June 1963 Popular Electronics
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
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Most amateur operators know that "YL" is Hamese for "young lady," meaning
a female operator. Less well known these days is "XYL" which decades
ago, referred to an ex-young lady, implying either an older woman or
the wife of a Ham. According to online call sign lookup services,
Popular Electronics' poet laureate K8AOU was in fact a YL;
the call sign was later assigned to an OM ("old man;" i.e., male operator).
A Yell from an XYL
had just received her General
So she got right on the air;
CQ'd and made a contact
Without a bit of care
The QSO was a good one
With signals loud and clear;
Not a sign of QRN
Or QRM to interfere.
Now you'd think she'd have been delighted
With a contact such as this;
The report that she was given would have
Filled any other ham with bliss.
But she stomped out of the ham shack
And announced that she was through;
"That man said I was FORTY OVER
But I'm only THIRTY TWO!"
Posted April 8, 2014