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
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 are hereby acknowledged.
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.
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 - WN6SSZ
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.
Ray Meyers, 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.
Arizona's Flora Straud - K7TFA
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
It 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 electronic keyer.
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.
YL Club News
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;
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