yl.beam #44 march 2017

  • DARC’s YL Germany         March 5th, 2017
  • CS2YLS   Ladies-Portugal    March 4 -10, 2017
  • YLC (Chile)                                March 11–12  weekend
  • BULGARIAN YLS AWARD  03.01.2017 to 31.03.2017.
  • Womens Day  - YL Thursday Net  - March  9 Friday pm to 10 March am
  • St Patricks Day on the Air 17-18 March
  • Dutch Young Ladies meeting YLs at HAM radio Friedrichshafen 2016
  • QRZ Contacts & Calendar

This month is all about Womens Day and this newsletter about the friendships and contacts made by Amateur Radio ladies. Our European sisters seem most active and the Dutch ladies enthusiasm is infectious. Please share events you're involved with, send feed-back and pictures, or post on Facebook.

Wishing everyone many QSOs for 2017 and a Happy Women's Day,  33 (YL>YL), 73 (Best regards) 88 (Love and kisses)

International YL-Activity to mark the World Women’s Day 2017
For the fourth time, the DARC’s (Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club) YL group and Sophie F4DHQ are organizing an international YL-Activity at the International Women’s Day on:  Sunday, March 5th, 2017 from 08:00 until 12:00 MET (07:00 until 11:00 UTC) on 40m and 80m in SSB & CW 

The scope of this activity is to make as many as possible contacts with YLs.
The points per QSO are allocated acccording to the scheme below.
All participants who submit their log will receive a participant’s award in .pdf format free of charge.
There are two participant categories: OM and YL    Points  per QSO:
YL  to    YL    3 points    YL    to    OM    1 point
OM to    YL    2 points    OM    to    OM    0 point
We would like to encourage a large number of YLs to be active and on the air during the 4 hours of this activity.
Participants from Germany should send their log to Heike, DL3HD (dl3hd@darc.de) while participants from other countries should send their log to Sophie, F4DHQ (f4dhq@orange.fr).
The logs should be in chronological order and must contain QSO date, time (in UTC), band, mode, call of QSO partner, name of the YL, RST and the points claimed. Submission deadline is: May 1st, 2017
The requests for award must be sent before May 1st 2017.
The log may be emailed as an excel file under following form (use your callsign as filename):
Name:        Callsign :    Email :
QSO        DATE    Time UTC  Band,     Mode    Callsign    Name    Report        Points
The awards will be mailed by Sophie, F4DHQ after the evaluation of the submitted logs.
The award ranking list will be published in the CQ DL and on www.darc.de/yl as well as in the respective amateur radio media in France. We wish all participants good luck and many successful contacts!
33 + 73 + 55 (lots of success)     de Sophie, F4DHQ, and Christiane, DL4CR

Yls-Amateurs Radio Ladies-Portugal will be active as CS2YLS'P from March 4 -10, 2017 this special event honours all the Women who have fought since the 19th century to today, for equal rights 
1)  March 4th - 10am to 6pm at the "Real Fábrica da Cordoaria da Junqueira"  Rua Da Junqueira,  Lisboa.
2)  March 8th - 10am to 5pm at the "Fragata D.Fernando II e Glória", Largo Alfredo Dinis, Almada.
We will be on the 2m, 20m, 40m, and 80m, hoping to reach YL's all over the world.
We invite all the YL's, Radio Amateurs,  Associations and all those who want to join us in this event.
Our thanks go to the "Real Fabrica de Cordoaria da Junqueira" and the NRA (Naval Radio Amateurs) for their support  for an event that we hope will be positive for all the female radio amateurs. 

Historial Background to station locations:
1)    Real Fábrica da Cordoaria da Junqueira,  Lisboa, formerly the Royal Rope Factory manufactured cables, sisal ropes, sails and flags for the Portuguese ships.
The building's facilities extend along the river for almost four hundred meters, with a width of only about fifty meters. These dimensions relate to the needs of the production process. Its location on the river also facilitated the supply of products to ship owners. Production ceased in 1998 and today the building, dating from 1779. is a national monument
2) Dom Fernando II e Glória is a wooden-hulled, 50 gun frigate of the Portuguese Navy.  Built in Goa, India, launched in 1843 she made her maiden voyage in 1845. The last sailing warship built by Portugal and also the last ship that undertook the India Run.
 Named as a tribute to the king consort of Portugal Ferdinand II, and to Our Lady of Glory, a figure of special devotion among the catholic population of Goa, the ship remained in active service until 1878, when she made her last sea voyage.
After being gutted by fire  the frigate was towed to an area of mud-flats  on the river Tagus,  remaining abandoned and half buried for the next 29 years.  In 1990 the Portuguese Navy decided to restore her.
Part of the Naval Museum display, she was a major attraction during the  Expo '98 which marked the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the sea route to India by Vasco da Gama..
The International Register of Historic Ships considers the Dom Fernando II e Glória as the fourth oldest armed frigate, and the eight oldest sailing warship in the world.
Celebrated by YLC (Chile)  over the weekend 11–12 March on 40m,  SSB phone.
The objective is to encourage participation and friendship between All Radio Amateurs, particularly the Ladies. 
Starts: Saturday 11 March 2017, at 13 Hrs UTC (10:00 hrs. Chile).
Ends:  Sunday 12 March 2017, at 22 Hrs UTC (19:00 hrs. Chile).
Participantes: All licensed Radio Amateurs – local Chilian, DX, Radio Clubs
Scoring points:
 Radioaficionadas YL (CD, CA, CE, XQ  DX) 5 puntos
 Radioaficionados CD 5 points
 Radioaficionados CA & DX 3 points
 Radioaficionados CE & XQ 2 points
 Instituciones & Radio Clubes 2 points
In addition, contacts with YL count as a multiplier 
Logs must be received by 31 March, 2017,  e-mail  Leticia San Martin Corrial contactos@ylc.cl
 For more information visit  www.ylc.cl,  which will be updated each week with received logs.

BULGARIAN  YLS  AWARD   27/02/2017 Shared by  F4DHQ – Sophie  
 Award “MARCH WOMANS MONTH- 2017" is established by amateur radio club of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), and is dedicated to female hams of the World.
To obtain the award it is necessary to conduct 10 QSOs with women hams of the world,
During the period from 03.01.2017 to 31.03.2017.
All modes, all Bands. Multiple contacts allowed.
Communication via the repeaters do not count.
The award is issued free of charge in electronic form.
Applications in Word format, cbr., Txt. Excel, send to the manager lz1cy@abv.bg
Applications will be accepted until 20.04.2017.     73 88  Sophie - F4DHQ

International Womens Day YL Net
  - Thursday evening Friday 9 - early morning 10 March
Every Thursday evening at 20:00 (8pm) USA Eastern (0000 UTC Summer and 0100 UTC Winter).
We invite all YLs from around the world to join in, so please tell your YL friends and club members to join us each and every Thursday! Connect to the net on Echolink through the ALARA Conference Server, Node 286905.  Join us in the Do-Drop-In Chat Room during the net - all you need is a web browser and you're in!
Sign in using your callsign-name in the first field (ignore the second one) and click Login!
Thanks to the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association (ALARA) for the use of their Echolink Conference Node; and to the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL) for the use of their chat room and linked repeaters so many others can enjoy the net.
OMs are always welcome to listen, but we kindly ask that only YLs check into the net.
See you on the net! - 33 de Net Controllers   Catherine AC4YL or Melanie AG4YL. http://weeklynet.org/ylntx/
List of Thursdays March 2017: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30

St Patricks Day & Radio Award

St Patricks Day Celebrating On Air: The event runs over the full 48 hour period over the 17th March worldwide (12 noon on the 16th March to 12 noon on the 18th March UTC) As each timezone starts and ends the day at different times, the event runs for 48Hrs to give each area of the world a chance to make contacts.
The St Patrick Day Award is  fun non competitive on air celebration of St Patricks Day. 
Anyone worldwide either licenced or as a SWL can take part in this fun celebration

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival, on 17 March the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461) Patrick was a 5th-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. The foremost patron saint of Ireland; Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand.
Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day. Perhaps because of this, drinking alcohol – particularly Irish whiskey, beer or cider – has become an integral part of the celebrations. On St Patrick's Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the "wearing of the green")

Dutch Young Ladies meeting YLs at HAM radio Friedrichshafen 2016     http://pi4ylc.nl/en/
Posted on 24/06/2016: Today the biggest European fair for Hamradio started happening. Five members of PI4YLC, the contes tteam of the Dutch Young Ladies Club, are in  Friedrichshafen-Germany visiting the fair: Mariëtte PA1ENG, Lisa PA2LS, Chantal PA5YL, Ineke PD2CWM and Claudia PD5AX. It’s a great opportunity to meet Hams from all over Europe.
We talked to several YL’s from the DARC-YL-referat and some top-grade contesters like Irina DL8DYL and Sandy DL1QQ (WRTC 2018). We also visited the French YL’s and met Christine F4GDI and were able to catch up with Andreja S56B and Klara HA5BA. Tomorrow we will attend the YL-meeting, organised by the DARC YL’s.
Posted on 30/06/2016: HAM Radio 2016 is over and we look back on a fantastic weekend filled with meeting old and new contacts. There were very good foodcondx with cake, homemade cappuccino, ice cream and dinners in restaurants. This combined with the warm weather and the Bodensee (lake next to Friedrichshafen) turned the long weekend into a small holiday.
In addition to meeting various YLs (see previous post: ‘Dutch Young Ladies meeting YLS at HAM radio 2016’) we have met international contest groups such as D4C at the fair and IR4M at the Bavarian Contest Dinner. This might give us the oppurtunity in future for contest ‘DXpeditions’ to contest stations abroad.
Besides the PI4YLC team members there were other contest team members of the Netherlands as well at the fair: PA6Y from IJmuiden (see: www.pi4rck.net) and of course PI4TUE (sk) from Eindhoven who had traveled along with YLs of the Dutch Young Ladies club.
After a lot of years not visiting the HAM radio fair Chantal PA5YL ‘met herself’ at the booth of the radio scouts. In this booth there was a poster with a picture of her.
We very much enjoyed the several useful contacts and ideas for (contest) activities and had a lot of fun. We thank everyone who has contributed to our very positive experience. We managed to take a picture in front of the HAM radio 2016 QSL wall with the YLs of PI4YLC and our future team member.

SARLNUUS met Anette Jacobs ZR6D    zr6d@ymail.com
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Calendar March 2017
4      March     Cape Town ARC Annual Bumper Flea Market
4 - 5     March ARRL International DX Phone Contest
4 + 8    March    Yls--Portugal CS2YLS'P
5    March  DARC’s YL (Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club) International Women’s Day
5     March     SARL Hamnet 40 Metre Contest
08     March    International Woman’s Day [Wed]
    March 8, 2014 - A.R.S.-YL Amateur Radio Society  Contest
8 - 14     March Scifest Africa, Grahamstown
9  - 10  March  YL Thursday Net  (pm/am)
11     maart     zaterdag, 42ste, jaarlijkse Dutch National Radio Flea market 2017
11–12  March   YLC (Chile)  weekend
12    March     Sydney Harbour Ferry VHF/UHF Contest
12     March    Cape Town Cycle Tour [Sun] /     Purim
11 - 12 March SARL VHF/UHF/Microwave Contest 1
11-12  March     South America 10 Meter Contest, 2017 [12:00 UTC Sat -12:00 UTC Sun
11 - 12 March RSGB Commonwealth Contest
17     March     St Patrick’s Day [Friday]
21     March     Human Rights Day, S Africa
25     March SDR workshop in Cape Town.
25 - 26 March CQ WW DX WPX Phone Contest
31     March     Amateur License pay / schools close
1-2 April  NZ – WARO Thelma Souper Memorial Contest  2017
        80m,½ hour periods, 19.00 hrs until 21.00 hrs. (4 periods per night)
1 April RaDAR Challenge [Sat]


yl.beam #43 feb 2017

  • Silent Keys: VE5TAW;  K3ATY;  W1GSC,
  • Ja-No-Well-Fine
  • TDOTA (Thinking Day on the Air)  2017 
  • Helen Archbald, VA1YL (Early days, Guides, nets, Dxpeditions)
  • YLs activate Museum Ship
  • 9th Annual South American Lighthouses on the air Weekend
  • Australian : Sydney Ferry; Central Coast ARC Annual Hamfest
  • QRZ & Calendar

Silent Key: VE5TAW  Joan Ann Paulson passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Joan was a long time member of CLARA (Canadian Ladies ARC)

Silent Key: K3ATY  Kathy A Krajewski of Newark, DE It is with a heavy heart that I email you with the passing of my friend, K3ATY. Kathy recently suffered an aneurysm after a routine surgery. The complications were too much for her to overcome. Please keep her husband and daughter in your prayers as they are devastated by this loss.  Her lovely voice from Delaware will be missed.  
Sincerely, Carrie W9FML OMISS President
QRZ extract:  an active member of 3905 Century Club nets and was currently the third area director. Kathy used to be a very active NCS for the club, having "called" more than 200 nets on 40 meters.  she could be found most evenings on 7.267.5  often as primary relay station.
She was a member of OMISS, (Old Man International Sideband Society) now approaching 10,000  members,  www.omiss.net
She changed her callsign, was kb3ntj, because it was  much easier for the dx stations to understand and the European stations love to call her Katy, thus k3aty.

Silent Key: Mary Cousins, ex-W1GSC, died on January 28, 2017. She was 108.
Retired librarian Mary Sibyl Wallace Cousins, a resident of a care facility in the coastal fishing village of  Deer Isle, Maine, (USA) celebrated her 108th birthday on September 20, 2016
In 1933 she became the first woman in Maine to obtain an Amateur Radio license; issued to Mary Wallace (her maiden name), age 24  -- by the old Federal Radio Commission, the FCC came into being the following year. Cousins' old call sign has been reissued at least once.
In the 1930s ham radio “was something that the girls did not do, and the boys were all doing it at the time, and I said, ‘I can do it too.’ And I did.” She operated Morse, to relay weather information.
Photo of Mary Cousins  celebrating her 108th birthday shared by Young Ladies' Radio League, Inc.  (YLRL) September 27, 2016 ; [shared on HamYl facebook]
Sources: Posted: 29 Sep 2016 01:28 PM PDT  

As 8 March is only a month away be sure to share any up-coming events concerning  International Womens Day, either by email or on our Facebook page...
Helen Archbald, VA1YL  tells us about Girl Guides and Dxpeditions; hope you find her frankness about how she  learnt 'on-the-air', helpful. Sometimes we forget to pass on information, assuming others already know! She provides a link for TDOTA which starts in NZ before moving west across the globe; and indirectly onto the lighthouse event on the same weekend.   

TDOTA (Thinking Day on the Air)  
2017 will be the 3rd full weekend in February 18 & 19 
On this day each year members of WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) remember the founders of the movement and take part in various activities to think about their sisters throughout the world and celebrate their Founders. On the nearest weekend to World Thinking Day,  some are involved with Thinking Day on the Air (TDOTA) using amateur radio.
Mona Burgin, a founder member of GirlGuiding New Zealand and every year on 22 February, Rangers from Mona Burgin's Unit in Auckland, New Zealand set off before dawn,  climb to the top of Maungawhau / Mount Eden. There they set up their little campfire and a flag-staff, and as the sun rises over the sea they raise the Guide World Flag, sing the World Song, and they speak of some of the people and the countries they are Thinking about - and so they start "The Big Think" which then travels all the way round the world.  Wiki

Helen Archbald, VA1YL  Helen's original incentive to become licensed was to be able to talk to husband Fred VE1FA when he was away on DXpeditions, but it didn't quite work that way.  Since 1994 Helen has participated in many Dxpeditions,  but she has one condition for going on a DXpedition - she goes as a radio amateur, not as a household slave!  And she loves a 20 meter pile up!
How I Got Started in Ham Radio and where I went.
Husband Fred VE2SEI got his ticket in 1988 and son Andrew VE2WHO in 1990. In the summer of 1990, a gang of young hams planned a Dxpedition at our dining room table. In the winter of 1991, I learned about something called Guides on the Air . I persuaded Fred to put on a  station for a few of the Guides I worked with. It was fun, but my hands itched to take control of the radio.
In 1991, the West Island ARC  planned another DXpedition at our dining room table; destination St Paul Island (CY9). I worried about half my family being on a desert island, so Fred set up the Collins S-line receiver so I could listen for them.  I learned very quickly: 28,495 21,295 14,195 & have never forgotten!
I listened whenever I could. One day I heard Jan VE2OL calling CQ from CY9CWI & no one was answering! I phoned Jean, VE2OC, & asked him if he could call them; he did, & phone patched me through.  But the infection had set in, I decided I wanted to be able to talk to them the next time they went.
After the dxpedition I started trying to match the QRZ cards the dxpedition had received. I did not even know that 20 meters and 14 mHz were the same thing! I didn’t know what rst meant! None of the guys knew about the search feature on CT, if it existed, or if they did, no one told me!
 1992 was the beginning of the no-code licence and the local repeaters were bustling. I kept a Kenwood 02AT in the kitchen and got to know lots of the VHFers. I went to my first hamfest & found out that they didn’t necessarily look like they sounded!
When GOTA (Guides On The Air) came along just a few weeks after I got my ticket, I had girls in & got on the air. I knew nothing at all about where to look for GOTA stations. I lucked out & worked VE3BAO who talked to all of the girls. He also told me about CLARA (Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Assoc.).
Summer of 1992 the West Island ARC  went to Charlton Island in James Bay. Again, our IC 735 was part of the DXpedition gear. I wanted to be able to talk to the guys so Fred set up the S-line Receiver & Transmitter & gave me a lesson on how to tune up. I was part of the Montreal team keeping in touch with VE8CWI. I got to relay  greetings to Hank's, (VE2HN) wife on their 49th anniversary; and to assure her he was fine but he wished he had taken his parka. Conditions were horrible – they had a solar storm – and I struggled with the tuning on the S-line.
The next year, our daughter Margaret, just 12 years old, took the ham course and got the call VE2ZOO. For GOTA, she took an HT to Guide camp & they were able to talk to the Guides I had at our home station.
Summer of 1993, the guys went back to St Paul Island. Margaret & I went out in the boat with them, then camped around Cape Breton, armed with Fred’s 5 Watt Argonaut & a dipole we strung in the trees at the camp sites. We contacted them several times.  But somehow, the infection got worse.
When the guys started talking about a 1994 DXpedition to St Paul, I decided I’d like to go But on one condition: I wanted to go as a ham operator, not chief cook & bottle washer. This was a challenge, with my whole family along! Then I got a new infection. I loved working pile-ups. I felt like a movie star with crowds of people trying to get a contact. Since then, there have been 14 Dxpeditions planned at our dining room table and they haven’t been able to get away without me.  In 1995, when we went to Pictou Island, I continued to insist that I go as an operator, not as cook. We have continued Dxpeditions although more of the planning is done by email these days, but the dining room table still gets some use.
CLARA sponsors  GOTA (Guides on the Air) annually on the 3rd Weekend in February. I have continued to welcome Guides to the station each February. In 2013 we had 65 girls & women come through in shifts.
When VE3BAO introduced me to CLARA ), I found out something about ham radio I didn’t know existed – Nets! My first CLARA net is in my log on Feb 23 1992.  There are 3 CLARA nets – on 80m, 40 m, & 20 m.  During 1993 the Net controller couldn’t run the net and I ended up with that job. In 2001, I was nominated as Vice President of CLARA and I did 3 terms as President. 
See great pics & article by Helen VA1YL about dxpedition to:
Bon Portage (Outer) Island  Nova Scotia, Canada (IOTA NA-126),  N.  Lat. 43°10' W.Long. 65°45'  
2 miles off the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia,  reached by a small boat and has no permanent residents. The southern end of Bon Portage has an old lighthouse and two habitable lightkeepers’ houses.
All the food and water must be transported to the island as well as the radio equipment, antennas, towers, generator and gas. It really does add up to a ton or more.

YL Event
Members of the Ladies of the Net Radio Club KM6CIR will activate the amateur radio station NB6GC aboard the USS Hornet Museum Ship,  Pier 3, Alameda, California  on Saturday, February 18 starting at 11:00 am Pacific Time (1900 UTC). Carol Milazzo  KP4MD.
The USS Hornet a Naval aircraft carrier, originally named USS Kearsarge, was renamed in honour of the USS Hornet (CV-8), which was lost in October 1942, becoming the eighth ship to bear the name.  Hornet recovered the astronauts from the first moon landing mission, Apollo 11, on 24 July 1969. Decommissioned in 1970,  in 1998 she opened to the public as the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, California.

17-19 Feb.2017 - 9th Annual South American Lighthouses on the air Weekend
Organised through GRUPO DX BAHIA BLANCA, under the official auspices of ARLHS
facebook  Carlos  Almirón   LU7DSY – has lots of pictures of Lighthouses, with up-to-date lists of those who are participating. 

Australian Events
SYDNEY AMATEUR RADIO FERRY CONTEST  March 12th, 2017  10:00am – 4:00pm local time  VK2BV - Waverley ARS hosts the second Ferry Contest.
This is a VHF / UHF contest which encourages participants to make contacts from Sydney Ferries or any of the 36 wharves around Sydney Harbour. Operation is open to any mode, either simplex or through repeater, using hand-held transceivers.

Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Inc. NSW. (Aus.) 26 Feb 2017 
On the last Sunday of February each year, CCARC hosts a Field Day at Wyong Race Course.
The largest gathering of radio amateurs in the southern hemisphere. – Amateur radio’s BIG DAY OUT”
Located just north of Sydney the club is also celebrating its 60th the anniversary in 2017,

SARLNUUS met Anette Jacobs ZR6D    
zs6ye.yl@gmail.com Facebook ‘HAM Yl’  (YLs only)
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Calendar - February 2017
11- 12 Feb  National Field Day (South African Radio League)
13 Feb  Mon 2017 World Radio Day United Nations observance
17-19  Feb. 9th annual Sourh American Lighthouses on the air Weekend
18  Feb  Ladies Radio Club KM6CIR activate  Hornet Museum Ship,  CA, USA
18  Feb   AMSAT SA - SDR workshop NARC 
18  Feb  Youth Contest (South African Radio League)
18-19  Feb  ARRL International DX CW Contest 
18 -19 Feb CLARA GOTA  3rd full weekend in February (Canadian Guides)
22  Feb  Guides – Thinking Day: 2017 theme is “Grow.”
25  Feb  West Rand ARC Flea-market 
26  Feb  SARL Digital Contest (South African Radio League)
26  Feb    Central Coast ARC NSW. (Aus.) Field Day 
March 2017
4   March  Cape Town ARC Annual Flea Market
4 - 5 March ARRL International DX Phone Contest 
March  SARL Hamnet 40 Metre Contest 
5 March  2017 Sunday,  DARC’s YL Activity on International Women’s Day
March International Woman’s Day [Wed]


A Beacon on 40 metres? It is so 'last century' !

From the recent conversation on the email reflector:-

From: Leon Uys [mailto:leonuys@gmail.com]
Sent: 04 February 2017 08:49
To: 'van Rensburg Nico'; Peter Hers; Geoff Levey; 'SARL Admin'
Subject: The "Beacon" pages on the SARL web page

Good morning everyone! I have no idea who to bounce this question to, so I’m going to do a “Popcorn” move – you know, the one where you toss it in the air and hope somebody catches it. Here goes:

The web page at http://www.sarl.org.za/public/BeaconProject/Beacon1.asp is dead and it doesn’t really give a good impression because beaconing in South Africa is beginning to gain traction and I don’t want to lose that momentum.

Can I thus offer in the short term to update the page or as a minimum give a static page that points elsewhere until we get our duckies in a row?

Leon Uys ZR6LU
Senior Project Manager, PMP®, Prince2® Practitioner, IBM Certified PM


That page is indeed dead. It was left over from a project run some years back in conjunction with the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory, now called The South African National Space Agency Space Science facility, Hermanus. This was a major project to place standard 40 m beacons all over South Africa hosted by radio amateurs.   It was a great idea, but suffered from some personality and management problems and quietly faded away.

The page was left because of links from outside web sites over which we have no control. I have now removed the internal link.

If there is new activity and you would like to have a place on the website to post information then give me an idea of what form this would take and we can work from there.

Peter Hers
Webmaster: SARL


Thank you Peter. Understood.

Can you please put me in contact with the SANSA people so we can coordinate the fragmented information?

Maybe I’m not the right person because I have no idea how SARL works, but I’m happy to try and coordinate the beacon activity for the moment. How do you suggest we do that?

Leon Uys ZR6LU


Hi Leon,
I found some old info on the beacon project at http://www.southgatearc.org/news/september2007/joint_beacon_project.htm.

See two attachments about the project.

As mentioned there, the technical design was done by John Williscroft ZS6EF.   His daughter Lee-Anne McKinnell ZS2LAW was the Director of the HMO. She is now ZS1LAW, and I’m not sure if she is still at SANSA.   Her info on the SARL database may be rather old, and she is no longer a member.

The design was a rather cheap device and suffered from some technical problems.   I monitored it seriously for a couple of months, but when I presented my results showing excessive time drift between the stations they got upset and stopped talking to us.

John did some other work for the SARL, but something happened, and John removed himself from the scene. Have no idea what that was about.

The main SANSA web site seems to be mostly dysfunctional, but the sub-web at https://spaceweather.sansa.org.za/ seems to be working OK.

I wonder if perhaps the best place for discussion on your new project is the SARL forum?   If you then want to provide more stable information on the SARL Web we can discuss this further. As you know the web site is rather old and facilities to update pages are rather limited.  I can easily give you a dedicated page, plus access to post information which you can do yourself.

Peter, you are a scholar and a gentleman! Thank you so much for collecting and forwarding the information.

I will have to digest all of the information before making a decision, if you don’t mind? Obviously “a page” sounds very attractive, but I don’t want to create yet another still-born project.

If I may ask a question, it would be to understand if we should be aligned with, or at a minimum be aware of, the HMO? Do they feature on our radar screen, and in what capacity?

Meanwhile I’ve started putting a few teasers in the forums, and I’ll continue to do so until we can make a better decision.

Thank you again Peter,

Leon Uys ZR6LU

I have no idea if we still have a relationship with HMO – now part of SANSA.

Remember that they know more about propagation than all ZS hams put together, so it would make sense.

But I think the entire previous relationship depended on the specific people involved.


Ok, So the beacons will be 40 milliWatts and transmitting on a single frequency, within a prescribed time slot.

The presentation describes a WSPR beacon [approximately] - So how about it?
Raspberry Pi users who are radio amateurs can do this project in their sleep! The software is available already.
So the challenge is out there - Please respond to zs6wr.club@gmail.com


yl.beam #41 dec 2016


  • Ja-Well-No-Fine & Further Afield
  • Local-is-Lekker: New YL's;  Midlands ARC – JOTA 2016 ; Magalies ARK.; Highway ARC
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities  - HAM RADIO FOR THE DISABLED
  • Events: YOTA;  International Naval Contest (INC)
  • Holyland Christianity on the Air – HCOTA
  • “Kempenzonen on the Air - a Christmas Activation
  • QRZ, Calendar

Ja-Well-No-Fine :

Marking December 3 - The International Day of Persons with Disabilities - an explanation about Ham Radio Deluxe by a disabled operator seemed appropriate.

While our northern sisters are warming their toes and chestnuts on an open fire, we in the south will be wriggling our toes in warm seas and sand.  So while you relax during this holiday season, consider which YL meeting you would like to go to during 2017 - put it on your 'wish' list! 

SYLRA Meeting 08.-10. September 2017 in Kungsbacka SM6/Sweden; or the

ALARA meet  Sept 8th - 10th 2017, in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

During September Topsy ZL2LS stood as my (ZS5YH) sponsor to New Zealand's WARO  (Women's Amateur Radio Organization) and wondered how she might send me their badge? 

Fortunately Adele ZS5APT and her OM, who live only about 60 kms away from us,  were visiting New Zealand's South Island during October.  Although unfortunately too far away to meet-up in Nelson, Topsy then mailed the badge to Adele's next stop in Australia. 

I received the WARO badge at our November club meeting. Thank you Adele for acting as courier and Topsy for your patience - it would never have reached me otherwise.  

Seasons's Greetings To All - See you in the New Year. (Editor Heather ZS5YH/ZS6YE)
Further Afield

Topsy Scott ,  ZL2LS NZ 22 Nov 2016 

Hope this finds you well, we are all okay here in Nelson after the huge earthquake we had on the 14th November a 7.8.  Further down south did not survive so well only one life was lost to date.

We have our main trunk road (state highway) one from Blenheim to Christchurch which has been totally demolished and will take several months if not years to repair and that includes our main railway line as well  A very nerve wrecking time it was. 33


New YL's - Congratulations to the following ladies who up-graded their licenses: ZS5EB< ZU5EM Emmy Coetzee, Botes;  ZS5WV <ZU5BB Birgit Eggers;  ZS1MDK < ZU1M Maria de Kock, 

Welcome to our 'new' ladies: Sonestie Janse van Rensburg ZS6SVR; Juanita Keating ZS2JBK;  Ilse Kutcher ZS1LY; Kimmy Nair, ZS5KIM;  Ilse Minnaar ZS6IJ;  Petronella  Oldewage  ZS6PMO;  

Lida Roodt  ZR4TJ;  Valerie Wagner  ZS5VAL; 

and to the new 'restricted' operators:

twins Ashleigh ZU5MP & Nicole ZU5NJ Jordaan; ZU6MC Maryna Coetzer, ZU6NF Nadia Fourie.

3 upgrades; 8 General ; 4 - ZU's (restricted class) 15 Yls out of 75 RAE passes  = 20%!

Well done ladies, hope you will make many new friends and QSO's 

Midlands ARC report on JOTA, 2016

For JOTA we ( Midlands amateur radio club, Pietermaritzburg) had a station at the first Howick Scout group hall. the station was registered under callsign of scout leaders Marthin/ZS5MJ, and his son Jesse/ZU5JDJ.  As operators we had Koos/zs5kdk, Willem/zr5zs and yours truly.  We worked on HF, 2 meters and echolink, we used our own callsigns with /jota and that worked well.   Echolink was great fun, admittedly it is not REAL really, but I’d arranged something with a few people in the Netherlands, and one with zs4ek/ve5ten in Saskatchewan.

That was a great success, no qrm, Hein.a south African who has not that long ago relocated to Canada and one who has got a great way with children. The things they asked him!

 We will definitely have a station next year, for Koos and Willem it was their first time, for me it was quite a few years ago since being involved.   The others slept at the scout hall, I could not see the point in a sleeping bag on a concrete floor with 25 kids running around, with my own very comfortable bed not even 2 kms away - my old bones, too.     33 from a very wet Howick. Marjoke, ZS5V

From: Anette Jacobs (ZR6D) 30/11/2016 - some club news from Magalies Amateur Radio club.

During October 2016 we held a course in soldering.  Two YL's attended the course, myself ZR6D and our new YL and secretary  Irene Myburg ZS6IEA.  The course was very interesting. 

 During our AGM in September 2016 we asked the OM's to help the YL' s with antennas.  How to work out the length of the 20, 40 and 80 meters.  We are going to Kleinfontein on the 27th of November for our end of the year function during which the OM's will help us with the antennas.  I personally think that the OM's in our club are very keen to help the YL's providing that they are willing to learn.

From Mike of the Highway ARC who is encouraging YL's and Youth in Amateur Radio:-

 It is with much pride that I can say our new 13 year old club members and YLs' (identical twins) are making good use of the repeater. They are now well known in the club, and get a response every time they call - which as stated is often. They are like a breath of fresh air. Their confidence levels behind that PTT are a fine example to all. One cannot but wonder how this confidence, has impacted on their everyday interaction with their school peers.  

The Highway Amateur Radio Club are  presenting a full blown Amateur Radio display, including high altitude balloon at Watercrest Mall   9th, 10th 11th December, only 30 minutes from Durban.

Kindest regards,  Mike ZS5MAB  more info: rollo@mweb.co.za


 Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year's International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/

The term tetraplegia refers to a condition that causes total or partial paralysis in all four limbs, including the whole of the body. Tetraplegia can be caused by injury or illness. Tetraplegic refers to an individual who suffers from tetraplegia. Quadriplegic is the American terminology for tetraplegic.


G0VQY  PENN WOODING is a tetraplegic. Disabled since the age of 16, he was licensed in 1995 and lives in Devon, England.

I've got my own vehicle and I use an electric wheelchair which means if I want to go out, I can at any time. Amateur Radio is the perfect hobby for any outgoing person that has to stay inside a lot.

The beauty with talking to someone over the airwaves is they can't see you, they don't know anything about you, if you wish you don't have to tell them you're disabled. Some people find it hard to relate to disabled people.

I met my friends on the radio over the years, most of them didn't know anything about my disability when I started talking to them. By the time we met personally we were already good friends and in most cases they really didn't notice the wheelchair.

Facebook and texting may be most people's choice of communication for keeping in touch, but you really never know who is going to return your call, and that is the excitement of amateur radio.


Amateur radio transceivers are very complex pieces of equipment nowadays. Most of them have knobs and buttons that you need to press and turn. If you choose the right radio you may be able to turn knobs and press buttons even if you haven't got much movement. However, I have not as yet owned an amateur radio transceiver that I find  easy-to-use.  But with the help of a computer and some very clever software, you can control most of your radio independently using your mouse and computer.

 I'd be the first person to say that being disabled really sucks. Having said that, I am so glad that I am not a disabled person living in the 60s, 70s, or 80s. I don't know how I would cope without the technology that we have nowadays.

Ham Radio Deluxe, or HRD as it's often referred to, what exactly is it? Well, to put it in the most basic term, HRD is a completely free piece of software that you download and install onto your computer. All you do then is connect your radio and if you use one, your antenna rotator to your computer and then you have the facility to control your radio/rotator using your computer.

There is quite a lot more to it and it's very clever as it will automatically turn your antenna using the correct beam headings for the person you are talking to. As long as you are using a radio/rotator that is compatible with the software, you will be able to control them with just the click of a mouse button.

Buttons on the transceiver appear as buttons on the screen, you just click on them. On the other hand, knobs that require you to turn them on your transceiver appear as slider controls. There are a  couple of main slider controls that enable you to tune through the frequency. I use a Kensington Trackball Optical Mouse on the computer that is connected to my transceiver. If you are familiar with this trackball then you will know the facilities it has. You can program one of the buttons to act as a drag function.  It's easy for a disabled ham radio operator to control a very complicated amateur radio transceiver with just a trackball mouse.

EVENTS:  Reminder   LBT (Listen Before Transmit)

December is YOTA Month - From 1 to 31 December 2016, the annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) takes place and YOTA stations will attempt to make many contacts worldwide with each other.

The International Naval Contest (INC) takes place every year on the second weekend of December. This year, ARMI, the "Associazione Radioamatori Marinai Italiani (ITALY)", will be sponsor of the International Naval Contest.

When:       10th December 2016 16:00 UTC  to  11th December 2016 15:59 UTC

All Bands;  All  Modes ;  Points:   Naval club members -  10 pts  Non-Naval members -  1 pt

Holyland Christianity on the Air – HCOTA

The Israel Amateur Radio Club (IARC) presents its new Holyland Christianity On The Air (HCOTA) award programme. Objectives are amateur radio operations from a number of locations with strong ties to Christianity. The activity starts during this year's Christmas period with 4 special event stations - 4X2XMAS, 4X3XMAS, 4X7XMAS and 4X9XMAS).

The Sea of Galilee, also Kinneret, Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias, is a large freshwater lake in Israel,  about 21 km (13 mi) long, and 13 km (8.1 mi) wide. . At levels between 215 metres (705 ft) and 209 metres (686 ft) below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world (after the Dead Sea, a saltwater lake). The lake is fed partly by under-ground springs although its main source is the Jordan River which flows through it from north to south.

4X2XMAS  HOCOTA  Christmas 2016 - N07KT YARDENIT

Yardenit is the unique and registered site of baptism for Christian pilgrims, at the place where the Jordan River flows out of the southern end of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea.

4X3XMAS  HOCOTA  Christmas 2016  - N05KT Church of Beatiudes, near Korazim. Overlooking the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Beatitudes is a Roman Catholic church. The site offers vistas of the northern part of the lake, across to the cliffs of the Golan Heights. 

4X7XMAS  HOCOTA Christmas 2016  - O06KT 4XFF-0024 KURSI

Kursi takes its name from the Talmudic site;  meaning “chair” in Semitic languages. 

The site is now an Israeli national park located near the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee on the bank of a river bed, Nahal Samakh, descending from the Golan Heights. Kursi is the site of the largest known Byzantine monastery complex in Israel, whose  remains have been partly reconstructed

4X9XMAS  HOCOTA Christmas 2016 - Tabgha KM72SU 

Tabcha (Tabgha, Ein Sheva, seven springs) is a place in the north-west section of the Sea of Galilee which is blessed by seven springs, on the side of the ancient road from Tiberias to Damascus. 

The area was one of the best places in the Sea of Galilee for fishing. Some of the seven springs  are warm sulfuric springs, such as Ein-Nur and Ein-Ayub (Job's spring). This caused the fish to gather here, especially  in the cold winter months, and so were an easy catch for the fishermen.

Sources:  HF Happenings 729,  14 November 2016

Beit Guvrin a World Heritage Site and National Park in central Israel, will be activated for the first time from 07:00 UTC Friday 23 December and Saturday 24 December, until noon. 

Operators from the Holyland DX Group,will  run CW and SSB on the WWFF (Wordwide Flora and Fauna) frequencies using call sign, 4X07W  QRZ.com

“Kempenzonen on the Air ( KOTA) a Christmas Activation  (ONFF)

26 december 2016 “Kempenzonen on the Air” is a group of WWFF friends from the Kempen area (Campine) in Flanders Belgium. Part of the Campine is protected as the Hoge Kempen Nationaal Park


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03 Dec International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

09-11 Dec  Highway ARC   Radio display, including high altitude balloon  @ Watercrest Mall

10 Dec  International Naval Contest (INC)

11 - Dec SARL Youth Net  (YOTA 1 - 31 Dec.)

16  Dec Day of Reconciliation (S African holiday)

21  Dec  Summer Solstice

23-24  Dec Holyland Christianity on the Air – HCOTA

24 Dec Alexanderson - Varberg Radio Swedan, Station activation. 

25  Dec  Christmas Day; Channukah (1st Day)

26  Dec  “Kempenzonen on the Air” (KOTA) ONFF