2017 Q4 Fall

Young Ladies' Radio League District 6 - Fall 2017

YLRL Forum Oct. 21, 2017 1:30-3:30 pm at ARRL Pacificon

Save the Dates! YLRL Convention August 2-5, 2018 in Oklahoma CityJoin us for the 2018 YLRL Convention in OKC! Aug 2-5th, 2018

The Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL) will be holding their 2018 Convention in OKC, OK. This convention only happens once every 4 years. All YL's are welcome. We encourage you to become a member of the club, but it is not required to attend the convention.

Come visit with other YL's, put a face with a name/call sign. Find what other ladies are doing both with HAM Radio and other things. We will have some classes, VE Testing for those wanting to upgrade, as well as local tours, and a banquet. OM's are welcome to portions of the convention. We are working to have some local OM's available for visiting OM's.

More information and register online at http://www.ylrlconvention.org

October 10 is Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

YLRL News & Views - District 6 - California

YLRL Forum Saturday Oct 21, 2017 1:30-3:30 pm at ARRL PACIFICON Convention

Women amateur radio operators of all ages (YLs) and members of YL clubs and groups who are attending the ‪‎ARRL‬ Pacificon Division Convention at the San Ramon Marriott are encouraged to attend our YLRL Forum, scheduled for Saturday October 21 from 1:30-3:30 pm in the Tri Valley 1 Salon (Suite 157). The program will begin with introductions and all YLs and representatives of YL clubs and groups will be welcome to share their programs and accomplishments at the forum. The forum is open for all to discuss their interests and activities and ways that we can network together.

Directions: The Tri-Valley 1 Meeting Room is Suite 157, on the ground floor on the opposite side of the lobby from the rest of the convention, past the elevators in the corridor that leads to Guest Rooms 143-172 (see map)

PACIFICON is the annual ARRL Pacific Division convention, held each year in October. It is THE premier amateur radio conference in the western U.S.

Pacificon Convention Keynote Speaker Carole Perry WB2MGP at YLRL Forum

At ARRL Pacificon Convention, Award Winning Keynote Speaker Carole Perry, WB2MGP, will join the YLRL Forum 1:30 pm Saturday Oct 21, 2017 at ARRL Pacificon Convention - Women in Amateur Radio

Come and meet Carole Perry, WB2MGP, this Saturday at the Pacificon YLRL Forum as she shares her inspiring work in amateur radio advocacy and education.

October 20-22 Jamboree on the Air

If you do not plan to attend the Pacificon convention, consider reaching out to your local Brownies, Cubs, Boys or Girl Scout troop to offer an Amateur Radio demonstration and to support their participation in the Oct. 20-22 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) to communicate with other scouts around the world. Offer to help your local Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts earn the Scouting Radio Merit Badge and the ARRL Girl Scout Radio and Wireless Technology Patch. JOTA officials ask participants and to report their experience. Read more.

73, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

Young Ladies' Radio League District 6 Chair

YL HF Nets

  • Weekdays 10:00 am PT

  • Ladies of the Net 7245 kHz LSB

  • Thursday 11:00 am PT (1800 UTC)

  • Tangle Net 14297 kHz USB

  • Thursday 6 pm PT (0100 UTC) - YLRL Net 14288 or 7198 kHz

  • Friday MINOW Net 8:30 am PT - 3812 kHz LSB

EchoLink Nets

  • Thursday YL Net 5 pm PT (0000 UTC) - EchoLink ALARA Conference Server Node 286905 or DoDropIn Chat

  • Thursday MINOW Net 7:30 pm PT (0230 UTC) - EchoLink ALARA Conference Server Node 286905

YL Contests

  • DX/NA YL Contest - Oct 6, 2017 1400 UTC - Oct 8, 2017 0200 UTC

  • YL-OM Contest - Feb 2, 2018 1400 UTC - Feb 4, 2018 0200 UTC

YL Forums & Conventions

YLRL Web Resources

YLRL National Page: www.ylrl.org

Facebook page: facebook.com/www.ylrl.org

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Limor "Ladyada" Fried, AC2SNPosted October 8, 2016

Graduate student, Fried posted plans of an open-source MP3 player and other electronic projects on her MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) webpage. The plans became so popular, she started making kits and selling them. In 2005 MIT hacker & engineer, Limor Fried known to her fans as Lady Ada (a nod to Ada Lovelace*, who’s been called the world’s first computer programmer), founded Adafruit Industries.

The company was an organic outgrowth of her own DIY projects online, which, she discovered, found an eager audience. “People loved the tutorials, and there was nothing else like it at the time,” says Fried.

Need to spec a battery? Don’t know how to solder? Want to sew electronics into your pants? Adafruit’s got an online tutorial.

Learning electronics and computer science can be intimidating—there's so much to know and do. 'Ask an Engineer' a weekly show started in 2010 in Fried's living room. The concept was that viewers could ask her any questions about engineering while she was assembling electronics kits and Phillip Torrone, her spouse, was preparing shipments. Using YouTube, company mascot Adabot and Fried herself, teach computer-generated robot engineering basics, “More people in the world can sew and do crafts than electronics,” she told Embedded Computing Design magazine in 2014. Today Adafruit offers two wearable platforms FLORA and GEMMA, and features interesting applications for both in a blog series, #Wearable Wednesday.

The first female engineer to ever grace the cover of Wired magazine; a maverick with an unconventional management style and a bright pink hair coif, Fried has made it her mission to educate others — especially young people and women — about the endless possibilities of DIY electronics.

*Ada Lovelace (10 Dec. 1815 -27 Nov. 1852) English mathematician and writer.

Children's STEM Book Will Feature Young "Ada Lace" Adventure in Amateur Radio

Emily Dawn Calandrelli, KD8PKR, is an engineer from MIT, astronautics expert, former NASA employee and a licensed radio amateur. She is also the host of Xploration Outer Space, a Saturday morning children's television show in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) block of Xploration Station, and a field correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World.

Emily is a professional speaker and presents on the topics of space exploration, scientific literacy, and equality of the sexes in STEM. Calandrelli is also a contributing writer at TechCrunch where she writes on technology developments in the space industry.

Emily writes about "Take Me to your Leader", a yet to be published book in her "Ada Lace Adventure" series of children's STEM books [no doubt a take-off on the historic Ada Lovelace]: "I'm excited to share the cover of the third book in the Ada Lace series! In the 3rd book, Ada learns all about radio waves and makes unexpected contact." The first two books of the Ada Lace Adventure series are now available for pre-order on Amazon.

July 8 - KM6CIR Ladies of the Net Event aboard the RMS Queen Mary

The Ladies of the Net had a wonderful time aboard the W6RO Queen Mary. Our ladies traveled from multiple locations in the western U.S. to the Queen Mary in Southern Ca. We arrived the day before and had time to tour the historical ship. There are many interesting tours, displays, gift shops, restaurants and views from the vessel. Those of us from out of town stayed on board in the hotel for two days.

The wireless room (radio Room) is a large well designed immaculately appointed facility. Among the interesting displays is its original radios and equipment used on the 80 year old vessel. What a wonderful trip back to nostalgic history we all experienced. The room has glass windows making the view from the upper deck spectacular. It was a very solemn breath taking moment. Our group was honored to have exclusive use of this prestigious broadcasting platform. We were not rushed and transmitted on all the transceivers while responding to a large pile up of stations trying to reach us from points all over the world. It happens to be next to the large fog horn which still goes off at 9am, 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm every day. The horn can be heard all around Long Beach Harbor. While out at sea the sound travels up to 100 miles. The ladies had a startling experience when the 3pm blast went off during their QSO’s. We thought the noise was coming from one of the radios, or maybe we touch the wrong button! Our group enjoys getting together and has members from all over the Western U/S. It is constantly growing; our youngest member present was 17 years old. We meet somewhere in Northern CA once per year, once in the Southern region and at Pacificon in October. Our special event last February was aboard the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in the San Francisco Bay. With its huge flight deck and 4 vertical antennas 117 feet above the water line, our ladies had the large original transmitters smoking while making contacts all over the world. The antennas were glowing as some of our operators were working C/W with lightning speed.

All YL Episode on Ham Nation Webcast

September 7, 2016 on TWIT TV

On September 7, 2016 the Ham Nation webcast was an all YL episode. Here is the video with a table of contents. In her talk, Katie Allen Breen WY7YL explains challenges that she and many other YLs face when entering amateur radio.

  • 0:00 Leo Laporte W6TWT opens the program introducing hosts Val Hotzfeld NV9L, Amanda Alden K1DDN, Katie Allen WY7YL, & Dr. Tamitha Skov

  • 5:20 Video of YL's around the world - Val

  • 9:00 Interview with DXpeditioner Helen Archibald, VA1YL - Val

  • 15:50 DX News and Conventions - Val

  • 18:25 Katie Allen Breen, WY7YL shares her experience in Ham Radio

  • 30:30 Icom America Commercial

  • 33:15 Amateur Radio Newsline™ - Lisamarie Luminais

  • 39:15 Space Weather and HF Propagation - Dr. Tamitha Skov

  • 1:06:30 DX Engineering Commercial

  • 1:09:10 Smoke and Solder - Audrey Mc Elroy, KM4BUN explains transistors

  • 1:17:00 Public Service & Ham radio - Amanda Alden K1DDN

  • 1:25:00 Chat Room Questions - Abbi Wilson KF5BEW & Kendra Wilson KF5FYS Wilson

Young Ladies' Radio League in District 6

In August 2016 I started serving as District 6 Chair (California) for the Young Ladies' Radio League (YLRL), ARRL affiliated and founded in 1939 with a current international membership of about 1,100 YL (Young Ladies, that is, women and girls of all ages) ham operators. The YLRL's primary purpose is "to encourage and assist YLs throughout the world to enter into the Amateur Radio Service." The YLRL encourages women's and girls' participation in amateur radio through YL contests, YL nets, member news in the bi-monthly journal YL-Harmonics, and also sponsors scholarships for YLs who pursue education in communications and electronics or related areas (science, technology, engineering and math).

A majority of newly licensed YLs are Technicians. More YL role models and all Elmers are needed to reach out and welcome both new and inactive YLs and encourage them to get on the air and to upgrade and join our mainstream amateur community. (The "Ladies of the Net" YL net meets on 7245 kHz LSB weekdays at 10:00 am Pacific Time). We see new opportunities to include YLs in our youth outreach through the Maker movement and through helping to implement the new ARRL "Radio and Wireless Technology" Patch Program in our local Girl Scout troops. This is good for the growth and health of our entire amateur community. Please do encourage YLs on the air, in your communities, and in your clubs to join this mission to welcome more YLs to our fascinating hobby by contacting me or the YLRL.

33, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, YLRL District 6 Chair

You can always send compliments, suggestions and submissions for inclusion in our news to kp4md(at)arrl.net

ARRL Offering "Radio and Wireless Technology" Patch Program for Girl ScoutsPosted August 25, 2016

The ARRL has begun offering a new Girl Scouts "Radio and Wireless Technology" patch program that offers opportunities for participants to learn about wireless technology, including Amateur Radio. Scout leaders and Amateur Radio volunteers associated with the Greater Atlanta Girl Scout Council and Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains developed the program to incorporate information and exploratory activities that provide a backdrop for understanding radio communication. The program will encourage Girl Scouts to take on activities to gain knowledge and skills, as well as kindle an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and careers.

"The initiative for the program came about through my conversations with hams who wanted to work with Girl Scouts as well as Boy Scouts and wanted a patch program that would introduce ham radio, as the 'Radio' merit badge does in the Boy Scouts," said ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ. "I was introduced to a group of leaders with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta who wanted to work in developing a new, fun patch program for radio that would fit with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience structure. This group was joined by Jill Galus, KB1SWV, of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains in New Hampshire. We collaborated on this over the course of several years." Galus's father, "Skip" Youngberg, K1NKR, and a team from the Nashoba Valley Radio Club helped test-drive the new patch program with Girl Scouts in New Hampshire, during "Thinking Day on the Air" this past February.

The program defines the requirements for Girl Scouts to earn the patch at the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador levels. Girl Scouts can learn the fundamentals of radio communication and wireless technology, from broadcasting to smartphones, and apply what they learn to connect people, enhance safety, and explore related careers. In addition to acquiring the fundamentals, participants can explore radio science through hands-on learning with Amateur Radio, and use radio to talk around the world and for public service. They also can learn about the role of wireless technology in everyday life and in careers. Read more.

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