History of YL Ham Radio

In September, 1962, Bobbie Wilson, K7RAM, contacted several of the YL’s on 75M and asked them if they would like to have a Northwest YL Net. The response was enthusiastic! Each gal Bobbie contacted passed the word along to other gals, and on September 28, 1962, the “get acquainted” session attracted *YLs. We found we had much in common besides amateur radio – children in the same age bracket, musical families and liking for good books.

Number of *YL members were not entered in original text.

As the idea for a formal net caught fire, we faced the problem of organization. Under the able direction of Bobbie, K7RAM, the basic organization came into being. The MINOW net was formed from the first letters of the states of Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. There were 27 charter members. K7RAM was unanimously accorded the responsibility of Chairman of the Board and she appointed the following committees, all of whom agreed to serve:

Constitution Committee:

Operations Committee:

K7KSF - Phyllis, Chm.

K7RBE – Velda, Chm.

K7OFX - Pat

K7CLV – Pauline

K7PVG - Frieda

K7NOB – Gwen

K7RBC – Mary

In subsequent sessions each Friday at 1600Z for the “Early Birds” and 1700Z for the gals in MST, the Net attacted as many as * YL’s check-ins. All together a total of Northwest * YL’s have checked in during the first year.

Officers in 1963-64 were:

President: Bobbie Wilson, K7RAM

Vice-President: Phyllis Shanks, K7KSF

Secretary/Treasurer: Velda Klein, K7RBE

Publicity: Frieda Raymond, K7PVG

Charter members were: Bertha Roylance K7LHA, Bobbie Wilson K7RAM, Cecil Mary Thomas K7VFC, Della Burgess K7NJX, Dot Babcook W7ONL, Esther Carter W7IXR, Fran Bailey K7MRX, Frieda Raymond K7PVG, Gwen Jackman W7NOB, Helen Maillet W7GGV, Jane Reichlein W7LQX, Jean S. Stowe W7HIQ, LaVerne Hood K7NKZ, Leona Hartley K7PCF, Mae R. Hipp K7QGO, Marie Eden W7SRB, Mary Lou Brantner K7RZH, Mary Ruckman K7RBC, Norma Derbey K7UTT, Pat Helgerson K7OFX, Pauline Beickel K7CLV, Phyllis Shanks K7KSF, Raj Rendsland K7NZO, Ruth Dohnelly K7ADI, Shirley Porter K7PVJ, Sue Nash K7SKR, Velda Klein, K7RBE.

A list of all the Officers from 1963 to Present can be found here.

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