons the shack will not be open to the public nor to visiting amateurs.
Contact will have to be made the hard way – on HF.
Operators have been recruited from across Canada and France.
For more info. Contacted:  ve100vimy@rac.ca.    Or    http://ve100vimy.ca/    (Eng./Francais)

Buckeye Burr     - Social Media...We Were First!        
As Social Media…Twitter, Snap Chat, Texting…continues to grow the analysis of its impact is becoming more challenged. Just how effective are these new forms of communication & do they do more harm than good.
Well, when it comes to new methods of communicating it’s important to remember that Amateur Radio is, & always has been, first…in every way…creating & improving just how we talk to each other.
We have the high bands, the low bands, microwave, satellite, code, sideband, RTTY, EME, SSTV, Packet & now DMR. We have repeaters, a technology known today & Cell Phones! Nearly a dozen or more ways to effectively communicate…& consistently communicate…without interruption & without damaging reputations & world order.
What we do as Amateur Radio operators is all for the good…& all good…& we keep doing it & improving every day. When it comes to the real Social Media…WE WERE FIRST!
I suppose this all seems a little esoteric but I think about it every time I see new headline quoting social media as the source of a major story. It makes me cringe & appreciate what we as hams do & the way we do it. We report & educate our stories responsibly using reliable technology with ethics & professionalism.
One final word from the soapbox…. We have one other form of communication that works…the newsletters our clubs send every month. Well written papers without hidden agendas from editors & writers who care about their readers & the hobby they write about.
WOW! What a great movement with which to associate!! 73, John Ross KD8IDJ OH Public Info Coord
Buckeye Burr OH (USA) Section Journal March-April 2017 pg3/4      [Susie Scott N8CGM Ye Ed.]

15th  CQ World Scouts – HF
8-9 April, 2017  (2nd full weekend of April), from 16h00 UTC Sat. - 16h00 UTC Sun. 
CQ World Scouts is an annual activity organized by União dos Escoteiros do Brasil - UEB (Scouting Brazil) recognized by WOSM (World Organization for Scouting Movements).
Main objective of this weekend world event is to promote activity between Amateur radio and Scouts.

The Dutch scout group PI4SBR Scouting Bolstergroep Riel participates because contesting and operating opportunities are limited mainly to JOTA. Our involvement has taught us much and given us great pleasure.  As the National Coordinator every station that works with us gets extra points. Because the contest begins at 1600 UTC (1700 local time in Netherlands) we are looking forward to using most of Saturday working on antennas. Our website www.pi4sbr.com has photos of antennas used and lots of information relating to our group. You are welcome to contact us pi4sbr@gmail.com
The more groups that join us the better our chance of  picking up the Brasilian signals.
During Jota-Joti 2016  positive reaction were expressed about this event.
Everyone is encouraged to work one of the stations, if only to give points.
On behalf of Brazilian Scouts you are invited to come and participate in the CQ World Scouts contest. We hope that many scouts and amateurs meet in this contest!  Even though you may not have the entire 24 hours available,  please join us!
On the website: www.pi4sbr.com is a big part of that information in Dutch!
 Escoteiros do Brasil – Organiserend Comité CQWS    http://www.radioescotismo.com.br
PI9TP Thomas More groep Prinsenbeek    Edwin Janssen PE5ENJ
PI4SBR Scouting Bolstergroep Riel        Bart van Hoek PA1BVH
www.pi4sbr.com    www.facebook.com/pi4sbr

18 April World Amateur Radio Day
From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio. Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with over 3,000,000 licensed operators!
          Editor's Note: The Manchester Mineira DX Contest  (details below) will provide an early opportunity to celebrate    our special day and  practise for 27 April Int. Morse Code Day

 CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest 
Supported by the Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Rádio Emissão (LABRE)
OBJECTIVE: Promote international unity and integration of all hams, particularly using CW; and  2 CWJF Brasil Awards;
DATE: April, 15-16  ‘2017 (annually on 3rd full weekend of April.)
PERIOD Start: 1200 UTC, Saturday; End: 2359 UTC, Sunday.
Mode: Only CW (A1A);    http://www.cqmmdx.com/rules/

The competition was initially limited to Brazil (1993-1996),  expanded to South America (1997-2006) and finally extended to the Americas (2007-2010). >From 2011, it became an international competition held among all continents and the biggest CW Competition in South America
The city of Juiz de Fora is so-called “Manchester Mineira” (The Manchester of the State of Minas Gerais) for being one of the most industrialized cities in Latin America.
 Everyone around the world can work everyone and multipliers are for each DX country, in addition all South American prefixes are also multipliers. It’s a good contest to try if you don’t normally work a lot of South American stations.

Raspberry Pi    (SOMETHING TO NIBBLE ON?)    
By JOANNA STERN    Feb. 17, 2015
Our computers have become too easy to use. Right out of the box, they’re ready to go.
No installing operating systems, no typing into a command-line prompt like in the old days.
We don’t even have to hit save any more.
Most weeks, I’m the first to celebrate this and to say I miss nothing about the way it used to be. But not this week. This week I’ve been using the $35 Raspberry Pi 2, a bare-bones Linux computer no bigger than a juice box. And I’ve rediscovered something I had forgotten: the thrill of tinkering with a machine and its software.  Of course, that thrill is accompanied, from time to time, with the urge to take a baseball bat to an inanimate object.
After using the Pi 2, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s a great way for children and teenagers to learn about computer hardware and software. It’s also great for us curious adults who are interested in knowing more about the worlds of open-source and software coding, and don’t mind typing arcane commands into a DOS-looking interface to get there.
    But don’t let that scare you. I challenged myself to see what I could do with the little thing and it put my problem-solving skills and patience to the test. Even if you’re someone like me, with little to no computer coding knowledge, you’ll be amazed by the number of things you can do with a $35 computer.

ALARA MEET 2017    (Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Assoc.) 
Friday 8th - Monday 11th September
Sign on for one of the breakout sessions by Diane VK4DI on how to use Logging Programs, SDR Radio and Echolink. Bring your laptop or smart phone and learn how to install and use the software.
 TREASURE HUNT! Form a Team and take part in a Foxhunt among the tropical gardens.
 TRAIN OR SKYRAIL TO KURANDA Meet at Cairns Station for Kuranda Scenic Train departure which takes 2 hours to ascend the winding Range, passing through tunnels, with stunning views of the gorges as you ascend to the scenic, cooler-climate Atherton Tablelands. Or from the Skyrail Base at nearby Caravonica ascend in Gondolas, skimming treetops with views of the rainforest and the Barrier Reef.
An ptional  full day tour of Great Barrier from Cairns. (Special 20%  discount for ALARAMEET)
NZ  - Women Amateur Radio Operators - BULLETIN    March 2017


 The more we “Talk Radio”, the stronger our sport/hobby will be, so enjoy this issue and please share it with your friends.
SARLNUUS met Anette Jacobs ZR6D    zr6d@ymail.com
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Calendar April 2017
1st / 2nd April  NZ – WARO Thelma Souper Memorial Contest
1     April RaDAR Challenge;
1      April  Portugal's National Summits on the Air Day (SOTA)
1 -9    April  TM100VIMY, Vimy Ridge, Special Event
6     April SARL 80 m QSO party [Thus]
8     April SARL Autumn QRP Sprint [Sat]
8 - 9 April CQ World Scouts Contest
11-17 April Pesach
14      April Good Friday
14-15 April     2017    MARITIME RADIO DAY (MRD)— CW — International Naval Frequencies,
15-16 Apr l     CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest 2017,  1200 Sat – 1200 Sun;          
16     April     Easter Sunday
17     April     Family Day (RSA)    [Easter Monday]
18     April     World Amateur Radio Day [Tues]
20     April     Closing date for May RAE registration
22    April IMD (International Marconi Day) Saturday close to Marconi’s birthday 25
23     April     ZS4 Sprint     [Sun]
27    April    Int. Morse Code Day [Thurs] / Freedom Day (RSA)   
May 2017
1     May Workers Day [Monday]
6      May K.A.R.T.S flea Market-open day
6    May     SARL Convention
6-7   May AWA - AM & SSB Contest   [Sat-Sun]