yl.beam#87   oct2020


  • Congratulations - RAE 9/20 & Awards
  • VE3WAD Jean Moffatt & ISS
  • Amateur Radio in Space &  International Space Station
  •  ARISS (Amateur Radio on ISS) & New Generation
  • Emily Calandrelli, KD8PKR — author,  Science Explorer, TV host aka The Space Gal
  • Story Time From Space,
  • Silent Key;    Contacts & Calendar   

Congratulations - S.A.R.L. RAE Sept. 2020
Nadia Conradie ZR6NC  
Dina-Maria De Sousa ZS6DMD
Kathy Drummond   ZS5OL  
Aimee Granzier ZS2AD
Jeanette LA Grange ZR1JLG  
Maretha Le Roux ZS1MLR  
Sue Olver ZS6SUE 


Congratulations to Veronica Kotze, ZR6TVK who passed her RAE in October 2019 and has been awarded:
The AKYAB Trophy, Fred Mills Trophy and the SAWRC Trophy
(HF Happenings 915 , 7 Sept 2020)

The Fred Mills trophy goes to the highest scorer who's never won an SARL HF Contest trophy.

AKYAB Trophy  to the SARL member who, in his or her 1st year of licensed activity, achieves the highest score during the annual HF Phone Contest.

The SAWRC Trophy (South African Women’s Radio Club) to the YL SARL member who achieves the highest aggregate score in the three annual South Africa Radio League HF Contests.

This month's letter is all about space – inspired by watching a book being read by astronaut Anne McClain (you will find the link further down) and by a 96 year old Canadian yl.   It's inspiring to realize the influence Amateur Radio has and how possible it is to reach out to the International Space Station.– whether you are a Granny or a school-kid.
Have you talked to the ISS? Please share your  'story'. - Editor: Heather ZS5YH

VE3WAD Jean Moffatt  96-year-old ham radio operator makes an out-of-this world connection
TORONTO -- For decades, Jean Moffatt has been reaching out over the airwaves.
An amateur—or ham—radio operator, Jean Moffatt has connected with people around the globe.
“You can always talk to other people, in other parts of the world,” Moffatt said, speaking to CTV News Toronto.
“You can send your signals to satellites. I’ve talked to people from the Arctic to the Antarctic.” And on Wednesday at the Ontario Science Centre, the 96-year-old got to go even further – into space.
A ham radio connection, relayed through northern Italy, allowed the senior and a group of students to speak with Commander Luca Parmitano (KF5KDP) aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
In her first question, Moffatt told the astronaut she was very excited, admitting that this was the “manifestation” of a bucket-list wish she had for many years.
Luca Parmitano told the Toronto senior he was really honoured to speak with her, before answering her questions.
Moffatt wanted to know if the Italian astronaut’s views on extra-terrestrials had changed since entering space, and asked about his thoughts on cleaning up the environment, adding that as a “mature woman” she had done lots of cleaning in her life.
Moffatt grew up in North Bay and moved to Toronto as a young girl with her family hoping that there would be opportunities for a girl interested in science and technology. “When we moved to Toronto I desperately wanted to go to university, but my mom and dad had bought a house, and there was just enough money for my brother to go to university.” Undeterred, Moffatt said she took a course in amateur radio and shortly after, got her licence.
More than 30 years ago, after retiring, and the death of her husband, Moffatt started volunteering at the Ontario Science Centre. Armed with her radio licence, she helped set up the centre’s first radio shack with the call sign VE3OSC.  The idea to connect the nonagenarian with the ISS came just after Moffatt’s 96th birthday.

“She mentioned to me that one of the things she’s always wanted to do was talk to an astronaut” Christine Pigeon, the volunteer co-ordinator at the Science Centre told CTV News Toronto. It all started with an e-mail, and three months later with the help of ham radio operators and NASA, Jean Moffatt made her connection. While the connection wasn’t crystal clear, Jean was moved to tears, telling family and those who had gathered to watch that it was the “highlight” of her life.

Jean Moffatt plans to keep volunteering at the centre, introducing younger people to an older form of technology, and to keep speaking to anyone who can pick up her signal.

“It’s kind of a last resort in our crazy world.. and I love amateur radio,” Moffatt

TORONTO | News Scott Lightfoot January 23, 2020


Amateur Radio in Space

The first Amateur Radio satellite called OSCAR I (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) was successfully launched into a low Earth orbit (LEO) on December 12, 1961,  four years after Sputnik I. (1957). OSCAR I was an overwhelming success. More than 570 amateurs in 28 countries forwarded observations to the Project OSCAR data centre.

OSCAR III would later become the first Amateur Radio satellite to carry a transponder. This would allow amateurs with relatively modest Earth stations to communicate over much longer distances and remains the single most important reason members of the Radio Amateur community continue to support the construction, launch and use of these satellites.  A “repeater in space” that virtually anyone with an entry level Amateur Radio license can use is a powerful motivator for Hams.

Since the first OSCAR was launched, international volunteers, often working in their basements and garages, have pioneered a wide variety of new communications technologies that are now taken for granted in the world’s satellite marketplace.  AMSAT (The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) was formed in 1969.  Cooperation with international space agencies have provided launch opportunities at reduced costs in return for AMSAT’s technical assistance. AMSAT is a world-wide group of Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) who share an active interest in building, launching and then communicating with each other through non-commercial Amateur Radio satellites.

In 1983 on the STS-9 Space Shuttle Columbia mission, Owen Garriott, W5LFL (now SK) realized a vision to take amateur radio with him, as part of his journey in space. Owen’s Ham contacts  represented the first ham radio contact from a human in space to someone on Earth;  hams the world over for the first time heard a fellow ham call CQ from space.  The general public were able to listen directly to and communicate with an on-orbit crew where  previously only NASA  could talk to the astronauts.

The first ISS (International Space Station) component was launched in 1998, On 2 November 2000  the first long-term residents arrived.  2000 marked the beginning of amateur radio as a part of the International Space Station. Several check-out passes were conducted during November 2000 and the first school contact was made  December 21, 2000.

ARISS (Amateur Radio on International Space Station)

ARISS-International consists of five regions (Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the U.S.) which parallel the five ISS space agencies. Amateur radio operators all over the world are able to speak directly to astronauts/cosmonauts via their hand-held, mobile, or home radio stations. Low power radios and small antennas can be used to establish communications. It is also possible to send digital data to the space station via laptop computers hooked up to the same radio and antenna, similar to an email communication, except that it uses radio frequencies instead of telephone or cable connections.

Most ARISS operations are split-frequency (each station uses separate receive and transmit frequencies). The downlink is the earth station's receiving frequency. The uplink is the earth station's transmitting frequency. Earth stations can listen to the down-link frequency and transmit on the uplink frequency when the ISS is in range and crew members are on the air.

The space station occupants work a standard work day and have breaks in the evening and during meals. While on break, some of them will spend some time communicating with "earthlings" via amateur radio.


ARISS – Next Generation

September 2, 2020—The ARISS team is pleased to announce that set up and installation of the first element of our next generation radio system was completed and amateur radio operations with it are now underway. This first element, dubbed the InterOperable Radio System (IORS), was installed in the International Space Station Columbus module. The IORS replaces the Ericsson radio system and packet module that were originally certified for spaceflight on July 26, 2000.

For additional information on ham radio on the ISS, follow this link: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/reference/radio/.

Emily Calandrelli, KD8PKR — author,  Science Explorer, TV host aka The Space Gal

She received her Masters from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as Technology and Policy.

While she was attending MIT, the school hosted a 1-day ham radio class and licensing event. Calandrelli suggested she and her boyfriend take the class and exam together for their third date, and they both passed. So in January 2011, she became a licensed amateur radio operator under the callsign KD8PKR.

Calandrelli had starred in YouTube videos while attending WVU, promoting the engineering program. Studying science policy had prepared her to explain science to a non-scientist audience and she was contacted by Steve Rotfeld Productions,  looking for a host for their new TV show about space.   She  signed on as host and coproducer of Xploration Outer Space in 2014.

Calandrelli’s decision to incorporate ham radio in her book 'Take Me to Your Leader' was influenced by two things: getting her own ham radio license, and a memorable experience contacting the International Space Station (ISS) through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Through her work as host and co-producer on Fox’s Xploration Outer Space, Calandrelli was part of an ARISS event with participants of the United Space School in Seabrook, Texas, (USA) in July 2016. She and the students had the opportunity to ask an astronaut on the ISS questions in real time, using an Amateur Radio connection.

Update: July 14, 2020 |The Radio Club of America (RCA) announced its 2020 award recipients The Vivian Carr Award goes to Emily Calandrelli, KD8PKR, in recognition of an outstanding woman’s achievements in the wireless industry.

Story Time From Space

In a collaborative initiative between the ISS National Lab Space Station Explorers, Story Time From Space, and ARISS, the recent book  'Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader' by Emily Calandrelli, KD8PKR, was read by Astronaut Anne McClain for Story Time From Space.  Anne McClain read the book in three segments. The second segment features a tour of the ARISS radio station that includes details about ham radio and ARISS.  Frank Bauer pointed out that at the end of the final segment, a video was included of Astronaut Sunita Williams, KD5PLB talking about the impact of ham radio on both the ISS astronauts and the students participating in ARISS activities. Many schools and media outlets have recommended that parents have housebound youth listen to McClain read the book.


Emily Calandrilli 'Take me to your Leader'  Ada Lace, read by Anne McClain astronaut

Silent Key   

CO3LM Luz Marina Ramos Rodríguez  S/k 27/09/2020

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the death yesterday of Luz Marina Ramos / CO3LM, dear member of the GDXC and wife for many years of our dear friend and also a member of the group, Julio Cabello / CO3JY. Condolences to Julito, her son, family and friends.  GDXC - Grupo DX de Cuba            (CO8MGY Zulema shared on Fb.)


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Calendar   October 2020

Oct 3-4   DX/NA-YL Contests (combines the DX YL, North American YL & YL Anniversary Party) SSB/CW/Digital         1400 UTC Oct 3 -  0200 UTC Oct 4, 2020
Oct 3        YL  Net 1st  Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.
Oct 3 4     Oceania DX Contest Phone: 06:00 UTC Sat 3  - 06:00 UTC Sunday 4
Oct 9- 11  USS Batfish YL Event, YLRL, District 5
Oct 10      RSGB  two streams online  Saturday
Oct 10-11  SAC -  62nd Scandinavian  Activity  Contest  (SSB),  12 UTC Sat - 11:59 UTC  Sun.
Oct 10-11  Oceania DX Contest CW: 06:00 UTC Saturday 10 - 06:00 UTC Sunday 11
Oct 10-18  Get your Park On  celebrate Earth Science Week
Oct 13        Ada Lovelace Day 2020 event on-line
Oct 17 -18  Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) https://www.jotajoti.info/
Oct 17 -18  Worked All Germany Contest  1500Z, Oct 17 - 1459Z, Oct 18, 2020
Oct 21        Dia del Radioaficionado – Argentina. GRUPO YL
Oct 24- 25  CQ WW DX SSB contest
Oct 25         PEARS HF contest
Oct 31- Nov 1  Halloween – Witches-on-the-Air (Sat – Sun) Radio Ladies-Portugal) 2020 - 5th year
Nov 01        Silent Key Memorial Contest    http://www.skmc.hu/en/rules.html
Hungarian Amateur Radio Society (MRASZ) sponsors on 1st November every year from 0600 to 0859 UTC on 80m & 40m.  Exchange report + call sign of a silent key.
Nov 7   YL Net 1st  Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.
Nov 7-8       DOYL - Day Of the YLs memorial- F5isy Carine  SK ((Nov 3, 2019)
Time : 2020-11-07 00h00 UTC to 2020-11-08 23:59h00 UTC  Bands:  80m; 40m; 20m; 15m,10m;  Modes : CW, SSB, FT8.. VHF. 2m:  RTTY
Nov  9          HEDY LAMARR DAY     Inventor of  "frequency-hopping”


yl.beam #86 sept 2020


  • Liechtenstein Activation
  • Results of the SARL YL Sprint 9 August 2020.
  • LU1JC María Rosa García Girard, celebrates 102 years
  • Elza Cobra de Moraes - PY2DHP, S/k 24/08/2020, age 100
  • 1st YL Dxpedition in Brasil - Ilha Comprida, São Paulo.
  • Nancy Kott Memorial KN0WCW Event
  • Silent Keys - KA8WZO Arrisia (aka “Rissa,”) Gaines Sorey
  • N3MB Margaret Holly. Bevan
  • CONTACT US & Calendar

Liechtenstein Activation

Tina, HB0/DL5YL and Fred, HB0/DL5YM will be active from Masescha, Liechtenstein during September 8 to October 2, 2020. QRV on HF bands using Hexbeam, dipoles and 500w amp. Participation in the CQWW RTTY contest.

Results of the SARL YL Sprint 9 August 2020.

25 logs: 10 Yls + 15 OMs

1st Alta Gaybba, ZR3PA – 233 points

2nd Sonet de Wet, ZS3SW – 230 points

3rd Karin Andrew, ZS6MMA – 143 points

4th Simone Jones, ZS6SIM - 132 points

5th Dienie Schnetler, ZS6DNI – 121 points

6th Veronica Kotze, ZR6TVK – 99 points

7th Val Wagner, ZS5VAL – 93 points

8th Marjoke Schuitemaker, ZS5V – 87 points

11th Denise van Vuuren, ZS1DS – 50 points

17th Heather Holland, ZS5YH – 35 points


9th Bryan Peek, ZS5WTF – 72 points

10th Theunis Potgieter, ZS2EC – 57 points

12th Gary Ingle, ZS5GI and Keith Lowes, ZS5WFD – 48 points

14th Sybrand Cillie, ZS1SJ and Anthony Rouquette, ZS6ANT – 42 points

16th Helmar Otto, ZS1H – 37 points

18th Johan Bezuidenhout, ZS6JBZ – 34 points

19th Romeo Nardini, ZS6ARQ – 33 points

20th Barry Nugent, ZS2NF and Phillip van Tonder, ZS6PVT – 24 points

22nd David Lloyd, ZS6ACC – 21 points

23rd Gerhard Gericke, ZS6CRS – 13 points

24th Johan van Zijl, ZS4DZ and Joe Freedman, ZS6JOE – 10 points

HF Happenings 913 Week of 17 August 2020 Page 2

LU1JC María Rosa García Girard, celebrates 102 years

Born August 14, 1918 this is the story of one of the first radio amateurs in Argentina and possibly the first in the province of Entre Rios and that love, like radio has no borders.

Using the callsign LU1JC María Rosa was known across radio nets and the world.

At that time when Rosa was making her first forays into radio, communications between provinces and nations were difficult. Telephones were just beginning to appear and unlike the cellular phones of today, they were routed through operator control hubs, often with substantial time delays.

Communicating with another country therefore, in addition to the increased tariff, was difficult.

Radio broadcasting only started in Argentina in 1920 - María Rosa would have been 2 years old – but radio brought news of neighbouring areas and world events.

Sometimes the amateur-radio operator acted as a bridging contact, allowed those in need of news to visit their homes in order to communicate, on the agreed day and time, with another operator, passing relevant news.

At other times these operators would form a network to assist in communications regarding events such as earthquakes, hurricanes, eruptions, accidents, etc. The house of María Rosa was then open to those involved with people who wanted to know their status or whereabouts, and even the press collected news that she graciously updated every day.

In quiet times she exchanged greetings, laughter, cards, photos with other radio operators from around the world. She still keeps hundreds of them in various albums that are open today to those who wish to browse them.

She worked as a teacher and had to leave at four in the morning to catch her train. From the station she used a horse drawn sulqui to the little country school.

She spent hours in front of her radio connected to the world. Built by her brother Pepe García Girard, the radio was almost as high as the ceiling, full of dials, lights, levers, and knobs. The peaceful house was frequently disturbed by the high-pitched screech of the frequency changes on the dial and the voices of radio friends.

She had a unique habit of moving her head from side-to-side in front of the microphone and one day one of her nephews asked her if to be a radio amateur it was also necessary to learn to move one's head in the same way?

She met Wlademir, a radio amateur PY1KZ from Brazil, who after many communications and exchanges of letters and photos, arrived one day at her home. He was captivated and returned at the end of the year to ask for Rosa's hand from her mother. They spent the next twenty-five years happily together in their home in Rio de Janeiro, regularly visited by local and radio amateurs friends.

When her husband General Wlademir Boucas died 1983, she returned to Paraná to be with her sisters and nephews. She has entertained family and neighbours with stories of growing up in the area in a different era, bringing the history of the neighborhood into the present.

On December 16, 2008, at the age of ninety, María Rosa García Girard, already an early pioneer among women radio amateurs, attended the Radio Club Paraná to renew her license to continue broadcasting to the world with her unique call, inviting friendship and solidarity: "CQ, CQ, CQ 20 meters ... this is LU1JC calling." In 2013 Maria Rosa (age 95) donated her equipment to Entre Ríos Radio Club

At 102, her voice does not resonate as before, but it remains firm and will be remembered forever by those who know and love her.

August 29, 2020 https://paranahaciaelmundo.com/cuando-el-amor-viajaba-por-ondas-de-radio-cumple-102-anos-maria-rosa-la-primer-radioafic

Maria Rosa's husband PY1KZ - Wlademir Fernandes Bouças (Lt. Gen.) licensed in 1934, became Silent key in 1983.

His grandson Miguel Dau, of Rio de Janeiro, received the prefix PY1KZ in 1984, due to the passing away of his grandfather the previous year. He is honored to keep his grandfather's prefix active. Encouraged by his grandfather Wlademir Fernandes Bouças, Miguel began as a Shortwave Listener (SWL) age 11 and in 1969, age 12, he received his first radio.

Miguel QRZ's page has a QSL Card and photo of grandfather PY1KZ from the period.

See QRZ.com PY1KZ

Paraná is the capital city of Entre Ríos, ("Between Rivers") a central province of Argentina, located on the eastern shore of the Paraná River, opposite the city of Santa Fe. Entre Ríos is bordered and traversed by many rivers and streams: the Paraná River and its delta to the west and south; the Uruguay River and the Mocoretá River to the east; and the Guayquiraró River to the north.

For much of its length, the Paraná River is navigable, a major waterway that supports heavy fluvial traffic mainly consisting of barge tows, tanker, and container barges for cargo exports from Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Linking inland cities with the ocean. The Paraná and Uruguay Rivers together form the Río de la Plata estuary.

Today there are several bridges and a tunnel that cross these natural borders but when María Rosa, left her home town of Paraná for Brasil, only Paso de los Libres, between Argentina and Brazil, built in 1945 would have existed. Then as even today, there would have been local ferries that transported people, goods and stock across the rivers but during the yearly floods this would have been difficult and dangerous. Understanding how isolated this area was helps us to understand how important amateur radio was.

[Editor note: María Rosa, probably left Parana for Brasil 1958 (She was married for 25 years, her husband died 1983, -25 = 1958) I would be delighted to receive additional information or correction. Heather ZS5YH ]

Elza Cobra de Moraes - PY2DHP, honoured by fellow radio amateurs and celebrating her 90th birthday.

Elza Cobra de Moraes - PY2DHP, S/k 24/08/2020, age 100 - madrinha de CW.

Dona Elza, along with her husband Wilson de Moraes, edited books about amateur radio serving as the basis for study for the exam of the Ministry of Communications in the 1960 s, she was also a Consultant of LABRE-SP. (Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Rádio emissão) She was always an active participant in CW on-air-groups. .

Born in Rio de Janeiro on April 15, 1920. Doña Elza, along with her husband Wilson de Moraes PY2DCP (SK), were promoters of amateur radio. She was the author of the book "Course for Radioamadores, Telegraphy and Legislation" in 1976, which several generations of Brazilian radio amateurs used. She was on the cover of the magazine "QTC Magazine"

Elza studied at a school run by nuns, the traditional Colégio São José, on Rua da Glória, Rio de Janeiro where she was taught in French, becoming a teacher. She taught for most of her life, influencing many. While at school, she met her future husband, Wilson. The couple had three daughters.

During the vacations they spent in Santos, one day the family decided to visit the beach town that everyone was talking about.When she arrived in Itanhaém, Doña Elza marveled at the natural beauty of the town and its beaches. In 1970 with her husband Wilson de Moraes, who was in the army, they moved to Itanhaém.

After retiring from teaching, Doña Elza discovered art in Itanhaém. She is a published poet, a member of the Itanhaense Academy of Letters and she paints daily life and landscapes of the city, especially the beaches.

Still in São Paulo, before moving to Itanhaém, Doña Elza had her first contact with amateur radio, and radio telegraphy. She liked it so much that she adopted the activity as a hobby and became one of the best-known radio amateurs in Brazil.

For years she worked as a member of LABRE.SP, and in addition to being a recognized CW operator, she was a participant in different wheels (nets), especially on the 40 meters "Eva wheel" on 7087 MHz.

When she turned 90 years old, her friends honored her with a special certificate. One of the largest amateur radio encounters (meet-ups) in the country was held in Itanhaém in 2011. Doña Elza was approached by radio amateurs and CW operators from various states, who wanted to meet the woman they frequently spoke to and who was so highly respected and loved. in this hobby.

At age of 92, at her home, in the center of Itanhaém, she maintained a radio- station, leading rounds (nets) of conversations with other radio amateurs in Brasil and around the world. She remembered notable episodes in amateur radio, such as contests, sea and air rescues and other service operations in which amateur-radio was vital to survival during disasters and accidents. She believed that when communication fails, as in the case of telephones and cell phones, society knows that it can count on the radio amateur and the telegraph operator.

1st YL Dxpedition in Brasil - Ilha Comprida, São Paulo.

PY2DHP Elza Cobra de Moraes celebrated her 100th birthday on April 15, 2020

PP5ASN Alda Niemeyer, celebrated her 100th birthday on 18 May 2020. (see yl#83 June 2020)

Elza PY2DHP and PP5ASN Alda (both age 78), participated in the 1st women's radio amateurs expedition held in Brasil to Ilha Comprida-SP, near the city of Iguape, during the period October 29 to November 2, 1998. Using the callsign PS2S for CW and PR2YL for SSB, together with colleagues Afonsina Teixeira Salema PY2ATL, Adriana Gabardo PY5NT, Therezinha MA Félix Cardoso (Teresa) PT2TF, Alexandra Blumtritt PY2KTT and Arilda Gabardo PY5OA.

Number of contacts: 1,772 Number of countries worked: 71

Equipment used : FT 747, 2 FT 301D, TS 440T, IC 728 owned by fellow radio amateurs.

Accessories: TS 120 coupler , electronic CW beaters, antenna switch

Radiating System : 02 Directional 3DX3Jr Electril for 10, 15 and 20m, 02 vertical Electril 40 and 80m and dipoles for 17, 40 and 80m (Electril is synonymous with the best in Brazil).

Support group: PP5AP Rod (cook); PP5LL Jay (coordination and general services); PP5YZ Johny (technical assistant and general); PY5AG Gabi - Curtiba (general); PY5BF Fox - Curtiba (kitchen and general); PY5HSD Hermin – Curitiba ( general) and PT2TG Walter - Brasilia (technical).

We are especially grateful to the colleagues listed above for having made room in their professional and family schedules to be with us in carrying out the First Dx-request for YLs to an island in our country and making the event a success.

Thanks to colleague PY2AZ Cardoso who made his summer residence available; to Marcos Oliveira, president of the City Council on Ilha Comprida; and to Mr. Armando, owner of Hotel Sheik, on the edge of the beach who gave us two free self-catering apartments.

Automobile by PY2ATL Afonsina, PY5AG Gabi, PP5YZ Joao, PY2KTT Alex, and PY5HSD Hermin –MotorHome. PT2TF Teresa and her om Walter PT2TG flew from Brasília to Curitiba, PR continuing to Iguape with PY5AG Gabi.

Spending : Financial aid received from PY2DBU, Helio Carlota (S/k 2011), IOTA Checkpoint in Brazil, at the time. Food expenses were apportioned among the participants as well as their transport to Ilha Comprida.

QSL cards were funded by QSL MGR PP5LL Jay Lira ,FLORIANóPOLIS


Ilha Comprida (means "long island" in Portuguese)

Recognized as Ilha Comprida in 1991, because the island is really long, 74km. However, because it is only 4km wide, even with all this length, it only occupies the seventh place among the largest islands in Brazil. Declared by UNESCO, a 'Biosphere Reserve of the Planet'. About 210 km from the capital São Paulo and 260 km. from Curitiba, access to the island is over the bridge in Iguape.

Ilha Comprida is part of the Iguape-Cananéia-Paranaguá estuary lagoon complex a stretch of interconnected coastal estuaries and lagoons that lies between 24°25′0″S 47°5′0″W (Barra do Una, SP) and 25°29′52″S 48°46′57″W (Morretes, PR) along the southeast São Paulo coast and the north Paraná coast. The system includes many islands, barrier islands and river deltas, and is the most important ecosystem of the south coast of Brazil.

Nancy Kott Memorial KN0WCW Event (Know CW)

KN0WCW is the USA call sign for the FISTS CW Club. This event is held on the last weekend of September, 26-27 Sept. 2020. to celebrate (SK) Nancy, WZ8C’s long service to the Fists CW Club and the Ham Radio community. Operation will be on all Amateur bands. (00:01 UTC Sat – 06:00 UTC Mon) USA local time from Friday- Sunday night.

This will NOT be a frantic number chasing event but a friendly celebration of what Nancy called her life’s work. All are certainly encouraged to give out their Fists numbers and collect others but more importantly, to simply be good Fists that Nancy would be proud of. Let’s promote CW on the air, make friends and encourage beginners in accordance with the club’s mission.

Please visit http://fistsna.org/operating.html for further information.

WZ8C Nancy Kott of Hamtramck, MI.(USA) October 27, 1955 - March 2, 2014; died age 58

Nancy became head of what is now The Americas Chapter of Fist, shortly after meeting its founder in 1988 and continued to work tirelessly to promote the club and Morse Code until her death. As well as being past editor of WorldRadio and WorldRadio Online magazines. she was also a 2014 inductee into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in recognition of her work in promoting Morse code.


- KA8WZO Arrisia (aka “Rissa,”) Gaines Sorey, age 85, a former long-time resident of Dayton, Ohio, and a native of Minden, Louisiana, passed on April 9, 2020 as the result of complications after surgery.

She was happily married to Charles Henry Sorey, Sr. until his death in 2010. As the oldest sibling, she was fondly looked upon as the grand matriarch.

Amateur radio was a special passion and along with her ham radio station in her home, she had another in her classroom that allowed her students to communicate with people around the world. She was a member of OMIK Amateur Radio Association and participated in many of its activities. She never lost her zest for amateur radio and attended the Shreveport Hamfest (USA) in August 2019.


- N3MB Margaret Holly. Bevan [March 20, 1916 - December 09, 2017]

Margaret H. “Holly” Bevan, of Crownsville, MD, and previously of Kula and Maui Hawaii, passed away on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 in Harwood, Maryland. Holly was 101.

Holly was born on March 20, 1916 in White Pine, Tennessee. She attended the University of Michigan where she earned a B.A. in Journalism and a M.A in Education. Holly was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and served in WWII.

She was married to Wilbur Roy Bevan for more than 50 years,

She was a WW II veteran of the "WAVES" and got her extra class license, including 20 WPM Morse, in her 70s.

She was locally well known in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland region as the morning drive time emcee on the 147.105 Anne Arundel Radio Club, repeater.

On the air every business day in the morning at 6:00 she covers everything - weather, traffic reports, everything except politics and religion. Bevan N3MB, part of a team from an amateur radio network celebrated her 100th birthday and has no intention of turning off her microphone.

She was a member of the Anne Arundel Radio Club, Arundel Stamp Club and the Arundel Camera Club. Her interests included amateur radio, photography and stamp collecting.

A graveside service with military honors was planned to be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Calendar September 2020

Sept 11–19 La Radio in Rosa (URI) a diploma awarded by The Italian Amateur Assoc. each stage has its own QSL card.

Sept 12 -13 SARL National Field Day 10:00 UTC - 10:00 UTC, all bands & modes

Sept 12 – 13 WAE DX SSB Contest (Worked All Europe) 0000Z, Sep 12 to 2359Z, Sep 13,

Sept 12-20 Route 66 On The Air Special Event 2020

Sept 19 European SOTA Activity Day &Austria OE5 SOTA Day

Sept 26-27 Annual Nancy Kott Memorial KN0WCW Event (Know CW) All bands.

Sept 26 -27 CQ WW RTTY contest Saturday, 12:00am, » 11:59pm Sunday

Sept 26-27 Railways on the Air (ROTA) weekend https://rota.barac.org.uk/

October 2020

Oct 3 YL Net 1st Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.

Oct 9- 11 USS Batfish YL Event, YLRL, District 5

Oct 31 Witches On The Air / Halloween


yl.beam #85 august 2020

  • Dxpedition to Island of Pemba.
  • Contest Burnout!
  • Teodora Karastoyanova, LZ2CWW, from Bulgaria, HST Champion  
  • "Rufz" code  The Mongolian Radio Sport Federation (MRSF)  
  • Czechoslovakian pioneer yl in Mongolia - Milada Klouckova,  JT1YL/ OK1KX,
  • Ruby Boye WW2 radio operator at Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands
  • Condolences
  • Contacts & Calendar

yl from Slovak Republic on Dxpedition to Island of Pemba.
 OM5MF Margita Lukacková  is part of team activating  Island of Pemba IOTA (AF-063)
Callsign 5H4WZ from February 6 to 18, 2020
Pemba is an island that is part of the Zanzibar archipelago, located near the east coast of Africa, in waters of the Indian Ocean. It is 50 km north of the island of Unguja, and another 50 km from the African coast. The islands of Pemba, Unguja and Mafia Island are the three main ones that make up the Zanzibar archipelago or Spice Islands. In the 1960s, Zanzibar joined the former Tanganyika colony to form the new state of Tanzania.
The team departed from Vienna Airport on February 5 2020,  landing in Zanzibar and arriving on Pemba Island the following day. They set up a station with a 40m antenna and were making CW contacts by the evening.
As the 7 February was a holiday, there was little interest in the team's lost luggage and as the Titanex vertical and 2 fiber poles was part of the lost luggage, the team had to improvise.
Outside Temperatures were 35C, with high humidity. Electricity outages common.
The lost luggage with the antenna arrived, on the 10th. and the team were able to continue with the initial plan and erected  vertical on 160/80m.  10k qso had already been made.
After operating for a week, the team took some time off to enjoy a boat trip to a desert island.
The next day the AC kept dropping to 120V, which made operating even more difficult. Blackouts became more frequent.
As the Dxpedition neared its end, the night of the 15th was the last chance for contacts in the low bands 80 & 160m. After that the team had to pack away all antennas and from Monday to Tuesday would only operate  one radio. They went QRT on the 18 February and uploaded the last log.
Information: http://ea7fmt.wordpress.com Qrz and web photos.
 www.ea7fmt.es . Wikipedia

Contest Burnout!
LX8HQ Luxembourg HQ, IARU HF Championship
Mendaly Ries  LX2VY Luxembourg  12 July, 2020
Ergh. Explanation for non hams... 24h radiocontest - 2nd time I've competed in Radio World-championships. My left ear hurts from the head-phones. I'm listening compulsively to the pigeons in the back-yard during BBQ dinner to decipher whether they are yelling Delta 6 or Echo 6 and try to note it on the napkin. No pen. I really would like to sleep now... but my foot keeps kicking the bed for PTT (we use mike sewing pedals you push with the foot to open the microphone). And my left finger taps randomly on the cushion to change between the antenna configurations to hear US or Japan or Europe or what the hell... in dire need of sleep and quietude. But happy. No voice tomorrow. I've spoken more in one day than during a year. As said. Kaputt but happy.
means telegraphing and understanding of  Morsecode (CW) at very high speeds.
16th IARU High-Speed Telegraphy World Championship 2019, were held at Albena, Bulgaria,
Teams from 15 countries participated with a total of 60 men and 30 women.
Can you top 195 words per minute? That's the speed at which both the male and female winners  were able to copy, both setting new world records in the process.
 26-year-old yl Teodora Karastoyanova, LZ2CWW, from Bulgaria, scored 293,877 points in the competition, breaking her own world record of 286,944 set earlier in the year in the Romanian Championships.
Teodora was born in 1993 and started with Amateur radio in 2005, she was licensed in 2007.  She has set six world records – four at Rufz xp and two at Morse Runner
During the HST Cup of Europe, held in Bucharest, Romania, from 1 to 5 May 2019, she set a new world record in RufzXP with 286.944 points. In Albena, Bulgaria, from 13 to 17 September 2019 Theodora established, in the 16th IARU High-Speed Telegraphy World Championship a new female record, always in RufzXP, with 293,877 points and a maximum speed of 943 characters / minute or 195 WPM.

"Rufz" is the abbreviation of the German word "Rufzeichen Hören", which means "Listening to Names ". RufzXP is training software to improve Code speed and CW practice, in particular (ultra) high memory copying speed of real amateur radio calls. It focuses on improving proficiency in CW, it is not a Contest simulator and does not include QRM.  RufzXP is a must for any serious High Speed Telegraphy

The Mongolian Radio Sport Federation (MRSF)
Radio sport in Mongolia began in 1958. The main goal was to prepare radio operators for the Mongolian army. Later  radio techniques, amateur radio and high speed telegraphy were introduced to the public.
In 1957 the Czechoslovakian embassy’s communication operator L. Klauchik operated a radio amateur station using the callsign JT1AA. In 1958 Milada Klouckova was the first woman working from the Czechoslovakian embassy under the callsign JT1YL.
In November 1958 the first Mongolian HST team participated in an international tournament held among socialist countries. In 1962 the first HST championship of Mongolia was held. Since then the national HST championship has become a regular event in the country.    http://www.highspeedtelegraphy.com/HST-Mongolia

Czechoslovakian yl in Mongolia
Milada Klouckova,  JT1YL,also OK1KX, wife of Ludvik JT1AA/OK1KW
QTH: Ulan Bator - Mongolia - Zone 23
Mila was a very active YL, in particular over 20 and 15 meters, in voice and CW.
An exceptional operator, a very talented telegraph operator, Mila was at the end of the '50s a much sought-after and prized DX. Her QSL card, illustrated with her portrait, was particularly sought after.          for antique qsl pictures see:    https://f6blk.net/main_en.php?page=126

The 17th IARU HST Championship which was to have been held  in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia during August 2020 was cancelled.
As 2020 marks the end of WW2, 75 years ago and the ALARA (Australian Ladies) will be holding their 40th annual contest over the  last weekend in August, the story below seemed appropriate.
Editor – Heather (ZS5YH) 

Vanikoro is an island located 118 kilometres (73 miles)  South-east of  Santa Cruz group, part of the Solomon Islands. in the Pacific  Ocean     [11.6500° S, 166.9000° E]
Ruby Boye WW2 radio operator at Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands
“Calling Mrs Boye on Vanikoro.” So began a message from Japanese forces to Ruby Boye in 1942. What followed was a terse and direct threat for Ruby to discontinue her operations. Over the course of World War II, Ruby Boye operated the radio at Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands as Australia’s only female coastwatcher. Her service warranted a personal visit to Vanikoro by Fleet Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey Jr, USN, and earned her a British Empire Medal (BEM).
Ruby was born Ruby Olive Jones on 29 July 1891 in Sydney, the fifth of eight children. She was working as a saleswoman when she married a laundry proprietor, Sydney Skov Boye who had previously lived in Tulagi in the Solomon Islands, in Sydney on 25 October 1919.
Skov returned to Tulagi, with Ruby and their son, Ken, in 1928 to take up his old position with Lever Brothers. Their second son, Don, was born shortly afterwards and the two boys would spend most of their school years in Sydney. In 1936 Skov accepted the position of Island Manager for the Kauri Timber Company’s logging operations on Vanikoro in the Santa Cruz group. Vanikoro is a mountainous island surrounded by a treacherous coral reef. There were no roads. The timber logged in the mountains was hauled to the harbour by rail tractors where they were rafted together to await shipping to Australia. Ships would arrive from Melbourne four times a year to collect the logs and at the same time delivered mail and supplies for the loggers. Around 20 Kauri employees, including a radio operator and a doctor, came to Vanikoro from Australia and New Zealand on two year contracts in addition to about 80 islander labourers.
The family lived in the island’s main village, Paeu, on the south-west coast of the island on the southern bank of the Lawrence River where crocodiles were common. A suspension bridge over the river led to the main part of the village as well as the company store, office, machine shop and living quarters for the company’s workforce.
Upon the declaration of World War II, Lieutenant Commander (later Commander, OBE) Eric Feldt assumed responsibility for the naval coast-watching network in the South Pacific. Vanikoro formed part of the network; however, the operator wanted to return to Australia to join the RAAF. He suggested that Ruby could take over the operation of the radio until a replacement arrived. Ruby agreed and so learned how to operate the radio and compile weather reports using a panel of instruments and her own observations. She sent weather reports by voice four times a day, providing vital meteorological information for both ships and aircraft. No replacement was ever sent; there was no need as long as Ruby kept sending her reports. Ken and Don, meanwhile, returned to Australia to stay with relatives.
Timber production at Vanikoro ceased when the Japanese entered the war, and staff and their families left by ship. Skov decided to stay to look after the company's interests while Ruby considered it her duty to continue operating the radio. With the departure of the doctor, Ruby also took on the responsibility of the health and welfare of the local islanders, many of whom travelled between the islands by canoe and brought Ruby information about Japanese movements and dispositions.
It was a courageous decision. Ruby was 50 and Skov was older, and they were the only non-Solomon Islanders left on the island. If the Japanese did invade the island, and Vanikoro was in a precarious position, they were defenceless. They received supplies infrequently and were often short of rations. No mail, newspapers or magazines were delivered, and the radio was strictly for intelligence use only. Ruby only ever received three personal messages over the radio; to advise her of the deaths of her father, mother and a sister.
Ruby initially directed her reports to Tulagi but when it fell to the Japanese in May 1942 she was directed to send her reports to Vila in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu). It was at this time in early 1942 that Ruby received the first of several threatening messages. One of her fellow coast-watchers, listening on the same frequency, responded to the Japanese operator “in language which they wouldn’t repeat to a lady.” For her part, Ruby remained unperturbed; “I felt just a little bit queer when I heard that voice but somehow I felt he was bragging... The mere fact that I was annoying them sufficiently to have them warn me off was somewhat gratifying.” Shortly afterwards Ruby’s radio was changed to a different frequency and she was instructed to transmit only in Morse Code, which she had taught herself.
As civilians, coast-watchers were advised to cease their operations and evacuate as the Japanese advanced into their territory. The vast majority of them, like Ruby, chose to continue their activities in the knowledge that capture could result in their execution. In March 1942, following the execution of an elderly planter, the coast-watchers were given ranks or ratings, mostly in the Volunteer Reserve, in the hope that this would provide them some protection in the event of capture. From 27 July 1943 Ruby was officially appointed an honourary third officer in the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS). Her uniform was later air-dropped to her. The US Army also offered Ruby’s little outpost official recognition as 3rd Army Outpost. Those appointments would, in reality, offer Ruby little protection if she ever were captured. She and Skov agreed that if the Japanese ever did land on Vanikoro they would head into the jungle and, if it came to it, take their own lives rather than be captured. Ruby also provided a vital intelligence link in the South Pacific and often relayed messages from other coast-watchers when they were unable to reach the US base at Vila. She is credited with passing on vital information during the Battle of the Coral Sea, as well as from Leyte and Guadalcanal.
Japanese reconnaissance planes were often heard overhead and on one occasion during the night, lights were seen and boat engines were heard around the reef lasting for around four hours. Ruby believed that the Japanese were trying to find the entrance to the harbour but abandoned their attempt to land when they were unable to do so. For safety reasons it was decided to move the radio equipment across the river away from the Boye’s home. After the suspension bridge across the Lawrence River collapsed, Ruby had to make the journey to the radio shack across the crocodile-infested river by punt and through ankle-deep mud four times a day.
In 1944 a Catalina flying boat refuelling station was established on the island. This meant an improvement in conditions for Ruby as supplies were delivered on a more regular basis; however, the station was also a target for Japanese air raids which occasionally damaged aircraft and tenders in the harbour.
Such was the appreciation for Ruby’s efforts that Admiral Halsey personally called on her at Vanikoro. He arrived in a flying boat and a small group of officers came ashore to be met by Skov. Halsey introduced himself; “Name’s Halsey. Not stopping for long, just thought I’d like to call in and meet that marvellous woman who runs the radio.” Halsey told Ruby that he was “playing hookey” by visiting.
It was around this time, in 1944, that Ruby developed shingles and Halsey arranged for a USN Catalina to fly her to Sydney for treatment. Four US servicemen were assigned to take over the operation of the radio during her convalescence; four men assigned to do the work that Ruby had been doing on her own. After three weeks in Australia, she re-joined Skov at Vanikoro and resumed her coast-watching duties.
As the Japanese were slowly pushed northwards, the Americans withdrew from Vanikoro in 1945 but Ruby diligently continued her work until until the news was received, via her tele-radio, that the war was over. The Kauri Timber Company resumed logging operations after the war and Ruby was officially employed as secretary to the manager while continuing to send weather reports to the Bureau of Meteorology. Ruby was presented with her BEM in 1946 in a ceremony in Suva.
In 1947 Skov fell ill and both he and Ruby returned to Sydney in August for diagnosis and treatment. Two weeks after being diagnosed with Leukemia, Skov passed away. Ruby briefly returned to Vanikoro to finalise affairs there before returning to Australia for good.
Ruby married Frank Jones in 1950 and took on the name Boye-Jones; but 11 years later, Frank too passed away. Ruby lived alone at her Penshurst home for the next thirty years before moving into a nursing home at the age of 96. She remained active and enjoyed the company of a vast network of friends and family. In her own words; “Age is a matter of mind and if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” The then Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Mike Hudson, wrote to her on her 98th birthday saying; “Your name is synonymous with the finest traditions of service to the Navy and the nation. We have not, nor will not, forget your wonderful contribution.”

Ruby passed away on 14 September 1990, aged 99. An accommodation block at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, is named in her honour, and the Ex-WRANS Association has dedicated a page to her in the Garden Island Chapel Remembrance Book.
Author: Petar Djokovic RAN Semaphore series.
Dit is met leedwese dat ek vanoggend moes kennis neem en nou moet bekend maak dat Rina, vrou van Joe Haarhoff ZS1AAB (stil sleutel) en moeder van Bennie ZS1GX deur die dood weggeneem is. Sy het gereeld saam met Joe vergaderings van die die Boland klub bygewo
on. Ek wil graag my innige meegevoel aan Bennie en familie oordra. Dit was altyd lekker om by hulle te kuier.  DE Theo ZS1BO
oulike sketse onthou wat Rina op die voorblad (en soms binne) CQ BOLAND gedoen het in die 1980's.
She was not licensed but Rina  monitored  the om's qsls from inside the house on the 2m radio keeping up-to-date on the latest discussions. She also attended numerous club meetings and knew every ham by his/her call sign!
Posted - 17/07/2020   ZS1BO & Rassie Erasmus ZS1YT (SARL forum) Rina's sketch below.
Condolences - It is with deep regret that we announce that the key of Paul Ras, ZS6PR went silent in the early hours of Friday 10th July 2020. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Cecile, ZS6CJR, daughter Sanmarie, son Paul, family and friends. SARL 12/07/2020 News

S/k   ZS1MGT  Gwen Thompson  -  It is with deep regret that we announce that the key of Gwen Thompson, ZS1MGT of Ashton went silent on Friday 26 June 2020 after a long struggle with cancer. We extend our sincere condolences to her husband Bev, ZS1BEV, their two sons, cousin Errol, ZS6KED, family and friends. ( SARL News 5 July, 2020)

SK  KE7LSR   Helen Jean Cuffel,  (Dec. 7, 1938 – 26 June, 2020) age 81
a resident of the Peninsula for the past 57 years, died June 26, 2020 at her Long Beach (WA) residence with her family at her side. She married Norman “Bud” Cuffel  on July 26, 1957 . In October 1964, she and Bud moved to the Peninsula from Bickelton, Washington.

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Calendar August 2020 
9 Aug      YL Sprint 40m 12:00 to 14:00 UTC  Womens Day (SA) / Nasionale Vroue Dag  Thurs
10 Aug    SARL Youth Sprint 2019 Saturday 12:00-14:00 UTC (Inter. Youth Day 12 Aug)
Aug 15-16  CW - CVADX Concurso Verde e Amarelo  21:00-21:00 (UTC)  (Green & Yellow)  YL Single Operator category
Aug 16       SARL HF Digital contest (RSA) 14:00 to 17:00 UTC 20, 40, 80m
Aug 22- 23 ILLW International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend
Aug 22-23  CVA-DX Concurso Verde e Amarelo  SSB - 21:00-21:00 (UTC) Green & Yellow) 
      Separate  YL Single Operator category http://www.cvadx.org
Aug 29-30  40th A.L.A.R.A. Contest. 2020 Saturday at 0600 UTC- Sunday at 0559 UTC
          Phone & CW.  All HF Bands, except 160m & WARC Bands, Echolink accepted. https://www.alara.org.au/contests
 YL's of Chile  6th  anniversary 2020, Aug last weekend.
September 2020
Sept 5       YL Net 1st  Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.
Sept 5- 6   Region 1 SSB Field Day   1300-1300 UTC
Sept 11-19 Giro Rosa (URI)  (starts Fri 11, ends Sat 19) [26 June - July 5   Canc.]


yl.beam # 83 june 2020

  • Alda Niemeyer  (PP5ASN)  celebrates her 100th Birthday
  • Family History  - Amateur Radio - Blumenau Floods! - Roberto Landell de Moura - Honours
  • Romanian YL Eva on top again!
  • K7JGU   Theresa M. Korn Silent Key
  • W2OLB (S/k) Amelia Lobsenz,
  • COVID-19 Global Radio Communication Event
  • International Danube Day,
  • Contacts & Calendar

Alda Niemeyer  (PP5ASN)  celebrates her 100th Birthday
Family History  - Amateur Radio - Blumenau Floods! - Roberto Landell de Moura - Honours

PP5ASN Alda Schlemm Niemeyer, or Vovo Alda, (grandma Alda) as she is affectionately known in the Brasilian radio amateur world, celebrated her 100th birthday on 18 May 2020.
Family History
She was born in Joinville on May 18, 1920 and grew up in Curitiba, Brasil.
In  1939, age 19,  Alda, her sister and mother went to  Germany on a  cultural exchange. With the outbreak of  World War II what should have been be a journey of a few months, turned into a stay of  9 years,  They were unable to  return to Brasil as there were no more ships because of  the war.
As  foreigners, they were required  to provide  civilian services. Alda  took a  nursing  course and worked for  the Red Cross. from a dental office, Alda married in Germany and had three children. She survived  the worst bombing of the Second War, in February 1945 in the German  city of  Dresden where she lived.  Despite her house being destroyed in the blaze, and being hit in the head by a piece of brick - which blinded her for three weeks - Alda survived, along with her sister and a small child.
She managed to  return to Brazil in 1947, two years after  the end  of the war.  In 1950 she  separated from  Günter Hermann Schierz and in 1956,became a widow.
She  married doctor Érico Niemeyer and they  moved to Blumenau in 1956. She had 3 other children with him. She shared  55 years of marriage with Dr. Niemeye until his death  on October 4, 2003, age 77.  She is the grandmother  of 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Amateur Radio
She became interested in amateur radio in 1976 (age 56), obtaining a Class C license and the callsign  PY5WGG. In 1978 she up-graded to a Class B license, receiving the callsign PP5ASN. In 1980 ahe obtained a Class A license, keeping the  same callsign,  which she continues to hold today. She has been an active member of the Amateur Radio Club of Blumenau since 1976.
FIRST PY-YL DXPEDITION,  (PR2YL) GPS (24°44′28″S -  047°32′24″W)
Alda participated in the first  women's radio amateurs expedition held in Brasil to Ilha Comprida-SP,  near the city of Iguape, during the period  October 29 to November 2, 1998 (age 78), with the PS2S call ign in CW and PR2YL in SSB, together with colleagues Elza Cobra de Moraes PY2DHP, Afonsina Teixeira Salema PY2ATL, Adriana Gabardo PY5NT, Therezinha MA Félix Cardoso (Teresa) PT2TF, Alexandra Blumtritt PY2KTT and Arilda Gabardo PY5OA.
At age  84, she  received an  invitation  to travel to  Norway  as a  member the  dx-expedition team that operated in "Morokulien" for 14 days, from July 27 to August 09, 2004. Morokulien is a radio amateur station on the border between Norway and Sweden. The special callsign for the Norwegian side is LG5LG, and the special callsign for the Swedish side is SJ9WL.

However, Alda considers that her most important work as a radio amateur to be during the years 1983 and 1984, when Blumenau was almost destroyed by two tragic floods. Her courage as a woman and radio amateur can be seen in the pages of “SOS Enchente - A Vale Pede Socorro" (SOS Flood: A Valley Asks for Help), a book published in 1995, which she co-authored.  Currently out of print, the book is a documentary  and photographic account of  radio amateur activities  during the 1983 and 1984 floods.
The flood of 1983 which flooded her own house, encouraged  her commitment to Civil Defense. Grandma Alda (as she is known on the radio) installed her antennas on the building of the then EMBRATEL (Brasilian telecommunications company). From there she was able to mobilize  vital support  for the  city of Blumenau. Vaccines were flown in by the  Air Force, donations of thousands of  liters of drinking water received, medical supplies,  clothing and food obtained;  including many tons of donations from  amateur friends from Germany.  She helped establish communication not only between official bodies, but also arranged for aid to be received from individuals.
Imagine a time before the existence of digital cameras, cell phones and computers; when  fixed phones (land-lines) barely  worked.  Dona Alda (age 63) was however equal to the task and as relentless as the floods in her activities on the radio.

Roberto Landell de Moura (1861-1928) was a Brasilian priest and a scientist. At the end of the 19th century he carried out experiments to transmit the human voice over long distances without the aid of wires or cables.  Father Landell de Moura was a radio broadcasting pioneer.
As a radio amateur, Alda Niemeyer (PP5ASN) has excelled in publicizing the life and work of the Catholic priest and scientist Roberto Landell de Moura, nationally and in Europe. She translated into German, the book -  The Other Side of Telecommunications - The Saga of Father Landell by B. Hamilton Almeida. The book was released in Dortmund, Germany  May 1995.  As a result, radio amateurs in Germany and Austria learned about the life and work  of radio amateurs in Brazil. For her  work  around the work and  life of Padre Moura, Alda received the  commendation of “The Order of Radioamadores Father Roberto Landell de Moura”.

Brasil postage stamp issued: Alda S. Niemeyer, PP5ASN, 90 years/Jahre (2011)  
She has written various articles about Ham radio, in Portuguese and German. Participated in many Jamborees on the Air, and since its inception.has been active in the local contest ENCARA. She has  received numerous Special Event QSL cards from across the world, although some were lost during the floods. She lovingly guards the many national and international diplomas and trophies awarded to her through the years.
She took part in the World Radiosport Team Championships 2006  in Florianópolis, SC. (age 86)
She received the Commendation of the Order of Radio Amateurs Padre Landell de Moura, and a Commendation from the Legislative Assembly of Santa Catarina. In November 2012. she received 'Gentleman of the Civil Defense Medal' from the Minister of National Integration. In September 2013 she received the title of "Honorary Citizen" from the City Council of Blumenau.
Her enthusiasm is contagious and she always has a ready word of encouragement.  Charismatic and communicative, "Vovo Alda" lives in the hearts of many people in Blumenau, across Brasil and the world.
At age 95 she was  preparing Stollern (German Christmas sweet bread)  for when the family, including grandchildren and great-granchildren gather in her home  to celebrate Christmas. The writer (link below) even included the recipe!

 Documentary that tells the story of PP5ASN Alda Schlemm Niemeyer  activties during the1983 and 1984 floods. in Blumenau (Brasil);  text in Portuguese by colleague Ivan Dornelles, PY3IDR (S/k)

Romanian YL Eva on top again!
Fb: YO6EVA - Gajdó Kelemen Éva  · 27/05/2020
The day (23/05/2020) is a special day for me, because I was able to reach 2000 points in the SOTA program,which means the qualification 'Double Mountain Goat'. Thank you all who were involved in these special journey.
Here I mention YO6PIB, EA2DT, GORQL, SA4BLM, EA2LU and many other chasers! 73

Ja-Well-No-Fine     June is our Birthday month.
We remember that 68 years ago SAWRC (South African Womens Radio Club) was founded June 2,  1952 and that our  #1 news-letter was emailed June 2011 to a small group of yls.  9 years later (2020) yl.beam #83, will be sent globally to more than 2000 amateur radio ladies. How many will survive spam and mail filters or be read is unknown, BUT your editor believes the radio ladies are constructing a  growing global network.
 In the 1st letter, dated 17.05.2011 and emailed to 14 yls,  there was the announcement about the 2nd  'The Day of YL’s'   Logs to  f5isy@orange.fr. We were happy to share news again of this event held (24-25 May, 2020).
Thanks are due to various groups who share our newsletters and to those who have shared news with your editor. Without you, there would be no yl group. HURRAH to all of us as we celebrate 9 years of friendship!
33 Editor Heather (ZS5YH/ZS6YE)

While researching the articles below, links from Theresa Korn (K7JGU), led to (W2OLB) Amelia Lobsenz.  And mention must be made of DokuFunk: The documentation archive for researching the history of radio. (Be warned,  it's hard to stop reading this web-site.)  http://dokufunk.org/amateur_radio/contributions/index.php?CID=13532&ID=13542

K7JGU   Theresa M. Korn Nov 5th 1926 – April 9, 2020  Silent Key
Theresa Marie Korn (née McLaughlin), usually known as Terry, died of coronavirus / COVID-19 on April 9th, 2020 after a long life of achievements in aviation, engineering, publishing, community building and activism.
While still in high school, she was active as an amateur (“Ham”) radio operator and learned to fly planes. At the time, she was the youngest pilot and Ham radio operator in the United States, and also a member of the Ninety-Nines, the international women’s aviation organization founded in 1929 by Amelia Earhart and 98 other women pilots.
Theresa could not use the Carnegie Scholarship she had won for attending Engineering school, because at that time, women at Carnegie were admitted only into the affiliated Margaret Morrison Women's College. There she could take the same engineering classes as her male peers, but she could earn only a Bachelor's in Science degree, not an Engineering degree. Theresa felt that this 'was grossly unfair' and told her good friend Emma Ware, a friend from the Ninety-Nines, and a pilot in the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.), an organization of women flyers who tested aircraft and flew planes across the Atlantic for use in World War II. Emma, working with other women pilots, raised money for Theresa’s tuition. Emma correctly assumed that if Theresa refused the scholarship, and paid her own way, the Engineering school would accept her. Theresa was the first woman accepted into the Engineering program at Carnegie Tech.
She earned her First Class Radio Operators' license from the Federal Communications Commission, and began working on the weekends as a broadcast engineer for Greensburg radio station WHGB. When she discovered she was not being paid on a par with the other radio operators, all male, she requested equal pay. When this was refused, she quit the radio job and went to work wiring electric arcade games, such as pinball and horserace games.
Theresa excelled in mathematics, and often tutored her engineering classmates. Her male classmates nominated her for Eta Kappa Nu, the National Honor Society for Electrical Engineering. Unfortunately, the chapter would not extend membership to women, so she was not allowed to join. Nonetheless, in 1947, Theresa turned in the best senior paper among her peers; grudgingly, Eta Kappa Nu awarded her a certificate to honor her achievement. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1947, the first woman to graduate from Carnegie Tech’s Engineering program.
 At Curtiss-Wright she was promoted to a restricted research department where she conducted missile research and she met Dr. Granino A. Korn, head of the analysis division. The couple was married September 3rd, 1948. Because of a nepotism policy at Curtiss-Wright, after the wedding Theresa lost her job. She was unemployed until Curtiss-Wright loaned Granino Korn to Boeing in Seattle, and the couple left for the West coast. At Boeing they were both able to work; Granino built a computer at one plant, while Theresa worked on analysis of the B52 tail section at another plant.
In 1952 the couple decided to start a consulting business and began writing books about computers and mathematics. Korn & Korn are considered pioneers in the computer community.
Theresa continued her education, and in 1954 she earned her Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.
Granino became Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arizona – Tucson,  and following his retirement from teaching in 1983, the couple settled in Wenatchee, Washington.
They continued to publish and consult, until Granino’s death in 2013. Theresa lived quietly in Wenatchee until her death.
Holder of  an Advanced Amateur Radio License, she was a member of YLRL for 52 years and   #06226 of QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association)
She was a Warrant officer in Pennsylvania Wing United States National Guard Civil Air Patrol, 1941-1943.  Member of Society Women Engineers, American Association of University Women,
Theresa Marie Korn has been listed as a notable engineering executive, electrical engineer, consultant, writer by Marquis Who's Who (US).    A trailblazer for women in sciences!

 W2OLB (S/k) Amelia Lobsenz, 1922 – 1992
 Originally from Greensboro, NC, she grew up in Atlanta, GA. She owned her own Public Relations firm in New York City for 36 years and was the first woman president of the International Public Relations Association. She held the call-sign W2OLB, from 1941 and became a Silent Key Sep 3, 1992  at Lenox Hill Hospital.
Amelia was also an author. In 1951 she published a book for teen girls called “Kay Everett Calls CQ.”   about a young college girl who takes a summer road trip from North Carolina out to the West with three friends, a trailer, and ham radio.
The protagonist Kay is named after Ms. Lobsenz’s own daughter. Their adventures are many.  The plot centres around a jewel thief and Kay learning about the amateur radio hobby which plays a critical role in several places
 The book includes a glossary of amateur radio abbreviations, aids to learning Morse code, and information for girls who want to become "ham" radio operators.  Amelia also wrote another book about ham radio called “Kay Everett Works DX.” (1952)
The author, Amelia Lobsenz, was an experienced ham, licensed in 1941 and she based some of the characters on her actual friends, to include Theresa Korn, K7JGU. In the story, Terry, a YL and pilot, takes two of the girls flying over Idaho (aeronautical mobile), where they end up directing smoke-jumpers into a wildfire).
Sources https://www.amateurradio.com/kay-everett-calls-cq/
YLRL: Carol, K4SAF, &  Scott NØZB secure linkext. Link 2015-11-27)

The Finnish Amateur Radio League, (SRAL) in cooperation with Araucaria DX Group (ADXG) of Brazil and Radio Arcala, OH8X of Finland invite you to join them in to a global special event.
For amateur radio operators worldwide, social distancing is not an issue. radio-wave signals fly high and wide, across all borders. Even if ham radio operators are now confined to their homes, they are encouraged to communicate, to enhance friendships, and to keep minds and skills sharp.
DATE: June 06-07, 2020.
BANDS: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 meters
2) NON-STAYHOME stations: All other stations with their regular suffix.
More info at:    https://www.araucariadx.com.br/arquivos/stayhome.pdf

International Danube Day, is celebrated on June 29, each year
 Hungarian ham radio operators living along the Danube River hold an annual special event HG7DANUBE  All hams worldwide are invited to take part.
Starts 28th June, 00:00 UT – 29th, June,  23:59 UTC.
A Danube station is when your QTH (City, or town) is next to the Danube.
Multipliers - Each country where Danube flows: DK  Germany,  OE  Austria, OM  Slovak Rep,,  HA  Hungary, YU  Serbia, 9A  Croatia.  YO  Romania,  LZ  Bulgaria,  UR  Ukraine,  ER  Moldova
QRZ.com  for more information.
QSL manager Székely József HA7VY ha7vyjozsi@gmail.com

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