ETH031 – A YL’s View of Amateur Radio


Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talking with Allison Hollier, KG5BHY. Allison is a fellow ham blogger that I learned about last year. She has a weekly YL net that she started last year and during each of the nets she has a technical portion of the net. She writes a blog post that corresponds with the technical topic of the net.

The Weekly North Texas YL Net is every Monday evening at 8pm on the 442.325 (127.3 tone) repeater which is linked to the 442.225 (110.9 tone) repeater. Even though this is a YL net, OM’s are allowed to check in as well. However, the first part of the net is dedicated to YL’s only. The net starts with YL checking, followed by the technical topic of the day. After the technical topic, the net is opened to anyone that wants to check in. Third party traffic is also allowed for the net to possible get non-ham females involved in the net as well.

Allison introduced me to something that I didn’t know existed during this interview which I thought was pretty neat. She introduced me to the YL Radio League. The YLRL is dedicated to all the YL’s out there. Check out the Amateur Radio Club Spotlight for more information about the YL Radio League.


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Amateur Radio Club Spotlight

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In today’s amateur radio club spotlight we are going to be doing something a little bit different than what I normally do. I have been looking at the website for the YLRL and there is a lot of great things on the website and that the YLRL does for the YL’s of the hobby. I don’t know how many YL’s I have that listen to my podcast, but I thought I would spread the word about it some so that the OM that listen could tell the YL’s in there area about it.

The YLRL was officially started in 1939 with 10 founding members. It has since grown to over 1100 members, 200 of those are from outside of the United States.

It started with a simple add in the May 1939 issue of QST magazine with a lace like border asking for YLs to buy a book called “Two Hundred Meters and Down: The Story of Amateur Radio”. The article stated that this book, written by a man, was about what a men did what, when and how to make amateur radio what it was then.

What the article was suppose to be doing is getting YL’s to speak up and make themselves known to each other. That is exactly what some of them did too. 10 women came together, and after a lot of hard work made the Young Lady Relay League.

All of the founding members are unfortunately SKs now, but there are other good YL’s out there that have stepped forward to continue the work that the YLRL is doing. There is one member that has been a member of the YLRL for 60+ years continuously.

On top of the great comradery that comes along with have an organization that is for YL’s only, there is lots of stuff that they support as well.

  • Scholarship – They give away two $1500 scholarships every year to a deserving young YL.
  • Nets – There are several nets that they have, please check out their website for more information
  • Certificates – Worked All States YL (WAS-YL) Worked All Continents YL (WAC-YL) YL Century Club (YLCC) DX YL YL-DXCC YL-Digital Modes, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother Awards, Several DX awards, and this year they had an Favorite Movie Award for their Annual Certificate Award.
  • Conventions


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