Girl Power Meets RF Power
A young lady at the controls of a powerful radio transmitter, leaning over a smoldering soldering iron, climbing a tower, or designing the next generation of electronic circuitry is becoming increasingly common place.
Our abilities as skilled radio operators and technicians has been proven in industry, law enforcement, space exploration, and in the hardships of war.
As the ladies of amateur radio, we share many facets of our hobby with male hams. However girls, as we already know....things are often improved with a ladies touch.
Celebrating Amateur Radio
S.O.A.R. meetings, special event stations, contests, and on air networks, workshops, luncheons, and other activities are designed to enhance the amateur radio experience for women.
Emphasis is placed on community service, social interaction, and technical advancement......all from a ladies perspective.
YL's worldwide share a special bond....one of "sisterhood." Not only do YL's gather on the air, but they also join each other at conventions, retreats, expositions, and special events all over the planet.
Every two years....at a different international location....YL Worldwide convenes as we celebrate our sisterhood in amateur radio.
The urge to SOAR
Take your ham radio experience to new heights. Spread your wings and join the ladies of S.O.A.R.
Carol McGee Honored as 2014 Legacy Award Winner
Carol McGee of Reno, Nevada has been named the recipient of the 2014 Legacy Award, presented by the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (SOAR), a worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of amateur radio among women.
The annual award honors a woman who through her actions has helped to ensure that Amateur Radio continues into prosperity. Mrs. McGee, who will turn 95 in a few weeks, was first licensed in the 1930's as W8UCY.
McGee received the award on December 12th before a capacity crowd at the University of Nevada Radio Pack and Quarter Century Wireless Association annual dinner in Reno, Nevada. A contingent of SOAR officers made the 450 mile trip across the state from Las Vegas to make the presentation. These officers included President Elizabeth "Liz" Bigley KD7RIN, Vice President Judy Carpenter KC7ZEV, and National Programs and Activities Director Mary Meiner KE7HKL
Before presenting the award, Liz Bigley spoke about the "Spirit of Amateur Radio" and how it is the foundation of what ham radio is today. She told about the origins of SOAR and how this spirit caused their group to come into existence.
"At SOAR, we believe that the spirit of amateur radio is perpetual, and is a gift from those hams who have came before us", said Mrs. Bigley, "it is these pioneering men and women who gave us the foundation and created the legacy which has made amateur radio what it is today".
Bigley told the crowd the story of 20 wpm CW operator W8UCY, a pretty teenaged girl named Carolyn Conner, who in the 1930's shared a station in the basement of their Cleveland apartment building with her older brother and their best friend.
Mrs. Bigley then related how at age 19 this young YL went to nursing school for 3 years and then shipped off to serve her country as a U.S. Navy nurse in World War II. This caused young Miss Conner's ham radio career to be put on hold.
Her military service, coupled with a post war marriage to a Marine Corp pilot, put Carol McGee at base housing in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, and Maryland. In time three children also came along.
Her husband John left the Marine Corp and began flying for American Airlines, relocating the family to his home town of Reno.
Seven decades would pass before a recent, chance conversation at church between Mrs. McGee and Nancy Holder KF7YFT landed on the topic of ham radio. Since that time Carol McGee has had a renewed interest in amateur radio and hopes to relicensed.
"More than 70 years after she traded her Morse Code key for a stethoscope, Carol McGee has recently returned to ham radio" Bigley told the audience. "Of course, ham radio was here waiting...bigger and stronger than ever...thanks to the foundation given to us, in part, so many years ago, by a pretty young YL who went off to serve our country".
Interestingly enough, Carol McGee, a CW operator has never spoken a single word over amateur radio and only recently held a portable radio for the first time. That is certainly about to change because at Saturdays dinner she won a handheld radio.
Once Again YL's March In Parade
This past Saturday the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio decorated a vehicle and marched in the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce's "Santa's Electric Night Parade". This is the second year that the group represented amateur radio in the parade.
The club featured photographs on their vehicle of famous women past and present who are ham radio operators.
Last year the group kicked off their celebration of the ARRL Centennial year by marching in the parade dressed as women operators from the different era's of the ARRL's existence.
The parade is being re-broadcast at 6:00 PM each night until the end of the year on Cox Channel 96 or it can be seen as streaming video at the same time at: www.cox96.net
YL's Take It 'Railroad Mobile'
SOAR Operates Special Event From Santa Train
As part of a full day of amateur radio activities, on December 6th, members of the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio climbed aboard the Nevada Southern Railway in Boulder City and operated "Railroad Mobile".
While in town to participate in the Santa's Electric Night Parade, the SOAR ladies took a break from decorating their parade entry to ride the rails with Santa and Mrs. Clause on the NSR Santa Train. Of course they brought along their portable radios to work contacts via Echolink and IRLP.