yl.beam #109 aug 2022


  • Ja-No-Well-Fine
  • The Koeksister Monument
  • SARL YL QSO Party
  • Vi Cruickshanks, ZS2BR, First Yls
  • ILLW International Lighthouse lightship Weekend
  • VE3DTW. Williamson, Ethel [1907 – 2010 ]
  • Port Weller Lighthouse, Ontario
  • CLARA visits Fern Blodgett
  • Out & About
  • Silent Keys & Condolences
  • Nets, Contact, Calendar

Women's Day is celebrated on 9th August in South Africa and when I came across a monument to the “koeksister” - ubiquitously South African – I thought it might be a cross-cultural symbol that we could all support (food is an International language!). Hope to meet you on air on Women's Day and be sure to have a few koeksisters ready with your coffee. 33 Editor ZS5YH Heather 

The Koeksister Monument
Situated in the Northern Cape, about 160km south of Kimberley, Orania is a small town located on the banks of the Orange River and a stronghold for Afrikaans culture. The Koeksister Monument, erected in 2003, celebrates the women who baked and sold koeksisters, a syrupy sweet Afrikaner delicacy, to collect money for charity and is one of the town's tourist attractions.
The monument, a Giant Koeksister, is the brainchild of Orania’s Kaalvoet women’s organisation and named for Susanna Smit, who said she would rather walk barefoot (kaalvoet) over the Drakensberg (ridge of mountains) than suffer under British rule in Natal (mid 1840s). Susanna Smit (1798-1863) considered a symbol of resistance to oppression.
Koeksister is believed to have originated from a recipe brought to the Cape by Dutch settlers in the 17th century.

Tuesday 9 August 2022 - National Women’s Day
1. Aim This is a fun activity to celebrate Women’s Day between radio amateurs in South Africa. Call “YL Sprint”
2. Date and Time Tuesday 9 August 2022 from 12:00 to 13:00 UTC = 1400 – 1500 CAT
Tuesday 9 August 2022 from 12:00 to 13:00 UTC - National Women’s Day
3. The exchange is a RS(T) report and YL or OM.
4. Frequency 40-metre band. 7 100 to 7 130 kHz is contest free.
5.1 Contacts between YL stations are worth 6 points.
5.2 Contacts between YL and OM stations are worth 3 points
5.3 Contacts between OM stations are worth 1 point.

Strelitzia, aka the crane flower, bird of paradise, is indigenous to South Africa and particularly in the area where Vi Cruickshanks, ZS2BR lived, (below) extract from May 1968 Radio ZS Yls Corner: . Irvine Green ZS6BPE

Vi Cruickshanks, ZS2BR, South Africa's Early Yls

Vi Cruickshanks, ZS2BR, obtained her ticket on the 8th November, 1937. She was also well received by the OM fraternity, and they admired her muchly for her flawless C.W. Vi was a telegraphist for nine years, so she was extremely lucky to have had such good training, which prepared her so well for the hobby of Amateur Radio.
Vi has done her share of listening also, which helped her with the procedure. She also felt a little shy at the beginning, but it did not take her long to get into her stride.
At the time when Vi first came on the 40 and 20 metre bands, she had a young daughter. Her life was a busy one, as she was also occupied with Social work.
During the war, ZS2BR helped to give the W.A.A.F. Signals some tuition in Port Elizabeth for a while. She also worked in the Post Office for a further three years, to help to alleviate the staff position during 1939 - 1945.
Although being occupied with her pursuits, Vi has found time to serve on the Council of the S.A. Women’s Radio Club, and on the committee of the Port Elizabeth Branch of the S.A. Radio League.
As far as her personality is con
cerned, Vi is interested in people, and she has a nice sense of humour. She is a person who perseveres, and she shows the same unflagging enthusiasm for all the hobbies and social work she has embraced.
Her present Rig is the 6C4 V.F.O. 6C4 doublers driving a single 807, running 70 watts. The Modulator consists of a pair of 6L6s, Class AB 1. The RX is the 1155A. with the RF 24. The antennae are folded dipoles.
The S.P.C.A. has been Vi’s greatest interest for many years, and she is always working for this cause. She is on the Executive Committee, and also serves on the Animals Home Management Committee.
Now Vi and her OM Ab, are the grandparents of three, and their daughter lives in Port Elizabeth.
ZS2BR Mrs. V. Cruickshanks, of Port Elizabeth appeared in the SARL callbooks from 1950 - 1973.

ILLW - International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend
on track for the 25th year over weekend August 20 – 21, 2022
the objective is to have fun and at the same time highlight lighthouses that suffer from lack of care and maintenance. Showing the public all about amateur radio is a side benefit.
10 South African lighthouses have been registered with inland clubs ZS3VDK (Van Der Kloof) and ZS6WR (West Rand) members travelling to the coast to activate three lighthouses.

VE3DTW-Ethel Williamson on her 100th Birthday.
VE3DTW. Williamson, Ethel. [ March 21,1907 – October 29th 2010 ] age 104
Born in England in 1907, Ethel (age 4) immigrated to St Catharines with her family in 1911.
When husband Cyril enlisted to serve in the RCAF in World War II, Ethel spent 5 years raising her sons and volunteering at the Red Cross and Air Force Canteen.
After having served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, Cyril Williamson was looking for secure employment to support his wife Ethel and their two sons. One evening in September 1945, Cy looked up from the evening paper and asked Ethel, “How would you like to live in a lighthouse?”
 He explained that there would be a lot of competition for jobs now, and his experience with radios during the war would be a good fit for the position. Of the eight men who applied, Cy ranked first, and the family moved to the lighthouse in time to open it for the shipping season on April 1, 1946.
Cy Williamson VE3TW had been a big part of the Radar section run by the RAF during WW 2.
 Cyril and Ethel became lighthouse keepers at Port Weller (Ontario) at the north entrance to the Welland Canal and maintained the light for the next 25 years.

As Ethel Williamson recalls, she was a little puzzled by the radio at first. "To me, it just meant a lot of noise," she said. She said her determination to learn grew after overhearing Cyril talking on the radio with the wife of a man in Barbados, who sounded like an attractive young woman. "I thought 'who is she?'" "I thought 'maybe I can, too.' That was how I got involved with it."
 Ethel earned her Amateur Radio License, VE3DTW and began her long-standing membership with the Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club. Ethel was reportedly one of the first women in Canada to earn her license, and during her years at the lighthouse, she contacted people from over 250 countries. Following the war, many Canadian servicemen were still stationed overseas, and Ethel was often contacted to see if she could relay a message to their families. “Sometimes I wrote to the relatives making a date for them to come to the lighthouse at a certain time. It was the most rewarding time of my life."

Ethel had a lot of stories to tell about that time. There was enough material, and Williamson was such a good story-teller that she wrote a book, A Light on the Seaway, which was published in 1972. Ethel shares many humorous stories from their life on Welland Canal and chronicles the opening of St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959, when large "salties" (ocean going ships) began passing right outside their front door. Many people that Ethel befriended via radio paid a visit to the station.

Ethel Williamson marked her 100th birthday March 21, 2007, attending a lunch in her honour hosted by the Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club.; she was a member of the Trilliums, the Canadian Ham Radio Club for ladies (fore-runner of CLARA).
 When the Welland branch of the Handy Ham Amateur Radio Club of Canada heard about a 102 year old ham who had been QRT for the past two decades they decided to help Ethel. The organization offered to set up a radio for her at Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village long-term-care home so she could get back on the air. on Monday, January 4th. 2010 she made her first QSO with a station in Melbourne, Australia, via a local repeater tied to VK land using IRLP. Thanks to ham radio her voice was, once again, heard, worldwide.
Ethel passed away peacefully on October 29th 2010, in her 104th year at Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village.
Her years of service were recognized in 2002, when she was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
At the age of ninety-eight, she had the honour of christening the new Canadian Coast Guard vessel Cape Storm at the Port Weller Coast Guard Station. Ethel was predeceased by her beloved husband of 61 years Cyril.


Port Weller Lighthouse, St. Catharines, Ontario
Port Weller marks the northern entrance of the Welland Canal, which links Lake Ontario with Lake Erie, allowing vessels to bypass the Niagara River and Falls; opening all of the Great Lakes to outside shipping.
In August 1921, a wooden pole was erected at the outer end of the west embankment at Port Weller, and on it were mounted a cluster of fixed white electric lights and an electrically-operated fog bell. A concrete mast replaced the wooden pole in 1925.
The pierhead light and bell served alone until 1931, when a combination keeper’s dwelling and generator building was built along with a four-section, skeletal lighthouse. Consistent with the architecture of the time, the keeper’s dwelling was built in an Art Deco style. In 1934, an automatic radio-beacon was established at Port Weller.

The life of keeper Cyril Williamson and his family is chronicled in Ethel Williamson's A Light on the Seaway. The Williamsons lived at the station for 25 years from 1946 until the main light was extinguished. The main light was demolished in 1971.
The lighthouse and the fog horn building illustrate the importance of navigational aids to the safe usage of the Welland Canal. The Port Weller lighthouse station, as a result of the interest of lighthouse keeper Cyril Williamson and his wife Ethel in ham radio, achieved international recognition as an important navigational aid on the Welland Canal.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway
Corporation established a set of range lights farther inland at Port Weller in 1969, and the Port Weller Main Lighthouse was discontinued.
Both the 1953 and 1931 residences now serve as the Port Weller Search and Rescue Station for the Canadian Coast Guard.

STOP-PRESS From the Lighthouse above, cross Lake Ontario (NNE) to Cobourg:
CLARA visits Fern Blodgett
Members of the Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Association (CLARA) stopped by Cobourg, ON. on Tuesday, July 28, 2022 to see a statue of a trailblazer Fern Blodgett.
VE3HAI Ann Nutter from Toronto, VU2SWS Saria Sharma from Mumbai, India, VE7IM Suzanne Snape from Courtenay, BC; VA3RMW Roberta Williams from Markham, ON. and N9ZKU Janet Maggart from Fort Wayne, IN., arrived in Cobourg and were met by members of the Fern Blodgett Sunde Commemorative Statue Committee.
Ed: Loved accompanying these Yls on their 15m video, enjoy 33 /88


Canadian born Fern Blodgett Sunde was the first woman to earn her wireless licence in Canada, the first to go to sea, and the first to serve as a wireless operator in the Norwegian Merchant Navy. Read about Radio 'sparks' in the Atlantic WW2, and Fern Blodgett and her ship M/V Mosdale: 

http://wrarc-anode.blogspot.com/2020/11/ yl.beam#88 nov 2020

Out & About
IV3FSG Elvira Simoncini from Italy is radio active in Africa:
Elvira was active in Uganda as 5X3R 23 June - 13 July 2022 and she will be active from Madagascar as 5R8LH from August 1 to September 9, 2022.

USA yl Janet, W8CAA / C6AYL and OM Joe, W8GEX / C6ADX were active on Exuma Islands, IOTA NA-001, Bahamas, 16 - 26 July 2022,

EA2DNO IRATXE Urizar from Spain
24 July. 2022 Congratulations Iratxe, EA2DNO. In today's SOTA activation, she achieved her fourth "mountain goat". 🐐🐐🐐🐐 4000 activator points

Thai YL Pioneer Silent Key
Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL former RAST (Radio Amateur Society of Thailand) President and wife of Kamchai (HS1WR-SK) became a Silent Key during July 2022
In 2006 she declined to run again as President, citing health reasons
Her husband HS1WR Col Kamchai (Kam) of the Royal Thai Army Artillery became RAST's first vice president in 1971.
It was his deathbed wish, November 1982, to his wife Mayuree, HS1YL and others to continue to promote amateur radio in Thailand.

Silent Key Felicitas Wolff DL9XBB
We received the sad news at short notice that on Friday, 22.07.2022 our radio friend DL9XBB Felicitas Wolff, named "Felix", a few days before her 70th birthday fell asleep.
The district of Hamburg loses a very active and long-term member.
Felicitas did not just serve as a YL speaker in the district, she also served for many years as the district chairman. For health reasons, she has given up that task, which she has always undertaken with enthusiasm and dedication, in the fall of 2021.
DARC : Mike Kapplusch DL1BMK, District Chairman

 to NS7X MaryAnn Cornett who lost her husband of 32 years K5PSG Bob died April 1, 2022 at home in Albuquerque NM.

Sunday YL Net at 8 pm Pacific Daylight Time (11 pm EDT) or 0300 UTC)
 YLs anywhere Check into the Sunday YL net (Monday UTC) on EchoLink node KE6YUV-R

ALARA Conference Station - IRLP node is 9509
ALARA Monday night nets - every Monday night with the 1st and 3rd Mondays on EchoLink.
YLRL Weekly net - 0100 UTC every Friday. Net control is usually Catherine AC4YL.
Minows net - 0230 UTC every Friday. Net control is Margaret AE7MB.
NOTES: Please make sure you check your UTC/24 hour clock to get the timing correct. We’d love to have some new YLs check in. These nets are lots of fun. If you, or other YLs you know, would like to run a net on the ALARA Conference Station, from anywhere in the world, please drop me a line via e-mail so I can make sure the station is free at your requested time. 33 Shirley VK5YL

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Calendar August 2022

Aug 06 YL Net 1st Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.
Aug 6 - 13 YOTA camp, Karlovac, Croatia. 2022.
Aug 12 International Youth Day
Aug 14 Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS) "YL CQ Day" 2nd Sunday of every month!
Aug 15 - 21 "Special YL Diploma" "Selvamar Noticias" and (CE4YLC) 2nd time
August 15, 00:00 UTC to August 21 at 23:59 UTC..HF. Echolink, Digital, CB modes
 https:/ /selvamar-noticias.jimdofree.com/diploma-yl/
Aug 19–22. SYLRA 2022 meeting Finland SYLRA celebrates 18 years (founded 15th August 2003)
Aug 20 - 21 ILLW International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (25th Anniversary)
Aug 27- 28 A.L.A.R.A. CONTEST 42nd Sat. 0600 hours UTC – Sun. 0559 hours UTC
 (Australian Ladies AR Ass.)annually on the last FULL weekend of August
Aug 27 - 28 Yankee Lima Chile group 8th anniversary 2022 (August 2014)last weekend Aug.
Aug 28 - Sept 3 20th IARU World ARDF Championships 2022 (Borovets, Bulgaria)

Aug 7 SARL HF Phone Contest
Aug 9 National Women’s Day; SARL YL QSO Party
Aug 13 SARL Youth QSO Party
Aug 14 SARL HF Digital Contest
Aug 27 SARL Saturday 40 m Club Contest
Aug 28 SARL HF CW Contest
Aug 31 Sandton ARC Talking Tech Power Hour on 145.700/Echolink 19:00


YL Beam #107 - June 2022


  • South African Yls Anniversary month of June
  • S African YL's Brief History
  • Recall & Remember - Ruth Boatwright ZS2QK (ex ZS5QK)
  • ZS Autumn SOTA Day 2 May 2022
  • SOTA DXpedition 2022 on Svalbard (JW)
  • K4SAF Carol Fraley Laferty  5 Band DXCC Award
  • LU1NSL Sofia  Women's Day 2022 & Radioclub Santiago del Estero, Argentina
  • Seychelles Dxpedition  
  • Silent Keys
  • Contact & Calendar

South African Yls Anniversary month of June
Our 1st letter was sent June 2011 and 11 years on, we reflect and remember the women radio pioneers and operators, on whose shoulders we stand today.

The SAWRC (South African Women’s Radio Club) was founded on 2 June 1952; the only YL Club in the Southern hemisphere. That means they would have celebrated their 70th platinum anniversary in 2022! Founding members, now all SK (Silent Key) were: ZS2AA Iris Hayes (President); ZS5KG Muriel Neill (Vice-President);  ZS6KK Marie Cormack and ZS6GH Diana Green (Joint Secretaries). Diana Green also edited their magazine YL Beam. They had their own magazine,"YL Beam", which regularly comprised over 18 pages, and even had a Christmas edition of 30 pages.
They started with 33 members and by end of 1952 they had 71. The club was very active in the 1950's and 60's with over 120 YL members.
South African YL's -  A Brief  History:
1937 First Licensed YL in South Africa - ZS2AA, Iris Hayes. (Sk 31 May 1999)
1944     1st January,The South African Young Ladies' League ( S.A. YLRL) inaugurated, lasts  until 1951
1948 January - SA  YLRL 'Harmonics' newsletter
1952 2 June, SAWRC (South African Women’s Radio Club) founded
1983     Kay Munro ZS5RI   Honorary Life Membership The SARL’s highest honour
1985     SAWRC  went into recess
2008 International YL Meet held in South Africa
2009    First SARL YL Sprint (9 August- Womens Day in SA)
2010   New beginnings for SAWRC
2011 May 1st "The International Day Of  Yls" hosted by French YLs  
June #1 yl.beam  newsletter;  
September 1, Ham Yl on Facebook
2016 May, SARL Hall of  Fame  inducts ZS2AA, Iris Hayes (SK). Licensed 1937, first SA YL  
2022    14th yr SARL YL QSO Party    5 March 2022

Recall & Remember  - Ruth Boatwright ZS2QK (ex ZS5QK)
Ruth moved to the Garden Route Area after her husband Roger ZS5EW became silent key.
Ruth was blind. (A white stick operator) She was active on HF and VHF. Many will remember her cheerful voice on the Eastern Cape Repeater Network and for her positive outlook on many aspects of life. Well known on the air she would always be there to answer your call.
Ruth had a Kenwood TS120S Radio with no fancy voice synthesizer. She used a piece of press-stick (reusable putty-adhesive)  to find her way around the HF frequencies. At times the HF radio and antenna would not function properly. Roger (ex ZS1J) would come to Ruth's aid by fixing her radio and antenna free of charge. Her two meter radio also gave trouble and she received a donation radio from a radio amateur that kept her on the air.
Ruth was a regular on the WACRAL group every Saturday morning. She never missed a call in, even if late. ( World Association of Christian Amateurs and Listeners)
Ruth moved from the Wilderness to a retirement village in George and then during February 2012, it is  believed she  moved back to ZS5- KZN land. Her licence lapsed in 2017 - presumably when she went into a Retirement centre before she became silent key. We will remember her for "All good things come to those who are willing to wait!!"
SARL Forum: Edited by -  01/11/2021   ZS1I   Johan Terblanche,
During  Feb 2017 ZS6BOX Cliff  had a long chat with her in a retirement-home in Port Shepstone, KZN.

ZS1ISS Kiara & Bryce ZS1BWM-SOTA  [Paulsberg ZS/WC-9521]
Five amateurs received the Brian Jones SOTA ZS award at the SARL 2022 Awards ceremony in Pretoria on the 23rd April 2022 for their contributions to the SOTA ZS program.
Yl Kiara  ZS1ISS, brother Bryce ZS1BWM and  dad Phil McLean.  
yl  ZS1WW, Esme Walsh ZS3EW, and her OM Roy ZS3RW

 ZS Autumn SOTA Day 2 May 2022
9x  summits,  15x activators,  115 chasers & 3 YLs
The Hibiscus Coast Amateur Radio Club had two teams.
Klipspruit, ZS/KN-204 activated, the  summit lies between Harding and Kokstad in KZN. Yl  Louise, ZS5BSR and OM Tim, ZS5TIM made 39 contacts each;  ZS5LS Louis achieved 42 contacts. 7x S2S and one POTA. It was a sunny bright clear day with an icy wind. Sandwiches and coffee were enjoyed by all.
Gudlintaba, ZS/KN-244 - Sid, ZS5AYC and yl Adele, ZS5APT, also from Hibiscus ARC started off at 04:00,  their destination Gudlintaba was 3 hours from QTH. First contact made at 07:05 UTC.

Kanonberg, ZS/WC-950 : -33.2745, 18.7533;  Locator: JF96jr
yl  Esmé,ZS3EW and om  Roy, ZS3RW from Noord-Kaap Amateur Radio Klub were active in the Western Cape, Originally this summit had a canon on it, which would have also made it a HOTA site, but  no longer. It took a while to get hold of the farmer to ask permission but eventually  he was happy to allow us to activate the SOTA. Very friendly farmer and it was great to activate even though we forgot the  coffee and SOTA cups at home.
22 contacts on 40 m and 3x on 2 m, six S2S and one HOTA to SOTA.
RADIO ZS June 2022, p39

SOTA DXpedition 2022 on Svalbard (JW)
 3 - 8 May, 2022. A team of four SOTA activators completed a successful DXpedition to the Arctic Island of Svalbard (IOTA EU-026)
JW5E is the callsign of  Ham radio club, a  member of the national organisation Norwegian Radio Relay League (NRRL).  Club name is SARK (Svalbard Amatør Radio Klubb) and its club house is situated in the settleme, located on the Norwegian island Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, at 78 degrees North.
One of the highlights was  S2S between two Arctic summits from XYL  JW5MUA/LA5MUA  Solveig, since she lives in Longyearbyen she uses the callsign JW5MUA.

Svalbard also known as Spitzbergen, is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. North of mainland Europe, it is about midway between the northern coast of Norway and the North Pole.
Approximately 60% of the archipelago is covered with glaciers, and the islands feature many mountains and fjords. As Svalbard is north of the Arctic Circle, it experiences midnight sun in summer and polar night in winter.
 Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on the archipelago amd is the main gateway. No roads connect the settlements; snowmobiles, aircraft and boats are used for inter-settlement transport.

K4SAF Carol Fraley Laferty  5 Band DXCC Award
David Minster, CEO of the American Radio Relay League, presents the 5 Band DXCC Award, to Carol J Laferty, K4SAF of Clearfield, KY, at the Dayton Hamvention. This award is earned by working 100 countries on 5 of the amateur radio bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.  Carol has also finished 100 countries on 30 and 17 meters.

Young Argentines Lead the Way
LU1NSL Sofia  represents Santiago on Women's Day 2022
The Radioclub of La Rioja LU1SF, one of the most active in the country, organizes the "certificate" for International Women's Day, where Argentine radio amateurs, representing their provinces,  take over the radio air.
Santiago del Estero, a province in the north of Argentina, was represented by Sofía Loray, 12 years old,  on Women's Day who operated an 'award' station, granting contacts to other participating stations.
Sofía Loray (LU1NSL), who has been a radio amateur since she was 10 years old, obtained her callsign during the pandemic, after completing her technical, theoretical and practical training at the Radioclub Santiago del Estero LU1NF, where she demonstrated her radio operation skills in the bands of HF.
Radio amateurs agree on Sofia's ease, good manners and operating skills, which is why she represented Santiago in this event.
In dialogue with 'Nuevo Diario', her father, Ernesto Loray (LU6NHD), said: “She has the habit of correctly using the international radio alphabet; and when she asks for the microphone to operate, she always asks me to leave her a while longer. It is a pride to know that she represents another generation of the family”.
Radioclub Santiago del Estero, Argentina - 4 new yls 12/Sept 2020
The Radioclub Santiago del Estero LU1NF keeps alive and growing during the Covid pandemic, where it continued to provide training to future radio amateurs; and on this occasion, Enacom issued 11 new licenses to a group of people from Santiago, including 4 girls between 10 and 14 years old. This unprecedented participation of 4 girls stands out, ages 10 to 14 years old , surprised the national community of radio amateurs.
They are Sofía Ernestina Loray Cejas (10), Anna Luz Juárez (11), Salma Irina Rojo Bulacio (11), who, together with the rest of the interested adults, successfully passed the entry level exam.
Although the regulations of the National Communications Agency (Enacom) indicate that a license can be obtained from the age of 9,  this situation has not occurred for 15 years,in the province, and even less so with four girls!
The Radioclub Santiago del Estero LU1NF  (founded 1948) has trained many radio amateurs during the past 74 years.  Dr. Eduardo Paskevicius (LU1NAF) secretary: "I have been a radio amateur since 1996, The last time I remember seeing children obtaining their license, was on the same course I did, and one of them is the current President Alvaro (Rodriguez Montesinos, LU1NA) then 13 years old, in 1996.  I know  that later there were several tests that where minors participated and today some of them are still active amateur radio operators
For me it is exciting, and hopeful that young children join in such a noble and exciting activity . This guarantees the validity of the activity over time, and the possibility that when we are older, young people will continue to grow the institution and radio activity, which we must not forget, was the first social network, before the era of globalization.”
Amateur radio in Argentina was declared an Activity of National Interest (Law No. 16,118) and operators are urged to refer to amateur radio as an "activity and not as a hobby or pastime".
"If all else fails: there is ham radio. " It is a reminder that when a disaster strikes an area and its communication infrastructures are destroyed, it is possible to regain communication thanks to radio stations and local radio amateurs.
All it takes is a radio set, an antenna and a power source to power this small infrastructure.
Seychelles Dxpedition  
From August 9 to 23, 2022, Spanish yl  Nuria – S79?EA3WL and Jose – S79/EA3BT, will be active from Praslin, La Digue and Mahe Islands, all reference IOTAAF-024. The operation will only be in SAT mode (QO-100, RS-44 and others) in an expedition in "vacation" mode in SSB, CW and FT8.
  Qsl via EA3BT, OQRS.

DANUBE DAY, HG7DANUBE   29th of June, 00:00 UT till the 29th, 23:59 UT.  (qrz.com)
each year, the 14 countries of the Danube River Basin jointly celebrate one of Europe's greatest river systems,     https://www.ha2mn.hu/danubeday.html
The Danube, one of the world's great rivers stretches for 1800 miles from a spring in the Black Forest of southern Germany near Donaueschingen to the Black Sea. It runs east through Regensburg and Passau, Germany, to Linz and Vienna, Austria and on to Bratislava, Slovakia, then continues east to Budapest, Hungary where it abruptly heads south to Mohacs, Hungary. It is then joined by the Drava and again turns in an easterly direction to Belgrade, Serbia where its volume is increased by the Sava River. It then continues east, forming the border between Romania and Bulgaria, eventually creating a massive delta which now includes parts of Russia, Romania and Bulgaria, before emptying into the Black Sea. The delta is a very important bird sanctuary and breeding ground.
Silent Keys
Nancy Bone, G7UUR, the co-founder and long-time secretary of the Angel of the North ARC became a Silent Key Thursday the 5th of May 2022. She was an RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) Deputy Regional Manager for a number of years, a repeater licence holder, exam tutor and GB2RS news reader. In everything that she did, she approached it with enthusiasm and commitment that challenged and inspired others.  Nancy, a stalwart lady, had trained as a solicitor and dedicated her life to help the neglected, the abused and the underprivileged.
We are thinking of her husband Warren, G7MWB, their family and many friends at this difficult time.
 N3JZH  Barbara R Grover /SK  age 57   [March 21, 1965 -  May 11, 2022]
 of Mattie, Bedford County, PA., passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2022..She was a member of the Bedford County Amateur  Radio Society
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June 2022
Queen Elizabeth Jubilee(UK) Full Month of June 2022
 June 3-5th  Museum Ships on the air weekend.
 USS Batfish ARC has permission from the museum board to operate in the parking lot (the museum grounds are still off limits inside the fence)   All YL's are welcome to participate.
June 04      YL Net 1st Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.
June 4        SARL VHF/UHF FM Contest
June 8 - 12  SARL Top Band QSO Party
June 12     Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS) "YL CQ Day" 2nd  Sunday of every month
June 16      Youth Day; The SARL Youth QSO Party
June 17      World QRP Day;
June 20      An Evening with YU3AWA YL Marija on YOTA -  Monday,  8:15 PM UTC+02
                   Online Zoom Meet   https://us06web.zoom.us/j/5249312563   Meet ID: 524 931 2563
June 24-26  HAM Radio Friedrichshafen,, Germany , 2022 – 24 anniversary
June 29      Danube Day 28June, 00:00 UT - 29th, 23:59 UT.
July 02       YL Net 1st Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.
 30 June - 10 July 2022   The Pink Radio Award - La Radio in Rosa  U.R.I. (IZ0EI)
Aug 18 – 21 SYLRA Scandinavian Yls meet  Turku, Finland, 2022.

YL News December 2021


 yl.beam #101 dec 2021 


New South African Yls

Proud 2B PI4YLC    Dutch Young Ladies Club

JQ1ARQ Kazue"KAZU" Nakata Field Day Contest 2021

YL Scout from Brasil takes 1st Place!

IU2LXR Micol Ivancic  part of  ARISS telebridge Italian schools

Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z - Amateur Radio Newsline 2021 Young Ham of the Year


WOTRA (Women-On-The-Radio- Award) 2021

100 Year Anniversary of  the Transatlantic Test    

 W1MPP - Randall Thompson, Eunice - Pioneer

Silent Key

Contact & Calendar

New South African Yls Welcome
RAE Oct 2021 6 new YLs + 1 upgrade.
ZS6YLB  Brenda Els ;
ZS1MH   Madré Hansen
ZU1RDJ  Amber Jordaan
ZS3SD    Samantha Joubert
ZS3MN    Maria Nel
ZS6EM    Elmarie Mccash (OM became S/K)
ZS1ISS / ZU1ISS Kiara McLean upgrade

Ooops!  Error  ALARA 41st Contest Results
Tracy Roberts  - It's good to see my name in the results but I am an OM, not a YL, so it is 17 YLs and 21 OMs. . It isn't the first time and won't be the last. My mother thought the name was a good idea in 1961!    73,  Tracy Roberts VK3TTT 


Proud 2B PI4YLC    Dutch Young Ladies Club      Posted on 14/04/2021
Last weekend PI4YLC participated for the first time in the OK-OM DX SSB contest. We did this contest before in 2015, but then it was with the special call PI33YLC. This time the call PI4YLC was represented by Claudia PA5CT and Sonja PD4SON from Claudia's home QTH.
During the OK-OM DX SSB contest, the goal is to work as many Czech and Slovak stations as possible, but other stations also score points. Claudia and Sonja enjoyed the contest again this time and made 242 QSOs in 24 hours, most of them on 7 MHz. The 40m dipole, which Rens PA3FGA and Claudia had placed on Friday evening, did a good job! Claudia had a run at 40m and significantly increased the number of QSOs. Sonja usually did Search & Pounce and also got nice points with that. The logged result of PI4YLC in the OK-OM contest is 1268 points from QSOs with 62 countries.
We thank Rens PA3FGA, who keeps letting us grow one step further in contesting with multiple operators. Because the set-up is still under development, we entered a contest in the Multi Operator Single Transmitter category (MOST) but in the future we can work towards a Multi Operator 2 Transmitters (MO2T). At MO2T, both operators are constantly behind one of the two radios. That's quite strenuous for the two operators available. Now the YLs could alternate with MOST.


JQ1ARQ Kazue "KAZU" Nakata Field Day Contest      2021 11 Aug.
Kazu (from Japan) participated in the Field Day Contest again this year. She usually operates from  home,  but  the field day contest means an opportunity to operate some where else  and to work with other club members., as part of the  JO1YYP -  YYP  DX & Contest Club.
 An online meeting was held about one month before the field day.  Since 160m has been added from this year, there is a lot of equipment, operation, and content to consider.
As the threat from Covid was active they had to take measures against infection and  just before  the event  participants confirmed the infection was under control.
When it's hot so you can remove the mask so that you don't get sick, but don't talk at that time, wear a mask when talking, only talk using , chat as usual during operation, don't talk during meals.
They travelled to Tsukuba  located  approximately 50 kilometers from central Tokyo.
The Waiwai Club FD team has four members, but this time there were  only three members.
It was the first time for everyone to use N1MM, 

(Kazu had been practicing N1MM in an individual participation contest for this FD!)
There aren't many photos because of the bad weather this time ,(lots of rain), but JQ1ARQ  KAZU made a slide show:  
(Google translation & your editor did our best, but the slide show tells the story.)


YL Scout from Brasil takes 1st  PLACE!
PU2PRM- Beatriz Pata, a scout from Grupo Escoteiro Cruz Azul Campinas 92 / SP
(São Paulo) took 1st  place in the two modes in which she competed in the Green and Yellow Radioamator Contest, promoted by the Brazilian Army.
Using her own callsign (PU2PRM)  she stayed at the top of the SSB (phonia) and CW (morse code) modes. Everyone is very proud and happy for this achievement.

 Created over 50 years ago,  CVA DX Contest  (Concurso Verde e Amarelo/ The Green and Yellow Contest), is the most traditional amateur radio contest in Brazil . 2021 was  the 62nd edition of the competition  always held on the third weekend of August in CW mode and on the fourth weekend of August in SSB mode.


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IU2LXR Micol Ivancic  ARISS telebri

dge Italian schools
Licensed in 2018 IU2LXR Micol the  "space" teacher from Milan, Italy talks  to the astronauts on ISS (International Space Station). She is part of the volunteer team of the Casale Monferrato Telebridge station.  The station is part of  the ARISS network (Amateur radio on the International space station), an international group of radio amateurs, which manages contacts with astronauts.
Schools all over the world are able to let their students talk to the scientists aboard the ISS, the giant space laboratory that orbits the Earth, completing just under 16 orbits in 24 hours. On clear days it can be seen with the naked eye.
 Contact with schools can take place in two ways. The first is by placing the equipment on the roof, but sometimes the horizon is not open enough. The second method is the connection provided by Telebridge, which allows the school to connect via teleconference
Middle school Mathematics and Sciences teacher Micol knew nothing about radio or ARISS, but everything changed in 2006 when she met the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA  in one of the schools where she was teaching.
Because space and the International Space Station (ISS) have a special place in her life Micol shares her passion with her students in such projects as growing micro-vegetables, as in a space green-house; or she teaches the children to pick up sound signals which when decoded, turn out to be an image taken in space! Or she sets the students tasks wearing double gloves, to simulate the awkwardness of an astronaut suit.
21 years ago on November 13, 2000, the ISS Expedition-1 crew turned on the ARISS Ericsson radio for the first time. 


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Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z - Amateur Radio Newsline 2021 Young Ham of the Year
Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, of Palm Coast, Florida, has been selected as the 2021 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Faith Hannah comes from an all-ham family. She is the daughter of James Lea, WX4TV, and Michelle Lea, N8ZQZ. Her brother and two sisters are also hams. She credited her parents with being the biggest influences in her entry into amateur radio at the age of 10 in 2014. Just 18 months after being licensed, Faith Hannah was invited to join the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX team, which operated from the Saba station of Jeff Jolie, as PJ6/NM1Y. (Caribbean island)
“And that’s when I realized especially that DXing is amazing, because I absolutely love those huge pileups and getting to talk to all of those different people,” she explained.
Among her PJ6 achievements was a satellite contact that broke the SO-50 distance world record. Her account of the event appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of The AMSAT Journal.
In August 2018, Faith Hannah took part in the week-long Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) camp in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she participated in kit building, antenna projects, satellite operation, and a high-altitude balloon launch. An article about her experiences in South Africa appeared in CQ Magazine.
On the way to South Africa, Faith Hannah and her father had a 22-hour layover in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. While there, they were invited by the Emirates Amateur Radio Society to visit and operate A62A and A60YOZ.
In December 2018, Faith Hannah, her younger sister, Hope, ND2L, and their father organized a 36-hour mini DXpedition to the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico, off the southwest coast of Florida, where they operated as N4T. The family team put 1,970 HF contacts and 100 satellite contacts into the log. CQ published Faith Hannah’s account of the N4T operation, and she and Hope shared the April 2019 cover of the magazine.

KD3Z Faith Hannah Lea -  Wins Intrepid DX Group Essay Contest SEPT 15, 2020
Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, was awarded first place in the Intrepid DX Group's "Dream Rig" youth essay contest. The ARRL Letter reports that over 60 essays were submitted by young hams around the world. As first-place winner, Faith Hannah  received an ICOM IC-7300 transceiver, a Greyline flagpole antenna, a Heil Sound headset and more.



Madeira Islands CT9. YL Rosel, DL3KWR & Hardy, DL3KWF were active as CT9/DL3KWF & CT9/DL3KWR  until 24 November.

WW DX CW Contest
Holly (YL), K0HAC & Chris, N0UK/G4JEC active from Sint Maarten Island, IOTA NA-105, 27 November - 4 December 2021 as PJ7/G4JEC and PJ7/K0HAC.

WW DX CW Contest
Russian yl RC5A Elena  was active  as CR3DX Slovak Contest Group on Madeira Island.


WOTRA (Women-On-The-Radio- Award) 2021
 3rd Annual Event  was held Nov 22–28, 2021 & Hosted again by Ángeles EC1YL
This AWARD is designed to make visible the activity of women in amateur radio bands and in support of  the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November.
The 2021 AWARD, has 3 categories with the names of outstanding defenders of women’s rights:
For the Clara Campoamor category, will be necessary to obtain 15 points
For the Virginia Woolf category, will be necessary to obtain 10 points
For the Frida Kahlo category, will be necessary to obtain 5 points
THE WOTRA TEAM 2021 is integrated by (in alphabetical order):
Ana EI5IXB Ángeles EC1YL Idorca YV5EVA
Laila OE3LZA Marija YU3AWA Marleen DF4RBM
Patricia XE1SPM Tere LU3GDT Zulema CO8GMY.  
Facebook indicated lots of activity. Well done to all who participated.


 Radio Club of  America Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary of  Transatlantic Test

In 1921, on December 9, 10, 11, radio amateurs, who were members of both the Radio Club of America (RCA) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), successfully spanned for the first time the Atlantic Ocean from the United States to Androssan Scotland with Morse code signals. Not only were the signals heard in Scotland, but also in Amsterdam Holland (3600 miles), England, Germany, Puerto Rico, Vancouver British Columbia in Canada, Catalina island California (2470 mi.), and the State of Washington.
To understand the significance of this Transatlantic Test by amateurs, we first have to go back to December 1901. At that time, Marconi first reported that radio signals could be sent across the Atlantic Ocean. But all that was heard was the letter ‘S’ in Morse code.  Marconi’s stations were very expensive to install, and wireless communications seemed out of the reach of most people.
Until 1921 transatlantic radio communications were utilizing very long wave frequencies in the area of 500 meters,  Meanwhile, amateurs were utilizing the shorter wavelength of 200 meters and crystal detector-based receivers and spark transmitter, usually limited to relatively short distances.
But this Transatlantic Test Project, conceived of by radio amateurs (“hams”), proved that even with modest equipment, the Atlantic Ocean could be spanned, opening up improved communications for many more purposes.

Editor: While we  cannot know whether yl Eunice (below) heard the transmissions (above) – she may have!

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1XE -> 1CDP -> W1MPP - Randall Thompson, Eunice - USA
Eunice dates her start in radio as 1917 when she worked for experimental station 1XE at Medford Hillside, Mass., her first Ham Ticket in 1921. Eunice's activities at 1XE were recounted in QST for July, 1921, and her amateur work in September of that year. Following this announcement of a first district YL, a letter appeared in December, 1921 QST from 5ZT claiming that the Houston Radio Club had four YLs and that he could name ten more who were operating in the fifth district.
Her call then was 1CDP and she operated from her home near New Bedford. Her actual station was remotely controlled, a line extending from her brother's mill a quarter mile away. "The noise from the quenched spark gap-wow!" is her comment. But she adds: "200 meters was so wonderful!" In 1929 Eunice went to work for the New England Power Company in Boston and stayed there until her retirement. In 1938 she went on the air as W1MPP from Watertown, Mass., later from her home at Lovell, Me. Over the years Eunice added many hobbies to that of Ham radio: she liked to paint, did needle point and petit point, collected buttons and coins, made jewelry and ceramic pieces. She also hooked rugs and learned Braille to do some transcribing to help where there was such a need.  (Source: CQ-YL, p 67, plus photo)
 (Teaching code during WWII; WERS; New England Electrical System. Silent key 23. August 1982) 



Silent Key   VE2JOV  Johanne Vachon  of Saint-Côme-Linière, QC Canada
Mrs. Johanne Vachon passed away suddenly at her residence, Wednesday September 8, 2021,   age  61 years and 1 month.  She is survived by her husband, Mr. Michel Gilbert  VE2LCM


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DARC YL Referee invites you to a virtual Christmas celebration
Let's celebrate together and end the year comfortably. 🎄🎇🎄
Even at a distance you can enjoy the time with hot cocoa or a mulled wine, exchange and see dear friends again.
When and where ?   On 12.12.2021     @ 2pm local time
Place: The best way to go! 
treff.darc.de    To get the link just email Carmen at: dm4eax@darc.de 
We look forward to your participation

Hanukkah 2021  Sunday, 28 November - Monday, 6 December
Dec 1-31  YOTA Month (Youngsters-On-The-Air)

Dec 5    YL Net 1st  Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.
Dec 11,  ARRL, RCA and the AWA will recreate historic transmissions on 160 meters   using the call 1BCG 
              2021 marks the 100th year anniversary of the historic Transatlantic Tests across the Atlantic Ocean
Dec 12   JLRS YL CQ Day  SUN, 9:00 AM UTC+09 – 4:00 PM UTC+09 (2nd Sunday)
Dec 12-17  II1 TCWC memorial station to commemorate 120th anniversary of the 1st transoceanic wireless communication

                   made on 12th of December, 1901 by Guglielmo Marconi.
                   Date: from 00:00 UTC on 12 Dec to 23:59 UTC on 17 Dec 2021.  CW Morse telegraphy only (A1A)
Dec 12   160-Meter Transatlantic Centenary QSO Party   0200 – 0800 UTC Sunday,
Dec 20-26 World Radio Orienteering Championships 2021,  in Side, Turkey.
Dec 22   Indonesia  celebrates Mothers Day
Dec 25   Christmas Day

PA21XMAS PD21SANTA and PD22HNY to celebrate X-mas
Active from 1 - 31 December and PD22HNY till end of January '22
Work  2 Dutch Xmas stations for award. SWL stations please send the log to 

OF9X & OH9SCL Santa Radio (Finland)
14.225 Christmas Adam and Christmas Eve noon to 7:00 pm  

The 76'ers Santa Net
146.760− Christmas Adam and Christmas Eve (December 23 and 24) 6:00 pm   

The MMSN Santa Net and the The 14300 Santa Net
14.305 to 14.325 Christmas Adam and Christmas Eve noon to 7:00 pm     

The 3916 Santa Net nightly November 27 through December 24 6:30 pm