QSY Old Men and let the YL’s take over! The last weekend in May, this year being the 29th/30th, marks the time for a special event which aims to encourage more women to get on the radio and on the air waves, making as many contacts as they can in an exciting contest for women to compete with each other.
The Spring/Summer event takes place in the last weekend of May, whereas the memorial event takes place in the last weekend of November to commemorate and remember the month that Carine F5ISY passed.
OM’s can truly help here in this contest event by listening out for YL’s, working them to gain those necessary points, and please, do a make spot with #DOYL hashtag on a DX cluster to show other amateurs the frequencies where YL’s can be heard. You never know, you might even get to work some cool YL stations such as G5YL, R1BIG, DA4YL and so on…
Even better if you hear a YL trying to work another YL, go QRX for a moment, and let them earn that extra special 3 points between them for a YL to YL contact. Exciting or what?!
The Day of YL’s is the brainchild of Carine F5ISY who sadly passed away before she could see this exciting annual event take place. The aim is to encourage women from all around the world, to use whatever band they can, or whatever mode they prefer on HF, VHF or UHF including digital modes such as DSTAR, Fusion and DMR.
This year, many Stateside YL’s would particularly like to hear more YL’s from Europe, especially French women to come on air in memory of Carine F5ISY, as one of the organisers Niece KA1ULN says, “it can be quite dull just working other stateside women, I’d like to DX into Europe with another YL and many other OM’s as well…“
Like any contest, there are rules, with some guidance, which can be found at the #DOYL blog site, click here for the contest rules.
Whilst it is only YL’s, or those who identify as a YL, that we encourage scores to be submitted from, these can come from either an individual YL, a team of YL’s, or a YL being supported by an OM as that’s cool too as remember, it’s all about getting women heard on the airwaves this special weekend. Support from OM’s is especially welcomed and encouraged as doing so will make this a special day for everyone.