"Chick Factor Night" at W9IMS on May 24

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  1. W9IND

    W9IND Ham Member QRZ Page


    Fewer than 15 percent of all American amateur radio operators are female, but special event enthusiasts should have no trouble finding YLs on the air this Saturday, May 24, thanks to a first-time "event-within-an-event" presented by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club.

    Since early May, the club has been operating its annual special event station, W9IMS (http://www.w9ims.com), in commemoration of the upcoming Indianapolis 500.

    But for three straight hours on the night before the race — 2100 UTC Saturday to 0000 Sunday — it'll be "all chicks, all the time" as the club observes Chick Factor Night. During this time, only YLs will be allowed behind the W9IMS microphones, and any OMs on the premises will be required to serve snacks and beverages to the busy ladies.

    The chivalrous celebration seems appropriate, considering that the legendary 500-mile auto race will feature a record number of female drivers (three — Danica Patrick, Sarah Fisher and Milka Duno) for the second straight year. W9IMS, the official amateur radio station of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has operated an Indy 500 special event station annually since 2004, but the YL-only mini-event is a first.

    So what's a Chick Factor?

    As explained in the November 2007 QST article "Girl Meets Brickyard," which highlighted 11-year-old Extra Class YL Amanda Feriante, Chick Factor refers to the ham radio phenomenon in which a female operator can instantly create a pile-up (and break a pile-up) with the mere sound of her voice. It also applies to the YLs themselves in addition to being the name of a new YL-oriented club, still in the process of organizing, called Chick Factor International (W9YL).

    Amanda, AF6YL, will be back at W9IMS this year, and she'll be joined on Chick Factor Night by several other female club members and guests. The "scheduled to appear" list includes mom Kortnee Feriante, KF6Y; Heather Heininger, KB9ZLB; Kim Oberc, KC9IRN; and Emily Bishop, WE4MB. The club has also issued an open invitation to other YLs who reside or plan to be in the Indianapolis area Saturday evening.

    The W9IMS Comm Center can put several transmitters on the air simultaneously, so there should be no shortage of opportunity to work the YLs. Look for W9IMS on several of the following frequencies (plus or minus): 3.840 MHz, 7.240, 14.240, 18.140, 21.340, 28.340, 50.140, 144.240 SSB and 146.52 simplex FM. For updated frequency information, look for DX spots at sites such as DX Summit — http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/

    As a special tribute to a Chick Factor pioneer, one of W9IMS's YL ops will conduct a CW sked at 2100 UTC Saturday with Denice Stoops (KI6BBR) on 14.050 MHz. Denice — the first female telegrapher hired at historic maritime radio station KPH (http://www.radiomarine.org/kph-proj.html) — will operate K6KPH, the Maritime Radio Historical Society station, located at the KPH facility at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.

    Any station that works W9IMS (and any SWL who receives it) during the month of May is eligible for a special Indy 500 QSL card. The club also awards a certificate for working or receiving all three of its annual special event operations in any combination of years.

    But nothing additional will be given to stations for working/tuning in one or all of the Chick Factor participants.

    Then again, when it comes to chatting with YLs, when have awards ever mattered?


    73 (and 88),
    Brian D. Smith,
    Last edited: May 24, 2008
  2. N1BWK

    N1BWK Ham Member QRZ Page

    yeehaw, YL's behind the mic. It sounds like a great time and my hats off to ya for doing something differant. YL's need air time too!!!!!:)
  3. W9IND

    W9IND Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks very much for the vote of confidence. The ladies are really looking forward to Chick Factor Night, and I suspect we'll get bigger pile-ups than ever for our special event.

    It only makes sense. The guys in our club have already observed a strange phenomenon: Every time we hand over the microphone to a female operator, the calls start increasing exponentially.

    So ... instead of trying to swim upstream like salmons, we OMs figured -- in the words of the Natalie Merchant song -- "Hey, give 'em what they want."

    The mystique of the Chick Factor can never be denied!

    Hope we hear from you on Saturday night.

    Brian, W9IND
  4. K8WPJ

    K8WPJ Banned QRZ Page

    Sounds like a 'Sadie Hawkins Field Day"...

    Not a bad idea, as long as the YL ops don't share some of the same traits as the typical OM OP... Can you imagine if they had beer guts?
  5. K8WPJ

    K8WPJ Banned QRZ Page

    one other thing...

    How would anyone know that the station they are working CW is a YL ?

    Unless they looked up the call, there's no way to realize that just based on a call...

    Maybe the gals can adjust the tone of the CW up a few kcs...

    (forgive me for being sexist. I am done now .. )

    I'm not trying to start anything, gals, so please take it easy on me. I was just sayin.....:rolleyes:
  6. AF9J

    AF9J Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hope they have fun doing it. I've created a few pileups myself, as the YL behind the mic of special event stations. I had a blast!

    73 & Good Luck Ladies & Girls,
    Ellen - AF9J
  7. W4ROT

    W4ROT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good deal!
    Everybody have fun.
  8. KW9DX

    KW9DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    W9IMS Chick Factor Night

    As a male club member at W9IMS, I strongly support Chick Factor Night and wish them well. Good luck gals and know em dead!


    Barry KW9DX
  9. W0FE

    W0FE Ham Member QRZ Page

    get real

    people get back to reality...put the mic down and do cw men and women..this chick thing is anouther joke.wake america
  10. K5MO

    K5MO Ham Member QRZ Page


    Medication wearing off?

    John K5MO
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