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YLRL Grandmother and YLRL Great-Grandmother Awards

This is a certificate that did not originate with the YLRL. It was started by Mary Meyer W9RUKJ (SK) in 1958 as a way to get more YLs involved in having fun on the radio. By just chatting with other YLs you could enjoy the hobby more, and at the same time work towards a nice certificate to hang on the wall in your shack.

After Mary became a silent key, the award was run by Martha Shirley W0ZWL until she became a silent key. After that Phyllis Douglas K7SEC oversaw the award until recently.

I was not aware of this award at all until a member of YLRL applied for a YLRL certificate and mentioned she would like to apply for the Grandmother Award but didn't know the procedure. I discussed it with the YLRL officers and they directed me to Phyllis who had not had any applicants for the award for some time. I don't remember if it was Phyllis or a YLRL officer suggested to me that we take it on as a YLRL certification, but I was in favor of it, so they put me in contact with Phyllis who was also in favor of it becoming a YLRL certificate. After that Phyllis sent me everything she had on the award along with a brief history of the award.

I was pleased to see that the original was not only for grandmothers but had a seal for great-grandmothers. While reading over the original rules, I realized that instead of a seal we could jut have two certificates---one for collecting names of grandmothers and one for collecting names of great-grandmothers. I did keep it as a stacked award though--in otherwards, you have to receive the grandmother's certificate first and then work on the great-grandmother's certificate. You can't do it the other way around. I've kept the rules very close to what were the original rules.

There is no list of grandmothers or great-grandmothers for you to contact. You have to find them by simply making contacts on the radio and chatting. We all know how to do that. Look for anyone who is a grandmother and log their information as listed in the rules below.

 

YLRL GRANDMOTHER AWARD

1. Available to all licensed amateur radio operators (YLs and OMs).
2. Have QSOs with 15 grandmothers and collect the following information for each --Date of QSO, Time, band, call-sign, name and number of grandchildren.
3. Great-grandchildren DO NOT count for this award (you will understand why later).
4. "Grandchildren" refer to children of your children. Your children and grandchildren can be related biologically, adopted, foster and step children and/or grandchildren. They cannot be the neighbor's children who call you grandma and are not related in any way.
5. Send your log to the YLRL Certificate Manager either by e-mail, or snail mail to receive your certificate. The certificate will be returned by the same method used to send the log, unless you specify a different method.
6. After receiving your Grandmother Award Certificate, you can continue to the next award.
7. If you mail your log in or want a certificate mailed to you, please enclose at least 4 first class US postage stamps. If you live in a DX country and cannot get US stamps, the stamps are not necessary.

YLRL GREAT-GRANDMOTHER AWARD

1. Before you can work on this award you must first complete the GRANDMOTHER AWARD above.
2. Available to all licensed amateur radio operators (YLs and OMs).
3. Have WSOs with 15 great-grandmothers and collect the following information for each--Date of QSO, Time, band, call-sign, name and number of great-grandchildren.
4. "Great-Grandchildren" refer to the children of your children's children. Your children, grandchildren and/or great-grandchildren can be related biologically, adopted, foster and step at any level.
5. Send your log to the YLRL Certificate manager either by e-mail or snail mail to receive your certificate. the certificate will be returned by the same method used to send the log, unless you specify a different method.
6. If you mail your log in or want a certificate mailed to you, please enclose at least 4 first class US postage stamps. If you live in a DX country and cannot get US stamps, the stamps are not necessary.

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