yl.beam #78 jan 2020

  • 1st Women-On-The-Radio-Award  (WOTRA) 2019 Report back:
  • Siggi Becker, DK2YL, awarded the Golden Badge of Honor
  • Philippines YL - Theresa Cruz Aniceto, DW3TRZ
  • QuartzFest Arizona, USA
  • Ja-Well- No-Fine
  • 2020 YEAR for Amateur Radio Mentoring 
  • Have  Radio. What Now?
  • YLs are not contesters? 
  • Getting started in Contests
  • Contests for the listening amateur
  • Contacts & Calendar

1st Women-On-The-Radio-Award  (WOTRA) 2019
Report back: :    After the activity of the WOTRA  Award, and checking all the LOGS of the participating Operators, we have achieved a total of  5980 contacts, as the final result for  the entire month of November 2019. Considering the terrible propagation conditions we have had, we are satisfied with the results.
 Thank you to  all the Operators for the effort and work, for ensuring that this event was on the air every day;  and especially for the collaboration and work of my dear colleague and friend Erica IZ0EIK, who has been supportive from the beginning of  this project.
Sincere congratulations to all who took part and I hope, that for the next WOTRA 2020, we will be able to surpass the results of  this our first year.    33 - EC1YL Angeles.  ·3/12/2019
Siggi Becker, DK2YL, awarded the Golden Badge of Honor
4/12/2019   Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club e.V. Bundesverband für Amateurfunk
 Siggi Becker, DK2YL, has served  as the  YL representative in the district of Saar (region in Germany) for  more than ten years,  The Christmas party of  the local association of  Völklingen on December 1st 2019, was the perfect setting to thank her for working in the district and for the DARC (Deutscher Amateur Radio Club) in the past years. The district chairman Eugen Düpre, DK8VR, congratulated her with a presentation of a  DARC's certificate and Golden Badge of Honour. He  praised her work and activities with a short speech.  "Thanks to her helpful, friendly nature, she is an ambassador for amateur radio," said DK8VR.
 In addition to the numerous exhibitions and fairs Siggi has attended or organized in recent years, she has also been an active operator in the YL expeditions and activations under call-signs TM57YL, HB88YL, TM64YL and OM88YL.

Philippines YL - Theresa Cruz Aniceto, DW3TRZ
Theresa Cruz Aniceto, DW3TRZ, is a DXer trying to connect with the world. From her station in the Philippines, she takes part in contests, strives for DX awards, and forms friendships. Those who have heard her on the air may know her as “Threeza,” and would probably recognize her signature sign off — “Mabuhay!” — a Filipino greeting, meaning “Live!” or sometimes “Long live!”
Return to Radio Theresa and her siblings grew up in Malolos, Bulacan, not far from Old Clark Air Base in Pampanga. Their mother, Marietta de la Cruz, was a poet, and their father, Bayani “Ani” Aniceto, was a mechanic for the military. Theresa became aware of ham radio on the periphery, but her interest truly sparked when she saw friends using radio to assist during public service events and disasters, particularly typhoons. Theresa and her sister, Maribay, initially passed their Technician-class license tests in 1994. Theresa enjoyed operating VHF on 2 meters. However, she didn’t own her own HF rig and quickly became busy with studying, sports, and work. Her license eventually expired, and she set ham radio aside until a friend lent her his HF radio and antenna in 2014. She dove back in and earned her new call sign — DW3TRZ. She said, “That time, I really had my first taste of  DX, and it was fun!”
Theresa also discovered a love of contesting (especially DX contests), as it gives her small station a chance to reach more people. Her first DX contest was the Japanese Amateur Radio League’s September 2015  All Asian DX Contest, where she earned her first certificate. “Contests are my opportunity to be copied and heard,” she said. “During contests, stations are all eager and patient to pick up each and every station available for points.”
She’s worked 101 countries with 81 confirmed on Logbook of The World.
She was eager to return to the bands and explore these aspects of radio.
“You don’t need to be a techie person, or have branded antennas, high-end rigs, and powerful amps to enjoy the hobby,” she explained. “You just need a little creativity, a little research, and a little experimentation — with lots of ham radio spirit.”
Embroidering New Connections  - A few years after getting re-licensed, Theresa was added to the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL) Facebook group (https://www.facebook. com/www.ylrl.org) by Niece Haynes, KA1ULN. This group helped her feel welcomed and engaged in the community.  It was through this group that she was introduced to her mentor, Anne Dirkman, KC9YL. Theresa wanted to do something to show her appreciation to the new mentors and friends she’d found. She decided to make cross-stitched designs of their call signs for them to display in their stations — sort of an embroidered QSL card.
“Having experienced the feeling of a stranger becoming a friend and being treated like part of a family through ham radio is such a wonderful thing,” she said. “As a token of my appreciation, I stitched their calls. I used a ‘Mabuhay’ theme, so they know it’s from the Philippines.
It took a while to come up with the wave design for the borders, as a representation of radio signals or air waves.” Cross-stitching also gives Theresa something to do while listening to nets or waiting for bands to open. “Crossstitching call signs has become a hobby within a hobby,” she said.
She’s currently working on reaching her 100th Mabuhay cross-stitch project. Mabuhay!
As a member of over 10 amateur radio clubs and groups, Theresa seeks to stay involved in ham radio and to establish connections with other dynamic operators. She’s grateful for her many mentors, on-air friends, and YL inspirations around the world. She hopes to give something back through her cross-stitched QSLs, which she has sent to Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, the US, and more. Her projects take a lot of  time and effort, but as she said, “Promoting friendship around the world through ham radio is worth the work.”
To see more of Theresa’s cross-stitch projects and radio achievements, visit her QRZ page (www.qrz.com/db/ DW3TRZ) and her YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ DW3TRZsMabuhayDXstitch AmateurRadio).
Member Spotlight Ma. Theresa Cruz Aniceto, DW3TRZ   www.arrl.org  QST  January 2020 p13
Author: Jen Glifort, KC1KNL, jglifort@arrl.org 

[Pampanga is a province in the Central Luzon region, on the northern shore of Manila Bay.
Current QTH Malolos city is 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Manila, capital of the Philippine, on  island of Luzon    Coordinates: 14°50′36″N 120°48′41″E ]

2020  Jan 19-25 QuartzFest Arizona  - an ARRL Convention.
Quartzfest is a week long ARRL Specialty Operating Convention held FREE in the desert just south of Quartzsite Arizona (USA) the last full week of January every year.
Quartzfest is an RV "Boondocking" (dry camping) event which features 8 seminars each day on a variety of topics including Amatur Radio, RV'ing and Alternative Energy.
QuartzFest is special in part because it comes to life each year, rising from nothing in a remote area of the Sonoran desert in the southwestern USA. Hundreds of Hams and their families and friends choose to unplug from their daily lives, travel to and setup this desert community, and immerse themselves in this week-long one-of-a-kind ham radio, camping, learning and living event.
Ja-Well- No-Fine
Welcome to 2020 – may it be filled with QSOs and multiple sun-spots.
You have probably seen/heard stuff about “Amateur Radio” shrinking and ageing and I'm not going to mention what a small niche group we Yls are. But it has me wondering – are we doing enough to encourage our YLs? What would you like to know about, see more or less of? Below you will find some YL viewpoints, share yours with us. 33 / 88  Editor: Heather  ZS5YH

2020 YEAR for Amateur Radio Mentoring - KA1ULN  Niece Kaoneuln
Check her out:    ka1uln.blogspot.com      (for all amateurs but focused for yls)

Have  Radio. What Now?
Now you are ready to go 'on the air'. How?
Possibly the easiest way to start is to check into your local amateur radio club's net.
Make an 'appointment' with a ham friend and have a chat. Remember that a hand-held radio is not a private telephone. Nothing is private when transmitting on amateur radio frequencies. It is important for operators to always conduct themselves in such a way as to not bring any disrepute on the Amateur Radio Service.

Recommend your first conversations be on Simplex - then you progress to the use of repeater stations available in your area. Repeater frequency information is available from club members or from your countries league site. It is best to use simplex whenever possible, as this frees the repeater for other uses.

Repeater Operating Procedure
Monitor the repeater to become familiar with any peculiarities in its operation and to make sure no one is using it.
To initiate contact simply indicate that you are on frequency. "This is VE7(???) monitoring" will suffice.
Legal identification requires an operator to identify at the beginning and end of a contact and at least once every 30 minutes of operation. However, it is recommended that identification occur more frequently, at least every 10 minutes or less.
Pause between transmissions.
Keep transmissions short.
Don't break into an ongoing QSO unless you have something to add. If one must break, that operator must identify first and then wait to be acknowledged. It is considered impolite and malicious interference to break in without identifying first.
Remember to use the minimum of power necessary to key up the repeater and not to kerchunk.
During high traffic rush hours, base stations should relinquish the repeaters to facilitate mobile and portable operation.
All repeaters are assembled and maintained at considerable expense. Therefore, all regular users should financially support the person or club responsible for keeping the repeater on the air.
https://www.qsl.net/ylradio/index.html   WEBMASTER:  Elizabeth VE7TLK/VA7TK

 YLs are not contesters?
VK4DI ‎Diane Main‎  10 Oct 2019  to ALARA  · (Australian Ladies AR Assoc.)
Pretty Surprised that not many YLs are contesters. I have only ever worked VK4GH (Now VK7GH) Leonie, and VK7QP. Linda. What Stops YL's Getting involved? It's an awesome way to get contacts etc. I Did the OCDX  (OCEANIA  Contest DX) SSB on the weekend (5-6 Oct ) and despite taking 7 hours to sleep I got 495 Contacts: Many DX contacts and quite a few YL's . : Ladies you have the License, the Skills etc so why not participate? Don't let the OM have all the fun!

Getting started in Contests     
YL from Philippines - DW3TRZ Threeza Aniceto  · 23/10/2019
To fellow Pinoy DU (Philippines) Hams (Newbies/HF OP Class C & UP ),
#CQWW is a Big DX Contest Event included in the World Radiosport Team Championship WRTC Qualifying Scores. WRTC is the equivalent of The OLYMPICS in Ham Radio http://wrtc2022.it/en/
If you have time this weekend try to participate and make a few contacts/QSOs. Join in a Club/multi OP category if you don't have a rig & antenna yet. Not for the ranking, not for the scores, but for the experience and fun. Also WRTC will put your CALLSIGN in the record/in the log/web.
CQ World Wide DX Contest is a work anyone, anywhere contest so no matter how simple your rig and antennas are, you can make a contact. In addition, a lovely certificate for even a SIngle (1) valid QSO. CHeers 73 Mabuhay See rules @ https://www.cqww.com/                              https://www.cqww.com/rules.htm

Contests for the listening amateur

11/10/2019/ in Other news / by PA3DTX - Webmaster
The NL (Netherlands) committee (NLC) of the VERON organizes a number of contests for listening amateurs throughout the year. These are accessible to every radio enthusiast. They are, of course, primarily intended for the active listening amateur, but radio amateur broadcasters may also simply participate, for example if circumstances do not allow them to transmit. You also do not necessarily have to be a member of the VERON to be allowed to participate. For example, it has been apparent for years that more than half of the participants come from abroad. But we would like to see a large Dutch participation.
Our listening contests have different levels of difficulty, although none is really difficult.

(5 Jan. 2020) The "New Year Contest" is on the first Sunday of the year. In addition to beginners, more experienced contesters participate every year. The contest costs you a maximum of three hours and you can only make connections in speech. A trophy is available for the winner and every participant who has logged at least ten connections will receive a certificate of participation.

Then there is the series "Short Listening Period" contests (SLP).
These are held 8 times a year and are planned in such a way that they coincide with large contests for radio amateurs, so that sufficient pressure on the amateur bands is guaranteed. It is the intention that during an SLP weekend you log three hours of radio amateur connections that you choose yourself in speech. Choosing the most favorable hours makes the contest more suitable for the experienced contester. But also beginners are encouraged to participate, as they learn by doing. There are also prizes attached to the SLP and anyone who participated in at least 3 SLPs in one year will receive the SLP certificate.

In the second full weekend of December, the NLC organizes a 48-hour contest on the 10-meter band, the “28MHz SWL Contest”. This coincides with a large international contest on the 10 meter band.
In this contest we have two participation categories: speech (SSB, FM) and morse (CW).
Prizes and certificates are also made available for this.

The complete information, such as regulations, results and information about a special logging program for listening contests can be found https://a03.veron.nl/contesten-voor-de-luisteramateur/?fbclid
Source: VERON.nl.   (Association for Experimental Radio Research in the Netherlands)

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Jan 1    CQ Marathon Starts
Jan 4     Kids Day Contest, ARRL Saturday 18:00 - 23:59 UTC
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Jan 15        SARL Wednesday 80 m Club Sprint
Jan 17-19   PEARS VHF/UHF contest  (S Africa)
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