yl.beam   #38   sept    2016 


Results of the SARL YL Sprint; Local-is-Lekker; Love-your-Mic
Africa All Mode International DX Contest ; ZU license – South Africa;
DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest Ja-Well-No-Fine;
BYLARA & RSGB Conventions 2016 Railways on the air (ROTA)
British Railways Amateur Radio Society (BRARS) & FIRAC
Thomas the Tank Engine' the 'Railway Series'
QRZ; Calendar; Sources
Results of the SARL YL Sprint
received 8 logs, 1 check log. Six Yls, 3 OMs submitted logs.
1st Colette Rundle, ZS2CR, 190 points
2nd Heather Holland, ZS5YH, 124 points
3rd Judy Pretorius, ZS6JDY, 108 points
4th Jocelyn Hallendorff, ZS6JKL, 102 points
5th Pam Momberg, ZS6APT, 59 points
Marjoke, ZS5V submitted a check log
6th Romeo Nardini, ZS6ARQ, 28 points
7th Barry Nugent, ZS2NF, 22 points
8th Theuns Potgieter, ZS2EC, 11 points
Congratulations to you all for taking part and a special Thank-you to our supportive OM friends.
(ZS5YH log: 36 contacts, 8 yls, 28 OMs)Local-is-Lekker
This has not been a good week. We live in a gated village and someone did not like the 80m loop antenna so the OM had to dismantle it! (The air was blue with cussing.)
On the up-side we met a local yl Wendy (ZS5WZ) and OM Mike ZS5MAB.
Mike is handling the “Youth & YL” portfolio for the Highway Club KZN ( ZS5HAM) and is looking for ideas? He would like to be your “go-to-guy” if you need help with putting up an antenna, sourcing equipment, anything radio related you want to know. Phone +27 829415488
Extract from Mike's letter:
there must be a way to get YL’s even more interested and excited about the hobby”,
“is there anything more that can be done to make it more relevant for them”,
“why did they go to much trouble to get a licence in the 1st place”,
“is it the basic current format of the Ham activities that excludes YL’s from activity”
"what would they like from the hobby”
“is it all about confidence”
“is the hobby perceived to be male dominated domain, and this status quo actively maintained by various means? – why?”
“at what level of the hobby are YL specific interests catered for”
“what are the specific YL interests that can be built on”
I have many more questions and no, none, nothing answers. But am determined to find some.
Ed: Ladies - we need your input, send your thoughts and pics, share your stories with us (please).


How to get ladies on the air? You HAVE to use the mic.
Most of us were mic-shy but with practise it does get easier.
Call into your local bulletins or nets – usually you only need to give your call-sign (that’s easy) and say”thanks for the bulletin”.
Contests (no don't throw your hands up) are easier than you think.
Just answer those operators calling. They want the points and will do most of the work.
They need your call-sign, signal report (you will notice they are all 59!) and will tell you what else they need. They don't have time to chat.
It allows you to practise, with no stress and you will gain exposure and credibility.
Try it – isn't this why you got your license?
Editor: See you down the log. 88 Heather, ZS6YE/ZS5YH
PS: Annette ZR6D will be reading the SARL Sunday bulletin in Afrikaans, 18 September, listen out for her.
Africa All Mode International DX Contest 17 and 18 September 2016
The contest runs from 12:00 UTC on Saturday to 12:00 UTC on Sunday.
Single and multi-operator stations may operate for the entire 24-hour period.
There are no mandated breaks in operating time required. All bands, all modes.
Entries must be submitted in Cabrillo format only and be received by Monday 3 October 2016. Entries must be sent to contest@sarl.org.za
Rookie Award -You are eligible to mark your log as a rookie entry if you were licensed for the first time on, or less than two years prior to, the contest date.
Every Saturday afternoon 14UTC 14.260Mhz - with V51MA, MIKE in Namibia; ZS6MHK, THINUS in South Africa and A25SL, LEON in Botswana. DXNET Controllers operate from 3 different countries as conditions allow Although not too far apart - its something special for international DX as well local participants. Africa DXNET is NOT related to ANY Organization. It is purely for loads of fun.
NB: SARL National Field Day September 10-11, 2016, the ONLY e-mail address to use for your log is: zs4bfn@mweb.co.za 

ZU license – South Africa
If you hold a ZU license and are older than 25, your license will expire on 31 March 2017 and will not be renewable. ICASA recommends that the affected persons enrol for a Class A license course and write the next RAE in October 2016.
The revised regulation stipulates that persons under 20 years old can write the Class B examination and if successful, can hold a ZU or Class B license until 25 years old after which, if they would like to continue with Amateur Radio, they have to sit the Class A examination to qualify for a Class A license. On 31 March 2017, the grace period that the SARL negotiated with ICASA expires.
If you are over 25 and still hold a ZU license do not lose out. Write the October examination. Tutorial material is available free of charge. Download it from www.sarl.org.za
DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest September 3Øth- October 2nd http://www.ylrl.org/ 1400 UTC-0200 UTC SSB/CW/Digital
ELIGIBILITY: All licensed women operators throughout the world are invited to participate.
YL groups/clubs may also may also participate provided the YLs operating are listed at the end of the log. Only YLRL members are eligible for the Corcoran and Hager awards.
PROCEDURE: DX YLs call "CQ North American YL". North American YLs call "CQ DX YL."
OPERATION: All bands may be used except WARC bands. Contacts with OMs do not count.
Net contacts and repeater contacts do not count. Participants may work only 24 hours of the 36 hours in each contest. Operating breaks should be shown in the log.
This letter has a whimsical touch. After you have attended the several up-coming conventions, you might like to relax by exploring the era of steam – take the children and introduce them to the two R's – Radio & Rail.
BYLARA Convention 2016 (British YL Amateur Radio Association)
Itinerary: Oct. 3rd — Arrival ; Oct. 4th — Free; Oct. 5th — Bletchley Park;Oct. 6th — Woburn Abbey; Oct. 7th — Free ; Oct. 8th Saturday— RSGB Convention & Gala Dinner ; Oct. 9th Sunday — RSGB Convention ; Oct. 10th — Farewell Breakfast
RSGB 2016 Convention 7-9 October, Kents Hill Conference Centre in Milton KeynesRSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) Convention Lectures:
Hear about ARDF, Auroras or 23cm; restore Old Radio Sets ; go on a DXpedition to the remote South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands; learn about Contesting from Prince Edward Island; the 5 MHz Experiment; and how to assess HF antennas. Learn about ARDuino, SDR, transverters, Raspberry pi, datamodes and oscillators and MORE!. For those who prefer Hands-on, there will be a Buildathon & workshops.

Railways on the air (ROTA)
This weekend event usually takes place every year on the weekend closest to the 27th September. This date celebrates the anniversary of the first steam powered passenger railway which took place on 27th September 1825 - the first passenger train ran on a line in the North East of England from Darlington to Stockton. (191 years ago!)
Started in 2008, this will be the 8th ROTA event. The Bishop Auckland Amateur Radio Club co-ordinates the event. ROTA 2016 will be held over the weekend of 24th - 25th September.
Suggested radio frequencies for the event: 3.65, 7.12, 14.12.

British Railways Amateur Radio Society (BRARS) – celebrates its Golden Anniversary in 2016
The Society was formed in 1966 (50 years ago) by a few railwaymen with a common interest in amateur radio and has continued to grow with the present membership currently around 70.
It is part of a much larger organisation called FIRAC (Federation International Radio Amateur Cheminot) cheminot is French for railways. The aim of both organisations is to promote friendship amongst people who have a common interest in both railways and radio.
The International FIRAC Congress of 2016 will be held in Derby, UK on 15th-19th September.
The programme is being organaised by Geoff Sims Email: g4gnq@hotmail.co.uk
FIRAC „Fédération Internationale des Radio Amateurs Cheminots“
was formed after a meeting of radio amateurs from Switzerland, Germany, France and Denmark in Geneva on the 18th Sept 1960. In 1964 the German Railway Radio Amateurs organised the first official congress in Hamburg on the 20th September. It was a bold move and the final outcome of was the formation of FIRAC. The organisation promotes radio activity between other railway radio amateurs worldwide and continues to grow. Currently the membership is around 2500 from 23 countries.

Another Railways on the Air event will be held on Saturday 12 November, 2016: 8º Jornada Radial Ferroviaria Argentina.

'Thomas the Tank Engine' originally the 'Railway Series'
The Rev Wilbert Awdry (1911-1997) - the clergyman who created 'Thomas the Tank Engine' invoked an affection for railways among millions of children - died March 21, 1997 age 85.
The war against Hitler was still in full spate on the day in 1943 when Wilbert Awdry settled down at the bedside of his ill two-year-old son Christopher to tell him a story, and drew from his imagination the tales of three steam engines which hailed from his fantasy 'Island of Sodor'.
In 1945, The Three Railway Engines was published, becoming a huge success and resulting in a further 26 Railway books being published. Between 1943 and 1972, Wilbert Awdry wrote 26 books in the 'Railway Series' - diversifying away from the engines of Sodor to pick up on aspects of the railway preservation world in which he had a particular interest.
No-one - and certainly not Wilbert Awdry himself - could ever have dreamed then of the impact that his imaginary 'engines with faces' would one day have on the wider world, leading in the 1980s to the purchase of the 'Thomas' franchising rights from the publishers and the subsequent creation of an animated children's television series. Translated into many of the world's languages, “Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends” has become an international pop culture icon.
' Day Out With Thomas' events provides opportunities for kids to take a ride in their favourite tank engine and meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hat. Such 'special' days are not restricted to the original home country of Great Britain, but are spread across the United States, are hugely popular in Japan, Europe and elsewhere.
60 Km south west of Auckland, New Zealand , The Glenbrook Vintage Railway, a heritage steam railway, is closed from regular running until October, the end of winter weather. Their next Thomas weekend planned is November 12th 2016
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27-28 Aug ALARA CONTEST (Australian Ladies.) last FULL weekend of August.
10-11 Sept SARL National Field Day
15-19 Sept FIRAC 55th Congress , 2016
17-18 Sept All Africa Contest & SARL VHF/UHF/Microwave Contest
24 Sept Heritage Day aka Braai Day (bbq)
24-25 Sept. CQ WW RTTY Contest 0000Z, Sep 24 to 2400Z, Sep 25
24-25 Sept 8th ROTA (Railways on the Air)
Sept 3Ø- Oct 2 DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest
1 Oct East Rand Flea-market / SARL Spring QRP Sprint
Oct 7-9 RSGB 2016 Convention

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