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.
is the shorthand used by amateur radio operators when referring to female
operators - Young Lady. Although still chosen as a hobby in larger number
by men, ladies have long been avid participants in the art/science of
Ham radio. The American Amateur Radio League's QST magazine devoted
this "YL News and Views" column to their contributions many years ago
- trendsetting in its day. This particular issue introduces Louise Ramsey
Moreau as its new editor. Her interest in Ham radio was piqued when
she realized "all the women heard on their receivers were not 'just
wives,' but licensed operators." The rest, as said, is history.
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vintage QST articles
YL News and Views
Conducted by Jean Pecor, KIIJV, Editor "The Lady That's
Known as Lou"
QST's new YL Editor - Louise Ramsey Moreau, WB6BBO/W3WRE.
Mary Lou Stockstill, WN6SSZ (Photo courtesy of Braille Institute
Flora Stroud, K7TFA
On many occasions you have read news of Louise Ramsey Moreau, "WB6BBO-W3WRE
on QST's pages. Her outstanding contributions to the amateur radio world
have been many. It is indeed a pleasure to now introduce Louise to all
as the new YL Editor for QST.
August 1953 was the memorable
month in which Louise and her OM, Bill, WB6BBL/W3WRC first became licensed
as Novices in Philadelphia. Amateur radio was to be Bill's hobby at
the start, but Lou soon joined him in learning code for she had suddenly
discovered that all the women heard on their receivers were not "just
wives," but licensed operators. Lou joined Bill in studying, and both
passed the exams.
Traffic hounds everywhere know of Lou's capabilities
in this field. As W3WRE she was active on the Western Penn. Net, 3rd
Region Net, Eastern Area Net, and Transcontinental Corps. She also served
the area as Emergency Coordinator for Cambria County, later as Section
Emergency Coordinator (AREC) West. Penn. Section, and as State Net Control
for Penn. State c.w. RACES Net.
Since moving to California in
1962, Lou has been active on the Southern Calif. Net (SCN), Pacific
Area Net, 8 Ball Traffic Net (v.h.f.), Salvation Army Disaster Communications
Net, and has served as manager of the 6th Region Net since 1963.
Lou's official appointments include Official Relay Station, Official
Phone Station, Route Manager, National Traffic System Manager. She was
awarded ARRL's Public Service Award for her assistance during the Alaskan
Earthquake emergency, is an A-1 Operator, and has earned the Traffic
Bronze Medallion (it's rare when the BPL listing does not include her
Her antique collection of telegraph keys and equipment
is also well known as she now has over one hundred keys in the collection.
The earliest dates back to 1850.
For the past three years, Lou
has been working with W4MLE on the about to be published The Radio Amateur's
Operating Manual (see Sept. 1966 QST, page 10). She has also contributed
several articles to QST in the past, and received Honorable Mention
for her ARRL Golden Anniversary Essay Contest article.
Lou was a member of the Conemaugh Valley
Amateur Radio Club in Johnstown, Penn., and is presently affiliated
with ARRL, YLRL, LA-YLRC, Ramona Radio Club, Grand Chapter Morse Telegraph
Club, Antique Wireless Association, De Forest Pioneers and is a graduate
of the University of Pittsburgh. Her OM, Bill, WB6BBL is now employed
at California's Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The new YL Editor's first column will appear in the November
issue. May it prove as rewarding an experience to her as it has been
for me. I'm sure all amateurs join me in wishing her the greatest success.
Impossible? Nothing is! The amazing story of Mary Lou Stockstill,
WN6SSZ. of Canoga Park, California well bears out this theory. With
physical handicaps quite similar to those of Helen Keller to conquer.
Mary Lou, handicapped by the loss of both sight and hearing, has recently
taken and passed the FCC Novice examination. She is the first such woman
to achieve this distinction.
While attending Earlham College
in Richmond, Indiana, Mary Lou won the admiration of a young University
of Indiana engineering student, Charles Stockstill, and they were married
in November 1954. Born in Marion, Indiana. Mary Lou lost her sight at
the age of ten as a result of a combination of childhood diseases. When
she was considered well enough, she entered the Indiana School for the
Blind where she studied both piano and organ. While a student in high
school, she earned the Kiwanis award for the best all around student
in the senior class.
Charles and Mary Lou now have two pre-teenaged
daughters. A year after the birth of their second child, Mary Lou discovered
that she was losing her sense of hearing. Doctor after doctor advised
her that not much could be done about a nerve type loss of hearing.
In 1961. the Stockstills left Indiana and headed west for a new start
in California. Charles went to work for the Rocketdyne Company in Canoga
Park, and Mary Lou attended the Braille Institute of America, Inc. at
Los Angeles for weekly classes in knitting and mosaic tile.
Mary Lou Stockstill - WN6SSZ
Mary Lou's interest
in amateur radio came about quite by accident. During a demonstration
of a device known as the "Tactile Speech Indicator" tested in September
1965 in a project which was sponsored by the San Fernando Valley State
College, she learned the value of signals by code. In a Leadership Training
Program in the Area of the Deaf, Dr. Ray L. Jones, Project Director,
and Mr. Hugh L. Moore, an Electronics Specialist for the Los Angeles
City Schools tested the device with three highly intelligent deaf-blind
men. Results indicated that persons handicapped by the loss of sight
and hearing were able to communicate by telephone by use of "yes" and
"no" signals. It was also discovered that one familiar with the Morse
Code was able to carry on quite a conversation. Realizing that the Braille
Institute also sponsored a class in amateur radio, Mary Lou decided
to enter a third class of instruction.
Although unable to make
intelligence out of any type of conversation involving the spoken word,
mother nature has provided Mary Lou with the ability to hear high-pitched
tones which fall in a narrow region above and below the frequency of
one thousand cycles. The normal frequency of tones emitted by the human
voice ranges from just below three hundred cycles to the upper limits
of around three thousand. Therefore, the spoken word is just a jumble
of sounds, but radio signals from amateur or commercial radio stations
using the International Code for transmission of messages can be picked
up by Mary Lou. In turn, she, by use of the telegraph key for communication,
may now spend many happy hours chatting with friends via. the air waves.
In addition to radio code, there are several ways that others
may communicate with Mary Lou. She reads Braille and uses either a standard
typewriter or Braille to correspond with friends. Another method is
to take her finger and using it as one would use a pen or pencil, print
letters across the palm of one's hand as though printing one letter
on top of the previous one. Radio operators can tap out messages in
code on her arm or wrist.
Ray Meyers, W6MLZ, recently featured
Mary Lou during his weekly radio program, "Calling CQ," over station
KPFK-FM. He also kindly sent the information which has made it possible
to tell radio amateurs everywhere the amazing story of Mary Lou Stockstill.
Ray sponsors an organization open to sightless amateur radio operators
the world over called the International Handicapped Net. This net provides
a common meeting place for the members. Further details will gladly
be furnished by contacting Ray Meyers, W6MLZ. Arizona's
Flora Straud - K7TFA
Happiness is building a piece of
ham gear, seeing no smoke during the smoke test, and having everything
work perfectly as per instructions. The end result is not only a better
informed ham, but a happy one. Flora Straud, K7TFA, will attest to that.
Flora's OM, Ken, K7TEZ, has been active in amateur radio for
many years. Ken was first licensed as 3BUX in 1921. Flora's interest
to also become licensed was quickly nurtured, and has resulted in another
outstanding XYL amateur.
It isn't often that an XYL builds her
own complete station. The equipment shown in Flora's shack (see photo)
is the product of her capabilities. In addition, she also built her
receiver as well as various testing equipment. Her latest undertaking
is the building of a Heathkit electronic keyer.
Flora is active
mostly on 80, 40, and 20 meters, both on c.w, and phone. To QSO her
would be more than just contacting an Arizona XYL, which in itself is
a rarity. You would also be talking with a "real" ham.
YL Club News
YLRC of Los Angeles recently installed
the following new officers for the coming year: Pres., WA6ISY; V. Pres.,
WA6LWE; Rec. Sec., WA6ZTW; Cor. Sec. W6JCA; Treas., WA6UBU.
The San Diego YLRC announces their new officers as follows: Pres., WA6SKT;
V. Pres., K6VRH; Treas., WA6CQS; Rec, Sec., WA6ATB; Cor. Sec., K6YIT;
Cert. Custodian, WA6ATB.
The Ontario Trilliums, VE3TOT, announce
another first for their newly formed club in being the first Canadian
YL group to participate in Field Day activities. Theirs is also the
only report received from any YL group who may have participated. Transmitters
were set up in the Caledon Hills area where they operated c.w. on 40
and 20 meters; phone on 2 meters. This being their first year, they
operated to gain experience. Jean Evans, VE3DGG, and Doris Cody, VE3BBO,
were their Field Day Coordinators.
It is with deep regret that
QST announces the departure of Jean Peacor, KIIJV, from the QST staff
of contributing editors. Fairness to the demands of a growing family
makes it impractical for her to continue as YL Editor. The column has
grown and prospered under Jean's capable hands and we will miss her
informative, delightful, humorous, column "leads." Readers and Hq. staff
say "well done," Jean. "Good luck and 73!"