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13.04.19

K4EZR → KP4EZR → KP4CL - Rodriguez, Alicia G. - Puerto Rico
Licensed 1937 K4EZR (later KP4EZR and KP4CL), first and for many years the only active YL in Puerto Rico. OM KP4CK. Worked for FCC during the war as supervisor, Radio Intelligence Division . Active in PRARC and past president.
(Source: CQ-YL, p 152)
KP4CL Alicia G. Rodriguez, received a Certificate of Merit from ARRL and the Emergency Work Trophy for 1947 from the Southern Puerto Rico Radio Amateur Club for her actiity during the Texas City disaster. During that tragedy of explosion and fire the combination of skip and the telephone strike necessitated many circuitous relays to deliver messages. Traffic which originated in Texas City was given to KP4CL on 10 phone, who in turn relayed it to other sections of the US an Puerto Rico, and to Canada, Germany etc. Of the Texas City desaster Alicia wrote: "From April 16 trough 21, besides my regular eight hours working for the FCC, I spent most of the time on the air handling traffuc from KP4CL with just a few hours rest. I handled about 177 messages concerning the satefy of people, Red Cross aid, doctors offering their services, and messages for FCC personnel."
(Source: CQ-YL p 119, incl. photo)

NN - Boeder, Madeline - USA
“73-Year-Old Lady Operator. The photo below shows 73-year-old Mrs. Madeline Boeder, a radio operator of many years standing. She communicates wrekly with her son who maintains an amateur radio station at Feeling Hills, Mass. She studied radio quite a few years ago in order to keep in touch with her son, who was a steamship radio operator at the time. Mrs. Boeder has lived in the Bronx, N.Y. for 53 years; she is here shown at the key, with one hand on the tuning dial of the receiver. The short-wave transmitter appears just behind Mrs. Boeder”
(Source: 1935, shortly before she died. *1863, †1935. Her son was Arthur R. Boeder, W1CQR)
NB: Photo in QSL gallery

„She spends nearly all her time of 28Mc phone and has obtained a WAS certificate on this band. She serves as secretary of the Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Club“
(Source: Radio YB 40, incl. photo)

K4LMB – Smith → deBardeleben, Ethel M. – USA → W7FBW, W3MSU

K6TCW → W6TCW – Firth, Helen – USA
Licensed 1938. Now W6TCW, Helen, YLRL's lone Honolulu member, wrote this account of the eventful morning of December 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbour. It was published in YL Harmonics for July/August 1942: ”Frank, the OM, K6QUD, and I were having breakfast when we heard a great deal of shooting. However, Honolulu had much practice firing and we were not too disturbed. But in a short time our radio gave the warning that our beautiful islands were under attack. It was like a bad dream. We are still a bit hazy as to just what did happen and when a bomb landed directly across the street from our house, while we were looking toward the waterfront viewing the fighting, I lost interest. We warmed up the transmitter preparatory to going on the air when the order came through that we were to clear the airwaves. ... I am with the 9th Signal Corps in the message center in an Army Fort in Oahu Navy Air Station and have worked on Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas and New Year's Day, but am happy to be of service to my country."
(Source: CQ-YL p91, and photo)

K7ANQ - Osterback → Alford, Lily - Alaska
Lily passed onto her heavenly glory on April 24, 2008 at the age of 99. She was born February 10, 1909 in Cold Bay, Alaska in the Shumagin Islands while her family was on a hunting trip. Her father dug a cave in the side of the hill for shelter on that frosty winter morning to deliver his baby girl. Oskar Alfred Osterback (Al) and Fackla Vereskin raised Lily and her 8 siblings on isolated Wosnessenski Isle. Like Swiss Family Robinson, her family learned to survive in relative solitude. Her Papa made her ice skates from metal files and leather straps and she would ski on barrel staves. She enjoyed fishing and hunting (which was like a shopping trip to them!) and gardening and making clothes for her whole family. Entertainment on the island was practicing penmanship and reading. Lily stayed busy her whole life and would sew, knit, crochet, embroider and quilt gifts for her family and friends. Lily had some moments of fame in the early 1930's as the only "Indian Girl" (she was half Aleut) to hold a Ham Radio License in the United States. The Seattle PI and other mainland newspapers labeled her the "Queen of the North". She would communicate with people all over the world on their homemade transmitter and receiver, her call letters were K7ANQ. Lily was preceded in death by her husband Harold T. (Red) Alford Sr., her parents, 6 siblings Walter, Ida, George, Eleanor, Alvin and Nora, her daughter, Lea Bowen and grandson Jason Scholz. She is survived by her baby sisters Florence "Dewdy" Nettle and Pauline Calugan of AK, daughters Ilene Evans of WA, Julie (Brad) Brousseau of CT and Connie Jerry of TX and step-sons Harold Alford, Jr. and Gerald Alford both of WA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Laurette (Jon) Buxton, Jay McGrath, Gina (Sam) Spiller, Allan (Cheryl) Gerking, Kismet Harvey and Joe Scholz; 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Lily was "Mama" to her own children and to many others whom she loved and cared for over the years. Her can-do attitude was inspirational; she sought out the best in everyone and loved with her whole heart. She was admired and respected by all who were privileged to know her.
(Source: THe Seattle Times Obituaries linkext. Link )

K7ENU – Davis, Mary – USA → W7ENU

K7HUT → KL7AX, K7TYH - St. Louis, Verna Cecilia – Alaska
Was licensed in 1935. Verna, later K7TYH KL7AX, and her OM Verne Kendrick St Louis, KL7AV lived on Kodiak Is. and spent their winters trapping. In such isolation Ham radio is a wonderful asset. In 1946 Verna assisted in an emergency by operating for nearly 24 hours an airway company transmitter clearing reports on a 90 ft. tidal wave approaching Alaska. Their town was evacuated, but the tidal wave bypassed it.
(Source: CQ-YL, p83)
*1910.01.09 - †1974-03-23

K7HVW - Cobb, EldoraG. - Alaska (USA) → K7HVW

K7JCE - Wheat Andrea Isabel →Awe - Alaska

K7JGU (see W3VU) - Korn, "Terry" Theresa - USA

K7TYH - St. Louis, Verna - Alaska → K7HUT

KL7AX - St. Louis, Verna - Alaska → K7HUT

KL7BY - Wheat Andrea Isabel →Awe - Alaska →K7JCE

KP4CL - Rodriguez, Alicia G. - Puerto Rico → K4EZR, KP4EZR

KP4EZR - Rodriguez, Alicia G. - Puerto Rico → K4EZR, KP4CL

MQ - Scott, Edna - USA
„…The receiving set consists of two 2-slide tuners hooked up in an original way, two variable condensers, Brandes 2,000-ohm receivers, potentiometer, variometer, buzzer test, and galena, perikon, ferron, silicon and carborundum detectors. For sending I use a 1 ½ inch Mesco coil, spark gap, key, helix and condenser. I haven’t broken any sending records, but in receiving I have heard very distinctively as far as Colon, Panama, which is a distance of about 2,500 miles. I hear practically all the Government and commercial stations along the Atlantic Coast. This work was done on my Atlantic aerial, which is made of one No. 20 copper wire, 800 feet long and 75 feet high, while employing the Perikon detector and Brandes 2,000-ohm receivers. My sening aerial is 100 feet long, 110 feet high, and consists of 4 strands of No. 14 aluminium wire. My call letters are MQ. – Edna Scott, New York.“
(Source: „Third Prize“ In: „Modern Electrics and Mechanics“, Vol. 28, No. 2, February 1914, p.232)

N2BY –> W4UF → W4ZKD - Chapman → Saunders, Dorothy – USA
"Dot got her first license in April, 1927 when a sophomore in High School. This was at Ridgewood, N.J. and her call was N2BY. With the help of two neighboring Hams they built her gear. The transmitter was a breadboard affair using a 199 receiving tube with input of about 10 watts. Her DX with it, good for that time and power, was Youngstown, Ohio on 40 CW. Increasing to 15 watts power with a 201 tube (raw a.c.) she worked Europe and the U.,S. Marines in Nicaragua and California. A graduate of Syracuse University, Dot took her M.S. and Pg.D. in Biology at the University of Michigan. She was Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. She had held a pilot's license since 1935 and in 1938-339 was Governor of the middle-eastern section of the U.S. for the 99'ers and editor of their newsletter. In 1930 she became an instructor in the National Rifle Association and an Examiner in Red Cross Lifesaving. She taught four years in a girls' college in Pennsylvania, lived in Peru for three years, was a research agriculturist with the USDA in Peru, Ecuador, El Salvador, Cuba and Guatemala. In 1947 Dot married Dr. George Saunders, a research biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and together they did field research in Mexico for several winters. Dot held her license continuously up through World War II but when the licenses that had been extended automatically expired she was out of the country. When she returned to the U.S. in 1951 she took the license exam again and operated W4UF from Eaglewood, Florida, in winter and W4ZKD from Atlanta, Georgia, in Summer. Dot became Ass. Prof. of Biology at the University of Florida in 1953-54, this was followed by a Fullbright post-doctoral research scholarship to Egypt in 1955/56 where she worked on blood parasites of fishes of the Red Sea. Since other hobbies included playing the piano, violin and alto recorder. She and her OM shared a keen interest in photography and had their own laboratory-darkroom. In addition Dot spoke Spanish, French and some Arabic"
(Source: CQ-YL, p 71, and photo)

NN - Boeder, Madeline - USA
“73-Year-Old Lady Operator. The photo below shows 73-year-old Mrs. Madeline Boeder, a radio operator of many years standing. She communicates wrekly with her son who maintains an amateur radio station at Feeling Hills, Mass. She studied radio quite a few years ago in order to keep in touch with her son, who was a steamship radio operator at the time. Mrs. Boeder has lived in the Bronx, N.Y. for 53 years; she is here shown at the key, with one hand on the tuning dial of the receiver. The short-wave transmitter appears just behind Mrs. Boeder”
(Source: 1935, shortly before she died. *1863, †1935. Her son was Arthur R. Boeder, W1CQR)
NB: Photo in QSL gallery


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