2018-05-05

yl.beam # 58 may 2018

Contents
Silent Keys (YLs) 
 Oops &   Local-is-lekker
Ja-Well-No-Fine 
Morse Code- CW (92 Code; Q-Code; Distress Signals SOS; The RST Code)
First Danish women telegraph operator  HISTORY 
Three generations of  Yls in the family
Events:Belgian Amateur Radio Union 70th birthday; "CQ Worldwide Foxhunting Weekend;  
           DAYTON HAMVENTION 2018 ;  Portuguese Navy Day Contest,    
          MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND;    Russian YL Elena RC5A Dxpedition
QRZ CONTACTS&  Calendar 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Silent Key:  (YL) P43E  Emily Thiel  (27/09/1968 - 12/04/2018) 
Emily Thiel, P43E, of Oranjestad, Aruba, died on April 12 after suffering an apparent stroke while hiking in Aruba National Park. She was 49. Thiel was a competitor at WRTC 2006 (held in Brazil), a member of the Aruba Amateur Radio Club, and she managed the Aruba QSL Bureau.
Licensed in 1997, she attended various conventions and hamfests around the world. She was part of the A61AJ multi-operator team for the 2003 CQ World Wide SSB Contest. Thiel was a member of the FISTS Club and of the YLRL.

Silent Key:  (YL) Sandra Heyn  WA6WZN ( 27/09/1968 – 28/04/2018) 
Of Costa Mesa, California, died at home on April 28th following a three year battle with cancer.  She was 75.
Sandi was a member of the Orange County Amateur Radio Club, the Palomar Amateur Radio Club, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, the Southern California DX Club, the Young Ladies Radio C lub of Los Angeles, she was a past officer of the Young Ladies Radio League, a life member of the American Radio Relay League, a member of the Western Country Cousins, the Bishop Amateur Radio Club, and many other amateur radio groups.
Married to  Fried Heyn WA6WZO for the past 57 years

Condolences to the families, friends and Amateur Radio communities that both these ladies were such a big  part of.















Oops     Errors yl.beam#57-April,2018 : 
Apologies to Ngaire ZL2UJT whose call-sign was incorrectly shown as  ZXL2UJT  (no x) 
and The Thelma Souper contest (NZ – WARO) was cancelled this year.
My apologies ladies, Editor Heather, ZS5YH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local-is-lekker
Congratulations to ZS5KIM Kimmy and OM Justin, ZS5JW on their marriage 27/04/2018. 
Wishing you both much joy and many QSO's.

Ed: Anyone know the appropriate greeting for hams getting married? 
Thought a few movie quotes might work (hihi)

"You make me want to be a better Dxer..."
" I think this is the beginning of a beautiful net."
"Here's beaming at you, kid."
My mama always said, life was like a DX pileup. You never know what you gonna get."
SARL Forum 24/08/2016 ---- "MOVIE QUOTATIONS" 

Ja-Well-No-Fine
In this issue Morse code seemed appropriate in celebrating Samuel Morse's original telegraphic transmission 24 May, 1844. Morse code which proved so useful aboard ships provided a link to the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Ins) SOS month, the Portuese Navy and Musuem ships.
 Before the voice call "mayday", SOS in Morse code was used. Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice-procedure radio communications.
From the French m'aidez ('help me'), it is unrelated to the holiday May Day!
From the first Danish telegraphic lady to modern days moms, ladies have used Morse code. 
Hope you enjoy, 33 & 88 
Editor – Heather, ZS5YH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morse Code- CW  (92 Code; Q-Code; Distress Signals SOS; The RST Code)
24 May  anniversary of Samuel Morse's first coded telegraph message.
 Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872), contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code, and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
  Telegraphy used long wires stretched between cities and depended on "Morse code", which is a way to spell with long and short pulses. Usually, those pulses were the result of a "code key", a kind of switch which caused an electromagnet on the other end go the wire to attract an arm on a device called a "sounder" which makes a click. The operator learns to understand the meaning of the clicks, and can "copy" the code.
Essentially CW refers to a Morse transmission using a radio signal - the abbreviation coming from the fact that it uses a Carrier Wave, or Continuous Wave that is interrupted. 
The 92 Code (Deliver Promptly) was first adopted by Western Union in 1859. The reason for this adoption was to reduce bandwidth usage over the telegraph lines and speed transmissions by utilizing a numerical code system for various frequently used phrases. 
 Today, amateur radio operators still use codes 73 and 88 profusely. Radio-amateurs also occasionally use the code 99 for "Go to Hell"[? ], though this may be their own addition to the code-table. The Young Ladies Radio League uses the code 33, which means "love sealed with friendship and mutual respect between one YL [young lady] and another YL." The other codes have mostly fallen into disuse.
Q-Code  The Q-code was originally instituted at the Radiotelegraph Convention held in London, 1912 and was intended for marine radiotelegraph use. Today they are still used as shorthand between radio operators. Although originally developed to shorten transmission times when using CW, they are frequently used in voice transmission; eg. QTH (station location), QRP (low or reduced power), and QSL (confirm).
Distress Signals
When wireless radiotelegraph machines first made their way onto ships around the turn of the 20th century, seamen in danger needed a way to attract attention,. At first, different organizations and countries had their own distress signals. The U.S. Navy used “NC,” (the maritime flag signal for distress).. The Marconi Company, used “CQD.”  German operators used “…---…”.
Having  multiple distress signals was confusing and potentially dangerous. 
















SOS is the International Morse code distress signal. 
First adopted by the German government  April 1905, it became effective worldwide on 1 July 1908 under the second International Radiotelegraphic Convention.  SOS remained the maritime radio distress signal until 1999, when it was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. (GMDSS)  
Among the last military personnel to use Morse code were signallers on ships, who used it with signal lamps to communicate over short distancess.. Merchant shipping replaced the Morse-based service in 1999  with satellites.
SOS is still recognized as a visual distress signal using flashing lights or reflections.  Used as an audio signal, Morse code can be transmitted via a radio signal  or even the sound of a car horn.  In survival situations, Morse code can be produced via the banging of pots and pans or knocking loudly on a hollow object. Morse code can be transmitted using touch or pressure.  For instance,  tugs on a rope as a means to transmit Morse code to an injured miner.
The RST Code: R - Readability S - Strength T - Tone
A system  of Signal Reporting was established about 1934 as a quick method of reporting Readability, Signal Strength and the Tone of CW. On SSB (voice contacts) , the final digit (tone) is normally omitted.
It is a system by which a received signal quality is graded, and a signal report is given.  "Readability" is judged on a scale from 1 to 5, and "Strength" and "Tone" are judged on a scale from 1 to 9.   "Tone" does not apply to a "phone" (voice) signal.  A very high quality CW signal is "599" (pronounced "five nine nine"), and such a phone signal is "59" (pronounced "five nine"). 
The RST is also reported on QSL Cards and must be filled in correctly. Although many DX operations and contest stations merely report "599" as a convenience to avoid having to log each of the real reports. 
 The use of a large number of abbreviations and the formalised formats for ham radio contacts means that Morse or CW can be used by people from around the globe even with a poor command of languages like English. 
The only Morse users left are licensed amateur radio enthusiasts, hams. Morse  Code had long been a requirement for an amateur radio licence, so that hams could understand distress and other important traffic, and as the means of last resort when voice was not possible  Although in 2003 the  requirement  was dropped,  large numbers of hams around the world still choose to use ‘CW’, and there is no sign of that dying out for a while yet.

First Danish women telegraph operator  HISTORY 
Mathilde Fibiger (13 December 1830 – 17 June 1872) died age 41 was a Danish feminist, novelist, and telegraphist.  In 1866, she completed her training at the Helsingør telegraph station, and became the first woman to be employed as a telegraph operator in Denmark.
The Mathilde Prize (named after Mathilde Fibiger) is awarded for contributions towards equality between women and men in academia.  

In reply to an article (yl #51,  4 Oct,2017) OM Larry  AG5Z wrote:   I still have the converter my dad built to allow us to listen to the beep beep beep of Sputnik.
 And  shared :Three generations of  Yls in the family
AG5Z  LARRY  G  MORGAN/ &  W5DRI SYLVIA  H  MORGAN
 My mother and father were both hams (W5DRI and W5DQK) since around 1951, so I grew up around ham radio. They would sometime communicate across the supper table using morse code. My brother, sister and I would not know what they were saying so we learned the code out of self defense.
I remember as my mother was working to up-grade to General, she had to learn to draw various circuits especially those of oscillators, such as Armstrong, Hartley, Colpits, Pierce, etc. She learned how to draw the circuits by sewing a blue skirt and embroidering the schematics in white thread around the skirt in a similar fashion to the popular poodle-skirt.
My Mom's W5DRI callsign transfered to my daughter, Natalie. Natalie passed away in April of 2014. My XYL, Sylvia, now holds W5DRI. Three generations of family YLs, in an incorrect order, have held the W5DRI call. I think this is kind of special.


Upcoming Events
UBA  The Royal Belgian Amateur Radio Union Celebration its 70th birthday.
 Founded in 1948 the Belgian IARU society  celebrate its 70th birthday with 59 special event stations , which will be active during the month of May 2018. These club stations will all use the OT70 prefix


















  "CQ Worldwide Foxhunting Weekend" (CQ WW FW)  May 12-13, 2018
A "foxhunt" is one of several names for radio direction finding (RDF), a competition to locate a hidden radio transmitter. Participation is not limited to licensed hams, as there is no license requirement to receive, so everyone can participate. 

DAYTON HAMVENTION  2018, MAY 18-20
The Dayton Hamvention is an amateur radio convention (or hamfest), generally considered to be the world's largest hamfest. Held each May, the first Dayton Hamvention occurred on March 22, 1952  (QST March 1952).
In 2017, it was held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio near Dayton
MAJOR CITIES NEAR XENIA, OH
46 Miles to Cincinnati, OH;  53 Miles to Columbus, OH;  138 Miles to Toledo, OH
116 Miles to Lexington-Fayette, KY;  139 Miles to Louisville, KY
119 Miles to Fort Wayne, IN;   119 Miles to Indianapolis, IN

Portuguese Navy Day Contest, 18-20  May, 2018 
 Portuguese Navy Day celebrations celebrate the arrival of the Armada of Vasco da Gama in India. The contest is open to all radio amateurs and SWL according to the rules. 
DATES. The Contest takes place on 18th May 9.00 UTC 2018 to 20th May 17.00 UTC 2018. BANDS. 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 meters, 
June  9 – June 14, 2018  – The Portuguese Navy’s Tall Ship NRP Sagres will be docked in Boston Harbror and will be open for public viewing. 

 MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND  0000Z June 2 - 2359Z June 3, 2018  FUN Event!
Ladies of the Net will activate Museum Ships Weekend aboard the USS Lucid in Stockton, CA Saturday June 2! Ship call sign N6MSO. 

Later this year:
Russian YL Elena RC5A Dxpedition to YN4RRC – Big Corn Island,  Nicaragua
Russian Robinson Club members Yuri RM0F, Sergey R4WAA, Sergey RZ3FW, Yuri N3QQ and Elena RC5A plan to be active from Big Corn Island, NA-013 Nicaragua during November 26 to December 6, 2018. QRV on 160-10m, CW/SSB.
Callsigns to be used: H7/RM0F, H7/R4WAA, YN4RRC, H7/RC5A

QRZ CONTACTS:   
Facebook ‘HAM Yl’  (YLs only); 
SARLNUUS met Anette Jacobs ZR6D  jhjacobsza@gmail.com    
 yl.beam newsletters  Eda zs6ye.yl@gmail.com     Archived at WEST RAND ARC
also Italian Radio Amateurs Union: QTC U.R.I. –  La rivista della Unione Radioamatori Italiani

Calendar May 2018
1-31   SOS Day aka Mayday month RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).  UK
5 - 6   AWA Valve QSO Party  (RSA)
7    ALARA   AGM 2018  (Australian ladies) On-Line Echolink & 80M 1030 UTC
12-13 CQ's 21st Annual Foxhunting Weekend, 2018       also Mills on the Air 
13   Sunday, Mother's Day, South Africa
15      International Family Day
17      WTISD (World Telecommunication and Information Society Day)  
18-20 Portuguese Navy Day Contest [CW, SSB; Time: 0900 - 1700 UTC
18-20 The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) AGM 2018, Gold Coast
18-20 May, Dayton Hamvention. 2018  (USA)
19   RAE and AMSATSA Space Symposium (RSA)
19-20 His Maj. King of Spain Contest, CW 1200Z, May 19 to 1200Z, May 20
20    ZS3 Sprint  (NC - RSA)
24       anniversary of Samuel Morse's first coded telegraph message.
26-27  CQ WPX CW
June 2018
1- 3 Messe Friedrichsha (EU)
 2 66 Aniversary SAWRC (South African Womens Radio Club) Founded  1952
    7 years since YL Group newsletter  #1 June 2011
 2 West Rand Flea Market (RSA)
2-3   NZART  92th Anniversary Dunedin, (S Island, NZ) Otago Branch, ZL4AA
NZ - WARO (the laadies) will be 56 years old (Queens Birthday Weekend  2018)
2-3   RSGB Field Day CW FD (NFD) 2018     1500-1500 UTC
2-3   SEANET (South East Asia Net) Contest (24 hours). Starts Sat. 1200UTC
2-3   MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND  0000Z June 2 - 2359Z June 3, 2018  FUN Event!


2018-03-05

yl.beam #56 march 2018

Contents
  • World Women’s Day 2018
  • Ja-Well-No-Fine
  • Dutch Yls Celebrate Womens Month
  • SYLRA – Promotes YL of the Month
  • German Newsletter DL YL Februar 2018.    Heike DL3HD
  • Laura- the youngest German YL with A-license  DL2JJ
  • VOTA Diploma - Volunteers On The Air
  • Danica Flyte KC9W - ARRL  Sweepstakes 
  • An Irish Greeting to our Yls
  • QRZ Contacts & Calendar
  • Condolences

World Women’s Day 2018
For the fifth time, the DARC’s YL group and Sophie F4DHQ are organizing an international YL-Activity at the International Women’s Day on:
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 from 19:00 until 23:00 MET (18:00 until 22:00 UTC)
on 20m, 40m and 80m in SSB & CW
Participants from Germany shall send their log to Heike, DL3HD (dl3hd@darc.de) while participants from other countries shall send their log to Sophie, F4DHQ (f4dhq@orange.fr).

YLC Group (YL's of Chile)
Will Celebrate International Womens Day on Saturday 10h March – Sunday 11th March
Commencing: Saturday from 1300 UTC (1000Chile)
Finishing:     Sunday  at 2200 UTC (1900 Chile)
For info regarding rules, logs, multpliers etc contact:
Leticia San Martin Corrial  XQ4NUA  Event Organizor      www.YLC.cl


Radio CLUB La Rioja, Argentina  LU1SFL
Will be awarding a special certificate in celebration of   International Womenns Day – March 8, 2018 –  for contacts during the week.
From March 05,  00:00 UTC (21:00 hs. LU)until March 11, 03:00 UTC (00:00 hs LU)
All bands   For more info see  their Facebook page.
 logs to: diadelamujer@lu1sf.com.ar

 










Ja-Well-No-Fine
Hello Ladies – March is OUR month! International Womens Day is celebrated every March 8 and for our Radio yls there will be lots of opportunites to make contacts (Hopefully the sun will also be with us?) Please join the French and German ladies, or the South American ladies – maybe both!
And if you unable to make contact, then the Dutch ladies will be available for the rest of the month. YAY!  And there is CLARA's Chatter Party . So even if it is not Womens Day in your country, reach out to our women-on-the-air during March!.
Be inspired by Danica Flyte (KC9W) from the USA, who shares her contesting experience. Listen for the "Volunteers On The Air”  and remember to share your thoughts, news and pics with us. Enjoy – 33 & 88     Editor - Eda. ZS5YH 

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Dutch Ladies celebrate the month of March
March 2018 will be our month… with an YL-award!   Posted on 23/02/2018 by PA1ENG
womens-dayThursday 8th of March is International Women’s day, many countries in the world celebrate the achievement of women in society. YLs in countries around us therefore organize contests and special awards. As on March 17th and 18th we will participate in the Russian DX contest we decided to call this March our month. We did some quiet preparations and can finally tell that after more than twenty years the Dutch Young Ladies Club will have an YL-award again!

From the 1st up until the 31st of March nine (!) YLs of the PI4YLC contest team will activate their calls. When a QSO is made with (a minimum) of three of these YLs a special YL-award has been earned. It will be downloadable from our website. Unfortunately the call PI4YLC itself cannot count for the award because of partcipation in the Russian DX contest.
YLs participating:    
Mariëtte PA1ENG    Lisa PA2LS    Claudia PA5CT   
Anneke PB8YL    Ineke PD2CWM    Heather PD3GVQ   
Suzan PD3SZN    Sonja PD4SON    Ramona PD9YL
More information on what the YL-award will look like and where it will be downloadable will follow in near future. We hope for many nice QSOs with radioamateurs all over the world!
http://pi4ylc.nl/en/2018/02/23/march-2018-will-be-our-month-with-an-yl-award/

SYLRA (Scandanavian YL Rdio Assoc) – Promotes YL of the Month
During 2018 there will be featured a YL of the month. This is an idea that was brought up at the SYLRA Kungsbacka meeting in 2017.
We have been asking several YL to answer several questions about them selves as radio amateurs, including a photo. If you are a SYLRA member and would like to participate (this is nothing serious, just fun, hi) please contact the webmaster Anna at tf3vb@sylra.is for further information.
Next SYLRA meeting will be in Norway 2019


Newsletter DL YL Februar 2018.    Heike DL3HD
Laura- the youngest German YL with A-license  DL2JJ
VOTA Diploma - Volunteers On The Air
Dear YL and interested OM,

YL relay diploma
On 31.01.2018 the last QSOs were worked. This great relay activity was completed ln 1 year, which no one had expected. In the CQ DL 04/2018 we will publish a detailed report  about the  more than 40,000 QSOs ! Many thanks to all YL s who participated in this campaign and the numerous calling stations.
YL  DL-F Women's Day Contest 2018
I am already looking forward to many participants and wish you all fun and good luck!
(Applications can be found on the YL page)

Laura- the youngest German YL (DL2JJ) with A-license

Laura Bergmann is only 11 years old (2018) and on January 30, 2018 she passed her Extra Class exam (Class A) at the BNetzA in Eschborn  [Frankfurt area] . She may be the youngest radio amateur in Germany and one of the youngest in Europe.  Congratulations on this extremely remarkable achievement!
Laura got her first call sign on October 24, 2017 - During the first week of her school holidays  she went to an intensive course to get her call sign. During the second week of her vacation she began to study and practiced a lot. On October 24, she obtained  DO9JJ, class E. On January 30, 2018 she received her new call-sign  DL2JJ
Now, there is nothing to stop Laura  supporting her parents in contests and competitions, as well as in the SOTA and YOTA expeditions. The "JJs" now always appear together (Papa Emil, DL8JJ and Mama Verji, DL9JJ)... one thing Laura is missing: CW. This will probably be Laura's next goal, to make her QSOs (almost) as fast and as good in CW as Dad. :-)
Her dad proudly said, "We learned and practiced diligently, it was not easy, but with a lot of fun, mutual motivation and purposefulness we made it and we are happy to hear Laura on the air with her new call sign DL2JJ."
The whole district of Hesse congratulates her on this achievement and wishes Laura, DL2JJ, good luck  in her hobby amateur radio. Now, however, it is time for Laura to dedicate herself  to her school activities .... Congratulations to all "Jjs"!    Heinz, DL3AH     DV Hesse

 WRTC - World Radiosport Team Championship, is an amateur radio contest.  An invitation-only event in which the world's elite contesters compete against one another using amateur radio stations that are in one geographic area of the world and are equipped with similar antennas and operating restrictions.
2018 will mark Germany's first time hosting WRTC, which takes place in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship event on 15 and 16 July 2018

VOTA-Award - The "Volunteers On The Air "
VOTA-Award" Can be obtained by all radio amateurs and SWLs via the DARC-Community-Logbook (DCL). The award aims at working WRTC 2018 volunteers to collect VOTA Numbers. VOTA Numbers will be distributed by registered volunteers of the WRTC 2018 from January 1st until December 31st 2018.
Volunteers-On-The-Air -- VOTA  Award for 2018. This award recognises that the volunteers are at the core of the radio world team championship in Germany without whom it would not be possible. Volunteers, set up antennas and tents, look after the competition sites and participants and work in the event office.
Each registered volunteer has an exclusive VOTA number for 2018 and can give it out though his or her amateur radio activities. The volunteer thus represents the WRTC on the air.
The VOTA Award can be applied for via the DCL (DARC Community Logbook https://dcl.darc.de).  (diploma conditions on the web page). The diploma application is generated automatically and the VOTA numbers list stored in the DCL.
So far,(Jan 2018) over 125 VOTA numbers have been issued. Among the list is exotic number DP-001, which will hopefully be activated soon by DP1POL (DL5XL).
A first activity hour is scheduled for Sunday 14th. January from 8 to 9 UTC on 80 m. Many volunteers want to be QRV and distribute their VOTA number. Activity hour contacts added to QSOs in the subsequent 10-m contest may make it possible for the first VOTA Award (number 1) to be awarded.    http://www.wrtc2018.de/index.php/en/activities/wwqr-award-me

VOTA Diploma – YL Volunteers On The Air
Among the helpers there are quite a few Yls , be sure to look for them.-  list below.
CT9 / DL3KWR CT3-001 Rosel ;    DB8RH DL-033 Renate   
DC2CT DL-115 Heike;    DG0EQ DL-065 Rita   
DK9MEL DL-076 Melanie;    DL1TM DL-025 Ela   
DL3ABL DL-101 Andrea;    DL3KWR DL-067 Rosel   
DM4EZ DL-085 Evelin;    DO2ROA DL-107 Beate   
DO5HO DL-104 Hava   
http://www.mafc.at

Danica Flyte KC9W - ARRL  Sweepstakes  November 20, 2017 

Well, I participated in my first ARRL November Sweepstakes this weekend, and had been preparing the week before by getting familiar with the Icom IC-765, the Win-Test logging software, and figuring out which of the multitude of antennas to use with the many different bands from which to choose. I was overwhelmed to say the least!
Initially, I thought there’d be a half-dozen other operators at W0AIH's ham shack at "the Farm" as in the other two contests I’d been in, but what a shock to learn I'd be operating all by myself! It seemed impossible that I’d even be able to turn everything on, let alone operate all weekend!
With a break overnight to go home and sleep, I wound up operating 21 hours, getting 38,106 points from 261 contacts in 73 different sections. Had SO MUCH FUN though as I finally got the hang of reciting the long "exchange" to each contact as we'd somewhat mimic an ARRL Radiogram format, "126 A KC9NZZ 08 WI" using my phonetic alphabet. The hardest part was getting the hang of immediately typing it into the computer, as I'd always written everything in my notebook first. Once I dumped that bad habit, it really picked up! I learned a lot of things for my next contest and can't wait to see how it goes in the future! I sure got the contesting bug!
Paul stopped in several times to check on my progress, fix a few things when I couldn’t transmit, and encourage me. I received prior tips and hours of assistance online and even on the phone from fellow club members and Facebook group friends (ALL of whom are hams) I don’t think I could have ever managed to do this weekend without everyone’s help! Thank you!
Danica Flyte 21 hours of operation and 261 QSOs for a total score of 38,106. I got 73 different sections.

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[Originally in YL#12-May 2013, reprinted here both for St Patrick's Day 17 March, 2018 and for  all Yls at this our special time of year.]
 The Day of the YL’s:
May the ionosphere rise to meet you.
May the QRM be always in the background.
May the sunspots shine warmly on your log.
May the rain fall softly on your beam,
and until we meet again,
may you always hold your mike in the palm of your hand!

Shillelagh O'Sparky         by: Hamtestonline Amateur Radio Club, N1HTO

Condolences

Tony Coleman, ZS5ACB, went silent on Friday 9 February 2018. We extend our sincere condolences to Sheila, ZS5SC, Peter, ZS6PLC, Louisa, ZS6LU, Harry and John, ZS6JON, other family and friends.
Port Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club (PEARS) regrets to announce the passing of Trevor Scarr ZS2AE, at the age of 85.  Sincere condolences to Chris, ZS2AAW, Vanessa, ZS2VS, family and friends.

QRZ CONTACTS:   Facebook ‘HAM Yl’  (YLs only);

SARLNUUS met Anette Jacobs ZR6D  jhjacobsza@gmail.com   
 yl.beam newsletters  Eda    zs6ye.yl@gmail.com        Archived at WEST RAND ARC
 wrarc-anode.blogspot.com   &   https://wrarc-anode.blogspot.co.za/   
also Italian Radio Amateurs Union: QTC U.R.I. –  La rivista della Unione Radioamatori Italiani

Calendar March 2018
2-3    Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS) 15:00UTC March 2 - 15:00UTC March 3, 2018
3 - 4   ARRL DX SSB
4      SARL Hamnet 40 m Simulated Emerg Contest    1200Z-1400Z,
6      AGCW YL-CW Party    1900Z-2100Z, (Activity Group CW)
08    International Women’s Day
10- 11     YLC Group (YL's of Chile)  Celebrate International Womens Day
10-11     SARL VHF/UHF Analogue / Digital Contest 1000Z, Mar 10 -1000Z, Mar 11
10-11     RSGB Commonwealth Contest 82nd
10-11    South America 10 Meter Contest    1200Z, Mar 10 to 1200Z, Mar 11
11             Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest, Sunday  2018 10:00 – 16:00. Waverley ARS.(Aus.)
13-17    CLARA Chatter Party  Mar 13 1700,-1700Z, Mar 14; & 1700Z, Mar 17 to 1700Z, Mar 18
17            43ste, jaarlijkse Dutch National Radio Flea market 2018  (NL)
22             AWA (Antique Wireless Ass.) 15th Anniversary (2018) RSA
24- 25      CQ WPX SSB CQ   24    World Lights out Hour 2030 Local Time
30            Good Friday/ 31 Pesach
31             Amateur License pay South Africa
April 2018
April 01 2018     Easter Monday
1          Portugal's National Summits on the Air Day (SOTA)  started in 2011.
5        80 m QSO Party (RSA)
6 – 8    PARA (Philippine Amateur Radio Assoc) Convention 2018· Cebu City, Philippines. UTC+08
7        RaDAR Challenge  (RSA)
7 - 8     SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest  (RSA)
7-8         Assembly National U.R.I. 2018. (Union Radio Italy) Santa Maria degli Angeli (Assisi)
13–15  SARL National Convention, AGM and Awards Dinner hosted by Pretoria ARC
14-15   WARO, New Zealand YL 80m THELMA SOUPER MEMORIAL CONTEST

2018-02-13

yl.beam #55 feb. 2018

Contents
  • YLRL - The YL-OM Contest:   
  • Austrian - yl round   
  • Ladies Group in India
  • Ja-No-Well-Fine
  • Japan Ladies Radio Society - Hina Contest  & Special event  8N60JLRS
  • International Women’s Day  March 8th, 2018
  • CLARA Chatter Party
  • Further Afield - Linda G0AJJ & the  SYLRA meet, Sweden -  September 2017
  • OHDXF & CCF Meeting, Finland
  • CONTACTS & Calendar

YLRL -  YL-OM Contest   SSB/CW/Digital
1400 UTC February 9, 2018 to 0200 UTC February 11, 2018
Rules:  A complete list of rules can be found  

http://www.ylrl.org/index.php/contests-and-dx-awards

Invitation to Austrian - yl round
On Sunday 18. February 2018 at 17:00 pm lt will meet at 80 m band
On the qrg 3,740 Mhz + /- Qrm.
The Control Center with the callsign oe3xrc, operated by Marion oe3ysc.
ALL YL's most cordially invited to participate, I would be very pleased to see your numerous participation!
After the round, all listeners and om's are loaded to the Traffic Controller.
I hope that in the February round better conditions prevail than last time ;)
Vy 73 from Marion, oe3ysc

Ladies Group in India
Bharathi Devulapalli posted on 11 January 2018 · Hyderabad, India
any yls / xyl s pse contact me on my whats app number or by email .
i will add ur number in my yl group only radio hams. my number is +1 9811547109
best regards bharathi vu2rbi

Ja-No-Well-Fine
In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying barbies (BBQ) and long cold drinks, which is what we hope the activators will be enjoying during the 10th annual  South America Lighthouse weekend 17-18 Feb).
 Judging from Facebook chatter, this event is gaining momentum.
A  reminder that its only a month until International Womens Day, so dust off your mics and head-sets and make a contact.
See you further on down the log, 88 Editor – Eda, ZS5YH

Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS)
Hina-Matsuri, or Doll Festival, is a famous traditional girls’ festival on March 3, in Japan, to celebrate the birth of a girl and to wish her future happiness. A set of dolls in ancient costumes are
displayed in a girl’s house.
 The 15th JLRS  Hina Contest  celebrates this festival.
 Starts at 15:00UTC on March 2, 2018  Ends at 15:00UTC March 3, 2018
The objective is  for YL stations to promote active contacts and interaction with as many other stations as possible. Contact with a YL station counts 10 points. and  an OM station counts 1 point.
For details of special multipliers and rules send inquiry to  e-mail to jq6fqi@jarl.com.

Ladies – only 2 more months to work special YL event  8N60JLRS which celebrate the 60th anniversaryof JLRS. Special event station  was launched April 1, 2017,  and runs until March 31, 2018.
yukiytmtkb@u03.itscom.net    http://www.jarl.com/jlrs/test/45ylk.pdf

JLRS, Japan Ladies Radio Society,  was founded in 1957 in Japan by 3 women, Fumi Abe JA1AEQ,
Kuni Kan JA1YL, and late Kimi Kobayashi JA0EC.  As of April 2017, we have about 160 members in Japan and 43 overseas., more than 200 members in total.

International Women’s Day  March 8th, 2018
For the fifth time, the DARC’s YL group(Germany) and Sophie F4DHQ  (France)
are organizing an international YL-Activity at the International Women’s Day
on:  Thursday, March 8th, 2018 from 18:00 until 22:00 Z (18:00 until 22:00 UTC) 
Bands: on 20m, 40m and 80m in SSB & CW
Participants from Germany shall send their log to Heike, DL3HD (dl3hd@darc.de) 
participants from other countries shall send their log to Sophie, F4DHQ (f4dhq@orange.fr).

CLARA Chatter Party - March 2018 (Canadian Ladies ARA)
1700Z, Mar 13 to 1700Z, Mar 14 and 1700Z, Mar 17 to 1700Z, Mar 18
http://www.clarayl.ca/index.php/claracontestrules

Further Afield -  Linda G0AJJ tells us about her local activities in England and
about the Scandanavian Ladies Meeting she attended last year, 2017.


Linda G0AJJ: Our local club Bittern DX Group  is involved with Thinking Day on the Air on 17th February and will be running a special event station using the callsign GB5WDG.   We hope to put around 100 girl guides on air on various modes so please listen out for us.
  Propagation is dire at the moment 😞 but hopefully it will improve soon. I do take part in a number of contests during the year using my callsign and the local club call of G6IPU/P.   With the band conditions in such poor shape at present I have been spending time on FT8 and other digital modes although my main interest is in VHF/UHF.

On Thursday at 18:30 UTC, I share the running of a BYLARA net on 80m.  
Unfortunately the band has not been “playing ball” with us the last few weeks and we have had to revert to echolink. If any ladies would like to join us on echolink it would be lovely to hear them.   
We use the Alara link which has proved quite effective.  33 Linda G0AJJ

Onsala 20m Radio Telescope

SYLRA  (Scandinavian Young Ladies Radio Assoc.)
 Kungsbacka, SWEDEN   8th to 10th September 2017
(Visited: Kungsbacka; Onsala Space Observatory; Grimeton Radio; Gothenburg Radio Museum)

Getting to Kungsbacka involved two air flights, a coach trip and a train journey.   The plane trips from our regional airport at Norwich (UK) and then from Amsterdam went smoothly without too much delay between flights.  Thanks to detailed instructions from Anita and Solveig we were soon on our way to Gothenburg by Flygbussarna airport coach.     We took the opportunity to relax and enjoy the vast woodland scenery before arriving at the bus/train terminal.   
As we walked across the road from the station to Hotel Halland we spotted Jaakko OH1TX and Marita OH5KIZ in the car park and shortly after were joined by Rosel DL3KWR and Hardy DL3KWF, Sharon ZL3AE, Glenn ZL3GL, Inger OZ7AGR and Bjarne OZ2UV.   After much greetings and hugs we all crowded into the small reception area where we were joined by Gertrud DK8LQ and Horst DJ9FC
 Friday 8th September
After a very substantial breakfast in the hotel restaurant we all travelled by coach to the small town of Onsala.   Our first stop was the church where we heard about the history of Onsala.  The wealth of the church came mainly from the local ship Captains and crew on their return from a sea voyage. Ships in churches are traditional along the west coast of Sweden.
We stopped for a traditional Swedish “fika” at the club house of Kungbacka Radioamatorer SK6KY.        Arne entertained us by playing the National Anthem of each country represented at the meeting.   Apart from the Scandinavian countries of Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, there were ladies and their partners from Germany, France, England, New Zealand and USA.
Solveig (SM6KAT) had arranged for us to visit the Onsala Space Observatory, where she works, to hear about the latest developments in space science and see the huge twin radio telescopes.  These are part of a global network of radio telescopes all over the world.  
 Telescopes in different locations collect radio waves from the same distant sources and are compared.  Information is analysed to study distant galaxies, and also to determine position relative to each other for accurate measurement. For example: Measurements show how the Earth’s tectonic plates are moving and how the Earth’s rotation axis and rotation speed changes.  The 20 metre radio telescope has carried out geodetic measurements since 1980. The technique is called geodetic VLBI (very long baseline interferometry).
It was extremely interesting and the operators were asked a great many questions which they patiently answered.   Topics raised were “black holes”, “event horizon”, “Extraterrestrials”, “white dwarfs”,” parallel universes”, “time travel” etc.     Unfortunately the one question they were unable to answer was “When is it going to stop raining?”
 We returned to the clubhouse for a special Swedish Thursday dinner (yes, I know it was Friday!) this comprised of a delicious soup, meats, etc.  beer and special Swedish liquor which I suspect was quite alcoholic!  I’m not sure how to describe the taste….it wasn’t unpleasant and it certainly improved the more you drank!    The radio club had set up a station SK6SYL for us for the evening but the conditions were dire.  I believe Rosel DL3KWR made a few CW contacts and Joana DJ5YL  managed one SSB before the bands faded out.


Radio Station Grimeton antenna towers in the background

Friday 8th September
After a very substantial breakfast in the hotel restaurant we all travelled by coach to the small town of Onsala.   Our first stop was the church where we heard about the history of Onsala.  The wealth of the church came mainly from the local ship Captains and crew on their return from a sea voyage. Ships in churches are traditional along the west coast of Sweden.
We stopped for a traditional Swedish “fika” at the club house of Kungbacka Radioamatorer SK6KY.        Arne entertained us by playing the National Anthem of each country represented at the meeting.   Apart from the Scandinavian countries of Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, there were ladies and their partners from Germany, France, England, New Zealand and USA.
Solveig (SM6KAT) had arranged for us to visit the Onsala Space Observatory, where she works, to hear about the latest developments in space science and see the huge twin radio telescopes.  These are part of a global network of radio telescopes all over the world.  
 Telescopes in different locations collect radio waves from the same distant sources and are compared.  Information is analysed to study distant galaxies, and also to determine position relative to each other for accurate measurement. For example: Measurements show how the Earth’s tectonic plates are moving and how the Earth’s rotation axis and rotation speed changes.  The 20 metre radio telescope has carried out geodetic measurements since 1980. The technique is called geodetic VLBI (very long baseline interferometry).
It was extremely interesting and the operators were asked a great many questions which they patiently answered.   Topics raised were “black holes”, “event horizon”, “Extraterrestrials”, “white dwarfs”,” parallel universes”, “time travel” etc.     Unfortunately the one question they were unable to answer was “When is it going to stop raining?”
 We returned to the clubhouse for a special Swedish Thursday dinner (yes, I know it was Friday!) this comprised of a delicious soup, meats, etc.  beer and special Swedish liquor which I suspect was quite alcoholic!  I’m not sure how to describe the taste….it wasn’t unpleasant and it certainly improved the more you drank!    The radio club had set up a station SK6SYL for us for the evening but the conditions were dire.  I believe Rosel DL3KWR made a few CW contacts and Joana DJ5YL  managed one SSB before the bands faded out.
Saturday 9th September
Saturday morning the coach collected us for the journey to Varberg, to the south of Kungsbacka, to visit Radio Station Grimeton which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.  The morning was dry but overcast, certainly better than the continual rain showers of yesterday.
 Grimeton is a museum representing the progress of development of communication technology following WW1. We had a guided tour and were told about the radio station’s history since 1920 and what is happening on the site today.  The Swedish-American Ernst Alexanderson developed a technology for wireless telegraphy which came to be used at Grimeton.  It is a 50 ton long wave transmitter with a high frequency alternator and multiple antenna.  It is unique in being the only surviving radio station from before radio tubes for high power.  The station has the callsign SAQ and first started to operate in 1924, mainly for telegraphy with America.  New technology using valves arrived in 1938.  During WW2 it was Scandinavia’s gateway to the outside world, cable connections having been destroyed by the nations at war.   The equipment is fully operational and is used on special occasions every year. It results in reports from listeners in many countries.
We walked around the base of one of the six multiple antenna towers.  Each tower is 127 m high and the cross arm is 46 m wide.  Not something you could have in your back garden!   Between the towers are eight leaders (originally twelve) for the antenna current.  Radio waves are radiated from the vertical antenna conductor, one from each tower. 
Grimeton has its own amateur radio station SK6SAQ and the highlight of my day was operating the station on 20m SSB.  They have a huge log periodic antenna which I would dearly love to have, however I don’t think the neighbours would be very impressed!

Museum of the Sea

After cake and coffee we returned to the coach for our next destination Fjaras Braecka, the Museum of the Sea, where we learned about the local sailors and merchants of the area and heard about the pirates that ravaged the west coast of Sweden.  
The museum had an interactive room where it was possible to try your hand at navigating through the fiords to the sea.   Part of the fun was to wear a captain’s cap, have a pipe in your mouth and a telescope under arm.  I have to confess that I failed miserably and ran my ship aground! 
On the way back to the hotel we stopped off the see the little church where Arne plays Christmas Carols on his trumpet from the tower on Christmas Eve every year.   It is one of the few areas of high ground and we had a good view across the fields to the little villages.
We returned to the Hotel with time to spare for a walk around the old city centre of Kungsbacka and the shopping centre Kungsmassan. The city centre has some lovely buildings and was a hive of activity with the remains of an open market.
At 6.30pm we all met in the lobby of the hotel for a short walk to Restaurant Esters for our gala dinner.    The food was good and I particularly enjoyed the reindeer with lingonberries.
These are tiny yellowy/red berries that are similar to cranberries and grow in the arctic tundra throughout the northern hemisphere.   The dessert, crème brulee with ice cream was excellent!
Sunday 10th September
On our last day we were picked up by the bus at 9am for the trip to Gothenburg.  We viewed some of the important buildings and the oldest area of Gothenburg.   We also visited Masthuggskyrkan church which is located on the hill above Stigbergstorget and is one of Gothenburg’s best viewpoints.
Our final stop was at the Radio museum where we were served lunch and heard a talk from the curators who are also licensed radio amateurs. This was like a step back into the past with many old radios and TVs that I could recognise from my childhood. 
The museum was divided into sections covering Broadcasting including Television, Ships Radio, Coastal Radio, Military Radio, Car Radio, Mobilephones and measuring equipment.
The broadcast equipment dated from the early 1900s up to1960.  Many of the radio sets were in full working order with the opportunity to listen to medium wave transmissions.
The marine radio section covered the development of ships radio from spark transmitters to satellite receivers. 
The Amateur Radio section had old hand built equipment from 1920 to the more advanced equipment of today.  I could recognise some pieces of equipment that I had possessed in the early 1980s.  
The museum has its own callsign of SK6RM but it was not active that afternoon.  The military section has portable radio equipment that weighs 16 kg and needs electricity generated by pedalling. I particularly enjoyed the section with the reconstruction of a 1960’s living room.  I can remember a similar arrangement at home when I was about 10 years old with the TV in the corner.  I had forgotten how small the screen was and how big the back of the TV was to accommodate the cathode ray tube.
In the broadcast section I came across a radio similar to that which my granddad had used.   There were some lovely examples of Grundig receivers.   There was also a Dansette record player exactly like my first player which I purchased from Curry’s in 1963 with money earned picking black currents in the school holiday.   I could certainly have spent much more time looking around, but the coach was ready to take us back to Kungsbacka.
Some of our friends had to leave that evening to catch flights so we said our goodbyes.    We ended our last day by joining Sharon, Glenn, Inger and Byarne for an evening meal at a small Italian
Resturant in the town.   We were joined by Anna and Vala and much fun was had by all.  
We were up early next morning to catch the train back to Gothenburg. We arrived at the airport in driving rain with very black clouds moving fast across the sky.  Our flight to Amsterdam was delayed because of the storm, so we went for a coffee.  The trip from Amsterdam to Norwich was uneventful and we landed in the sunshine, the storm having passed over into Europe earlier that day!           
Sincere thanks to both Solveig SM6KAT and Anita SM6FXW who did a terrific job of organising the meeting and made our first trip to Sweden very memorable.    We are looking forward to the next meeting in Finland in 2019.
Linda G0AJJ and Richard G6VOV
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20th Annual DX & CONTEST MEETING
The Annual OHDXF & CCF Meeting will be  in Turku, Finland on 9 – 11.3.2018. The organizer is OHDXF. The meeting will be held in the Caribia resort, located just two kilometers from the City Center. Booking is open until the 8th of Februay.

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Calendar  February 2018
4    AWA CW Day         (Antique Wireless Ass. RSA)
3-4      BSCC (Black Sea Contest Club) The first full weekend of February,
3-4     Thailand Field Day Contest
9-11   YLRL - YL-OM Contest YLRL   (Young Ladies Radio League, USA)
10-11  National Field Day and CQ WPX RTTY   
10    Florence RadioFest,  Empoli, Tuscany, Italy, Sat 9 AM UTC+01  20 km SW of Florence
10-11  CW Turtles Contest
13    World Radio Day/  Wêreld Radio Dag
14       Ash Wednesday (end of Carnival)
14.Feb    Valentine Sprint    PSK31    20-02 LOC    PODXS 070 Club
16       Chinese New Year 2018 is on Friday, the Year of the Dog
17    SARL Youth Sprint    08:00 to 10:00 UTC
17-18 ARRL DX CW
17-18  TDOTA 2018 the 3rd full weekend in February  (Thinking Day on the Air)
CLARA - Girl Guides on the air (GOTA) 3rd full weekend in February
16-18  10th South American Lighthouse Weekend/ "Fin de Semana de los Faros Americanos",
16-18   St Patrick's Day Contest.    12 AM, 16th March - 12 AM, 18th March.
25    SARL Digital contest  (RSA)
25    Wyong Field Day 2018, Central Coast ARC  (Aus.) largest in southern hemisphere
 MARCH
2-3    Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS) 15:00UTC March 2 - 15:00UTC March 3, 2018
6    AGCW YL-CW Party    1900Z-2100Z, (Activity Group CW)
The focus is on the ladies here. But of course all hams and SWLs are cordially invited to     participate.
           Annually on the first Tuesday in March from 1900 to 2100 UTC.
     Frequencies    3520-3560 kHz       http://www.agcw.org/en/…
MANAGER: Dr. Roswitha Otto, DL6KCR,   E-Mail: dl6kcr@web.de
08    International Women’s Day
09-11   20th  Annual  DX & Contest Meeting- 2018   * TURKU, FINLAND