One of the state’s best YL NETS!
The term ‘YL’ is what Ladies who are Licensed Amateur Radio Operators (aka Hams) are called. YLs can be very young, young, old, older, or oldest – They are Novices, Technicians, Generals, Advanced, or Extras — but they are all Licensed Female Amateur Radio Operators. The term ‘OM’ is the opposite of a YL which recognizes Old Men.
The YLs in the Big South Fork region meet on the 145.350 Mhz repeater (tone 77.0) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The YL Net is a way an open forum to all licensed female hams of all ages and ham experience levels— to meet on the air for fellowship, to discuss common interests, to learn how to prepare for emergency events and communications, and more. There are general announcements followed by check-ins (YLs only sorry no OMs but they can listen in) and then a general fellowship session. The NET generally lasts between 15-30 minutes.
2023 YL NETS
Many YL Nets are on Echolink. EchoLink ® software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using streaming-audio technology. The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio’s communications capabilities.
33 is a Morse Code (CW) abbreviation which means “love sealed with friendship and mutual respect between one YL and another YL.” It was coined by Clara Reger.
In 1931, there were only 86 women (vs 18,000 men!) that were licensed as amateur radio operators in the USA. Look how far we have come!