in amateur-ese stands for "young lady." It refers to any ham operator
of the female gender regardless of age. I don't know how many women
were Hams in 1966 when this article appeared in QST, but according to
Communities of the Air: Introducing Radio to the World,
author Susan M. Squier, by 2003 women made up 40% of new license applicants.
Judging by amateur radio club rosters and
day events, YLs don't make up anywhere near 40% of the Ham population,
but maybe they just tend to shun the public light. A 2008 presentation
YL Radio Website estimated 15% in 2000. I searched around the
Young Ladies Radio League
(YLRL), American Radio
Relay League (ARRL) and the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) websites for current statistics
but could not find anything specifically about the percentage split
between males and women. On a side note, the first licensed YL in the
U.S. was Emma Chandler, 8NH/W8NH of St. Mary’s, Ohio, in 1918 (featured
in QST issue October 1916).
July 1966 QST
of Contents]These articles are scanned and OCRed from old editions of the
ARRL's QST magazine. Here is a list of the
QST articles I have already posted. All copyrights (if any) are hereby acknowledged.
See all available
vintage QST articles.
YL News and Views
Conducted by Jean Peacor, K1IJV
Results: Seventeenth YL/OM
Rigs all over the land may still be in the process of cooling as a result
of this year's YL/OM test, judging from the many high scores. Whether
you won - placed - or just showed, there's no denying the fact that
this test provided two exciting weekends of radio activity. If it was
your first year, there was the added excitement of everyone and everything
being new. Veteran contestants found pleasure just in hearing many of
the old faithfuls; many of whom have never missed a contest.
Smiling all the while - that's Peg Harnois, K1GSF Editor for the
new YL Harmonics. Peg is the daughter of K1EFZ of Westbrook, Maine.
[note the wheelchair]
First licensed in 1962, Brenda, WA4HOM, whose OM is Hess, WA4GCS,
is one of the top three for both the YL/OM c.w. and phone portions.
Holder of DXCC (200 cfmd in 9 mos.), YLCC, WAC, WAS (7 mc. c.w.),
Brenda is also a YLISSBer.
Pat Dyer, WA5NVY, had never seen a transmitter until August 1965,
passed her Novice the next month her General the next, and entered
her first ham contest this year. She's the 2nd place winner of the
phone portion. This busy mother of three has also earned, WAS, WAC,
has 96 countries, is active in Navy Mars, and conducts code classes
for her OM and 8 other students.
Bob, W9LNQ, earned 3rd place phone honors this year using an RME
6900 and Valiant II with s.s.b. adaptor. Well known in many contests,
Bob is also a member of QCW A, ISSB, OTC, CHC, Hamfesters Radio
Club and DXCC (240 cfmd) Photo caurtesy of W9NLF.
The YLRL Forum at the National Convention provided this coast to
coast meeting of YLRL's Pres., Kayla, W0HJL, and V. Pres., Edie,
In the YL phone portion, Marte Wessel, K0EPE, turned in the highest
score in many a year for 1st place, which she also won in 1964 (see
YL Column, July 1964). Ellen White, W1YYM, (YL Column, October 1965)
jumped from 3rd place winner of the c.w. portion in 1965 to another
highest score ever for 1st place honors this year. Jessie Billon, WA60ET,
(YL Column, March 1964) has held one of the top scores for the past
Dave Thompson, K5MDX, (see YL Column, July 1963)
was high scorer for OMs in the phone portion in 1963 and 1964, and has
done it again in 1966. Ken Bauer, W9WGQ, who was 2nd in the phone portion
last year (see YL Column, July 1965), returned to capture 1st place
honors in the c.w. portion this year.
To paraphrase some comments
from YLRL's Vice President, Edie McCracken, K1EKO, who was chief log-checker
this year - Sincere thanks for the many nice notes which accompanied
your logs. All suggestions for future con tests will be given careful
consideration before next year's rules are established.
logs have been carefully gone over, and any change made in your score
is for a good reason. First, check your multiplication. Then, check
your claimed sections. We use the ARRL section list, which is available
from the V. P. for an s.a.s.e. Some of you worked contacts only in the
U.S. and Canada. Both of these countries are divided into ARRL sections,
and cannot also be counted as countries.
To the top 12 scorers
- congratulations! To the more than 300 who took time to submit a log,
our thanks. Illegible logs were used for confirmation. Before you send
in a log next year, look at it again, and make sure you'd be willing
to plow through at least 300 just like it. You'll have the sincere gratitude
of the V. P. who has to check it.
1966 ARRL National
April 23 and 24 found Boston's Prudential
Center filled with between three and four thousand of the best conventioneers
you could ever find - all radio amateurs. Activities for all were well
planned by The Federation of Eastern Mass. Amateur Radio Assoc. who
sponsored another of their successful conventions.
with which many YLs assisted added greatly to the success of the YL
program which began with a fashion show completely organized by Millie
Doremus, W1SVN. Many YLs enjoyed the bus tour of historical Boston and
Cambridge which followed and was well managed by Eunice Gordon, W0KEH,
YLRL President, Kayla Bloom, W0HJL, from Denver, Colorado,
conducted the YLRL Forum. Her excellent talk urged clubs and individuals
to assist in an all out YLRL membership drive: explained all that's
being done in connection with YL Harmonic's changes in order to make
it a 'real' magazine as well as a financial asset to YLHL which would
hopefully result in lower dues for members; and encouraged all to make
YLRL known to everyone.
The YL luncheon, wig demonstration,
and talk on spices were all well attended, as was the SWOOP party. As
many suffering wives were initiated and received SWOOP certificates,
prizes galore were won by all the YLs as the) sang along with Ruth McNamara,
KIRZO; Ruth Barber, K1IIF and Pres of WRONE, also Co-Chairman for YL
Activities at the Convention: and K1IJV, while Rhea King, K1ERT, provided
same fine piano playing.
YL Harmonic's New Look
As the comparatively new Editor of YL Harmonics (YLH), Peg Harnois,
K1GSF, of Westbrook, Maine has every right to beam (see photo). For,
YLH, YLRL's bi-monthly publication, took on an entirely new look in
1966 beginning with the Jan.-Feb. issue.
Drastic changes are
not always easily accomplished, and Kayla, W0HJL, Pres. of YLRL, and
Peggy, as well as many other members, have made an all out attempt to
provide additional reading pleasure through YLH for all. If you haven't
already seen it, extra copies are available from W0HJL for $.50; or,
subscriptions are available for $3.00 per year (YLs receive YLRL membership).
YL Net News
The new officers for 1966
announced by the Loaded Clothes Line YL Net are a, follows: Pres., W7GGV;
V. Pres., K0EPE; Secy. K7WVT; Treas., K0WZN; Pub. Chr., K0GAS. Their
net meets every Monday at 1700 GMT on 7235 kcs. NCS is W7GGV.
Ken Keeler, K2EIU/5, is a Lt. and instructor pilot
in the U.S.A.F.
at Webb AFB. His high scores in the 1960 YL/OM contest
him a big winner that year, and he's done it again as this
2nd place scorer in both the c.w. and phone portions. He
also earned 12 YL certificates as a result.
This passport picture of Marlene Kaniuk, WA9FRW,
Morton Grove, Ill. will enable her to attend summer school
at St. Andrews College in Dundee, Scotland, with visits to
England and France also planned. Marlene (now 17) is
an active member
of the Eye Bank Net and has had her
General license for four years.
Photo courtesy of W9CDQ.