YL News and Views
is the shorthand used by amateur radio operators when referring
to female operators - Young Lady. Although still chosen as a hobby
in larger number by men, ladies have long been avid participants
in the art/science of Ham radio. The American Amateur Radio League's
QST magazine devoted this "YL News and Views" column to their contributions
many years ago - trendsetting in its day. This particular issue
introduces Louise Ramsey Moreau as its new editor. Her interest
in Ham radio was piqued when she realized "all the women heard on
their receivers were not 'just wives,' but licensed operators."
The rest, as said, is history.
October 1966 QST
of Contents]These articles are scanned and OCRed from old editions of the
ARRL's QST magazine. Here is a list of the
QST articles I have already posted. All copyrights (if any) are hereby acknowledged.
See all available
vintage QST articles.
YL News and Views
Conducted by Jean Pecor, KIIJV, Editor
That's Known as Lou"
On many occasions you have read news of Louise Ramsey Moreau, "WB6BBO-W3WRE
on QST's pages. Her outstanding contributions to the amateur radio
world have been many. It is indeed a pleasure to now introduce Louise
to all as the new YL Editor for QST.
QST's new YL Editor - Louise Ramsey Moreau, WB6BBO/W3WRE.
Mary Lou Stockstill, WN6SSZ (Photo courtesy of Braille Institute
Flora Stroud, K7TFA
August 1953 was the
memorable month in which Louise and her OM, Bill, WB6BBL/W3WRC first
became licensed as Novices in Philadelphia. Amateur radio was to
be Bill's hobby at the start, but Lou soon joined him in learning
code for she had suddenly discovered that all the women heard on
their receivers were not "just wives," but licensed operators. Lou
joined Bill in studying, and both passed the exams.
hounds everywhere know of Lou's capabilities in this field. As W3WRE
she was active on the Western Penn. Net, 3rd Region Net, Eastern
Area Net, and Transcontinental Corps. She also served the area as
Emergency Coordinator for Cambria County, later as Section Emergency
Coordinator (AREC) West. Penn. Section, and as State Net Control
for Penn. State c.w. RACES Net.
Since moving to California
in 1962, Lou has been active on the Southern Calif. Net (SCN), Pacific
Area Net, 8 Ball Traffic Net (v.h.f.), Salvation Army Disaster Communications
Net, and has served as manager of the 6th Region Net since 1963.
Lou's official appointments include Official Relay Station,
Official Phone Station, Route Manager, National Traffic System Manager.
She was awarded ARRL's Public Service Award for her assistance during
the Alaskan Earthquake emergency, is an A-1 Operator, and has earned
the Traffic Bronze Medallion (it's rare when the BPL listing does
not include her call).
Her antique collection of telegraph
keys and equipment is also well known as she now has over one hundred
keys in the collection. The earliest dates back to 1850.
For the past three years, Lou has been working with W4MLE on
the about to be published The Radio Amateur's Operating Manual (see
Sept. 1966 QST, page 10). She has also contributed several articles
to QST in the past, and received Honorable Mention for her ARRL
Golden Anniversary Essay Contest article.
Lou was a member of the Conemaugh
Valley Amateur Radio Club in Johnstown, Penn., and is presently
affiliated with ARRL, YLRL, LA-YLRC, Ramona Radio Club, Grand Chapter
Morse Telegraph Club, Antique Wireless Association, De Forest Pioneers
and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Her OM, Bill,
WB6BBL is now employed at California's Institute of Technology's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The new YL Editor's first column
will appear in the November issue. May it prove as rewarding an
experience to her as it has been for me. I'm sure all amateurs join
me in wishing her the greatest success.
is! The amazing story of Mary Lou Stockstill, WN6SSZ. of Canoga
Park, California well bears out this theory. With physical handicaps
quite similar to those of Helen Keller to conquer. Mary Lou, handicapped
by the loss of both sight and hearing, has recently taken and passed
the FCC Novice examination. She is the first such woman to achieve
While attending Earlham College in Richmond,
Indiana, Mary Lou won the admiration of a young University of Indiana
engineering student, Charles Stockstill, and they were married in
November 1954. Born in Marion, Indiana. Mary Lou lost her sight
at the age of ten as a result of a combination of childhood diseases.
When she was considered well enough, she entered the Indiana School
for the Blind where she studied both piano and organ. While a student
in high school, she earned the Kiwanis award for the best all around
student in the senior class.
Charles and Mary Lou now have
two pre-teenaged daughters. A year after the birth of their second
child, Mary Lou discovered that she was losing her sense of hearing.
Doctor after doctor advised her that not much could be done about
a nerve type loss of hearing. In 1961. the Stockstills left Indiana
and headed west for a new start in California. Charles went to work
for the Rocketdyne Company in Canoga Park, and Mary Lou attended
the Braille Institute of America, Inc. at Los Angeles for weekly
classes in knitting and mosaic tile.
Mary Lou Stockstill
Mary Lou's interest in amateur radio came
about quite by accident. During a demonstration of a device known
as the "Tactile Speech Indicator" tested in September 1965 in a
project which was sponsored by the San Fernando Valley State College,
she learned the value of signals by code. In a Leadership Training
Program in the Area of the Deaf, Dr. Ray L. Jones, Project Director,
and Mr. Hugh L. Moore, an Electronics Specialist for the Los Angeles
City Schools tested the device with three highly intelligent deaf-blind
men. Results indicated that persons handicapped by the loss of sight
and hearing were able to communicate by telephone by use of "yes"
and "no" signals. It was also discovered that one familiar with
the Morse Code was able to carry on quite a conversation. Realizing
that the Braille Institute also sponsored a class in amateur radio,
Mary Lou decided to enter a third class of instruction.
Although unable to make intelligence out of any type of conversation
involving the spoken word, mother nature has provided Mary Lou with
the ability to hear high-pitched tones which fall in a narrow region
above and below the frequency of one thousand cycles. The normal
frequency of tones emitted by the human voice ranges from just below
three hundred cycles to the upper limits of around three thousand.
Therefore, the spoken word is just a jumble of sounds, but radio
signals from amateur or commercial radio stations using the International
Code for transmission of messages can be picked up by Mary Lou.
In turn, she, by use of the telegraph key for communication, may
now spend many happy hours chatting with friends via. the air waves.
In addition to radio code, there are several ways that others
may communicate with Mary Lou. She reads Braille and uses either
a standard typewriter or Braille to correspond with friends. Another
method is to take her finger and using it as one would use a pen
or pencil, print letters across the palm of one's hand as though
printing one letter on top of the previous one. Radio operators
can tap out messages in code on her arm or wrist.
W6MLZ, recently featured Mary Lou during his weekly radio program,
"Calling CQ," over station KPFK-FM. He also kindly sent the information
which has made it possible to tell radio amateurs everywhere the
amazing story of Mary Lou Stockstill. Ray sponsors an organization
open to sightless amateur radio operators the world over called
the International Handicapped Net. This net provides a common meeting
place for the members. Further details will gladly be furnished
by contacting Ray Meyers, W6MLZ.
Straud - K7TFA
Happiness is building a piece of
ham gear, seeing no smoke during the smoke test, and having everything
work perfectly as per instructions. The end result is not only a
better informed ham, but a happy one. Flora Straud, K7TFA, will
attest to that.
Flora's OM, Ken, K7TEZ, has been active
in amateur radio for many years. Ken was first licensed as 3BUX
in 1921. Flora's interest to also become licensed was quickly nurtured,
and has resulted in another outstanding XYL amateur.
isn't often that an XYL builds her own complete station. The equipment
shown in Flora's shack (see photo) is the product of her capabilities.
In addition, she also built her receiver as well as various testing
equipment. Her latest undertaking is the building of a Heathkit
Flora is active mostly on 80, 40, and
20 meters, both on c.w, and phone. To QSO her would be more than
just contacting an Arizona XYL, which in itself is a rarity. You
would also be talking with a "real" ham.
YLRC of Los Angeles recently installed the
following new officers for the coming year: Pres., WA6ISY; V. Pres.,
WA6LWE; Rec. Sec., WA6ZTW; Cor. Sec. W6JCA; Treas., WA6UBU.
The San Diego YLRC announces their new officers as follows:
Pres., WA6SKT; V. Pres., K6VRH; Treas., WA6CQS; Rec, Sec., WA6ATB;
Cor. Sec., K6YIT; Cert. Custodian, WA6ATB.
The Ontario Trilliums,
VE3TOT, announce another first for their newly formed club in being
the first Canadian YL group to participate in Field Day activities.
Theirs is also the only report received from any YL group who may
have participated. Transmitters were set up in the Caledon Hills
area where they operated c.w. on 40 and 20 meters; phone on 2 meters.
This being their first year, they operated to gain experience. Jean
Evans, VE3DGG, and Doris Cody, VE3BBO, were their Field Day Coordinators.
It is with deep regret that QST announces the departure
of Jean Peacor, KIIJV, from the QST staff of contributing editors.
Fairness to the demands of a growing family makes it impractical
for her to continue as YL Editor. The column has grown and prospered
under Jean's capable hands and we will miss her informative, delightful,
humorous, column "leads." Readers and Hq. staff say "well done,"
Jean. "Good luck and 73!"