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Wishing all CLARA Members and their Families a Very Blessed Christmas 



A dear friend is in hospital and would love to receive cards as way of keeping in touch.  She is a long time ham and a good member of CLARA -Poppy VK6YF.  Her address is:

Mrs Poppy Bradshaw, VK6YF
29A Wicks St
Eden Hill, WA
6054 Australia



At times we have had a lot of QRM on our 20M CLARA Net, which runs Tuesdays at 1700.  So if you can't find us on 14.120, please turn your dial to 14.123.  I am sure you will hear us as you get closer.  


Merry Christmas To My Female Friends

If I were ol' Santa, you know what I'd do
I'd dump silly gifts that are given to you
And deliver some things just inside your front door
Things you have lost, but treasured before.

I'd give you back all your maidenly vigor,
And to go along with it, a neat tiny figure.
Then restore the old color that once graced your hair
Before rinses and bleaches took residence there.

I'd bring back the shape with which you were gifted
So things now suspended need not be uplifted.
I'd draw in your tummy and smooth down your back
Till you'd be a dream in those tight fitting slacks.

I'd remove all your wrinkles and leave only one chin
So you wouldn't spend hours rubbing grease on your skin.
You'd never have flashes or queer dizzy spells,
And you wouldn't hear noises like ringing of bells.

No sore aching feet and no corns on your toes,
No searching for spectacles when they're right on your nose.
Not a shot would you take in your arm, hip or fanny,
From a doctor who thinks you're a nervous old granny.

You'd never have a headache, so no pills would you take.
And no heating pad needed since your muscles won't ache.
Yes, if I were Santa, you'd never look stupid,
You'd be a cute little chick with the romance of a cupid.

I'd give a lift to your heart when those wolves start to whistle,
And the joys of your heart would be light as a thistle.
But alas! I'm not Santa. I'm simply just me,
The matronest of matrons you ever did see.

I wish I could tell you all the symptoms I've got,
But I'm due at my doctor's for an estrogen shot.
Even though we've grown older, this wish is sincere,
Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.


Save the Earth It is the only planet with chocolate


 It has come to our attention that many folks who need to send in a change of address or articles to share and don't know where to send it. So please go to the Contact Us page, and you will find your area reps along with their email address. Please forgive us for this oversight, Also, under QSL & Contests, please find our Net Frequencies and time. Note that all our CLARA nets run from September to the end of May.


President's Message

Watch this space! For years we have begged YLs to join us for the CLARA and Family HF Contest. Many YLs don't join us because they are frightened off by the word "Contest". In view of that, we are thinking of making major changes to the contest, including removing the scary name!

For years Echolink has been included in the contest, so it is no longer just an HF contest. The most frequent winner in recent years has been Minnie VE3DBQ who is always generous about sharing anyone who calls her. Minnie always stops to chat, and has a wonderful time on the contest, while scoring the highest points. If everyone joined in and tried to catch up on the news, we would have more fun and more contacts, and catch up on members we don't always get to talk to!

An OM who listened to part of our contest last winter teased me about calling it a contest, because we chattered so much. But chatter is the nicest part of our event, and we really wish that more members and other YLs would join us!

The whole point of the contest is to get YLs chatting with each other, as often as possible on as many bands and modes as possible and above all having fun. The new "contest" will not only have a less scary name, but will be easier to log. The contesters can still rack up the points, submit their logs, and win prizes. For others, we will try to come up with some fun awards.

The theme of the CLARA contest should be "Make new friends but keep the old!".

Meanwhile, here it is December. Have you ever noticed that when holidays come around there are more OMs on the air, & fewer YLs? I can guess why. This is a busy season for most YLs. But speaking of being on the air - the Canada Winter Contest is coming up on December 27th at 0000 UTC (Friday night, Boxing Day in Canada) . The Canada Winter Contest is a very laid back fun opportunity to meet up with amateurs you have met before as well as new ones. Canadians are worth 10 points, others just 1 point. Each province is a multiplier, so if you are from a smaller province you are likely to be very popular. Each province has a RAC station that is worth 20 points. As a Canadian all you need to give out is a signal report and your province. This is a great introduction to contesting and lots of fun.

Have a wonderful December and remember that after the 21st the days start to get longer in Canada!

Till next time, 33,73

Helen VA1YL



Please Check out the Upcoming Event's Page. This will have upcoming events for the current month. This page will only work if everyone sends me the information. We will still have the yearly calendar, which Victoria SV2KBS supplies the CLARA and the YLRL sites with. 


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