July 1966 QST
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 are hereby acknowledged.
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
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).
YL News and Views
Conducted by Jean Peacor, K1IJV
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.,
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
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 three years.
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.
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.
Your 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 Convention
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.
The willingness 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, ex·WIUKR.
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 made
him a big winner that year, and he's done
it again as this year's
2nd place scorer in both the c.w. and
phone portions. He has
also earned 12 YL certificates as a result.
This passport picture of Marlene Kaniuk,
Morton Grove, Ill. will enable her to attend summer
at St. Andrews College in Dundee, Scotland, with visits
both England and France also planned. Marlene (now 17) is
an active member of the Eye Bank Net and has had her
license for four years. Photo courtesy of W9CDQ.