Welcome, all licensed female hams!
We are the Northwest Coastal Women Ham Operators.
Our goal is to be on the air in an emergency or disaster.
All licensed female hams are invited and encouraged to check in:
Sundays at 8:00 pm PDT on 145.45 MHz, PL 118.8
Repeater Coverage Areas: Click here for link to maps.
NEW DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW and AMATEUR RADIO USE WHILE DRIVING
Oregon's 2017 "Distracted Driving Law" prohibits operating a motor vehicle while using any mobile electronic device.
Too many accidents while using cell phones have led police and auto insurance companies to lobby government for stricter laws with no exceptions.
What does this mean for amateur radio operators?
- If you are 18 years of age and
- If you can show a judge your (valid, current) Amateur Radio License and proof that the "mobile electronic device" in question is in fact a ham radio, you will probably be ok, provided your driving was unaffected. Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) recommends you keep in your vehicle a copy of your FCC license and a document showing your "device" is a ham radio.
Please thank Terry AF7EO for providing a scan of the legislation for our site.
SITE ACTIVITY CALENDAR
All licensed female hams - and those interested in getting a license - are invited to Bagels by the Sea in Seaside, OR Schedule pending!
Technician License Training (Click to go to Activity Calendar full description.)
Friday evening and Saturday all day, October 20-21, Clatsop Community College, Seaside campus.
Ham Radio Resources (Click to go to Activity Calendar full description.)
Saturday 9am - Columbia Hall room 219, Clatsop Community College, Astoria campus. Hands-on, How-to.
Power Point Presentation:
Getting to Know Your Ham Radio! (Click to start.)
Join other hams for food and conversation any Tuesday morning a
t 10:30 at the Uptown Cafe, 1639 SE Ensign Lane, Warrenton. (In the Staples shopping center.) Open to all hams.
LET'S HEAR IT FOR TERMITES!!
Many new hams got their licenses to be part of emergency communications during a disaster. Our WHO group is dedicated to being on the air "during an emergency or disaster situation" as we state in our preamble every net. Hobby hams call e-prep hams "termites", meaning they come "out of the woodwork" during a disaster.
Here's a 2011 clip of Craig Fugate, then Director of FEMA, on the importance of amateur radio operators during emergencies:
Hobby hams are more equipment/technology focused. Thank goodness for that, because no one could help during an emergency if equipment won't work. Working together, we can make a huge difference and keep lines of communication open.
Even publications like The Atlantic are recognizing the importance of amateur radio emergency communications:
In natural or man-made disasters, ham-radio enthusiasts put their hobby to work.
There’s a sense of urgency in the air at a Virginia nuclear power plant. Everything within at least a five-mile radius is at immediate risk due to a critical meltdown. One of the emergency responders opens the envelope she’s holding, scans its contents, and announces the bad news: “We just lost 911 and the cell towers are overloaded.”...
Volunteering is in many ways at the heart of ham radio. There’s no commercial aspect to the hobby—hams aren’t paid for their work. There’s a reason thousands of hams across the nation spend their time helping out at bike events or to do disaster drills: They need to make themselves present to demonstrate just how essential their skills really are. The average person doesn’t like dwelling on the worst-case scenario. But when and if one happens, the most dedicated hams will be ready, radios in hand, to turn a quirky hobby into a network of lifesavers.
To read the article click here.
LEARNING & USING ECHOLINK
Echolink is an easy-to-learn phone app (or pc or laptop program) that allows you to check into your local (home) net no matter where you are! Traveling? Live where you can't hit a local repeater? Echolink works! You need:
- an app (many are free) or computer program (downloadable for free)
- your ham license FRN (listed on the license) in order to get the app or download the program
Our members will post new information here so check back! Meanwhile, try these links:
www.echolink.org official information site
http://www.appszoom.com/android_applications/communication/echolink_jyyo.html?ref=list_referer android cell phone information, downloads, and screenshots (pictures to show you how it works)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.echolink.android android info and pictures of the app so you can see how it looks and works
http://www.echolink.org/faq_android.htm android FAQs, including "Am I running up a bill when using Echolink on my android?"
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/echolink/id350688562?mt=8 iphone info and pictures of the app so you can see how it looks and works
http://www.echolink.org/faq_iphone.htm iphone FAQs, including "Am I running up a bill when using Echolink on iphone?"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nSTjF2eEGM a ham named "Bobby" gives a useful simple, tutorial demonstrating how it works
NET CONTROL PRACTICE
Our Sundays 8pm net gives us easy on-air practice with respectful feedback and friendly trouble-shooting. It's also an opportunity who'd like to try Net Control in a small directed net. Use of a roll call makes the net simpler to handle. Women check in when their call sign and name are called and Net Control just checks them off. Doubling - two hams checking in at the same time - is minimized. We're encouraging more women to practice handling Net Control this year.
CALLING KE7's - WHEN IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE
Many KE7- call signs will expire within the next 18 months and "offers" may begin arriving by mail to "help you renew" your license by paying a fee. Please be aware there is no fee for renewing your license online with the FCC (from the FCC site):
If you choose to pay, you are purchasing something other than your license renewal.
To renew your license quickly and easily and free:
- first get out your old license or receipt
- circle your "FRN" number - you'll need it to log into the FCC site
- click HERE to go to the FCC site.
If you'd like some user-friendly hand-holding through all the government-ese on the FCC site, Alan Dove's "How to Renew" page is very simple, straightforward, plain-language, and helpful.
OUR NAME, OUR GROUP, CONTACT US
Women amateur radio operators began meeting and holding a Net in Seaside, OR around 2007, naming the group WHO in 2012. While we no longer hold monthly meetings because members live from Pacific County, WA to Tillamook County, OR, our Sunday Net is still going strong.
Many of us become interested in ham radio through emergency preparedness. Amateur radio provides a vital communications tool when the power is out for any length of time, which happens here in the Pacific Northwest with increasing regularity. WHO focuses on providing a comfortable, welcoming venue for practicing communication skills, asking questions about equipment and protocol, learning to participate in a Net and to serve as Net Control, and relaying amateur radio and emergency prep information.
CONTACT US or JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST through this website's "Contact Us" Page (click). We discuss our Sunday night net, events and meetups, discuss radio use issues and more through email. All female hams are welcome!
OTHER FEMALE HAM GROUPS
There are numerous amateur radio groups for female operators only, all with names that work for their particular group and area. Most, like WHO, have dropped the old “YL” , which stood for “Young Lady”. Male ham operators sometimes referred to themselves as “OM” or “Old Men”. Both terms now feel as inappropriate as “daddy-o” or “doll” because both YL and OM are relics of the 1940's and '50's, like Foxtrot, Zulu, Yankee, Whiskey and Papa. (There is no Mama. M is Mike.) All phonetics were standardized long ago by the International Telecommunications Union.
Women are a steadily growing minority among ham operators, It helps to have the support of a female-only group where no question is too basic and everyone feels at ease. Female hams now comprise over 19% of all amateur radio licenses on the west coast, fewer on the east coast. DX Zone is a good source of information on women in amateur radio and provides a map (below) showing the concentration of women ham operators in different regions of the continental US:
The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio SOAR began in 2009 and hosts a web site at www.soar-yls.com
are women from Montana Idaho Nebraska Oregon and Washington based in Vancouver, WA.
Find information on line at www.w7aia.org/yl.htm
WOMEN IN HAM RADIO HISTORY
Gladys Kathleen Parkin received her amateur radio license in 1910 at age 9 and her professional license at age 15.
Young Ladies Radio League begun in 1939 gives more history on its web site www.YLRL.org
For a complete list of area Nets, click HERE.
NOTE: You do NOT have to be an AUX-COMM/ARES member to participate in their Nets. All licensed HAMs welcome!
Thursday Evening, 7:30 PM, on Echolink Node 286905
Friday Morning, 8:30 AM, on 3812.0 KHz
YLRL Nets: For a UTC world map, click here.
Monday, 1800 UTC, 28433.0 KHz
Wednesday, 1800 UTC, 14288.0 KHz
Thursday, 1800 UTC, 14298.0 KHz
Sunday, 8:00 pm, 145.45 MHz, PL 118.8
NOTE: All times are listed as Pacific Time. All frequencies are listed as MHz.
Many thanks to Clatsop Aux-Comm (formerly ARES) for providing this page on their web site. Browse this site for more information on amateur radio and emergency preparedness.
How to Renew Your FCC License (NOTE: There is no fee to renew your license)
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A “silent key” goes back to the telegraph and indicates someone who has passed away.
We honor KE7OXP, a tireless advocate for emergency preparedness, an inspiration to many fledgling female hams (including the creator of this web page), and a force for keeping the Northwest Coastal WHO going. We dedicate this page to her.