- 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 email@example.com
ALARA July, 2019 #170 This issue (1.1MB pdf) may be downloaded for a limited time from:
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.
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.
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
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