yl.beam #37 aug 2016

  • Women's Day
  • Ja-Well-No-Fine
  • SARL YL Sprint;   YL's – HB88YL;    YL Chile ; A.L.A.R.A. CONTEST
  • QSL patchwork 
  • IOTA (Islands On The Air) 
  • Robben Island – Radio Activation; Lighthouse; History
  • ILLW (Lighthouse Weekend) 
  • Maine USA - Open Lighthouse Day  
  • QRZ ; Calendar ; Sources

Women's Day   2016 celebrates the 105th  IWD (International Women's Day)
The first IWD to be officially recognised happened in 1911, the centenary was celebrated in 2011.

An annual "international women's day" was first organised by the German socialist and theorist Klara Zetkin along with 100 delegates from 17 countries in March 1911. On March 19, socialists from Germany, Austria, Denmark and other European countries held strikes and marches
The original aim of the day – to achieve full gender equality for the world's women – has still not been realised. On IWD, women across the world come together to force the world to recognise these inequalities – whilst celebrating the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers.

IWD is now a recognized holiday in 27 countries, among them Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Google's homepage continues to honour IWD each year on March 8, with a themed doodle.

In 1975  International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations. Then in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

South Africa's Women's Day
August 9, 2016 commemorates the 60th anniversary of the great women's march of 1956, when women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the carrying of pass books.
SARL YL Sprint - 9 August, 2016.
This is a fun activity to celebrate National Women’s Day and to encourage YL's to meet and greet 'on-air'.

All contacts are valuable - please join us.  Call: “YL Sprint!”
Hours: 11:00 to 12:00 CAT (local)     09:00 to 10:00 UTC.
Mode/Band:  phone sprint on the 40-metre band (7 063-7 100;  7 130 - 7 200 kHz).
The exchange is a RS report and YL or OM.
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,  labelled “call sign YL Sprint,” in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format by 16 August 2016  to:  contest@netactive.co.za

August is a busy month for YL's.  The South African YL Sprint begins the month with a fun event;
our European sisters extend radio-friendships across borders and the Australian ladies finish the month.

Contesting is an excellent way for new amateur radio operators or those returning to the hobby, to gain some operating experiencing without the fear of finding something to talk about. In a contest, contact between stations are very structured with exchange of callsign, signal reports and usually a serial number.

Give away contest-points to those calling CQ by responding to them. Make new friends, we're in this together. 
88 see you down the log.

Swiss, French, German YL's - HB88YL
After the success of LX9YL (German, Swiss, French YL's) August 2015, in Eisenborn, Luxembourg, Dora HB9EPE proposed to organise HB88YL- 2016 in Hedingen, Switzerland.
YLs from Switzerland, France and Germany will be active between August 19-21st as HB88YL.
They plan to have 3 or 4 stations on the air, all bands, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
Operators: Dora/ HB9EPE, Mado /F1EOY, Christine /F4GDI, Evelyne /F5RPB, Joana /DL5YL and Siggi /DK2YL.    
https://qrz.com/db/HB88YL QSL-Manager: HB9EPE Dora  

ANIVERSARIO GRUPO YLC” 2016 (YL’s chilenas)
Concurso Aniversario 2016, en donde ya cumplimos 2 años  el último fin de semana de Agosto.
Desde el sábado 27 de agosto de 2016, a las 00:00  Hrs, UTC ( 21 Hrs. CE viernes 26 de agosto).
Hasta  el domingo 28 de agosto 2016, a las 23:59 Hrs. UTC  ( 21 Hrs. CE domingo 28 de agosto).
YL's of Chile celebrate their 2nd aniversary over the last weekend in August, Sat 27 – Sun 28

 Contest is always on the last FULL weekend of August
 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:
TIME: Saturday 27th August 2016,  0600 hours UTC to Sunday 28th August, 2016 0559 hours UTC 
 FREQUENCIES: All HF Bands except  160m & WARC Bands 
Contacts made on ECHOLINK and TWO METRES will also be accepted. (Separate logs for these would be preferred)
OPERATION:  Single operator only (1 operator per call sign).
Logs must be received by the Contest Manager by: 30th September, 2016
CONTEST MANAGER:    Mrs Diane Main  VK4DI   alaracontest@wia.org.au

QSL patchwork  KK4AGN Margaret K Spangenberg, 
As a sentimental keepsake, many ladies like to work on a patchwork quilt, but for me I prefer working towards a patchwork of QSL cards. My goal to complete my QSL card quilt is to work one station from each US state and request the station's QSL card.

Islands On The Air (IOTA) 
In 1964 a British short wave listener (SWL), Geoff Watts started an activity programme based on contacting island groups around the world. Geoff managed the “Islands on the Air”  (IOTA) lists and records until 1985 when he handed over to the RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain).  From 2016 a  new entity — the IOTA Foundation — will assume management of the RSGB's Islands on the Air Program. They are developing a new online credit system, to be completed in 2017.

The IOTA Program is an Amateur Radio HF/VHF band activity,  promoting radio contacts with stations located on islands around the world to encourage greater use of the amateur bands. Since 1964, over more than 50 years, the program has grown to 2500 active island chasers and approximately 15,000 casual participants,  one of the most popular award programs in amateur radio. Many of the islands counting for IOTA also qualify as islands for the DXCC program . 

An annual contest, whose aim is to promote contacts between stations in IOTA island groups and the rest of the world, and to encourage expeditions to IOTA islands; always takes place over the last weekend of July on 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz bands, using  CW and SSB modes.

ROBBEN  ISLAND  – Radio Activation;  Lighthouse;  History

Robben Island Radio Activation
 AF-064. (IOTA No.) Look for ZS9V to be active during the International
Lighthouse Lightship Weekend [ILLW] 19 to 21 August, 2016. There will be two stations on the air
with 500W linear amps using a Inverted "V" and TH3 antennas. QSL via LoTW. (Logbook of the World)
Permission has been secured from all the required authorities. 
Provisional operators: Jan ZS1VDV Bani ZS1BM Bruce ZS1FX Paul ZS1V
HF Happenings  week of 25 July 2016 / 14/07/2016 :  PaulZS1V  SARL forum
Years activated: 1998 - ZS1ACH;  2000- ZS1ESC;  2001- ZS1ESC; 2003 - ZS1ESC - AF-064PO ; 
2005 ZS1RBI ;  2006 ZS1RBI /AF-064; 2007 ZS1RBI /lh  AF-064; 2008 ZS1RBI / ZA0008
No activation 1999;  2002; 2004 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 ; 2014 canc.; 2015

[IOTA info] AF-064 Group Name: Western Cape Province South West Group
Claimed by: 30.5% of participants.   Main prefix: ZS DXCC: SOUTH AFRICA
Location: 33S - 34.92S / 17.87E - 20.00E
Group Contains: Dassen, Dyer, Jutten, Robben, Seal (in False Bay,) Vondeling
Group Excludes: Duiker, Penguin

Table Bay/ Robben Island Lighthouse  Lat/Long Location: 33° 49.0' S 018° 22.0' E   Grid square:   JF96ee;
ARLHS  (Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society) SAF-023;   
Admiralty D5870 ;     NGA 113-25968. (Nat. Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) 
Commissioned in 1865, this historically important lighthouse is a well-known landmark on an island that has become world-renowned for its most famous “resident”, Nelson Mandela. 

Situated in the middle of the notorious Table Bay at the Cape of Storms, the lighthouse is still very active, with a focal plane of 47 m and an 18-m round white brick tower with a red lantern and gallery. Stone for the tower was quarried locally.

Converted to electricity in 1938, the white light flashes around Table Bay, and a red light is pointed to the south south-east to warn ships leaving Cape Town away from the island. It is the only South African lighthouse to utilise a flashing light instead of a revolving light. The light is visible for 24 nautical miles.

The lighthouse is manned but not open to the public; the island is part of the Robben Island Museum and a World Heritage Site.

Batolomeu Dias, the Portuguese explorer, 'discovered' the island in 1488 when he anchored his ship in Table Bay. Before 1652,  most visiting ships to Table Bay preferred to land on Robben Island to replenish their supplies of fresh water and meat instead of dealing with the indigenous residents on the mainland. 

In about 1671 the Dutch began to transfer convicted criminals to the island; later political prisoners and other "undesirables" were banished and transferred to the Cape from Dutch colonies in the East Indies. In 1843 a plan was put forward to use the island for lepers, paupers, the mentally unfit and the chronically ill. The penal colony was removed to the mainland. As a place of quarantine and detention it was only closed down in 1931. Used as a military outpost during WW II, in 1961 it started being used as a prison again.

The main centre of Robben Island is located in a small village and most things – from food to building materials - have to be ferried from Cape Town Harbour, about 12 kilometres away. Robben Island generates it's own electricity and obtains its water from nine boreholes.
Its name "robben" is derived from the Dutch, meaning a seals. In 1991 Robben Island was included in the SA natural heritage program and the northern parts of the island was declared a bird sanctuary. It is an important breeding locality for sea birds and is home to 8 500 breeding pairs of African Penguins.

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend 
The oldest and original International Amateur Radio Lighthouse Weekend event, the next event is 20 and 21 August 2016. You will find all the information at www.illw.net. The event is NOT a contest. There are no prizes, certificates or other enticements to participate and therefore, participation is free. Each station's operators decide how they will operate their station regards modes and bands. Participants are not committed to being on the air during the entire period - only as much as they can. There are no restrictions on aerials or power. We wish operators to enjoy themselves and have fun whilst making contact with as many amateur radio stations as possible. We request that stations take time to work other lighthouses or lightships as well as the slow operator, the newly licensed or QRP stations.

HF Happenings, 20 June 2016 Page 3; 
download HF Happenings from www.sarl.org.za/hf_happenings.as
 http://lighthouse-weekend.international  for mobile phone/tablet use
 http://wllw.org   lighthouse list.
SSB: 1.970, 3.970, 7.270, 14.270, 18.145, 21.370, 28.370 MHz
CW: 1.830, 3.530, 7.030, 14.030, 18.073, 21.030, 28.030 MHz

Maine USA - Open Lighthouse Day September 10, 2016
This popular annual event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year. http://www.lighthousefoundation.org/maine-open-lighthouse-day/ 

QRZ CONTACTS:   zs6ye.yl@gmail.com   zr6d@ymail.com
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5-21  Aug Rio 2016 Olympics 
Aug European HF Championship 1200Z-2359Z, 
Aug SARL HF Phone Contest 1300Z-1630Z
Aug SARL YL Sprint  S.A. Womens Day
13  Aug  Space Agency Open Day - Nat. Science Week, Hermanus, WC 1000-1400 SAST
13-14 Aug WIA - Remembrance Day Contest  commemorates the Amateurs who died during 
                 World War II; held on the weekend closest to the 15th August.
19-21 Aug HB88YL- Swiss-French-German YL's
20-21 Aug Lighthouse Weekend (ILLW) 48 hours from 0001 UTC- 20 Aug 2016
21  Aug SARL HF Digital Contest  /  Rio 2016 Olympics - Close
28  Aug SARL HF CW Contest 1400Z-1600Z, Aug 28
27-28 Aug ALARA CONTEST (Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Assoc. Inc.)  
27- 28 de agosto  YLC aniversary contest


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