A Yell from an XYL
June 1963 Popular Electronics

June 1963 Popular Electronics

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Popular Electronics, published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

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

A Yell from an XYL, June 1963 Popular Electronics - RF CafeShe 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