2018-02-13

yl.beam #55 feb. 2018

Contents
  • YLRL - The YL-OM Contest:   
  • Austrian - yl round   
  • Ladies Group in India
  • Ja-No-Well-Fine
  • Japan Ladies Radio Society - Hina Contest  & Special event  8N60JLRS
  • International Women’s Day  March 8th, 2018
  • CLARA Chatter Party
  • Further Afield - Linda G0AJJ & the  SYLRA meet, Sweden -  September 2017
  • OHDXF & CCF Meeting, Finland
  • CONTACTS & Calendar

YLRL -  YL-OM Contest   SSB/CW/Digital
1400 UTC February 9, 2018 to 0200 UTC February 11, 2018
Rules:  A complete list of rules can be found  

http://www.ylrl.org/index.php/contests-and-dx-awards

Invitation to Austrian - yl round
On Sunday 18. February 2018 at 17:00 pm lt will meet at 80 m band
On the qrg 3,740 Mhz + /- Qrm.
The Control Center with the callsign oe3xrc, operated by Marion oe3ysc.
ALL YL's most cordially invited to participate, I would be very pleased to see your numerous participation!
After the round, all listeners and om's are loaded to the Traffic Controller.
I hope that in the February round better conditions prevail than last time ;)
Vy 73 from Marion, oe3ysc

Ladies Group in India
Bharathi Devulapalli posted on 11 January 2018 · Hyderabad, India
any yls / xyl s pse contact me on my whats app number or by email .
i will add ur number in my yl group only radio hams. my number is +1 9811547109
best regards bharathi vu2rbi

Ja-No-Well-Fine
In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying barbies (BBQ) and long cold drinks, which is what we hope the activators will be enjoying during the 10th annual  South America Lighthouse weekend 17-18 Feb).
 Judging from Facebook chatter, this event is gaining momentum.
A  reminder that its only a month until International Womens Day, so dust off your mics and head-sets and make a contact.
See you further on down the log, 88 Editor – Eda, ZS5YH

Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS)
Hina-Matsuri, or Doll Festival, is a famous traditional girls’ festival on March 3, in Japan, to celebrate the birth of a girl and to wish her future happiness. A set of dolls in ancient costumes are
displayed in a girl’s house.
 The 15th JLRS  Hina Contest  celebrates this festival.
 Starts at 15:00UTC on March 2, 2018  Ends at 15:00UTC March 3, 2018
The objective is  for YL stations to promote active contacts and interaction with as many other stations as possible. Contact with a YL station counts 10 points. and  an OM station counts 1 point.
For details of special multipliers and rules send inquiry to  e-mail to jq6fqi@jarl.com.

Ladies – only 2 more months to work special YL event  8N60JLRS which celebrate the 60th anniversaryof JLRS. Special event station  was launched April 1, 2017,  and runs until March 31, 2018.
yukiytmtkb@u03.itscom.net    http://www.jarl.com/jlrs/test/45ylk.pdf

JLRS, Japan Ladies Radio Society,  was founded in 1957 in Japan by 3 women, Fumi Abe JA1AEQ,
Kuni Kan JA1YL, and late Kimi Kobayashi JA0EC.  As of April 2017, we have about 160 members in Japan and 43 overseas., more than 200 members in total.

International Women’s Day  March 8th, 2018
For the fifth time, the DARC’s YL group(Germany) and Sophie F4DHQ  (France)
are organizing an international YL-Activity at the International Women’s Day
on:  Thursday, March 8th, 2018 from 18:00 until 22:00 Z (18:00 until 22:00 UTC) 
Bands: on 20m, 40m and 80m in SSB & CW
Participants from Germany shall send their log to Heike, DL3HD (dl3hd@darc.de) 
participants from other countries shall send their log to Sophie, F4DHQ (f4dhq@orange.fr).

CLARA Chatter Party - March 2018 (Canadian Ladies ARA)
1700Z, Mar 13 to 1700Z, Mar 14 and 1700Z, Mar 17 to 1700Z, Mar 18
http://www.clarayl.ca/index.php/claracontestrules

Further Afield -  Linda G0AJJ tells us about her local activities in England and
about the Scandanavian Ladies Meeting she attended last year, 2017.


Linda G0AJJ: Our local club Bittern DX Group  is involved with Thinking Day on the Air on 17th February and will be running a special event station using the callsign GB5WDG.   We hope to put around 100 girl guides on air on various modes so please listen out for us.
  Propagation is dire at the moment 😞 but hopefully it will improve soon. I do take part in a number of contests during the year using my callsign and the local club call of G6IPU/P.   With the band conditions in such poor shape at present I have been spending time on FT8 and other digital modes although my main interest is in VHF/UHF.

On Thursday at 18:30 UTC, I share the running of a BYLARA net on 80m.  
Unfortunately the band has not been “playing ball” with us the last few weeks and we have had to revert to echolink. If any ladies would like to join us on echolink it would be lovely to hear them.   
We use the Alara link which has proved quite effective.  33 Linda G0AJJ

Onsala 20m Radio Telescope

SYLRA  (Scandinavian Young Ladies Radio Assoc.)
 Kungsbacka, SWEDEN   8th to 10th September 2017
(Visited: Kungsbacka; Onsala Space Observatory; Grimeton Radio; Gothenburg Radio Museum)

Getting to Kungsbacka involved two air flights, a coach trip and a train journey.   The plane trips from our regional airport at Norwich (UK) and then from Amsterdam went smoothly without too much delay between flights.  Thanks to detailed instructions from Anita and Solveig we were soon on our way to Gothenburg by Flygbussarna airport coach.     We took the opportunity to relax and enjoy the vast woodland scenery before arriving at the bus/train terminal.   
As we walked across the road from the station to Hotel Halland we spotted Jaakko OH1TX and Marita OH5KIZ in the car park and shortly after were joined by Rosel DL3KWR and Hardy DL3KWF, Sharon ZL3AE, Glenn ZL3GL, Inger OZ7AGR and Bjarne OZ2UV.   After much greetings and hugs we all crowded into the small reception area where we were joined by Gertrud DK8LQ and Horst DJ9FC
 Friday 8th September
After a very substantial breakfast in the hotel restaurant we all travelled by coach to the small town of Onsala.   Our first stop was the church where we heard about the history of Onsala.  The wealth of the church came mainly from the local ship Captains and crew on their return from a sea voyage. Ships in churches are traditional along the west coast of Sweden.
We stopped for a traditional Swedish “fika” at the club house of Kungbacka Radioamatorer SK6KY.        Arne entertained us by playing the National Anthem of each country represented at the meeting.   Apart from the Scandinavian countries of Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, there were ladies and their partners from Germany, France, England, New Zealand and USA.
Solveig (SM6KAT) had arranged for us to visit the Onsala Space Observatory, where she works, to hear about the latest developments in space science and see the huge twin radio telescopes.  These are part of a global network of radio telescopes all over the world.  
 Telescopes in different locations collect radio waves from the same distant sources and are compared.  Information is analysed to study distant galaxies, and also to determine position relative to each other for accurate measurement. For example: Measurements show how the Earth’s tectonic plates are moving and how the Earth’s rotation axis and rotation speed changes.  The 20 metre radio telescope has carried out geodetic measurements since 1980. The technique is called geodetic VLBI (very long baseline interferometry).
It was extremely interesting and the operators were asked a great many questions which they patiently answered.   Topics raised were “black holes”, “event horizon”, “Extraterrestrials”, “white dwarfs”,” parallel universes”, “time travel” etc.     Unfortunately the one question they were unable to answer was “When is it going to stop raining?”
 We returned to the clubhouse for a special Swedish Thursday dinner (yes, I know it was Friday!) this comprised of a delicious soup, meats, etc.  beer and special Swedish liquor which I suspect was quite alcoholic!  I’m not sure how to describe the taste….it wasn’t unpleasant and it certainly improved the more you drank!    The radio club had set up a station SK6SYL for us for the evening but the conditions were dire.  I believe Rosel DL3KWR made a few CW contacts and Joana DJ5YL  managed one SSB before the bands faded out.


Radio Station Grimeton antenna towers in the background

Friday 8th September
After a very substantial breakfast in the hotel restaurant we all travelled by coach to the small town of Onsala.   Our first stop was the church where we heard about the history of Onsala.  The wealth of the church came mainly from the local ship Captains and crew on their return from a sea voyage. Ships in churches are traditional along the west coast of Sweden.
We stopped for a traditional Swedish “fika” at the club house of Kungbacka Radioamatorer SK6KY.        Arne entertained us by playing the National Anthem of each country represented at the meeting.   Apart from the Scandinavian countries of Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, there were ladies and their partners from Germany, France, England, New Zealand and USA.
Solveig (SM6KAT) had arranged for us to visit the Onsala Space Observatory, where she works, to hear about the latest developments in space science and see the huge twin radio telescopes.  These are part of a global network of radio telescopes all over the world.  
 Telescopes in different locations collect radio waves from the same distant sources and are compared.  Information is analysed to study distant galaxies, and also to determine position relative to each other for accurate measurement. For example: Measurements show how the Earth’s tectonic plates are moving and how the Earth’s rotation axis and rotation speed changes.  The 20 metre radio telescope has carried out geodetic measurements since 1980. The technique is called geodetic VLBI (very long baseline interferometry).
It was extremely interesting and the operators were asked a great many questions which they patiently answered.   Topics raised were “black holes”, “event horizon”, “Extraterrestrials”, “white dwarfs”,” parallel universes”, “time travel” etc.     Unfortunately the one question they were unable to answer was “When is it going to stop raining?”
 We returned to the clubhouse for a special Swedish Thursday dinner (yes, I know it was Friday!) this comprised of a delicious soup, meats, etc.  beer and special Swedish liquor which I suspect was quite alcoholic!  I’m not sure how to describe the taste….it wasn’t unpleasant and it certainly improved the more you drank!    The radio club had set up a station SK6SYL for us for the evening but the conditions were dire.  I believe Rosel DL3KWR made a few CW contacts and Joana DJ5YL  managed one SSB before the bands faded out.
Saturday 9th September
Saturday morning the coach collected us for the journey to Varberg, to the south of Kungsbacka, to visit Radio Station Grimeton which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.  The morning was dry but overcast, certainly better than the continual rain showers of yesterday.
 Grimeton is a museum representing the progress of development of communication technology following WW1. We had a guided tour and were told about the radio station’s history since 1920 and what is happening on the site today.  The Swedish-American Ernst Alexanderson developed a technology for wireless telegraphy which came to be used at Grimeton.  It is a 50 ton long wave transmitter with a high frequency alternator and multiple antenna.  It is unique in being the only surviving radio station from before radio tubes for high power.  The station has the callsign SAQ and first started to operate in 1924, mainly for telegraphy with America.  New technology using valves arrived in 1938.  During WW2 it was Scandinavia’s gateway to the outside world, cable connections having been destroyed by the nations at war.   The equipment is fully operational and is used on special occasions every year. It results in reports from listeners in many countries.
We walked around the base of one of the six multiple antenna towers.  Each tower is 127 m high and the cross arm is 46 m wide.  Not something you could have in your back garden!   Between the towers are eight leaders (originally twelve) for the antenna current.  Radio waves are radiated from the vertical antenna conductor, one from each tower. 
Grimeton has its own amateur radio station SK6SAQ and the highlight of my day was operating the station on 20m SSB.  They have a huge log periodic antenna which I would dearly love to have, however I don’t think the neighbours would be very impressed!

Museum of the Sea

After cake and coffee we returned to the coach for our next destination Fjaras Braecka, the Museum of the Sea, where we learned about the local sailors and merchants of the area and heard about the pirates that ravaged the west coast of Sweden.  
The museum had an interactive room where it was possible to try your hand at navigating through the fiords to the sea.   Part of the fun was to wear a captain’s cap, have a pipe in your mouth and a telescope under arm.  I have to confess that I failed miserably and ran my ship aground! 
On the way back to the hotel we stopped off the see the little church where Arne plays Christmas Carols on his trumpet from the tower on Christmas Eve every year.   It is one of the few areas of high ground and we had a good view across the fields to the little villages.
We returned to the Hotel with time to spare for a walk around the old city centre of Kungsbacka and the shopping centre Kungsmassan. The city centre has some lovely buildings and was a hive of activity with the remains of an open market.
At 6.30pm we all met in the lobby of the hotel for a short walk to Restaurant Esters for our gala dinner.    The food was good and I particularly enjoyed the reindeer with lingonberries.
These are tiny yellowy/red berries that are similar to cranberries and grow in the arctic tundra throughout the northern hemisphere.   The dessert, crème brulee with ice cream was excellent!
Sunday 10th September
On our last day we were picked up by the bus at 9am for the trip to Gothenburg.  We viewed some of the important buildings and the oldest area of Gothenburg.   We also visited Masthuggskyrkan church which is located on the hill above Stigbergstorget and is one of Gothenburg’s best viewpoints.
Our final stop was at the Radio museum where we were served lunch and heard a talk from the curators who are also licensed radio amateurs. This was like a step back into the past with many old radios and TVs that I could recognise from my childhood. 
The museum was divided into sections covering Broadcasting including Television, Ships Radio, Coastal Radio, Military Radio, Car Radio, Mobilephones and measuring equipment.
The broadcast equipment dated from the early 1900s up to1960.  Many of the radio sets were in full working order with the opportunity to listen to medium wave transmissions.
The marine radio section covered the development of ships radio from spark transmitters to satellite receivers. 
The Amateur Radio section had old hand built equipment from 1920 to the more advanced equipment of today.  I could recognise some pieces of equipment that I had possessed in the early 1980s.  
The museum has its own callsign of SK6RM but it was not active that afternoon.  The military section has portable radio equipment that weighs 16 kg and needs electricity generated by pedalling. I particularly enjoyed the section with the reconstruction of a 1960’s living room.  I can remember a similar arrangement at home when I was about 10 years old with the TV in the corner.  I had forgotten how small the screen was and how big the back of the TV was to accommodate the cathode ray tube.
In the broadcast section I came across a radio similar to that which my granddad had used.   There were some lovely examples of Grundig receivers.   There was also a Dansette record player exactly like my first player which I purchased from Curry’s in 1963 with money earned picking black currents in the school holiday.   I could certainly have spent much more time looking around, but the coach was ready to take us back to Kungsbacka.
Some of our friends had to leave that evening to catch flights so we said our goodbyes.    We ended our last day by joining Sharon, Glenn, Inger and Byarne for an evening meal at a small Italian
Resturant in the town.   We were joined by Anna and Vala and much fun was had by all.  
We were up early next morning to catch the train back to Gothenburg. We arrived at the airport in driving rain with very black clouds moving fast across the sky.  Our flight to Amsterdam was delayed because of the storm, so we went for a coffee.  The trip from Amsterdam to Norwich was uneventful and we landed in the sunshine, the storm having passed over into Europe earlier that day!           
Sincere thanks to both Solveig SM6KAT and Anita SM6FXW who did a terrific job of organising the meeting and made our first trip to Sweden very memorable.    We are looking forward to the next meeting in Finland in 2019.
Linda G0AJJ and Richard G6VOV
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20th Annual DX & CONTEST MEETING
The Annual OHDXF & CCF Meeting will be  in Turku, Finland on 9 – 11.3.2018. The organizer is OHDXF. The meeting will be held in the Caribia resort, located just two kilometers from the City Center. Booking is open until the 8th of Februay.

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Calendar  February 2018
4    AWA CW Day         (Antique Wireless Ass. RSA)
3-4      BSCC (Black Sea Contest Club) The first full weekend of February,
3-4     Thailand Field Day Contest
9-11   YLRL - YL-OM Contest YLRL   (Young Ladies Radio League, USA)
10-11  National Field Day and CQ WPX RTTY   
10    Florence RadioFest,  Empoli, Tuscany, Italy, Sat 9 AM UTC+01  20 km SW of Florence
10-11  CW Turtles Contest
13    World Radio Day/  Wêreld Radio Dag
14       Ash Wednesday (end of Carnival)
14.Feb    Valentine Sprint    PSK31    20-02 LOC    PODXS 070 Club
16       Chinese New Year 2018 is on Friday, the Year of the Dog
17    SARL Youth Sprint    08:00 to 10:00 UTC
17-18 ARRL DX CW
17-18  TDOTA 2018 the 3rd full weekend in February  (Thinking Day on the Air)
CLARA - Girl Guides on the air (GOTA) 3rd full weekend in February
16-18  10th South American Lighthouse Weekend/ "Fin de Semana de los Faros Americanos",
16-18   St Patrick's Day Contest.    12 AM, 16th March - 12 AM, 18th March.
25    SARL Digital contest  (RSA)
25    Wyong Field Day 2018, Central Coast ARC  (Aus.) largest in southern hemisphere
 MARCH
2-3    Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS) 15:00UTC March 2 - 15:00UTC March 3, 2018
6    AGCW YL-CW Party    1900Z-2100Z, (Activity Group CW)
The focus is on the ladies here. But of course all hams and SWLs are cordially invited to     participate.
           Annually on the first Tuesday in March from 1900 to 2100 UTC.
     Frequencies    3520-3560 kHz       http://www.agcw.org/en/…
MANAGER: Dr. Roswitha Otto, DL6KCR,   E-Mail: dl6kcr@web.de
08    International Women’s Day
09-11   20th  Annual  DX & Contest Meeting- 2018   * TURKU, FINLAND

2018-01-10

yl.beam #54 jan 2018

Contents: 
  • Events: MAFC – YL Contest; KM1CC, the Marconi Cape Cod Event; Bouvet Island 2018
  • Silent Key; Ja-Well-No-Fine
  • SV "Nehaj" in Alaska; The Northwest Passage;  
  • Susanne Huber-Curphey(MM)  and the NWP –  Reflections
  • Qrz & Calendar
"Mödlinger Amateurfunkclub" (MAFC). Austria
With best wishes for 2018  OE3YTA- Tina MAFC YL Officer.
Invitation to the 8th round of the YL-MAFC event on 13.Jänner 2018 at 19.00 LT 
Band:  3740 Khz +- Qrm  (80m)
Call: Club callsign MAFC- OE3XMC and OE3YTA, Tina  
All YL's, from ADL`s (Austrian District Locator) and other organizations are welcome to join.
Requesting plenty of participation! Best wishes, 73  OE3YTA,Tina

KM1CC, the Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club 2018 January 18th-19th 
Celebrates the 115th anniversary of the first USA to Europe transatlantic message sent from Marconi's South Wellfleet Station USA to his Poldhue UK station January 18, 1903.  
KM1CC will operate from FN 51 – a rare grid  for the International Grid Chase.
KM1CC's temporary ARS for Jan 18-19, 2018 will be located inside the large Coast Guard Building, Coast Guard Beach,  overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
The station was built in 1936 for the US Coast Guard and used for shipwreck rescues. The building was transferred from the US Coast Guard to the National Park Service in the early 1950's. It served as the first headquarters for Cape Cod National Seashore. It is now used as an education center.

Bouvet Island 2018 Dxpedition
Radio operators are on schedule for a 13 January departure to Bouvet Island, the World’s most isolated island and the number 2 most wanted DX entity. 
All team members will meet in Punta Arenas, Chile no later than 10 January 2018 and will  board Chilean vessel M/V Betanzos in the South Shetlands, for a 9-11 day sea voyage to Bouvet Island.
Information on band plans, frequencies, propagation predictions and QSL procedures are available on the DXpedition website http://www.bouvetdx.org   (HF Happenings 778)

Silent Key
It is with deep regret that we must announce that the key of Mimi Roach, ZS5YO, went silent on Saturday 25 November 2017.
We extend our sincere condolences to her daughter Molly, W0MOM (ex ZS5MM and ZS1KE), son-in-law Gordon, W0RUN (ex ZS1FE and ZS5SL), grandchildren, family and friends.
SARL weekly news 2017-12-9




Ja-Well-No-Fine
Greetings and good wishes to you all for 2018. We start 2018 by celebrating the sailing success of a German yl and her remarkable journey through the North West Passage. You may remember following Susanne's (KL4MX /N1QFE- MM). arrival in New Zealand, early 2016 (yl.beam-30-jan-2016). I hope you will enjoy following her and her Sail Yacht 'Nehaj'  during 2017 from Tasmania to Nova Scotia, plus some background info.  I realise the articles are longer than usual but find her achievements inspiring so hope you do too.  33 & 88 Editor Eda ZS5YH

"Nehaj" in Alaska – preparing for the NWP  
Fw from Brian ZS5AZH (SA MM Net) - She forgot to renew her licence, so N1QFE is no more !!  When she arrived in Nome ,Alaska – northern Bering Sea -  she re-wrote her HAM exam and has been allocated the call-sign KL4MX. 
Below is part of her last mail to me:
“ No promise for regular reports though, as propagation is often poor and relay stations are rare in these high latitudes. It is my intention to poke Nehaj's nose through the notorious Bering Strait. Once in the Arctic Ocean we will decide the further route, which might well be the scary one. But there's still tons of solid pack ice up North and we have to wait.
But Nome is a great place to idle some time and to get body and hull ready. There's many good, honest people here too. I'm in the 'Small Boat Harbor' where the fishermen are very friendly. Nehaj fits right in between all of the aluminium work boats, about our size as well. The lucrative crab season has just started and with 24 hours of daylight above 64 degrees North, they can set and retrieve their pots at any time of the day.
The other floating dock is reserved for the gold diggers who have about the wildest floating constructions. Apparently the 'Golden Beaches of Nome' are still productive, they just have to dig a bit offshore now. Tough divers guide the suction hoses and the whole lot of those adventurers is a crazy bunch. But it's said that some of them are doing very well, others lose their last pennies in their gold fever. So really, not too much has changed since the first gold rush into Nome 116 years ago. And there's still surprisingly many pubs where umpteen of those shiny nuggets stay in town after all.
I was fascinated by the traditional and extremely skilled carvings of Alaska Natives. They use walrus ivory, whale bone and even mammoth or mastodon. Most of them originate in St. Laurence Island, only 40 miles off Siberia. It seems that I was drawn to the carvings called 'Spirit of the Driftwood' in a strange way. Maybe those two small discs of walrus tusk on the bulkhead of Nehaj will have an eye on us during our future driftwood journeys?
Tomorrow is Independence Day in the USA. After Charleston (SC), Block Island (CT) and Kodiak (AK) I will find out how Nome is celebrating her 4th of July.”
The Northwest Passage - Background
An historical sea passage of the North American continent, it represents centuries of effort to find a route westward from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean through the Arctic Archipelago of  Canada. The route is located 500 miles (800 km) north of the Arctic Circle and less than 1,200 miles (1,930 km) from the North Pole. It consists of a series of deep channels through Canada’s Arctic Archipelago, extending about 900 miles (1,450 km) from east to west, from north of Baffin Island to the Beaufort Sea, above the U.S. state of Alaska. 
Reaching the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic requires a hazardous voyage through a stream of tens of thousands of giant icebergs, which could rise up to 300 feet (90 metres) in height, constantly drifting south between Greenland and Baffin Island. The exit to the Pacific is equally formidable, because the polar ice cap presses down on Alaska’s shallow north coast much of the year and funnels masses of ice into the Bering Strait, between Alaska and Siberia.
 In the past, the Northwest Passage has been virtually impassable because it was covered by thick, year-round sea ice. However, in the past few years, climate change is allowing commercial traffic to pass through the Arctic Ocean via this once-impossible route.
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his crew were the first to cross the Northwest Passage entirely by sea in 1906. It took three years. The first single-season trip through the passage was by Henry Larsen and crew in 1944. In 1957, three United States Coast Guard Cutters became the first ships to cross the Northwest Passage along a deep draft route. They covered the 4,500 miles of semi-charted water in 64 days.

Susanne Huber-Curphey and the NWP KL4MX (N1QFE) MM aboard SY 'Nehaj' 
From January 31st 2017 until October 22nd Nehaj sailed the distance of 16240 Nautical Miles, 115 days at sea; across the Pacific ocean, through the Arctic  into the Atlantic. From a temperate summer at the Antipodes (48° South) across the Tropics to a chilly summer in the Northwest Passage (74° North). 
The journey started from Tasmania to the Marquesas Islands in the Southern Ocean. I stayed only three days in Fatu Hiva and crossed the equator on March 21st en route to Hawaii.
By the middle of May we sailed from Hawaii to the Aleutian Islands in the latitudes of the changeable winds. Each day the water temperature dropped exactly one degree Celsius. Then from Dutch Harbor into the Bering Sea, which in June presented herself as a shallow 'Bering pond' despite the reputation of generally foul weather. 
In the little Alaskan town of Nome, full of legends about gold digging which continues to this day, 
 I wrote a  new US Amateur Radio exam.  I had forgotten to renew my call sign of 23 years, so now I'm KL4MX. 
Nome is the east-bound starting point of the legendary NORDWEST PASSAGE! In my exciting route the distance north of the Arctic circle turned out to be 3.683 nautical miles long. After leaving Nome I visited 14 anchorages in Alaska and Arctic Canada and had the possibility of buying food and diesel in the villages of Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven and Arctic Bay. Some patience combined with good weather planning (many thanks to Victor Wejer, Peter Semotiuk and Ham Jerry KL4EDK) made it possible to sail a remarkable 75% of the distance and the Dickinson diesel heater was burning about 60% of the time.
From the Pacific towards the Atlantic I would be following the route of Roald Amundsen! Purely for the reason of a challenge, an adventure only for Nehaj and myself. Naturally I would sail this route solo.  But my confidence was very thin and I knew that it was a reckless plan, so I kept quiet about it.
The first contact with Victor Wejer in Toronto was absolutely positive. 
Canadian Victor Wejer,  provides Artic sailors with free weather and ice information, guiding them through the critical sections; author of the area’s main cruising guide. In 2016, Wejer was  awarded the „Award of Merit” by the British Blue Water Association Ocean Cruising Club for his services

 Victor sent me his latest list of detailed descriptions of anchorages as well as  charts. I studied the daily ice charts on the internet and the local weather station. East of Point Barrow thick winter ice reached right to the shore (called 'Fast Ice') and the eastern Arctic was still completely closed. I was way too early in the season.
Finally, July 15th was the start! The peak of summer brought quiet weather with 24 hours of daylight. Three tugs with huge barges also used the settled conditions for their single annual supply trip to a few small settlements along the coast of Alaska. Despite the fog we saw each other on the 
AIS (Automatic Identification System) many miles ahead and chatted on the VHF radio. 
With southerly winds force 2 - 5 Nehaj happily whizzed past the Diomede Islands and through the Bering Strait, she left the International Date Line and all of Siberia ten miles to the west and sailed gently across the Arctic circle.
We were sailing quietly through a gentle wet curtain, when suddenly my AIS alarm went off, caused by an unnamed ship only 1.9 miles away, but in the fog I could not see them!  Finally we had contact on the radio and managed to clear the situation.  After 4 ½ days I dropped the anchor  in a depth of only 2.50m in the shallow Elson Lagoon near Point Barrow. Only two weeks ago this huge bay was covered in ice but for my 3 AM arrival all was quiet.A good time to hit the pillow and catch up on sleep.
On the evening I left I talked on the VHF radio to a seasoned tug boat captain of 12 Arctic years just outside Elson Lagoon. He was adamant about not carrying on towards Prudhoe Bay in the still very tight ice conditions with a following gale.  He had no information about the offshore ice situation, which was where I was going!
 Between Point Barrow and Herschel Island (440 NM in 4 days) Nehaj had a very impressive and unusual first escapade in the ice, one hundred miles offshore. On the ice charts Victor Wejer had observed a narrow gap surrounded by dense ice.; it spared me a 3-day-trip on a dangerous and  strenuous route close to the coast in shallow water. I never saw them offshore, but during that time friends were visited by a dozen polar bears at the anchorage of Cross Island. 
The weather stayed unsettled and we often had strong winds and  for weeks there were very few calms. Apparently that was why the ice-way to the East was melting very hesitantly. However, it gave Nehaj the chance to sail long distances in completely ice free waters in 24 hours of daylight. On July 29th was the first sunset due North, which created a spectacle for hours with Arctic mirages on this rare clear day.
I found good anchorages in Summers Island, Point Pearce and in Cambridge Bay. At Hat Island I explored uncharted waters to find an anchorage close to the wreck of HMS Erebus of the legendary Franklin Expedition. In Simpson Strait we had the first real calms for days and snow geese with their clumsy youngsters were about to head South already! After leaving the small settlement of Gjoa Haven we still had an ice free passage through James Ross Strait and around Cape Victoria.
That’s where I spotted big ice floes ahead. After one night at the cape we kept next to the coastline. The massive ice of Larsen Sound stayed to the left, while we  found open water along the Boothia Peninsula. Next day (August 22nd) dense ice reached all the way to the coast at Cape Andreasen. 200 metres to the West was the white wall of solid pack ice, 200 metres to the East  the barren shore. We had only 50cm of water under the keel and off the bow lay a closed barrier! Just a bit further ahead, the open water lay enticing. Only eight hours earlier two Kiwi yachts had passed here without this newly formed obstruction. We managed to turn around and get away only seconds before big floes drifting towards us from astern, could trap us down  this dead end. I spent a restless night anchored somewhere along this coast, sheltered from drifting floes behind a huge grounded ice-mushroom in less than 3 meters of depth. The next day in thick fog I found a way back into Pasley Bay.
Unfortunately this was the end of the calm days and the North wind started to push even more ice down Peel Sound and M'Clintock Channel. For nine days Nehaj was stuck 34 miles further on in Weld Harbour;  ice blocked the way ahead to Bellot Strait, as well as back to Gjoa Haven. With each wind shift I had to re-anchor so ice would not push Nehaj onto the shore.  During a short spell of South wind I left and tried to find a way, but after 14 strenuous hours in the ice we limped back to the anchorage. 
From emails and the SSB radio daily reports, I listened to the heavy activity in Franklin Strait, just a few miles away. The Canadian ice breakers were on full operation alert to free the small German cruise ship Hanseatic (probably a first in her 11 transits) and a French yacht on an opposite course. The officials in Pond Inlet had stopped yachts from continuing West due to the  intense ice situation, sending them back to Greenland - a first ever.
Nehaj was not alone in Weld Harbour. The experienced Dutchman Bert on his yacht and the Mini-Cat of Yvan Bourgnon, were also stranded in this bay. With freezing air temperatures and after several reckless attempts in the ice, Yvan had excelled his sailing wisdom. His boat was fine and there was no emergency of any kind, but he requested a tow through the ice from our two alloy boats – we were supposed to rescue not him, but his crazy record.....
Yvan found shelter on 'Nehaj' for one afternoon, then he exploited the generous hospitality of the Dutch. He left his Cat alone for six days and stayed in warmth and good food. I had given him anchor chain, Bert supplied clothes and a superb extreme-temperature sleeping bag, as well as food from us both. On top of everything, Yvan was illegally in the country as he had never bothered about the entry formalities into Canada.
After one week (I never went ashore) without any change we started to joke on the radio about wintering for eleven months in the wilderness of Weld Harbour.  We still had three weeks before the 'freeze-up-date'. Our friend Victor and the professional ice pilot on the yacht Abel Tasman (they were still south of us and the last this season) were convinced that the ice would open one more time.....
And indeed, on September 2nd conditions were perfect! Only light winds and the huge ice-floes had opened up. Our little caravan started in first day light. Yvans little Catamaran was towed by the Dutch yacht all day and the gaps in the ice were just wide enough. We took turns in leading the way. Nehaj didn't even touch the ice and never had to push her path free with force. We managed all the distance to Bellot Strait and  slipped through with the last favourable tidal stream. It was exactly those critical 90.4 miles missing for a successful passage into the Atlantic! But it was lousy cold, with snow flurries and watering eyes while searching for the gaps in the ice. Because of the extreme magnetic errors, the auto-pilot had been useless since Cambridge Bay and being alone on board I naturally had to hand steer all the time. I was dressed in my thickest clothes but every five hours I let Nehaj drift and went below for a short break.
This one day of 'buddy-boating' in many years was more than enough for me. On this day we were not the only convoy in Franklin Strait. On the horizon I saw the smoky exhaust of the two ice breakers punching a path for the mega cruise-liner 'Crystal Cerenity' with 1.500 passengers.  Along the shore of Prince of Wales Island the two last eastbound yachts made a huge effort, in company with a tug leading the way to get through. The tug was towing the precious freight of the Maud, only recently salvaged in Cambridge Bay. She was specially designed by R. Amundsen to manage his first transit of the North-East Passage, but that’s another story....
During the tow Yvan rested and in order to stay 'incognito' switched off his satellite tracker. Finally at the anchorage of Fort Ross I was truly exhausted, but Yvan headed into the night on his toy boat. But not before demanding from Dutchman Bert and myself, that we keep the tow of his boat secret– what a brazen Thank-you for all the generous help he had received.
In Prince Regent Inlet my attention slipped after not spotting any ice for twelve hours. I was given due punishment when Nehaj slammed into a big ice floe under full sail with a speed of 6 knots, while I was sitting below drinking coffee. But she did not ride up onto the ice or slip off sideways, instead she rammed against the 2m vertical concrete wall of ice and came to a full stop! The solidly built hull and rig were trembling. Seconds later she tumbled along the edge like nothing had happened, picked up speed and  was already steering towards the next solid obstacle of ice. No time to lower the sails, start the engine or to grab my gloves and jacket. For the next half hour we were sailing zig-zag in a maze of ice-floes through a nearly dark night. Miraculously gaps  opened up, only just visible ahead - it was a spooky ride. Finally there was open water ahead, my fingers were frozen and I was still in shock. I let the auto-pilot carry on and rushed below to check the bilges – bone dry! 
While it was an easy start in Nome, conditions got a lot more demanding during the second half.
In Lancaster Sound spray was freezing into icicles on the railing and transformed the deck into a skating platform during sail changes. Then the first autumn storm blew with >50kn. Fortunately I found shelter up a 60 mile deep fjord at the village of Arctic Bay. We had 10cm of new snow and I could trample Nehaj's name into the white carpet.
In my opinion Baffin Bay and Davis Strait were very dangerous in September. During the daytime ice bergs, 'medium' (<45m height and <120m length) and 'small' (<15m height)  from upper Greenland were no big threat, but during the hours of darkness they turned into massive, invisible barriers and due to rough sea my radar could not spot them. Bergy Bits (<5m height) and Growlers (<1m height) are less spectacular but nearly as dangerous. Hardly anybody talks about this, either because they had calm weather or because they sailed on the opposite course during the endless daylight of summer. I hove too at night and tried to drift at the speed of the ice bergs.=
After exactly one thousand nerve-wracking miles out of Arctic Bay, I was rewarded with the enormous spectacle of Polar Lights during my last night at sea. Gigantic shimmering curtains were waving right above us from one horizon to the other. They nearly touched the top of the mast and seemed to stretch into outer space. I felt really small, a bit spooked and most of all very thankful that Nehaj had brought me safely from the Pacific into the Atlantic ocean.
I seriously considered wintering in Greenland at 64°N but then decided to keep on sailing South - that’s part of a single-handers freedom. With stops in Labrador (Sept 30th) and Breton Island, Nehaj arrived happily in the historic town of Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, on a  latitude of only 44° N.
It's incredible, there are real trees, lots of maritime activity and especially good people.

Reflections
Global Warming made it possible to transit of the Nordwest Passage in only one season. But as 2017 showed that is no guarantee for the 'open' waters of recent years. This year every commercial ship needed help from ice breakers in Victoria Strait and all yachts had a difficult time.
Nehaj made the 12th single-handed transit of the Northwest Passage. After the ten thousand mile long journey from Tasmania Nehaj travelled the NWP without drama or head lines – unsponsered and without damage. She is the smallest German yacht so far and the first eastbound solo sailing boat in one season.
In general women are less likely to take risks, they are sensible and have a pragmatic sense of reality – no wonder there were eight male single-handers before me.

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January 2018
1 CQ Marathon and ARRL Grid Chase
Kid's Day Contest, ARRL 18:00 - 23:59 UTC 
13  MAFC – YL Contest (Austria)
13-14  Hunting Lions in the Air
13- 14  Summer 2018 VHF UHF Field Day. WIA (Wireless Institute Australia)
18-19 Marconi Celebration event - Cape Cod Radio Club  (USA)
19-21  PEARS VHF/UHF Contest (S Africa)
20 SDR Workshop at the NARC (Johannesburg)
27 SARL Summer QRP Sprint

2017-12-06

YL.beam #53 Dec 2017

   .beam  #53  Dec 2017
 
Contents
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
Ja-Well-No-Fine
Morse code stories research - SBS 
QRZ & Calendar

SILENT KEYS 
* 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  
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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


Local-is-Lekker 
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.

Ja-Well-No-Fine
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