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Gender imbalance in ham radio

Discussion in 'The YL Zone' started by F4WBW, Feb 12, 2016.

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  1. KC9ZHV

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    Well i am not sure what NOV is but I use allstarlink and echolink I also have two repeaters that I built if their is anything i can do to help ya with your audio let me know I would love to assist in anyway i can whether its just listening while ya talk and adjust things that sort of thing!! Let me know!! Also your more than welcome to stop by our repeater echolink nodes KC9ZHV-R and KC9ZHV-L
     
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  2. N2RJ

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    NoV is a notice of variation from OfCom to amend the terms of the licence. It is required before a UK licensee can set up an unattended internet linked repeater station.
     
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  3. KC9ZHV

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    Thanks Ria!!
     
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  4. AC0OB

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    And it shouldn't. XYL or YL is simply a description of a female ARS operator.

    The US is not the only region that has inconsiderate operators.

    I for one wish more females would become interested in Ham radio.

    I know some female net operators who do an excellent job.


    Regards,


    Phil
     
  5. N6QIC

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  6. N2RJ

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    Specifically it is this:

    10 Unattended and remote control operation
    10(3) This Clause 10 does not permit the Licensee to install Radio Equipment capable of Remote Control Operation for general unsupervised use by other Amateurs.

    You need to get authorization from OfCom to waive that restriction.
     
  7. VE3LYX

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    You dont have to be a yl to get treated like crap. Not being on the IN group will do it as well. I think that is why I find myself more and more operating CW
     
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  8. N2RJ

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    YLs have unique challenges in the hobby.

    We are viewed by default as being not as technically knowledgeable, for example, with the tendency by some men to "mansplain" us. And by default we're viewed as being an accessory to our husbands or boyfriends who are the "real hams" in the household. It isn't always that way of course. Some of these attitudes are changing, thankfully but there is a long way to go.

    I enjoy nets and conversation with YLs because we "get" each other as we share these unique challenges.
     
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  9. VE3LYX

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    I am sorry to hear that. There is a spirit of elitism in some areas of band ops. Used to be ham to ham was enough
     
  10. K0DD

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    Sorry any of you have been treated poorly you just need to understand each guy is an individual and each guy handles every situation differently. I guess I have a distinct advantage with this topic with my past careers. I've learned a lot about men. I started in broadcast engineering where's there's still hardly any women, moved on to AIRLINE FLYING where girls belong serving the coffee and the male pilots either want to be your buddy on layovers or hate your guts because YOU ARE a minority and given preferential hiring treatment by the employer. and then my last career... <3

    When you're on CW all operators are equal as long as you aren't rusty like I am after a 7 year layoff. I've been operating a lot of CW lately because my new station is still weak.

    However when you're tuning around the phone bands... Especially 80/75 don't just break into a conversation because the guys are loud. Down there they are in cliches and groups of like minded guys... I'll sit and listen and 1. see that the guys sound interesting... 2. See that they are all nice guys. 3. That I can actually add something to their conversation and make it more enjoyable for THEM... 4. Not afraid to make the coffee... I always said at field day why is it the girls always make the beer runs? But then don't bitch about making the beer run.

    Anyway, The crotchety old east Texas fossil, talking to the Alabama rebel flag waver, both complaining about the government is not going to end well for you if you attempt to break in. Keep turning that dial that bunch was NEVER made for us. I remember the olden days, and the guy is dead now (Easy Baker George may you rest in peace because you were ONE Neaderthal), but his reply was, " I hate the sound of a woman on Sideband ! Yikes time to take my cake out of the oven, and put the clothes in the dryer, BYE! CLICK., If you know and feel it inside it should go good; Go ahead and make an attempt to join them.

    I have successfully joined several groups just this last winter and made a lot of friends.... One group was an older bunch of guys, who were builders and we talked engineering and other fun topics, they even invited me to their group's get together at Dayton. But alas new non-ham husband. Maybe next year.

    I met up with a group of younger guys (my age right) I've heard on the air before and had something to add to their discussion and gently made an attempt to join their group. BINGO. I'm now welcome anytime I find them and recently emailed their leader and said where you guy's been ? OH we don't operate much down here with the static in the summer... But the first time I checked in one of the guys goes... Erika do I know you? Your picture on QRZed looks familiar. Well geeze I don't know? So I looked him up on HERE and started laughing. The next time I checked in I say yes you know me... 2005 in one of the DX Suites in Dayton... I was really having a great time. He was like yeah I thought so. Then I sent him the photo back he'd sent my EX right after Dayton. It was a very "NICE" photo of me sitting in his lap. Big smiles all around.

    The other guys wanted me to send the photo to them too... Naw that's so-in-so's photo which only added to my allure. I suspect he eventually sent it around.

    Anyway, My point is, Listen first, really have something to add to their convo, if they are reactionary latent Barry Goldwater voters, steer clear! And if you've connected with the right group be ready to laugh and have fun. Because every guy is our oyster.
     

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