2019-11-07

yl.beam #76 nov 2019

Contents
Dutch Ham Radio Convention 2019   -    FISTS Friday -
 YL Argentina -  OL88YL uTube  -    Hedy Lamarr Day
Jeanne VE0JS Solo Circumnavigation Under Sail
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
1st  "Women on The Radio Award". November 2019  Background, Rules, YL Team
Silent Keys
Contacts  & Calendar

DUTCH HAM RADIO CONVENTION 2019
2 November 2019 from 09.30-17.00 am in the IJsselhallen in Zwolle, Netherlands
Visitors information for the Ham Radio Convention On November 2, 2019, the 59th Ham Radio Convention (Dag voor de RadioAmateur, DvdRA) will again take place in The Netherlands. Organiser is VERON,(the Dutch radio society). Besides the official part, “the Radio Amateur of (last) year 2018”, supported by the Scientific Radiofonds Veder will be nominated. And several lectures will be given. The home-brew exhibition, the AMRATO (Amateur radio equipment sales), and of course the VERON Components market (flea market). Several commissions and working groups are presenting themselves, we also again have a youngsters place. 

 FISTS Friday - November 29, 2019  (USA)
 "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving), will be known as "FISTS Friday."
All FISTS members are asked to take a break from shopping or football and make at least one QSO during FISTS Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

FISTS  CW (Morse Code) organization in the world of amateur radio. Founded in 1987 by Geo Longden, G3ZQS, it now has a world-wide membership in the thousands.
Operators are requested to send an email to the FISTS Awards Manager, at the following address, awards@fistsna.org  with a description of their QSO and anything they would like to say about operating the event. This is not a contest. All that is required is for one QSO – CW be made anytime during your local time zone Friday. During the evening of November 29, 2019 at 1800 EST a "FISTS Friday" Certificate will be available for downloading on website,  link will remain available until 2300 EST on Dec 1, 2019.  https://fistsna.org/operating.htm

GRUPO YL (Argentina)
This newly formed group celebrated  "World Day for the Protection of Nature" 18-20, October 2019
A Certificate was offered for making a  single Digital contact.
Congratulations to the following Operators who participated:  LW1DYP.Angie;  LU1DAS.Sara; LU3EZH.Lucia; LU5EMG.Gladis; LU5BSR.Beatriz;  LW7DVC Viviana; LU8EPA Paula;  LU3GDT Tere

OL88YL YouTube  - Czech Republic Special YL Event 2.8.2019 
Professionaly and well edited, this delightful video will not only serve as a wonderful momento for  the partipants but will be an inspiration. Please view at:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivnYzi2j_AU&fbclid=IwAR04pX7kYH0dD1UPqLKtrLrXYYICunl-tJG0-eE9IaA8vAL4p-9CvC1QcLA 
HEDY LAMARR DAY 9 November
How Hedy Lamarr Changed the World With Radio     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx2EvQHzdCY
showtimes: http://www.ifccenter.com/films/bombsh..



Jeanne VE0JS Solo Circumnavigation Under Sail
Jeanne Socrates (born 17 August 1942) is a British yachts-woman, a retired math teacher and licensed  radio amateur . She holds the record as the oldest female to have circumnavigated the world single-handed and she is the only woman to have circumnavigated solo non-stop from North America.
On 3 October 2018, Socrates started on her latest attempt to circumnavigate the world single-handedly and on Saturday 7 September 2019, she successfully completed her solo non-stop circumnavigation to become the oldest person to do so.
Jeanne, age 77, arrived at Ogden Point Wharf in Victoria, British Columbia, at 4:17 pm.
She had started her trip  from this point on October 3, 2018.
She has been sailing since 1994. Her husband passed away in 2003 and she decided that she wanted to continue sailing solo.  Jeanne  received support from amateur radio colleagues around the world who contacted her on the radio, encouraging her or giving her information to help her solve problems.

Amateur Radio Newsline - James Pastorfield reported. 23 Dec 2018
To all appearances she is indeed alone, but Newsline got on board with her briefly on 20 meters with the help of a Skype patch from her friend Jim Millner WB2REM.
JEANNE: "I’m pretty pleased with my progress, in fact." She was, at the time of the QSO, 80 miles north/northwest of Ducie Island in the Pacific Ocean, at a good pace into her 8-month journey and this week was sailing towards the Falklands after having 'rounded the Horn.'
When the sun shines brightly, Jeanne has the benefit of solar power. She has a little generator on board too – but for a sailboat like the Nereida, the real power comes, of course, from riding the wind.
Jeanne’s days are full. She makes her meals, she writes in her blog, she downloads critical weather information and maintains the boat in operating condition, even keeping barnacles from slowing her sojourn.
There is, of course, also the radio to turn to, all 125 watts of HF signal – and she does that often.
I spend a lot of time actually, it’s really great for me to have the radio. I’ve not been able to make the morning contacts I normally do when I am further north. I get onto various nets. Some of those contacts come up to me in the daytime and that seems to be good. In fact I made contact yesterday with Victoria Canada where I left from. He came up strong 17 meters which is great and then other friends from the 7155 group and occasionally I am able to get a hold of my friends up on the west coast. There is a group there around 7147 in the morning around sunrise. I am able to talk to them occasionally. It has been a really really good thing for me to have the ham radio to make connections like that. Source WIA News    http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/wianews/display.php?file_id=wianews-2018-12-23 


Inside Jeanne's yacht & home 'Nereida'
Editor: We are indebted to Australian YL, Lyn Battle VK4SWE, who kept us up-to-date with Jeanne's progress in ALARA newsletters April #169 & Jul #170,  and Oct #171 (below)
Jeanne VE0JS Solo Circumnavigation Under Sail
The highlight on air for the past few months has been chatting with our intrepid solo sailor Jeanne VE0JS who checked in regularly to the ANZA DX net, especially on Thursdays ‘Ladies’ Day’ to update us on her circumnavigation. She has had lots of challenges to overcome on this trip – the knock-down she took between Tassie [Tasmania] and New Zealand caused a lot of damage which she could only attend to when the conditions were favourable but she gradually and methodically worked her way through the repairs and kept on track. She had to dodge two hurricanes near Hawaii, then her final leg in to Victoria harbour near Vancouver/Seattle, was thwarted by – of all things – no wind! She drifted around for days, how frustrating must that have been to see the land ahead so tantalisingly close and not be able to nominate a finishing time! Jeanne was aiming to be the oldest person (male or female, she is already the oldest female but a male one year older than her at the time of her previous circumnavigation held that record) to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted, around the world.
To take the record, she could not use her engine power (only her generator for boat power) so she had to rely on wind for navigating up the channel to the dock – a dangerous business in fickle light winds! It was nail-biting stuff and Shirley VK5YL and I were fortunate to be able to follow her on various electronic modes as she finally passed the finish line.
Thanks to expat Aussie Mike KH6GOZ who kept us posted and provided links so we could watch the actual photo-cam at the harbour, plus her AIS [Automatic identification system] ship- reporting ‘pings’ as she moved along, Shirley and I chatted on the phone whilst also zooming in on Google Maps to see where she was. It was a great moment when 77-year old Jeanne crossed the official finish line on Saturday Sept. 7 2019, to a crowd of cheering onlookers and a ceremonial arch-way spray of water from the fire-boat. Once across the line, her engine was inspected and she was towed to her berth, accompanied by a flotilla of craft, all delighted to welcome her home safely. Jeanne started her journey from Victoria on Oct. 3, 2018. It was her third attempt after weather foiled two prior efforts in 2016.
The media frenzy then began, but she took time to email ALARA thanks for our Congratulations on her outstanding achievement. She also got her wish for a nice wine, meal and comfy bed that did not roll! The luxurious Fairmont Empress Hotel donated her several nights’ accommodation.
She is now busy making repairs to her vessel ‘Nereida’ which took a battering on the round trip and is already out of the water having her “bottom cleaned”!
Jeanne now starts a round of Talks and Presentations on her remarkable voyage, will take some time to visit friends and family back in the UK, then she is heading Down Under and hopefully we will have the opportunity to meet her for an “eyeball QSO” sometime next year! She is an inspiration to us all – showing us that YLs can achieve amazing things at any age. Taking on challenges with preparation, passion and having that ‘Ham Spirit’ to stay focussed, trouble-shoot and fix things when they break, took her right around the world - so the same Ham Spirit can take our young girls and older YLs far in our own lives too.
“Life is precious,” she says. “You have one life and so many people lose it early through cancer or whatever, and don’t really have a chance to enjoy it; especially when they stop work and they
thought they were going to get to do really nice things and suddenly it’s taken away from them.
So just make the most of your life whatever age you are and do the best you can with it.”
Lyn VK3SWE alara.org.au ▪ ALARA Newsletter Issue 171 OCTOBER 2019 ▪ 5
ALARA( Australian LadiesAmateur Radio Ass)
 Jeanne’s website is https://svnereida.com/ 


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Historically, the date is based on the date of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. In 1981, activists at the Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Encuentros marked November 25 as a day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women.
On December 17, 1999, the date received its official United Nations (UN) resolution.
25 November has been designed as Orange Day, the colour symbolizes a brighter future, free of violence.

1st "Women on The Radio – Award" to be held annually during month of November
Founded by Ángeles EC1YL, from Spain (founder of the international group Women on the Radio), in collaboration with  Erica Sanna IZ0EIK (editor of Italian Radio Amateurs Union magazine QTC, and organiser of the annual Italian Pink Cycle award).
Licensed YL (women) AR operators were requested to register their call-signs before 25 October, to enable the organizers to publish a list of the participants.
As International Day against Gender Violence is celebrated on November 25, the month of November was chosen for this  Award. All women operators are encouraged to participate in this event.  Contact: Ángeles EC1YL     ec1yl@yahoo.es

"Women on The Radio Award". This idea appeared in my head, about a year ago, and  today is finally a reality, thanks to the collaboration of my great friend  Erica Sanna EI0EIK, and thanks to all the participating stations that will be on the air, during this month of November 2019.
We anticipate great success with this inaugural event, and I hope and wish with all my heart that in successive years we will together, continue adding to a successful activation.
Good luck to everyone and we will demonstrate what the YL's can do!
73-88 !! Angeles EC1YL.

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Women on The Radio Award is designed to make visible our support of the activity on Amateur Radio bands, and  is open to all licensed Amateur Radio Stations and SWL.
Period: November month 2019 (00:00 UTC of day 1 to 23:59 UTC of day 30).
Bands & Modes: All Amateur Bands, all modes (with IARU Band Plan respect).
Call: "CQ CQ WOMEN ON THE RADIO AWARD"
Award: It will be necessary to obtain 60 points to obtain the Award.
Scores:  Points will be allocated as follows;
QSO with every YL in “Award” team worth ONE (1) point (per day and band, regardless of mode).
QSO with every DX-YL in the  team worth THREE (3) points (per day and band, regardless of mode).
YL stations making a QSO with the YL Team only need a Unique QSO.
Logs: Must be sent once a week, only in ADIF format.toec1yl@yahoo.es
Awards will be sent via e-Mail in PDF format
FAIRPLAY: Help from other operators is not allowed to obtain points for this award: not by Repeaters (analog, Digitals or DMR), SDR WEB.
Special Thanks to Erica Sanna IZ0EIK from URI and ASORAPA Team EA1RCI for their help, support and encouragement.      Love, Angie EC1YL
  https://wotra.home.blog/   ec1yl@yahoo.es

WOTRA  YL Team 2019
OK2APY Alena  (Czech Rep.) ; EC1YL Angela (Spain); IZ0EIK Erica (Italy)
G0AJJ Linda (UK) ; CE1RFI Maritza  (Chile) ; DW3TRZ  Theresa (Philippines)
USA - KI7BR Barbara; W1YL Ellen; KJ7ARG Jennifer;  KC5BOO Judy ; KY2MMM Kymm


Silent Keys  (QSY higher frequency) Marlene Swanepoel   ex-ZS6SMA  and Magalies Radio Amateur Klub
became SK 18 Sept 2019

 K1AKP. Helen Marie (Surveski) Zadrick, 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 18, 2019 surrounded by her family. Born May 12, 1930; a lifelong resident of Southington, married to the late Nickolas Zadrick.  She served her country in the Women's Coast Guard Auxiliary

Christina Frech Cunningham, KT1NA, SK.
Some of you may have already heard that Christina passed away (17/10/2019)age 62, after a 2-month battle with pancreatic cancer. I'd like to share a few thoughts about who Christina was, and how much she will be missed.
Those who have met or interacted with Christina probably already know that she was an incredibly positive person. I was lucky to have her as my wife, best friend, love of my life, travelling companion, co-grandparent, and business partner for the past 8 years.
Having both been widowed more than a decade ago, Christina and I met through an online dating site, PlentyOfFish.com, and instantly hit it off. Christina would be quick to point out the lesson in this for those who have lost a spouse: there are wonderful people out there, don't lose hope, and don't settle!
Christina was an inspiration. When Christina decided in 2012 to come work full time as General Manager for HamTestOnline, she attacked the process of getting a license with her usual ferocity. She studied 1.5 hours per day for 6 weeks, then passed all three exams in a single session. Christina's Story (https://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/christina-extra-class-h…) has since inspired hundreds of people to pull off the "grand slam", going Zero to Extra in a single exam session. If you haven't read her story, I encourage you to do so, and you will quickly understand why I married her. She kept me laughing every day!
To show how positive she was, she even saw the silver lining in dying of pancreatic cancer, viewing it as an opportunity to ask her closest friends and family to come visit her and share some laughter and smiles while she was still alive, rather than gathering together for tears after she was gone. We've had wonderful visits from dozens of people, and she was smiling, being nice, and cracking jokes until the end.
In fact, if I could sum up her life's philosophy in one simple phrase, it would be, "Be nice!"
It is with incredible sadness that I must report that the world lost a wonderful person yesterday.
In lieu of flowers, I think Christina would encourage you to Ham It Forward to the next generation by sharing the gift of ham radio.
88, John, W1AI   HamTestOnline October 18, 2019

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Calendar Nov 2019
31 Thursday- 1 Nov Friday Halloween – Witches-on-the-Air YLs-AmateurRadio Ladies-Portugal)
1-30 Nov  1st  "Women on The Radio Award" Nov 2019
2      Nov     YL Net  Essex Ham, starts 2000 UTC - GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.(UK)
1 - 3  Nov  3º Encuentro Radial Anual de Parques Nacionales (Argentina) 2019.
2     Nov    59th  Ham Radio Convention Netherlands. 2019  IJsselhallen in Zwolle
5     Nov     Brasil –  Dia Nacional do Radioamador (Day of Radio Amateurs).
8     Nov     JLRS Area 1 - 430FM-YL on-air meeting 9:00 PM   FRI,
9     Nov     Hedy Lamarr Day
9     Nov     2019  AWA - AGM (Antique Wireless Assoc.) SAIEE, Observatory, Johannesburg, SA
9-10 nov    11º Jornada Radial Ferroviaria Argentina  (Railways-on-the-Air)
9-10 nov    Federación Internacional de Radioaficionados Ferroviarios (FIRAC).HF CONTEST
11    Nov    Remembrance Sunday – 101 years since the end of WW 1  Monday
15-16 Nov  Concours UFT-YL-CW U F T - (Union Française des Télégraphistes)   F5RPB Evelyne TERRAIL
                       15 nov 19:00 - 21:00 UTC 80m 3.520-3.560  / 16 nov 08:00 - 10:00 UTC 40m 7.010-7.030    
16 Nov.      MAFC Mödlinger Amateurfunkclub  (Austria yl Group)  18.00 LT: 3740 Khz +/- 80 m band; Call: OE3XMC;
22-25 Nov  CGR (Committee for Disabled Radio Amateurs) in Dennenheul, VERON
23   Nov     SARL Newbie Sprint 08:00 to 20:00 UTC, 20, 40, 80m
23-24 Nov  CQ WW DX CW contest Saturday, 12:00am » 11:59pm Sunday
29     Nov   2019  "FISTS Friday. aka  "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving)


2019-10-24

yl.beam #75 oct 2019

Contents
  • Silent Keys
  • Oktoberfest Brazil - Get your Park On! - ALARA grants - YL USS Batfish Meetup.
  • SYLRA at amateur radio station in Morokulien, Sweden-Norway border.
  • Sailing along the coast of Norway & SOTA Mountain Goats
  • Contacts & Calendar

SILENT KEYS
XE1RFF Marisol Sáinz de Aja Ceron, from Cuernavaca, Mexico; xyl of XE1RBV Mariano, became silent key 31/7/2019

XE1SCY Paty Camacho, Puebla, PUE., Mexico
The members of the PueblaDX radioclub are overwhelmed with our loss, we inform today of the death of our dear friend and president of our radio club on May 13, 2019. Licensed as Patricia Camacho Yarza XE1SCY, she was also president of the Angeles Latinos radio club.
Our condolences to your children and granddaughters, our prayers, rest in peace, we will miss you.

Carol Fraley Laferty shared a link. I was informed today (29/8/2019) of the passing of longtime YLRL member, Marion Dixon, WA7TLL, age 92, of Yakima, WA. Our sincere sympathies to her family.
Marion Ruby Dixon [OCTOBER 31, 1926 – MARCH 21, 2019] In 1951 Marion married Raymond Dixon in Seattle. In 1972 she became a ham radio operator, WA7TLL. Marion liked camping, hiking, backpacking, and travelling around the U.S. And the world. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Seattle for over 50 years. In 1994 Marion and Ray moved to Bellevue, WA where they were active in the Silver Glen retirement community and Bellevue First U.M.C. In 2017 Marion moved to Yakima to be closer to family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Raymond;
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Oktoberfest 2019 Brazil
Special event callsign PS36OKT celebrates the 36th Oktoberfest in Blumenau, Brasil
Dates 09 - 27 October, 2019
Modes: CW, SSB and FT8 Bands active: 2m - 160m
Team operators: PP5BT Rodrigo, PP5GTA Joao, PU5ETC Cirilo,
Oktoberfest Blumenau in Santa Catarina Brazil is the largest Bavarian beer festival outside of Germany and 2nd biggest in the world.

Get your Park On! October 12-20, 2019
The 2nd annual operating event, Get your Park On!, will occur October 12-20, 2019 in celebration of Earth Science Week. The event is open to all WWFF Activators and Hunters and is sponsored by the U.S. (KFF) an affiliate of World Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF).
This year will be an International event inviting all Activators through the world to participate. Hunters everywhere are invited to search out and contact Activators everywhere, making this truly a worldwide, DX event.
Starts October 12 at 0000 UTC and runs through to October 20 at 2359 UTC. These dates include the full weekends on each side of Earth Science Week.
Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized Earth Science Week, a national and international event. They do this to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth, a common goal shared by World Wide Flora and Fauna. Both programs encourage their participants to get outside and enjoy nature.

ALARA grants
ALARA, the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association, is offering a limited number of grants to any YL applying for a Foundation Licence or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced Amateur Radio Licence.
The grant is equal to approximately half the cost of the fees for assessment, licence and callsign AND gives a complimentary membership to ALARA for one year.
More info on the ALARA website. http://alara.org.au (from Jen VK3WQ)

Muskogee War Memorial Park: Home of the USS Batfish
Oct 4-6, 2019 YLRL District 5 2nd Meetup will be back at the USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma (USA) The YL group are booked for 2 nights (Fri-Sat) on board the museum Submarine and will call CQ in memory of the USS Seawolf SS-197.
On 29 September 1944 the submarine Seawolf left Manus island in Papua New Guinea headed for the east coast of Samar, an island in the Philippines. Radar recognition signals were exchanged on 3 October but nothing more was heard of her. On 28 December 1944, Seawolf was declared overdue from patrol and presumed lost.

MOROKULIEN border of Sweden-Norway.
In 1968 Swedish and Norwegian radio amateurs decided to start an amateur radio station in a cottage on the border between Sweden and Norway. Unusually, it had both a Swedish (SJ9WL) and a Norwegian (LG5LG) call sign.
The name Morokulien is a compound word of the Norwegian word "moro" and the Swedish word "kul" for fun. The last ending "ien" means "in one" (the two words in one) and this became the name of the state Moro-kul-ien. The location got its name in the Autumn of 1959 when Norwegian Broadcasting and Swedish Radio used it in the programme "Across all borders".
The location of the amateur station is unique, because this is probably the only amateur station worldwide which is operating from the border-line between two countries.
Morokulien is a "ham-state" 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. If you as a ham-operator are visiting Morokulien for several days you will have to change call-sign between LG5LG and SJ9WL every other day..
The station is open for rent to all license radio amateurs. Rental income is used to maintain and operate the HAM-station, which is heated and wheel-chair friendly. All you have to bring is bedding and food. An impressive array of antennas and rigs makes operating on all bands and modes possible. It is an opportunity to experience a real pile-up from the most known HAM-station in the world. http://www.sj9wl-lg5lg.com/text1_2.html
During SYLRA (Scandinavian Young Ladies Radio Amateurs) annual meet 2019, the ladies operated at amateur radio station in Morokulien.


SYLRA annual meet September 5 – 8, 2019 was at Lillestrøm, 18 km (11 miles) northeast of Oslo, the capital of Norway.
after the meeting several delegates took the optional trip (Sept. 9th to 15) on a ship travelling along the coastside of Norway. The Hurtigruten’s ship, «Trollfjord» sailed from Bergen (in the south), cruising along the coast north to Kirkenes, with stops along the way, arriving Sunday morning, September 15th.

Sailing along the coast of Norway
With extracts from Facebook we accompany HB9FPM Eva & HB9JOE Andreas Thiemann
Sept 8 : HB9FPM Eva and HB9JOE Andreas Thiemann travelled to Bergen, from Oslo, Norway
after the SYLTA meeting.
September 10 - Andreas & Eva. activate SOTA summit LA/HL-019 Løvstakken, one of the local mountains of the city of Bergen, Norway [wiki - Løvstakken is one of the Seven Mountains that surround the centre of the city of Bergen 477-m /1,565 ft]
September 11 - On the way from Bergen to Kirkenes onboard ship MS Trollfjord. 3 hour stop-over in the harbour of Trondheim, so short activation of SOTA summit LA/ST-009 Gråkallen - 552m high, 12 km away from the ship's port. The taxi driver was so kind to wait one hour for us at the parking...
Trondheim is the third most populous municipality in Norway. The city is dominated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), St. Olavs University Hospital and other technology-oriented institutions. Founded in 997 as a trading post it served as the capital of Norway during the Viking Age until 1217.
Sept 12 During our 2 hour stop-over in Bodoe today we wanted to activate an all time new one (never activated) SOTA summit LA/NL-130 Junkerfjellet - 283 m high. Unfortunately no free taxi was available at the ship's port. After more than 30 minutes waiting our time slot melted away.
We passed the Artic Circle, position 66°33′47.8″ north of the equator, on our way to Kirkenes, Norway. Only about 2000 km away from the north pole.
Sept 13 Quick visit of the city of Tromsø, also known as the "Paris of the North", located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
Sept 15 · Honningsvåg, Norway · Nordkapp-North Cape 71° 10'21 " Stopped at.
15/9/2019 HB9FPM Eva - Great evening on board of MS Trollfjord: The 1st radio officer introduced us into the secrets of radio communication on board; between ships, lighthouses, repeaters and other naval points of importance.
I (Eva) had the chance to tell the audience of some highlights of the SOTA (summit on the air) programme. Most questions that came up were about the antennas used on mountain peaks.
(15/9/2019) HB9FPM Eva - The radio club LA2K in Kirkenes is existing since 1952.
Today we have been their first visitors from abroad. On behalf of our small group we are thanking Uno LA4YUA, Jens (LA callsign pending) and Linda (XYL/wife of LA4YUA) for their outstanding hospitality and transport from and to our hotel.
[Qrz - LA2K Kirkenes groupe of NRRL (Norwegian Radio Relay League), are a small radio group, around 10 active members. Located in north east Norway, only 6 km from the Russian border line.]
Sept 16 Strong rain and artic wind during the hike up to SOTA summit LA/FM-406 Bohkkoaivi (first activation) but stunning view from top
September 17 · The access to the trail was not easy to find as all around was locked by high fences for reindeers. Finally an elder and friendly lady showed us the right way by walking ahead up to the summit SOTA LA/FM-410 Oskarsvarden (Gielkkáidoaivi) - first activation. We enjoyed the "mystic spirit" of this unusual hill, located around 150 km west of Kirkenes.
Sept 17 traveling to Stockholm, Sweden from Oslo Airport
Trondheim, Norway

HB9FPM Eva and HB9JOE Andreas Thiemann are both SOTO Mountain Goats and the explanation below may explain their focus on mountains while travelling.

SOTA (Summits on the Air)
SOTA is an award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. Summits are awarded points depending on height and difficulty of ascent.Various scores equate to different awards, leading to the prestigious "Mountain Goat" and "Shack Sloth" trophies.
At 1,000 points Activators achieve "Mountain Goat" status and Chasers/SWLs are "Shack Sloths". Achieving "Mountain Goat" and "Shack Sloth" status requires considerable dedication and effort

In September 2016 a new organization was formed URI - Unione Radioamatori Italiani (Italian Amateur Radio Union) and our Italian YL sister IZ0EIK Erica Sanna included the yl.beam in the 1st edition of QTC Oct 2016 – 3 years ago! Thank you Erica and U.R.I. For your support of Amateur Radio and YLs - Happy 3rd Birthday.
URI's monthly (news magazine) Rivista QTC = message in “Q” codes
[The Q-code is a standardized collection of three-letter codes all of which start with the letter "Q". An operating signal initially developed for commercial radiotelegraph communication and later adopted by other radio services, especially amateur radio. ]
https://www.unionradio.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/QTC-0-Ottobre-2016.compressed.pdf

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Calendar - October 2019
1 Oct . WWV oldest continually operating radio station turns 100 years
2 Oct JLRS 2m-YL on-air meeting fun event. 1 area
4 -6 Oct YLs on the Batfish Event for YLRL-District 5 · Hosted by Michelle Carey
5-6 Oct JLRS Party Contest – CW on the 1st weekend of October (03: 00 UTC - 03: 00 UTC : All licensed OM & YL world
5 Oct YL Net Essex Ham, starts 2000 UTC - GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.(UK)
5-7 Oct DX/NA-YL Contests (combines the DX YL, North American YL & YL Anniversary Party Contest)
SSB/CW/Digital 1400 UTC Oct 5 - 0200 UTC Oct 7,
5 Oct AWA Valve QSO Party (RSA) (AM) 13:00 to 17:00 UTC
6 Oct AWA Valve QSO Party (RSA) (SSB) 13:00 to 17:00 UTC
8 Oct Ada Lovelace Day 2019 on 2nd Tuesday
9 Oct Yom Kippur
09 - 27 Oct PS36OKT Oktoberfest 2019 Brazil
11 Oct JLRS Area 1 - 430FM-YL on-air meeting 9:00 PM
11 Oct RSGB Convention 2019 Milton Keynes, UK
12 Oct HAMEXPO @ Le Mans exhibition park, French Amateur Radio gathering,
12 Oct Spring QRP Contest (RSA) 12:00 to 15:00 UTC SSB and CW, 5 watts
12-20 Oct Get your Park On!, WWFF celebration of Earth Science Week
17 Oct RCA 100 Year - 1919 (Radio Corporation of America)
18 Oct Zombie Shuffle 1600-2400 local time (Zombies don't sprint).
18-20 Oct 62nd JOTA & 23rd JOTI 2019
19 Oct CQ Hou Koers & SARL - RAE 2019 (RSA)
25 Oct JLRS Area 1- 430FM-YL on-air meeting Friday 9:00 PM
25-26 Oct YLRL District 5 at Hamarama in Ardmore, OK.
26-27 Oct CQ WW DX SSB contest
27 Oct Deepavali Sondag / Ballarat Hamvention Aus.
31 Thursday- 1 Nov Friday Halloween – Witches-on-the-Air YLs-ARadio Ladies-Portugal)

2019-08-05

yl.beam #73 aug 2019



Contents

  • Silent Keys
  • 39TH ALARA CONTEST 2019
  • Malaysia Ladies Radio Amateur - Eyeball and Hi-Tea
  • OE88YL YL meeting held in Allentsteig, Waldviertel July, 2019
  • 1st Woman in Space - Valentina Tereshkova, 1963
  • Meet the women who master-minded the moon landings
  • Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, Jo-Ann Morgan and Margaret Hamilton
  • Contacts & Calendar & Sources

Silent Keys (QSY to higher frequency)
Mary Adams - VK4PZ went silent key on Thursday 29th March.
Mary was a life member of the Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club Inc and an Amateur radio operator for around 50 – 60 years. Mary was well known for raising club funds with her famous money board. Mary did many JOTA meetings together with her OM Gordon VK4GM. Mary’s funeral took place at Jericho in Queensland ALARA April, 2019 newsletter)

Barbara W Siegel - KF6JXV/ SK Jul 3, 2019
A long time resident of Big Bear, Barbara was born in San Diego, California on September 2, 1937. She passed on June 18, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.
Barbara widowed at 39 and took a job as a kindergarten aid because she had four children to raise. She continued her education and received a BA in Business Administration from CAL State Fullerton which eventually landed her a position as a Pharmaceutical Representative.
She and her second husband, Mickey, were active in the Big Bear Amateur Radio Club for many years. They were also involved with Moonridge Animal Park where they were docents.
Barbara volunteered as a literacy tutor at Big Bear Library.

Maria Susana Lopez Baiza, YS3LSB of SAN MIGUEL, Bo San Felipe, EL SALVADOR
Susanita was one of the most professional controls of the Central American Chain, Mexico and Panama. Always helpful and ready to serve the interests of amateur radio. She shared her time between family, work and amateur radio. She was clear voice at the controls. Susanita was something like a point of reference for everyone in Fr. 7090. One day her voice became silent and not precisely because she did not want to continue transmitting but because the old radio equipment stopped working.
Rest friend, now you need new radio equipment. And now you have all the Ether to modulate.
YN1G Marvin Gadea-Lizanoof Nicaragua
Lgr Liga Guatemalteca de Radioaficionados facebook: 29/07/2019

39TH ALARA CONTEST 2019 (Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Ass.)
ELIGIBILITY: All licensed operators throughout the world are invited to participate.
OBJECT: Participation: YLs work everyone, OMs work YLs only.
CONTEST: Combined phone and CW runs over 24 hours:
STARTS: Saturday 24th August 2019 at 0600 hours UTC
ENDS: Sunday 25th August 2019 at 0559 hours UTC
SUGGESTED FREQUENCIES: All HF Bands except 160 m & WARC Bands.
Contacts made on Echolink will also be accepted.
CONTEST MANAGER: Mrs Marilyn Syme VK5DMS alaracontest@wia.org.au

ALARA July, 2019 #170 This issue (1.1MB pdf) may be downloaded for a limited time from:
https://mega.co.nz/#F!UYVFVCbK!Pmv5fDcLW_9oWm6I_r8ZjA


Ladies Radio Amateur Malaysia - Eyeball and Hi-Tea
Date: 17.08.2019 (Saturday) Time: 3.00 pm till 7.00 pm
Venue : Kedai Kopi Tasik Shah Alam Fees: RM10.00/per-head
Attire: Blue jeans, white blouse and white or blue scarf (Tudung)
(Ladies Amateur Radio Malaysia facebook 22/7/2019)

OE88YL German and Austrian Friendship YL meeting in Allentsteig, Waldviertel
Held over the weekend of 5-7 July 2019 , the Women's Section of the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC) and the Austrian Military Radio Society (AMRS) got together
The meeting took place in a very pleasant atmosphere at the Allentsteiger Stadtsee, where a log cabin was rented for the event. In order to be independent of the weather and to provide enough space for the project, a tent (8 x 9m) was also erected.
What happened in the three days:
Friday Arrival day taken up mostly with settling-in the ladies and families
In the evening, Julia OE3YJM organized with her employer the Kinsky Forestry Bureau - Burg Heidenreichstein, a very original tour of the Wasserburg Heidenreichstein.
Later we enjoyed a cozy get-together in the Waldschenke Schreiber in Langschwarza.
Saturday morning was the official welcome and opening by Heike DL3HD and Marion OE3YSC.
For the whole day we were Young Ladies using the special call sign "OE88YL" About 600 stations from EU, AS, AF and America were logged.
In the afternoon a craft and soldering workshop was organized. "Building a solar lamp in a pickle jar' was a lot of fun for everyone. In the pleasant evening weather we grilled together, including members of the local club AMRS Waldviertel .
On Sunday it was time to go home. What remains are very nice memories of good talks and activities, also plans for future joint YL projects
We stay in touch and meet every Tuesday in summer at 20: 00LT and in winter 19: 00LT to the DL-YL-net on the 80m band where ladies from DL-HB9 and of course OE participate.
I would like to thank all of the licensed YLs who have participated and especially those who had a long journey to join us.. Furthermore, I would like to thank our girls who provided various delicacies and the OM's of the AMRS Waldviertel for the organization of the infrastructure and for their support during the event.
vy 73 Marion, OE3YSC YL-speaker of the AMRS

Participants: .Heike DL3HD (DARC YL Speaker), Barbara DJ9YL (S45 District), DM4EZ (S32 District ), Marion OE3YSC (YL Speaker AMRS), Tina OE3YTA (YL Speaker Mödling Amateur Radio Club MAFC), Sandra OE4SLC (Board Member OEVSV LV3) , Julia OE3YJM (board member WARC), Carina OE3YCC , Nadine OE3YHC and Monika OE3YUP
See link for pics.
http://www.amrs-waldviertel.at/oe88yl/?fbclid=IwAR2NACaQ3l4GgdZUIyMZRA6z8_eKSX_fgtRkSw-MmVFMlAM


Women in space - 'Standing on the shoulders of giants'
As of July 2016, of the 537 total space travellers, 61 have been women. 19 years separated the first and second women in space. They were cosmonauts on the Vostok 6 and Soyuz T-7 missions.

Valentina Tereshkova 1st Women in Space 1963
After Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961, Tereshkova volunteered for the Soviet space program. Although she did not have any experience as a pilot, she was accepted into the program because of her 126 parachute jumps. At the time, cosmonauts had to parachute from their capsules seconds before they hit the ground on returning to Earth.
Tereshkova was chosen to pilot Vostok 6. It was to be a dual mission. Cosmonaut Valeriy Bykovsky launched on Vostok 5 on June 14, 1963. Two days later, Tereshkova launched. The two spacecraft took different orbits and came within 3 miles (5 km) of each other. The cosmonauts exchanged communications.
Tereshkova logged more than 70 hours in space and made 48 orbits of Earth. With a single flight, she logged more flight time than the combined times of all American astronauts who had flown before that date.
Soviet and European TV viewers saw her smiling face and her logbook floating in front of her. They did not realize that the flight almost turned into tragedy, a fact that was classified for about 40 years. An error in the spacecraft's automatic navigation software caused the ship to move away from Earth, according to the RT news channel. Tereshkova noticed this and Soviet scientists quickly developed a new landing algorithm.
Tereshkova never flew in space again. She later became a test pilot and instructor and in April 1977, she earned a doctorate in aeronautical engineering. In 1997, she retired from the Russian Air Force and the cosmonaut corps. She was a major general in the air force.

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Meet the women who master-minded the moon landings
July 2019 marks fifty years since man landed on the moon – but while men got all the airtime, some all-important women were playing pivotal roles behind the scenes.
The first moon landing occurred on July 20, 1969, on the Apollo 11 mission. The boundary broken by the Apollo 11 astronauts, when they became the first humans to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969, is one of the most famous in history.
But the Apollo program also saw other kinds of boundaries broken back on Earth.
For example, Frances “Poppy” Northcutt was the first woman to work in an operational support role in the Mission Control Center in Houston during the Apollo program. Jo-Ann Morgan was instrumentation controller on the Apollo 11 mission and Margaret Hamilton wrote the code for the Apollo Guide Computer (AGC).
Frances “Poppy” Northcutt working as flight dynamics support for the Apollo 8 mission
Poppy Northcutt worked for a contractor at NASA after completing her degree in Mathematics and went on to become the first woman engineer who worked in mission control.
Northcutt did number-crunching for the Gemini program, the predecessor to the Apollo program, and then was promoted to a position on the technical staff a little over a year later.
She was on the team that specialized in trans-earth injection, the maneuvers that put the spacecraft on course to return to Earth from lunar orbit. She would help guide every crew of astronauts back home through Apollo 13. She was the only woman in her job at the time, though she notes that women served in many non-technical roles at NASA.
Worried that the Russians would beat them in the Space Race, the US accelerated the schedule on the Apollo 8 mission. Northcutt’s expertise in the Return to Earth program she had developed made her an essential part of the Apollo 8 team, which became the first crewed spacecraft to successfully orbit the Moon and return to Earth. The same program was used in Apollo 11.
"I felt so proud when they landed on the moon," she recalls. "I was at home so watched it on TV like everyone else. I then went back to sleep because I needed to be alert to return to work for re-entry."
The moment Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins landed safely back to Earth was, says Northcutt, the moment the mission was complete. "JFK didn’t just say we had to land on the moon; we also had to safely return the astronauts to Earth, and I viewed those two elements as one mission; without one, it wasn’t accomplished. So, although my job was done and the astronauts had transferred from the moon’s orbit to Earth’s orbit, I felt tremendously proud and relieved when they landed safely."
As national interest in the Moon waned, Northcutt’s interest in the national women’s-rights cause soared. After the Apollo program ended, she joined the Houston mayor’s office as a women’s advocate for the city.

JoAnn Morgan in the launch firing room during the launch of Apollo 11.: NASA
Jo-Ann Morgan
After securing a job as a student engineer aid while studying math and science, Morgan began her career in the army, before moving to NASA when it was formed in 1958. Morgan's career began at the University of Florida. She spent her summer breaks working at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, where she worked with Wernher von Braun, the scientist who designed Apollo 11's Saturn V rocket. "I’ve got rocket fuel in my blood!" she laughs.
By 1969, she had been at NASA for a decade and worked her way up to instrumentation controller on the Apollo 11 mission. Morgan’s role was to communicate measurements from different systems ("Tracking, lightening warning, data systems") during the launch phase of the mission and report any problems. She was the only woman inside Kennedy Space Centre’s control room at the launch of Apollo 11.
"I had worked on other missions but had never been allowed to be there at lift-off," she remembers. "My director called me in before the Apollo 11 shift assignments were made and told me that was all about to change. I was thrilled." In a new film, Apollo 11, which tells the story of the moon landings using never-before-seen footage, we glimpse Morgan for a split second in launch control, surrounded by men.
On 16 July 1CONTACT US:969, the day of launch, a hydrogen leak during countdown meant the Apollo 11 mission was nearly called off before it had even started. "There was a huge explosion risk in the countdown," Morgan remembers. "We all let out a sigh of relief when technicians managed to repair the leak – if they hadn’t, we would have shut down, stopped the count-down and removed the crew from the spacecraft. As the shockwave from the launch hit the building, she "could feel physical excitement, the vibrations running through my bones".
"Once the rocket clears the tower, control of the mission is transferred from Florida to Houston and I then evaluated what needed to be repaired and retested, and co-ordinated people to do it.
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, we drank Champagne.
Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon on 21 July. He was followed by Buzz Aldrin and the two spent just over two hours on the moon before beginning the return back to earth, when technology designed by another of NASA’s female trail-blazers would ensure their safe return.
Morgan's outspoken and innovative traits took her from the firing room to the board-room, making her the first woman to become a senior executive at the Space Centre.
On the 50th anniversary of launch on 16 July, Morgan, now 78, will attend an event on the launch-pad itself, alongside Aldrin, which she says will be "emotional".
"We've learned so much from sending people away from our Earth and opening the door to the universe. What we need, though, is every girl and woman with an interest in science to be a part of pushing the next frontiers in exploration. As I stand on the pad, I’ll be thinking about their potential.

Margaret Hamilton - Led the NASA Software Team That Landed Astronauts on the Moon
She joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the laboratory of Prof Edward Lorenz, the father of chaos theory, working on a system to predict weather. Here she learned what a computer was and how to write software. Computer science and software engineering were not yet disciplines; instead, programmers learned on the job.
The MIT Instrumentation Laboratory was looking for people to develop software to “send man to the moon”. She was the first programmer to join and the first woman they hired. The programmers literally had to start from scratch. The team wrote the code for the first portable computer. Two AGCs (Apollo Guidance Computers) were installed – one on the command module, Columbia, and one on the lunar module, Eagle. Software needed to be developed to run on each and the systems software they shared. Each weighed about 70 pounds and contained around 72 kilobytes of computer memory (a 64-gigabyte cell phone today carries almost a million times more storage space). They used core rope memory, a type of read-only memory that was made from wires woven through magnetic cores.
Acutely aware that the lives of the astronauts were at stake, Hamilton insisted on rigorous testing. To this day, no bug has ever been found on the on-board flight software of any Apollo mission.
Every Apollo mission was built upon the knowledge gained from prior missions, learning from mistakes and coming up with new solutions. Apollo 11 was the very first mission allowing the software to interrupt and communicate directly with the astronauts in case of a problem.
Hamilton had programmed the computer to prioritize tasks according to importance not sequence.
On July 20, 1969, as the lunar module, Eagle, was approaching the moon’s surface, its computers began flashing warning messages. Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton and her team, told the astronauts to proceed. The software, which allowed the computer to recognize error messages and ignore low-priority tasks, continued to guide the astronauts over the crater-pocked, dusty crust of the moon to their landing.
Hamilton’s work may not be widely known to those outside the scientific community, though her achievements have been memorialised with the 2017 introduction of a Lego Margaret Hamilton action figure, part of the Women of NASA collection.
She received the NASA Exceptional Space Act Award (2003) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama (2016) the United States’ highest civilian award.
On the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Hamilton, 82, was a remarkable trail-blazer in computing.and software engineering.
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Calendar Aug 2019
1 Aug World Scout Day worldwide (Scouts & Guides) & Australia
2 – 9 Aug OL88YL Czech Republic - International YL Expedition/ OK5Z - Moravian Contest Group;
contact Eva, HB9FPM/OK3QE, French & German on QRZ page
2-3 Aug Mexican 25th DX Meet
3 Aug Pretoria Flea market (RSA)
3 Aug YL Net Essex Ham, starts 2000 UTC - GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.(UK)
3 Aug European HF Championship2018, 1200Z-2359Z, first Saturday in August 2019
3 Aug Portuguese Museum Ships - CS5DFG / CS5SUB [0800 - 2000] UTC, all modes/bands
CS5NRA - NÚCLEO DE RADIOAMADORES DA ARMADA – NRA
4 Aug SARL HF Phone 14:00 to 17:00 UTC 20, 40, 80m
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)
11-17 Aug YOTA Somer Kamp, Sofia, Bulgaria. 2019
17 Aug USKA (Swiss Radio Amateurs) 90th anniversary 2019. Hamfest @ Zug, Switerland
17 Aug CR6YLH*Cabo Sardão· Hosted by YLs-Amateur Radio Ladies-Portugal
17-18 Aug CW - CVADX Concurso Verde e Amarelo 21:00-21:00 (UTC) (Green & Yellow Competition) – 3rd weekend August
17-18 Aug ILLW International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend
18 Aug SARL HF Digital (RSA) 14:00 to 17:00 UTC 20, 40, 80m
24-25 Aug ALARA Contest 2019 Saturday at 0600 UTC- Sunday at 0559 UTC - 39th- SSB, CW and Echolink
24-25 Aug SSB- CVADX Concurso Verde e Amarelo 21:00-21:00 (UTC) Green & Yellow Competition) 60ª Edition
Separate YL Single Operator category http://www.cvadx.org
22-25 Aug DNAT (Deutsch Niederländische Amateurfunker Tage) HAM party Bad Bentheim
24-26 Aug BiWota 2019 British Inland Waterways on the Air
25 Aug SARL HF CW (RSA) 14:00 to 17:00 UTC 20, 40, 80m
31 Aug Islamic New Yeaa Saterdag
Aug 31 - Sept 1st JARL Ham Fair 2019 Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo, (Sat & Sun).
Aug last weekend, YL's of Chile 5h aniversary 2019
9-15 Sept SYLRA meeting Norway 2019 MS Trollfjord, from Bergen to Kirkenes