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During February Ethel Smith K4LMB the Founder of YLRL and also QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association - similar to NZART Old Timers' Club) toured New Zealand and several of us had the opportunity of meeting and escorting her around our particular regions.
The Monday night 80m nets are complemented with a Friday evening UHF net on the 70cm National Repeater System and also local 2m repeater nets where many of the Limited license holders can keep in touch.
This year 3 WARO members were elected to Council - Carol Gaudin ZL2VQ for Central Region, Anne McMaster ZL3VR was returned for Midland Region and Jeanne Gilchrist ZL4JG elected for Southern Region.
Cathy ZL2ADK takes a break after 10 years representing the Central Region and this actually turns out to be just a temporary time out as she was re-elected to Council in 1997.
Conference was in Blenheim with 30 attending the WARO AGM where there was quite a change in the Executive ranks. Christine Armstrong ZL1BQW became President, Jill O'Donnell ZL2DBO Vice-President, Gwen Leslie ZL2OI (was ZL2UKG) followed on from Ann Hotson ZL1ANN as Treasurer and Eileen Bain ZL1BRX joined Anne ZL3VR on Committee. Jeanne ZL4JG took over as Awards Custodian from Carol ZL2VQ, Celia ZL1ALK relinquished the position of Librarian after many years service and Margaret McConnachie ZL3UD added this position to her current Sub-Editor for Break-In responsibility. A Certificate of Merit was presented to Celia for her "25 years as Librarian". Ann Fraser ZL3TNT began 2 years as Bulletin Editor and this year the Bulletin features the new front cover, designed by Dianne ZL2USO, depicting our badge. Considerable discussion at the AGM about the Myrtle Earland Memorial Rose Bowl Award resulted in a name change to "The NZWARO Achievement Award with the winner (if any) to be announced by the President at the NZWARO AGM. Award will take the form of the Myrtle Earland Memorial Rose Bowl together with a suitably engraved wooden shield which the winner will retain".
ZL2YL becomes ZL6YL:
Jeanne ZL4JG related the history of the ZL2YL callsign and after some discussion she moved "that we seek support of NZART Council for an application to Ministry of Commerce - Radio Operations Division to change the NZWARO callsign to ZL6YL." The application was favourably received and the distinctive callsign ZL6YL became ours. It was quite ironic that WARO had now gone 'full circle' with it's callsign. When we were originally allocated a Club callsign in 1983 it was ZL6YL BUT before we had a chance to 'air' it MOC advised they had issued a ZL6 callsign in error and we were then assigned ZL2YL. At that time the ZL6 prefix was issued only to NZART Headquarters and a very select number of 'special event stations'. New ZL6YL QSL cards were designed by Dianne ZL2USO and printing arranged by Bev Osborne ZL1OS.
Special places for special birthdays:
During our winter Win Parr ZL1BBN, Biny Owen ZL2AZY and OM Merv ZL2AVY went tripping off to Alaska where Win was to celebrate her 75th birthday with Biny and four Canadian YLs on Vancouver Island.
Janette Barker ZL1ANA a Foundation member.
WARO on display:
At the Hamilton Branch Market Day in September a very impressive display of WARO activities, including photos from various functions and photo albums from some members displaying memoirs of their various trips to YL functions in Japan, Alaska and other countries. There was also a display board highlighting many activities since WARO's beginnings.