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 2017 - The Year Of The YL!

All YLs are invited to join us on the YL Ham Net on Echolink every Thursday at 8pm ET, (UTC Friday 00:00 summer, 01:00 winter), on the ALARA conference server, node 286905.

This is an informative and interactive net for YLs from all over the world.  For more information, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at my email address above.  Better yet, why not just stop by and have a listen!

Just got a new Kenwood TS-590SG and I can't wait to play radio with it!

Some of the things on tap for this year will be learning Morse code, more portable operations, this time for WWFF / KFF POTA, playing with a new antenna setup, and experimenting a little with digital.

I have made all of my contacts using first a borrowed Yaesu FT-897 and most recently a borrowed Kenwood TS-450SAT barefoot.  The majority of them have been using the "HF Stick" dipole antenna, one for 20m, one for 40m.  Here is a picture of the 20m without the choke balun:

It's pretty simple, very portable, and quite inexpensive, and I have worked Hungary, Iceland, South Africa, Crete and Serbia with it, just to name a few!

This same antenna activated many national parks for NPOTA last year with great success.

If you want to know how I got started, read on ...

     It's late in the evening and Daddy's downstairs in his shack, chewing the rag around the neighborhood and around the world.  His call sign was K8BRS.  Before I was eight, he was a silent key and Mom had sold all of the ham stuff to pay the bills.  She was also licensed, although not active, her call being WA8CKA.  I spent the next ten years messing around with electronics, learning things like the value of resistors by the color of the bands, how to solder, and anything else I could glean from library or rummage sale books.  I even taught myself how to use a slide rule.  (I don't remember one bit of it!)

     Through the years I helped friends whose TV was on the fritz due to cold solder joints or an exploded resistor on a sound board, but I didn't think about ham radio again until the 'digital transition' of TV.  You see, I was frustrated with crappy store-bought antennas, and decided to build my own.  The best antenna sites are rife with hams, and building antennas that out-performed most commercial ones rekindled my interest in electronics, radio, and homebrew.

     After a little thought, I decided to go for it, and on 20 December 2014, I took the Technician and General exams, got my ticket, and feel like I've come full circle, back to where it began.  I think Daddy would approve.

     On 12 September 2015, I got my Amateur Extra ticket, and with it the new call KW4MU.

     On 05 January 2016, I received the vanity call AG4YL.


     I am a member of:

ARRL - Amateur Radio Relay League

YLRL - Young Ladies Radio League

NFARL - North Fulton Amateur Radio League


     Thank you for looking me up!

     73 & 33,

     Melanie AG4YL



I operate using the standards set by the DX Code of Conduct - do you?









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