2018 Q1 Winter

Young Ladies' Radio League District 6 - Winter 2017-2018

YLRL 2018 Membership Renewals are Due January 1

YLRL News & Views - District 6 - California

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Ladies of the Net Outing on March 30KM6CIR Ladies of the Net will meet on March 30th at the Hometown Buffet, 1315 Gateway Blvd, Fairfield, CA 94533 for lunch between 11 am to 1 pm. Then go to the Jelly Belly Factory, 1 Jelly Belly Ln, Fairfield, CA 94533 for a tour. Those of you with hats please wear them! After we could talk more on our experiences! Any updates will be posted as needed!

73's, Janet Fisher KK6RXO

Reach Out to Girls at Local STEM Events

Wouldn't you enjoy sharing your passion for amateur radio with girls who are curious about the fascinating world of communications and electronics? Girls of all ages love hands-on activities and the opportunity to experience contacts over amateur radio, and you can provide the learning experiences that can lead to an amateur radio license of their own and to fulfilling careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

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Check the event calendar on your local Girl Scout council website and apply to participate in upcoming STEM events. Offer to set up an amateur radio station at STEM events, give demonstrations to local scout troops, answer questions about your interest in amateur radio and demonstrate operating procedures and let them talk on the air!. Last year we conducted a very well received amateur radio booth at the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California STEM Expo in Sacramento. We plan another hands-on operational amateur radio station at the March 3 Placer County STEM Expo in Rocklin with youth oriented literature about amateur radio, the YLRL, Radio Scouting, and the Girl Scouts Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program. Please contact Carol KP4MD at district6@ylrl.org if you wish to participate or need assistance, literature or resources for a local event.

YL Forum Saturday April 21 at Visalia International DX Convention

Women amateur radio operators of all ages are invited to attend a YL Forum to be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the International DX Convention in Visalia, California. If you’re a DXer or interested in any aspect of Ham radio, then IDXC is the place to be. Top DX operators from around the world will be there. You'll match those familiar callsigns with new faces, and shake hands with the person you have had a sched with for the past 10 years but never met. For more information about the Visalia YL Forum, please contact YL Forum Chair Gayle Olson, K6GO k6go@arrl.net.

YLRL Scholarship Applications Due April 30The Young Ladies Radio League sponsors three scholarships:

  • The Ethel Smith, K4LMB, Memorial Scholarship which pays $2,000.

  • The Mary Lou Brown, NM7N, Memorial Scholarship which pays $2,000.

  • The Martha “Marte” Wessel, K0EPE, Memorial Scholarship which pays $1,000.

  1. Applicants must be female and

  2. Hold at least an FCC Technician Class or equivalent foreign authorization and

  3. Intend to seek a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree from a U.S. college or university.

There are no residence restrictions and non-US Amateurs are eligible. Preference will be given to students studying communications, electronics, or related arts and sciences. The Ethel Smith and Mary Lou Brown scholarships will be awarded to full-time students. The Martha “Marte” Wessel, K0EPE, Memorial Scholarship is intended for a part-time student who is working full time while a student.

The cut–off date for applications is April 30.

Here is a link to the scholarship application form. Please publish it to your organization and anywhere else you feel might get it into the eyes of prospective applicants. 2018 FAR Scholarship Application Form

Prospective applicants can also access the form at www.farweb.org. Updated scholarship information

Linda Hynan AC5QQ, 1312 Western Ridge Dr, Waco, TX 76712 Email: lshynan@hot.rr.com

YL HF Nets

  • Ladies of the Net 7245 kHz LSB

  • Mon-Thurs 10:00 am PT

  • Tangle Net 14295 kHz USB Thursday 1800 UTC

  • YLRL Net 14288 or 7198 kHz

    • Thursday 6 pm PT

  • MINOW Net 3812 kHz LSB

    • Friday 8:30 am PT

EchoLink Nets

YL Contests

  • YL-OM Contest - Feb 9, 2018 1400 UTC - Feb 11, 2018 0200 UTC

  • DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest - Oct 5 1400 UTC - Oct 7 0200 UTC

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

YLRL Membership Dues and Election Ballots are due in January

It is that time of year again! If you are not yet a member or have not yet renewed for 2018, your $15 annual YLRL membership dues are payable on January 1.

Please mail a $15 check payable to "YLRL" with a filled out membership information form to your receiving treasurer, Carol Laferty, K4SAF, 55 E Cardinal Lane, Clearfield KY 40313.

Here is a link to the membership form Thanks!

P.S. YLRL hopes to have online dues payment set up some time within the next year.

Current YLRL members only! Please submit your election ballots by mail now to Anne Manna, WB1ARU, 614 Webster St, Hanover, MA 02339-1180. Anne needs to receive your ballot by January 7, 2018. Vote for one of each officer candidate and for chairwoman of your district on the reverse side. Be sure to follow the instructions for your vote to be valid.

Here is a link to the ballot form if you have misplaced or not received yours in the mail.

Here also is a link to the candidate biographies.

While your at it, why don't you send a paragraph or two (and a photo if available) about you and your activities to me at kp4md@arrl.net for inclusion in an upcoming YL Harmonics?


Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

YLRL District 6 Chair

YLRL Forum at the 2017 ARRL PACIFICON Convention

Women amateur radio operators of all ages (YLs) and members of YL clubs and groups attended the YLRL Forum at the 2017 ‪‎ARRL‬ Pacificon Division Convention. The forum was held on October 21 from 1:30-3:30 pm in the Tri Valley 1 Salon of the San Ramon Marriott.Following introductions of the attendees and a welcome by YLRL District Chairwoman Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, Convention Keynote speaker Carole Perry, WB2MGP started the presentations with a testimony of her beginnings in amateur radio, her years of successfully integrating amateur radio into a middle school curriculum while teaching at a New York City public school, and her award winning work as Director of the prestigious Radio Club of America promoting amateur radio as a stimulus for youth to pursue careers in communications and STEM fields. The forum continued with Emilia Seiferling, KI6YYT and Debbie Johnson, WB6LVC presenting slide shows on the Ladies of the Net special event activations aboard the USS Hornet and the RMS Queen Mary, video clips of these events from the Ham Nation webcasts and of an outreach event at the Girl Scouts STEM fair in Sacramento. Many attendees also shared and discussed YL activities through our district.

Many thanks to all who visited and assisted at the YLRL Booth throughout the Convention weekend! Click to see the 2017 YLRL Forum Photo Album

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.

YLRL District 6 Membership Update

Please welcome these new YLRL District 6 members for 2018!

Sue Mayoff WA6AGP, Benicia CA. Birthday: April 6

Sue holds a General license. She is a member of Ladies of the Net and is active on 40m. Art, AA6AM is her OM.

Elise L. Scher KI6PUO, Los Altos CA. Birthday: August 10

Elise holds a General license and is a Teacher. She is a member of Palo Alto ARA and Foothills ARS. She is the Los Altos CERT Supervisor.

Allie Peet K6ATP, Glendale, CA. Birthday: January 22

Allie holds an Extra license and is in CSR. She is a member of Crescenta Valley RC and ARES (LAX-NE). So far she is only on DMR.

Jo Stringfield N6NTJ, Crestline CA. Birthday: July 29

Jo holds an Advanced license and is Retired. She is a member of Mountain Top ARA and is active on 2 and 440. Her former call was KB6BWA.

Denise "Dee" Loxton, Lake Arrowhead, CA. Birthday: November 5

Dee holds an Extra license. She is a member of Mountain Top ARA, CRC40, and Ladies of the Net. She is active on 40 and 20m, as well as vhf/uhf. Her bio on QRZ adds more information. Her former call was KF6JPM.

Michelle L. Wyman AA6MW, Benicia CA. Birthday: November 8

Michelle holds an Extra license and is a Housewife. She is a member of Benicia ARC (VP and Media Director), Ladies of the Net, Mt. Diablo ARC, and USS Hornet ARC. She maintains web pages for the clubs and gets on nets often. Her OM is George, KK6AHL.

Susan Beckenham KM6LYV, Covina CA. Birthday: February 11

Susan holds a General license and is a Teacher. She is new to the hobby, but already teaching a Technician class at high school.

Julia Lutch KG6OYS, Davis CA.

Julia holds a Technician license. She joined at Pacificon.

Lila Moran KI6TWH, Mokelumne Hill CA. Birthday: January 19

Lila holds a Technician license and is a Massage Therapist. She is a member of Mt. Diablo ARC. She is interested in becoming more active. Mike, KD6CNS is her OM.

Joanne “Jodi” Lenocker WA6JL, Lake Arrowhead CA. Birthday: October 27

Jodi holds an Extra license and is a Registered Nurse. She is a member of Mountain Top ARA and San Bernadino ECS. She and OM Tracy, WM6T operate from their RV as well as from their home.

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.

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 district6@ylrl.org

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

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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