HAM Radio 2016 is over and we look back on a fantastic weekend filled with meeting old and new contacts. There were very good foodcondx with cake, homemade cappuccino, ice cream and dinners in restaurants. This combined with the warm weather and the Bodensee (lake next to Friedrichshafen) turned the long weekend into a small holiday.
In addition to meeting various YLs (see previous post: ‘Dutch Young Ladies meeting YLS at HAM radio 2016’) we have met international contest groups such as D4C at the fair and IR4M at the Bavarian Contest Dinner. This might give us the oppurtunity in future for contest ‘DXpeditions’ to contest stations abroad.
Besides the PI4YLC team members there were other contest team members of the Netherlands as well at the fair: PA6Y from IJmuiden (see: www.pi4rck.net) and of course PI4TUE (sk) from Eindhoven who had traveled along with YLs of the Dutch Young Ladies club.
After a lot of years not visiting the HAM radio fair Chantal PA5YL ‘met herself’ at the booth of the radio scouts. In this booth there was a poster with a picture of her.
We very much enjoyed the several useful contacts and ideas for (contest)activities and had a lot of fun (!). We thank everyone who has contributed to our very positive experience.
We managed to take a picture in front of the HAM radio 2016 QSL wall with the YLs of PI4YLC and our future team member. From left to right: Claudia PD5AX Chantal PA5YL, Lisa PA2LS, Mariëtte PA1ENG, Ineke and PD2CWM Suzan PD3SZN.
Today the biggest European fair for Hamradio started happening. Five members of PI4YLC, the contestteam of the Dutch Young Ladies Club, are in Friedrichshafen-Germany visiting the fair: Mariëtte PA1ENG, Lisa PA2LS, Chantal PA5YL, Ineke PD2CWM and Claudia PD5AX. It’s a great opportunity to meet Hams from all over Europe.
We talked to several YL’s from the DARC-YL-referat (while enjoying a YL-muffin) and some top-grade contesters like Irina DL8DYL and Sandy DL1QQ (WRTC 2018). We also visited the French YL’s and met Christine F4GDI and were able to catch up with Andreja S56B and Klara HA5BA.
Tomorrow we will attend the YL-meeting, organised by the DARC YL’s, we look forward to meet many more YL’s from all over the world.
PI4YLC has again participated in the Russian DX contest (RDXC). This time with the YL-operators: Lisa PA2LS, Chantal PA5YL, Ineke PD2CWM and Claudia PD5AX. Like last year a fieldday setup was used in Ell (a township in Limburg, southern part of the Netherlands).
The double setup for this contest was designed by Rens PA3FGA. Two radio stations: a running station and an inband multiplier station. One operator will actively look for multipliers, while the other works contest QSO’s calling CQ.
Saturday morning the antenna park is completed with the FB-23 (10, 15 and 20m) at 20 meters. For this Rob PE1ITR brought his mobile mast which also could be used to attach the 80m deltaloop. The receiving of the antennas turned out fine, but the transmission did not work. We had problems with audio, of which the K3 voicekeyer not working. In first instance, it was decided to go from two to one transceiver. When the output stage made no power we had to continue ‘barefoot’: 100 Watts of power from the K3. Fortunately Lisa had brought an extra K3: it had the correct settings for a single transmitter station, but it did not solve the issue with SSB. It was decided to only work CW QSOs. The total number of QSOs was 255 of which 65% in CW.
Despite all the technical problems, the YLs thought it was a very successful weekend. This setup proved too complicated and gave lessons for the next Russian DX contest with a field day set-up.
We look forward to the Russian DX contest 2017!
The last complete weekend of October is CQWW DX SSB contest, www.cqww.com. Radio stations all over the world try to make as many contacts as possible. This weekend four YL-operators will activate PI4YLC at the radioshack of Kees PE1KL:
- Mariëtte PA1ENG
- Lisa PA2LS
- Suzan PD3SZN*
- Claudia PD5AX
*Suzan PD3SZN is 16 years old and the youngest contestoperator of PI4YLC since 2012. Suzan’s first contestexperience was with the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) where she met Lisa PA2LS. Proud to have her in the PI4YLC contestteam!
This coming weekend is a special weekend. The third weekend of October is Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) / Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI): the event in which radioamateurs support scouts all over the world in contacting each other through amateur radio. The theme this year is: ‘The Earth is Yours’. More information about JOTA/JOTI can be found at jotajoti.info
The Dutch Young Ladies will participate in JOTA. Chantal PA5YL even provided a scoutinggroup with her personal callsign: PA5YL/J. The other ladies will support scoutinggroups involving radio technology and communication. There will be no PI4YLC/J but that might be different in the future…
Participating YLs of the PI4YLC contest-team:
- Mariëtte PA1ENG: PA6JMC/J, scouting John McCormick, Zoetermeer, JO22GB
- Chantal PA5YL: PA5YL/J, scouting Tarcisius, Landgraaf, JO30AV
- Anneke PB8YL: PI4DEC/J, Thomas Estill Schoch de Ravallet & Arooda, Dordrecht, JO21IT
- Ineke PD2CWM: PE6SBW/J, scouting Burgemeester Welschen Meerhoven, JO21RK
- Monique PD3MKT: PI4AJS/J, Pakawevers-group, Neede, JO32HD
- Claudia PD5AX: PA3EWG/J, scoutinggroup Hopman Latour, Eindhoven, JO21RK
The PI33YLC QSL-card is at the printing shop. We like the design of it. When the QSL-card arrives we will answer all the 474 QSO’s made with call PI33YLC with this unique QSL-card!
The Youngsters On The Air 2015 summer event took place in Italy 18 to 25 july (for details check out the website of YOTA: www.ham-yota.com). Lisa PA2LS joined the event as IARU R1 Youth Coordinator. A total of 76 Youngsters from 23 different countries were present. Among them a good number of YLs, as can be seen in the picture.