Episode 094 - Ellen White - W1YL
If the title, "Grande Dame" of amateur radio, could be applied to a US ham operator, it would have to be awarded to Ellen White, W1YL, who has more than seventy years in the hobby. Entering her ninth decade, Ellen is still active on 40 meter CW. Ellen's ham radio story begins as a love story and only gets better. W1YL joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO Today.
First Elmer and husband: Bob White, W6QEZ, later became W1CW
This interview with Ellen White, W1YL, of QSO Today was recorded on, April 27th, 2016, the 225th birthday of Samuel Finlay Breese Morse, inventor of the "Morse Code"
The War Course - New York Public Schools offered “war courses” during WW2. The Morse Code was one of the offerings.
Ellen's wedding gift from new husband:
Amateur Radio during World War II
Melville Radio Institute
Radio Amateur Class B exam
First License: W2RBU Class B, upgrade to Class A within the year
Collins 32V2 Transmitter
Current Rig: Elecraft K3/0. A K3 remote control head that allows remote control of a K3 station over IP. Ellen operates the W7RN contest station, near Reno, Nevada.
US Civil Aviation Administration
Hawaii Cruise Ship LurLine - arrives in Hawaii, 1953
Institute Radio Engineers (IRE), predecessor of today's IEEE,
Clint DeSoto, W1CBD...... editor of 200 meters and Down
ARRL President at that time, George Bailey, W2KH
Ellen's previous ham calls:
Worked as Station Engineer, KPOA,
San Diego State College
ARRL, San Diego Section Communications Manager.
"Mr. Ham Radio", Ed Handy, W1BDI
ARRL DXCC Award
cartoonist Gil, W1CJD
First Class CW Operators Club, 50 years ago
Jim White, K4OJ (SK) founder of the well-known Florida Contest Group, and Ellen’s son.
“Ham radio pervaded just about every facet of my life, including recording QST Magazine monthly for the Library of Congress” - Ellen White, W1YL
David Sumner, K1ZND, then, K1ZZ now
1992 Hurricane Andrew
Florida Contest Group - Contest group founded by Bob White, W1CW (sk) and his son, Jim, K4OJ (sk), Ellen’s husband and son.
Nepal Amateur Radio Club, Satish Krishna Kharel, 9N1AA
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with both standard and VHF VFO
Millen Variarm Electron-Coupled Oscillator
Ellen White, Station Engineer, KPOA, Hawaii
Ellen's current operating position using the K3/0, controlling W7RN in Nevada from Florida