YL.beam #53 Dec 2017

   .beam  #53  Dec 2017
Silent keys
Land of Santa Claus, OH9SCL
Austrian YL Christmas activation
Dutch Young Ladies Club at Ham Radio Convention
CLARA (Canadian YL's) 2016 celebration article published
Rosario ARC, Argentina celebrates 90 years & Memories of 80 Years
Local-is-Lekker: Centurion Radio Amateur Club & Pam Momberg ZS6APT
Morse code stories research - SBS 
QRZ & Calendar

* ZL1BWQ Ethel Le Cornu, joined NZ WARO in 1984, and  held continuous membership in WARO, until becoming silent key on 14 September 2017
* KB0MTN Alice "Ginny" Baker   Oct. 12, 1920- Nov. 24, 2017, Age: 97 of  Hood River, Ore.
* LU2DRS  TANA SILVIA Di SILVESTRO NOCELLA  27/11/2017  BsAs.  Argentina We feel the loss of our Argentine yl friend who shared her radio news generously. 
* ZS1JEB  Jumelle Bruyns, on Monday 27 Nov2017, her key went silent after a fairly long illness.
We extend our sincere condolences to their families and friends.

Santa Claus Land OH9SCL, amateur radio station  
Will be active again in December 2017. 
Activity will be mostly on HF-bands on all modes.
OH9SCL has been operating for more than 30 years from the Arctic Circle (since December 1986) in Lapland. Lapland is the largest and northernmost region of Finland. 
Located in the Arctic Circle, the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi is now renowned as Santa's official “North Pole” residence. 
For additional information, visit http://oh9scl.fi  
and QRZ.com - OH9SCL -  http://www.lappi.fi/en/santa-claus       
for more web-sites

Austrian YL's Christmas Event
‎AMRS Frauenreferat – YL's  Invitation to the Christmas Austrian - yl round-up
On Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 17:30 pm;  80 m band   3,740 Mhz + /- Qrm.
I'm going to take over the control center with the callsign OE3XRC all YL's are most cordially invited to participate and  I would be very happy to contact you!
After the round, all listeners and om's are loaded to the log Vy 73 from Marion Stouy , OE3YSC  (AMRS  yl Spokesperson)

Further Afield 
Dutch Young Ladies Club at Ham Radio Convention 
Posted on 04/11/2017 by pa1eng
Today the annual Ham Radio Convention was held in Apeldoorn, it is the event for everyone who likes to experiment with (amateur) radio. Besides lectures and a components market there where exhibition stands to present several organisations and VERON commissions. Search Results
(VERON - Vereniging voor Experimenteel Radio Onderzoek Nederland)
For the first time PI4YLC joined the Traffic Bureau exhibition stand. This commission promotes radioamateur activities on HF and the Dutch Young Ladies Club is part of it. 
A YL-meet was organised to give Young Ladies the opportunity to meet us. We are proud that so many women found us today and that Sjoerd PA0SHY, chairman of the Traffic Bureau, is standing behind us. This picture is the result…
From left to right: Bertina gPA2BTA, Claudia gPA5CT, Lisa gPA2LS, Mariëtte gPA1ENG, Barbara PB2Z, Karin PA1KBN, Sonja PD4SON, Suzan fb-PD3SZN, Magda NL13543 and Heather PD3GVQ.

CLARA (Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Assoc.)
An  article in TCA (The Canadian Amateur) Magazine about CLARA's 50th celebration during July 2017, has been published.. In her article, Val tells of  the international group who gathered for this special celebration, of places visited, about their AGM, and about CLARA and the way forward. Please visit the website : http://www.clarayl.ca  for the full article and pictures of the occasion. posted on Facebook: 11 Nov. 2017  Val Lemko, VE5ACJ, President of CLARA  
During November 2017  Radio Club Rosario (Argentina) celebrated their 90th birthday, reminding the OM and I that  we had attended their 80th anniversary while aboard our sail boat “Dalkiri' on the Rio Parana.10 years ago. While travelling on the river we had made friends with local Amateurs who  invited us to attend the club event; below is a copy of the letter sent 'home' – hope you enjoy.. 

[Rosario [32°57′2″S- 60°42′15″W]  central Argentina, is an inland port on  the Paraná River, about 550km upstream from the Atlantic Ocean and 300 km (186 mi) northwest of Buenos Aires. Ocean going ships are able to reach the city].

Rosario ARC,  LU4FM, Argentina celebrates 90 years 2017
Memories of: 80 Years of Radio (Rosario) letter written  11/26/2007 
As we raised our glasses to celebrate the 80th anniversay of the Radio Club Rosario we wondered about the original members who on 25/09/1927 got together at ´La Comedia´ Theatre. What had been their hopes and expectations? What was Rosario like in those years when trains covered the country and steam-ships crossed between continents? How long did it take for scientific journals or equipment to arrive from Europe or North America?

  One of the first institutions of its kind, RCR, together with the Rosario Municipality, was instrumental in establishing and promoting regulations dealing with extraneous transmissions, caused by, amongst others, DC motors. Such interference, atmospherics and the ´noisy´ early receivers, made the reception of medium-wave signals difficult in those early times.
 In 1971 the club acquired a permanent home when the original  premises were purchased, at 811 Calle Zeballos; in 1994 the premises were almost doubled by the aquistion of the neighbouring property.
Acquired in 1985, the antenna farm was  named after the honorary member ´Rene Francovigh´ whose weekend house it had originally been. Situated on the outskirts of Rosario in those early days, it had been surrounded by farmland. Today the area is a light industrial zone surrounded by small factories. Although the landscape has changed,  the antenna towers are clearly visible.
On Sunday 4th November 2007, we were driven to the antenna farm by Toni LU2FFD to share in the 80th Anniversary celebrations of  the Radio Club Rosario. By midday the area was crowded with people and parked cars. A marquee had been erected  for the "Hamfes"., where most  of the equipment looked newish, unlike the  WW2 and other "treasures" we were used to at South African flea-markets!
  Also outside was the asado estaca (Argentine braai/ BBQ), especially set up for the occasion. Really large racks of beef ribs were held in position by T-shaped metal frames, the points of which are thrust into the ground, around a bed of burning wood coals. The cooking process takes hours, allowing a slightly smoky flavour to be imparted to the meat. The celebration menu was the best of Argentine cuisine: empanadas (meat pasties), chorizo - sausages, asado (roast meat) and ice-cream, helped along with Argentine wine.  Lots of everything and amply enjoyed by all (yumm) in the main hall, which can easily accomodate 120+ guests.
 We were intrigued by a huge walk-in size safe (the kind banks used to use), where the club's radio equipment is kept - good security! The club's various and many all-mode transceivers, has led to an increased level of operator competance,  encouraged DX participation and resulted in several titles  It also provides a venue for hosting teams of visiting operators  and of course it is somewhere for members to meet.
  80 years of radio is not just a local event, it is a feat to be celebrated by all Radio Amateurs and a reminder of how far radio has come – what of  the next 80 years? Some hobbies do not change with the times, some decline but radio seems to attract those with enquiring minds, so the future is assured, although the direction unknown.
  We would like to thank the Radio Club Rosario LU4FM for their invitation to share their celebrations and for the opportunity of meeting many of the members. Thank you to all who contributed to this memorable occasion.
We are indebted for information about the club from their QSL card celebrating 75 years and to Toni LU2FFD our personal guide and friend.
88 - ZS6YE Heather & 73 - ZS6YOT Jess, MM in Argentina.

Spare ribs? This is an asado estaca. It takes hours of slow cooking over the coals. 
When they say Argentines like meat they are not exaggerating. RCR 80th.


Left : Jess, Heather, Right: Toni LU2FFD and asado chef Jose LU7FYO

Pam Momberg ZS6APT who has lived and operated in Division 6 (SA) for 42 years  (1975 – 2017)  has re- located to Division 1 (Western Cape). During that time she has been doyen of ZA-YLs; she was part of the SAWRC (South African Womens Radio Club) has been part of every YL Sprint and is heard on bulletins and contests.
While we wish her well, selfishly we regret her departure, as must members of the Centurian AR Club, having already lost another founding member, her husband Jimmy Momberg ZS6APS (SK)
Editor – Heather ZS5YH

Centurion Radio Amateur Club & Pam Momberg ZS6APT
“I have been a Radio Amateur for almost 42 wonderful years, the same length of time that the Centurion Radio Amateur Club has been in existence.” 
After passing her RAE in 1975, thanks to OM ZS6APS Jimmy's encouragement, Pam started serving on her club committee in 1977, first as Secretary then as Secretary/Treasurer. In 2002 she became Treasurer, in 2005 Vice Chairman/Treasurer  and in March 2009 Chairman/Treasurer of the club. She held this position untill her resignation in 2017,
She was one of the founding members in 1975 of the Jakaranda Branch of the SARL. In 1980 the club amalgamated with the Impala Branch and changed its name to the Protea Branch. In 1985 it changed to Verwoerdburg Branch and in 1996 to Centurion Radio Amateur Club, call sign ZS6CEN. 
In 2005 she started assisting with compiling and reading of Sunday morning bulletins and became solely responsible from July 2012.
We hope to hear her on-air with her new callsign. 88 to Pam Momberg who has always led by example.

We have received a letter (06 Nov 2017) from Susanne Huber-Curphey KL4MX, who has arrived in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, aboard  her yacht “Nehaj”  after making the 12th single-handed transit of the Northwest Passage - more of her incredible adventure in the new year.
We look forward to hearing from Christine F4GDI, chairman of the french YL group, who is organising an expedition to the island of Noirmoutier next year,  25-31 august 2018 (TM64YL)
And we hope to hear and share your Morse stories in response to the appeal below.
 We look forward to making new friends in 2018 and Wish all,
 Good DX and many QSOs over this Festive Season. See you down the log in 2018.
33 – 88   Editor (Eda ZS5YH)
Morse code stories:  SBS  (Special Broadcasting Service)  Australia 
29 Nov  2017 - Dear Ham Yl – ladies,
My name is Debra Shulkes and I'm a freelance researcher working with the Australian public broadcaster SBS (Documentary and Drama Unit). SBS is keen to produce a project about Morse code and they are currently searching for untold stories about the code. 
The team is especially looking for recent stories with an Australian element. These might be stories about 
-  relationships developed between CW operators around the globe - for example, unlikely connections, friendships and romances
- surprising discoveries or events involving the use of Morse code 
- personal reasons for learning and using the code today
- other aspects of the code that you think would intrigue viewers

I would be extremely grateful for any suggestions of stories that might fit this bill. I'd also appreciate any recommendations of individuals or other organisations that I should contact.
I'd be very happy to answer any questions about this project.
Thank you very much for your time.  Best wishes, Debra     debra.shulkes@gmail.com

If you can help please contact ALARA (Australian ladies)   
publicity@alara.org.au or Debra Shulkes 
especially looking for recent stories with an Australian element.....
(and yl.beam would like to hear and share your stories as well)
[Founded 1 January 1975, The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is a hybrid-funded Australian public broadcasting radio, online, and television network. The stated purpose of SBS is "to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia's multicultural society". SBS is one of five main free-to-air networks in Australia. Wiki: ]

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Calendar December 2017
1 Dec Start of YOTA Month
3 December SARL Digital Contest [Sun]
10 and 11 Dec ARRL 10 Metre Contest
31 Dec End of 2017 CQ Marathon and YOTA month


yl.beam #52 november 2017

  • Poppie Meyer, ZS6BCP  Silent key.
  • Congratulations RAE Candidates  
  • Further Afield : YL Grants? And Tasmanian Yls 
  • South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT) Bursary Scheme 
  • Ja-Well-No-Fine &  EchoLink
  • Amateur Radio Ladies (YL) Networks on Facebook 
  • Contacts & Calendar

Silent key.
It is with deep regret that we must announce that the key of Poppie Meyer, ZS6BCP, has gone silent during the week. We extend our sincere condolences to her husband Hansie, ZS6AIK, family and friends. (SARL weekly news in English 2017-10-21)

Poppie Meyer,  ZS6BCP
(Article below by Poppie's husband  OM  ZS6AIK)
ZS6BCP Poppie Meyer appeared in the SA Radio League March 1962 Callbook Ek verwerf my lisensie ZS6AIK op 30 November 1959, nadat ek verhuis het na Pretoria, maar ek het toe nog nie n stasie gehad nie. Toe ontmoet ek n man wat my hele lewe verander het. OK
Sunny Greef ZS6IO. Hy het my toegelaat om sy stasie te gebruik, en nie net dit nie, hy leer toe ook my verloofde (later my vrou) om 'n Radio Amateur te word. Sy verwerf haar radio lisensie ZS6BCP September 1961. Sunny het ons ook gehelp om ons eie stasie op te bou. Hy het ons ook op motor tydwedrenne saam geneem en touwys gemaak hoe om beheerde radio nette te beheer.
Toe is die gort gaar, ek het besef Amateur Radio kan ook aangewend word vir hulp aan die gemeendskap. 'n Trofee was deur my aan die Pretoria Radio Klub geskenk om dank te betoon aan twee Oks wat my geleer het om my radio vir die gemeenskap in diens te stel. Die trofee word genoem "Die Sunny Don Trofee". Hulle was Sunny Greeff ZS6IO en Don Steward ZS6IA Ek en my vrou Poppie het so baie tydwedrenne gedoen dat dit my lank sal neem om almal te tel.
Van die tydrenne was die Castrol, LM Rally, Total rally, Roof of Africa, Radio 5, Sasol Rally.
BNU ( Banco Nacionnal Ultramarino) 'n tydren gereël deur die Portegeuse, ens. Ek en Poppie het telkemale die beheerstasies van die grootste tydwedrenne behartig, ook buite ons land grense, bv Swaziland, Lesotho en Mozambique.
Van al my Amateur aktiweteite was die Raport Fiets Toere vir my en my vrou die aangenaamste. Ons het aan drie toere deelgeneem. Elke toer het twee weke  geduur en was uit die boonste rakke. Ek wil hier net hulde bring aan Radio Amateurs wat in die span was, dit was Tinus Lange ZS6TL, (Hoof van die span) Hilda Lange ZS6HL, Poppie Meyer ZS6BCP, en myself ZS6AIK.
Ek wil dit vir die lesers noem dat om jou Radio te gebruik om die gemeenskap te dien n ander lewe van ons stokperdjie open, en glo my dit word opreg gewaardeer deur hulle.
(WATTS 06-2016 p5/6  Monthly Newsletter of the Pretoria Amateur Radio Club)

Congratulations & Welcome
The following 10 ladies, listed alphabetically, are warmly welcomed and congratulated on passing the recent  RAE (21 October 2017): 
ZS6LIS Clarke, Clarissa Roodepoort
ZS6ATN De Nysschen, Antoinette Roodepoort (heard on air 29/10/17)
ZS3SW de Wet, Sonet Vanderkloof
ZS6RCB Eloff, Riana Vanderbiljpark
ZS1IC Faasen, Mariska Bellville
ZU1N Jansen van Vuuren, Nadia Worcester
ZS6DLR Le Roux, Deidre Honeydew
ZS5RPP Palminha, Robyn Durban
ZS1JD Porter, Drusilla Jayne Bellville
ZS6MYS Schnetler, Chantell Roodepoort
Special congratulationss to Mariska Faasen ZS1IC, previously of the SARL admin department! 

Gary Immelman ZS6YI on West Rand ARC Facebook: 29/10/2017 
Congratulations to all, welcome to the airwaves and well done!
I fondly remember the original ZS6ATN, by coincidence one of the first woman radio hams in the Vaal. Tannie Anna Steytler was a very active radio ham who did an amazing job as secretary of the Southern Transvaal branch of the SARL. I met her in early 1969 when I joined the SARL as a young listner with the call sign ZS6276

Anna Steytle's callsign ZS6ATN, appears in the SARL callbookof  March 1962
She was awarded the Jack Twine Awardin  1966 and the Willy Wilson Award 1976  
YL # 23 Aug-Sept, 2014  announced that ZS6ATN / ZS5AP / ZS4AP  Anna Steytler, SK  9 Sept. 2014

Further Afield : 
YL Grants? And Tasmanian YLs
From  Linda VK7QP:
 ALARA is doing a survey of what sponsorships or grants are available internationally for YLs. 
We are fortunate to have a few $$$ in the kitty at the moment, and we are trying to decide how best to share it around. Any thoughts or ideas welcome.
Anyone with information could sent it to my ALARA email vk7@alara.org.au
We have a weekly national net for ALARA mixing between Echolink and 80metres. While 80 metres is more real 'radio', we get more reliable contact using Echolink so it is easier to keep in touch. 

Tasmania is a surprisingly large island for those unfamiliar with Australia. It is about the same size as Ireland. I live at Bellerive, near Hobart, and the five YLs in the south of the state meet about monthly for coffee. It is a 2.5 hour drive to Launceston, the main town in the north, and even further to Burnie, so the ladies up there are not able to join us.
My husband Martin, VK7GN, and I have been getting a remote shack set up, about an hour's drive away from home. This gets us away from the local QRM and we don't have to worry about interference we may cause.
33 Linda VK7QP

South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT) -  TONY REUMERMAN  Bursary Scheme 
Four bursaries offered during 2017 for students and learners under 26 years old to study for and write the Class A Radio Amateur Examination.  Each bursary is valued at R1000. This will cover the RAE examination fee, cost of the first year license with the balance towards tuition cost.
Two bursaries are available for the May examination and two for the November examination. 
Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of the South African Amateur Radio Development trust   saardt@intekom.co.za

Tthis issue is about   Echolink and you are probably wondering 'who needs it'?
We (your editor ZS5YH and OM) live surrounded by hills, about 70 kms away from the nearest linked repeater; too far to 'hit' directly but we can use Echolink.
Perhaps you are new to Amateur Radio, got your license but don't know who to listen to or what sort of radio to buy? Echolink on a Smartphone or PC can help you to listen  and join Amateur Radio Nets.
You'r travelling, maybe even in another country, use your registered Echolink connection (PC, Smartphone)  to stay connected to your local bulletins and nets 'back home'.  
Its an App for Radio Amateurs. 
Silence makes no friends! 

EchoLink is a computer-based Amateur Radio system distributed free of charge that allows radio amateurs to communicate with other amateur radio operators using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology on the Internet for at least part of the path between them.

You can use EchoLink to connect your station (or your computer) over the Internet to other amateurs using the same software, and carry on a voice QSO.  
For licensed hams, EchoLink® software opens up new possibilities for communicating around the world with other amateurs.  

You can access EchoLink either with a radio or a computer.  
If you are in range of an FM repeater or simplex station equipped with EchoLink, you can use DTMF [Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency] commands from your radio to access the EchoLink network.  EchoLink is an extension of conventional voice modes, particularly FM.
Any low-power handheld amateur radio transceiver which can contact a local EchoLink node (a node is an active EchoLink station with a transceiver attached) can then use the Internet connection of that station to send its transmission via VoIP to any other active EchoLink node, worldwide. 

Your PC links you or your local repeater to any of thousands of other stations over the Internet.
If you are a licensed amateur with an Internet-connected PC, you can access EchoLink stations directly from your PC. 
If you don’t have a mobile radio or an HT [Handy Talkie] OR a repeater in the area that has a Echolink, then you will have to use a computer. 

 To be able to use Echolink on your PC or smartphone, you need to install the software, register your callsign at www.echolink.org/, and then confirm that you hold a valid amateur radio licence. To prove you have a licence, you are required to either scan and upload an image of the first page of your licence, or fax a copy of your licence to the number provided. You can find out more about how to do this from the Echolink site

EchoLink is offered free of charge to the worldwide Amateur Radio community for the purpose of setting up simplex and repeater links that can be accessed by other EchoLink users.

Niece Kaoneuln Haynes
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BYLARA (British Young Ladies AR Ass) www.facebook.com/groups/274292375944452/   
CLARA - Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Association   facebook.com/groups/129299648738242 
Grupo YLs-Amateur Rádio Ladies-Portugal"  www.facebook.com/groups/122062238251916/
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Calendar November 2017
4 Nov.      YL-MAFC  (Austria)
4 Nov   SARL RaDAR Challenge [Sat 24 Hrs]
4 Nov Netherlands 57th Ham Radio Convention, Apeldoorn (VERON, Dutch radio soc.)
5 Nov       PEARS (Port Elizabeth AR Society) HF Contest  RSA
5 Nov   EANET Sprint Contest - Radio Clubs of the World Award   08:00 to 12:00 UTC
5 Nov Ballarat Hamvention  2017 (Aus) ; 5  Nov    Brasil –  Dia Nacional do Radioamador 
11 Nov      9º Jornada Radial Ferroviaria Argentina (Railways On The Air) 
11 Nov   Gold Coast ARC HAMFEST (Aus).
11-12 Nov  FIRAC  Fédération Internationale des Radio Amateurs Cheminot (Railways) - HF SSB Contest  http://www.firac.de/html/contest.
12 Nov      Remembrance Sunday
16-19 Nov. 45th SEAnet Convention 2017 [Thurs -  Sun]  Siem Reap,  Cambodia (Asia)
18 Nov  AWA (Antique Wireless Assoc.) AGM & Fleamarket , SAIEE Johannesburg.
25 Nov   SARL Newbie Sprint  (RSA); Westrand ARC Flea market 
25-26 Nov  CQ WW DX CW Contest
2017 1 Dec  Start of YOTA Month