yl.beam #59 june 2018

S African Awards to yls
RAE May 2018  Congratulations & Welcome
Editorial Chit-Chat
The ANZA Net
Dot Bishop VK2DB & the Sydney Harbour Ferry Contest.
Radio Club of America's Young Achiever Award -  KM4LAO Ruth Willet 
T88YL  Palau, Micronesia.

Congratulations  to YL award recipients at the South African Radio League AGM April 2018.  
The Jack Twine Awards were awarded to Aletta Gaybba, ZR3PA; Anette Jacobs, ZR6D;  Chané Greeff, ZS4CG;  Elna Botha, ZS6EB; Celia Roodt, ZS6JC; Judy Pretorius, ZS6JDY;  Jocelyn Hallendorff, ZS6JKL; Linda Lessing, ZS6LML;  Magda Swart, ZS6MMS;
A new award, ZS SOTA, was handed to husband and wife team Sid, ZS5AYC and Adele Tyler, ZS5APT for  promoting SOTA and the many activations made.   (Source: May/Mei 2018 Radio ZS)
Yls at SARL AGM 2018

South African RAE (Radio Amateur Exam) May 2018 
Congratulations & Welcome to our new ladies – hope to hear you on-air soon.
ZS2BD    de Lange, Bernice    Port Elizabeth
ZS2PAG    Greig, Patricia Anne    Port Elizabeth   
ZS5CVH    Schutte, Charmaine Celeste    Vryheid   
ZS6MMA    Andrew, Karin    Roodepoort   
ZS6CBB    Boshoff, Charlene    Roodepoort   
ZS6ETB    Byleveldt, Erika Theresa    Potchefstroom   
ZS6LIN    Eales, Linda Cornelia    Roodepoort   
ZR6TK    Kotze, Tanya    Pretoria   
ZS6GJF    Maritz, Glynis Joan    Roodepoort   
ZU6NAC    Conradie, Nadia    Roodepoort   
ZU6C    Schnetler, Chanté    Honeydew   
ZU6MAR    Schnetler, Marli    Honeydew   
ZU6TIF    Taljaard, Tiffany    Secunda
ZU4SJ    Myburgh, Joane    Welkom   
 99 passed, 14 yls  (10 from  Div 6)

Editorial Chit-Chat
2018 is the 66th Anniversary SAWRC (South African Women's Radio Club) founded June 2,  1952  #1 yl.beam news-letter was emailed June 2011, 7 years later number # 59, will be sent globally to more than a thousand amateur  radio ladies. Of course I can't be sure how many will survive spam and other filters or how many will be read, especially by non-English readers.
 BUT judging from the added activity on various Facebook pages and letters received, I believe we AR ladies are spreading our wings and constructing a  global network.  HURRAH  for us as we celebrate 7 years of friendship and  a big thank-you!
International Women's Day showed the ladies networking on-air and more recently the North American ladies met up at Dayton. We look forward to reports and pics (lots of please, with call-signs) from Ham Fair Friedrichshafen (Germany). Not forgetting that our New Zealand sisters have an annual meeting during June. 
Remember ladies its all about you, so share your news, events and woes.
 I received a request to re-send some of last months letters; let me know if you have problems,. suggestions are welcomed.
33 & 88 (Editor)  Eda ZS5YH

Facts & Figures-
yl.beam   #5     Jan     2012      emails sent     126     (S Africa 122 + DX 4)
yl.beam   #35 June    2016     emails sent     519     (S Africa 335 + DX 184)
yl.beam   #50     Sept     2017     emails sent     900
yl.beam   #59     June  2018     emails sent     1169   across 6 continents:
Africa    258             Asia     96
Australasia    108             Europe    385
North America             210             South America    112​

The ANZA Net (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa net) operates on 14.183 at 0515UTC every day with an additional net on 21.205 at 0415 on Saturdays.  We do accept any check-ins from around the world and usually get quite a few from the Pacific Islands and the US.  South Africa was particularly active today.
Lyn (VK4SWE) is the usual net control on a Monday, with me filling in if she is not able to make it.  She runs the resort on Sweers Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria and sometimes is too busy to attend to the radio.  The guys who outnumber us two, have called Mondays 'Ladies Day' on the net and we have loads of fun.  We also have a ROTA section at approx 0615 on the same frequency, depending on conditions.  ROTA means 'recipe on the air', where we swap recipes.
Enough for now,    33  Shirley VK5YL

On March 11th, 2018  for the third consecutive year, the Waverley Amateur Radio Society (WARS) held their  floating field day and contest, which aims to bring amateurs together on Sydney’s world-famous harbour and its historic ferry service. With WARS head-quartered at Rose Bay, only metres from the harbour, it is well positioned to host this event. The contest  permits not only the chasing of points by radio contact but also by moving along the ferry system. ​

Below we follow contester  Dot Bishop VK2DB
OM John and I took part in the Sydney Harbour Ferry Contest. It was a glorious day with, it seemed, all of the rest of Sydney taking ferry rides. I only tried once to talk from the ferry, it was far too crowded and noisy. We started the contest rather late, boarding our first ferry at Milsons Point around midday and we made our way to Rose Bay Wharf to talk to the ferry contest organisers ( a
group of members of the Waverley ARS) and get ‘wharf points’.
The photo shows the group sitting under their shady gazebo near the Rose Bay wharf. To get points for an eyeball contact you had to shake hands and log the contact. We did that with the group at Rose Bay and then it was off to Manly, where we had a late, late lunch at the beach. Whilst our contest activity seemed minimal (the photo shows a reflection in a ferry window of me trying to use my radio — I did try), we just simply enjoyed being on the harbour on such a beautiful day, sitting back and watching all the harbour traffic — sailing boats, big boats and little boats; it was rather crowded both on the water as well as on the ferries.
Deciding it was time to leave for home, we caught the slow ferry back to Circular Quay where, with about 5 minutes to spare before the contest closed we saw a Hand-Held and clipboard and quickly exchanged numbers. While we talked to him, and with about 90 seconds before the deadline, 4 more Hand-Helds and clipboards rushed off a ferry. We all shook hands and exchanged numbers, scribbling as fast as we could while laughing and looking at our watches.
We had a fun day, each made 11 eyeball contacts and think we’ll try again next year with a headset and clipboard. We found it was far too noisy on the ferry decks to hear a Hand-Held’s speaker and we just didn’t have enough hands to hold everything you needed. Next year, maybe we might even start a bit earlier.
Source: ALARA Newsletter Issue 165 APRIL 2018

Ruth Willet (age 21), a student at Kettering University in Michigan., has been able to learn more about the field of wireless communications from professionals  thanks to a scholarship she recently received. The Radio Club of America’s Young Achiever Award  allowed her to attend the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Orlando, Fla.,(USA) March 5-9.
“It was an eye-opening experience for me to be exposed to the field of wireless communications and to be introduced to the discussions taking place among first responders and the government regarding emergency situation preparedness,” said Willet, who is double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics at Kettering.
“As an amateur radio operator, I’ve mostly only experienced the hobby side of radio. This conference allowed me to see a broad range of applications for radio and technology in a thriving industry that impacts both the workplace and our communities. It was very energizing to attend all sorts of workshops and seminars, and learn how much our daily lives are touched by the field of wireless communications.”
Some of Willet’s favourite forums that she attended discussed in-building wireless coverage, smart maps for in-building awareness, radar, and radio interference. One of the highlights of the week was attending a Women in Wireless workshop.
 Ruth passed her Extra in May 2016 and  as the president of the newly restarted amateur radio club at Kettering University works at recruiting student members and helping them get licensed.
On her QRZ.com page she says:“There are so many things I love about Ham Radio —  the community, the constant learning and the excitement of making a contact. I love having a new and different experience every time I get on the air!  I love my voice privileges on HF, it is such fun to talk to hams around the world! I enjoy the benefits of being a YL and having a younger voice when seeking out contacts.
Ruth enjoys participating in special events and contests and participated in both chasing and activating National Parks on the Air (NPOTA).

One of Ruth's favourite ways to give back to the community is by writing articles and giving presentations about Amateur radio.  The winning article for the August 2017 QST Cover Plaque award was  “Youth DX Adventure on the Caribbean Island of Saba” by Ruth Willet, KM4LA (page 70). She was a member of the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure to the island of Saba, callsign PJ6Y and on the air from August 2-9, 2016.  team website is http://www.qsl.net/n6jrl/
At the 2017 Dayton Hamvention she was the keynote speaker at the annual DX Dinner and at the 30th Hamvention Youth Forum in 2017.
After seeing how much fun Ruth was having in Amateur Radio, her mother Sharon  KM4TVU, became a ham in May 2016
See great pics  Youth DX Adventure, Caribbean Island of Saba   
Sources: QRZ.com
YL.beam #46 May 2017:  Amateur Radio Newsline, Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. Report 2055, March 17, 2017

Dxpedition - T88YL  Palau, Micronesia.
YL - Tatsuko, JJ1BDT will be active from Koror, Palau as T88YL during June 22-27, 2018. She is new to HF bands so asks for patience. QRV holiday-style on 40-17-15m, SSB/ QSL via JR1FKR.

Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. The country contains approximately 340 islands, forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia Palau shares maritime boundaries with the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

2009, Palau announced that it would create the world's first shark sanctuary. Protecting about 600,000 square kilometres (230,000 sq mi) of ocean, a similar size to France.

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Calendar - June 2018
1 - 3,  · Messe/  Ham Fair Friedrichshafen (Germany)
7 Anniversary of 1st yl.beam newsletter June 2011;
2-3     WARO (Women's Amateur Radio Organ. New Zealand) celebrates 56 years
2-3    RSGB Field Day CW    /     SEANET (South East Asia Net)
2-3     Museum Ships Weekend
10     Hammies Sprint    14:00 to 15:00 UTC  (RSA)
10      Green Party 2018 event, 0600z  June 9th, to 0559z, June 10th
 ARER (The Romanian Association of Environmentalists Radio-amateurs)
16      Youth Day    RSA
17      World QRP Day / Father’s Day (RSA)
16-17 International Museums Weekends 2018  3rd weekend in June primary weekend
16-17 World Castles Weekend  (WCW-2018). castles and  fortresses of the World on air
21- 25 SARL Top Band  (RSA)
23-24  King of Spain Contest, SSB    1200Z, Jun 23 to 1200Z, Jun 24
23-24  ARRL Field Day 1800Z, Jun 23 to 2100Z, Jun 24 (USA) Field Day:  June 23-25 is ARRL 
23-24  International Museums Weekends 2018     4th weekend
July 1    ZS5 Sprint    14:00 to 15:00 UTC  (KZN - RSA)
1 Alexanderson Day 2018-Varberg Radio, Swedan (Sunday end June/ begin July

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