Welcome To The YLISSB System And Thank You For Visiting Our Website.

Memorial Callsign is K4ICA, Custodian - KL7FQQ, ROSE RYBACHEK


    We hope you like what you see here and will check in with us often, either on the Air, or here on the website.. You are always welcome on our System whether you are a member or not.

      The YLISSB System was founded on February 9, 1963, by V. Mayree Tallman, K4ICA, a YL who resided in Miami, Florida. Being the wife of a doctor, as well as a ham radio operator, She recognized both the need for emergency communications in all parts of the world, along with the opportunity to do something about it from her home in Miami, Florida.  In the early 60s, the idea came to her of an Amateur Radio System with the primary purpose of handling emergencies anywhere in the world.  So, on that Saturday morning in 1963, born from her idea was the  " YLISSB " .

    The System originally was for YL's only and was founded to handle emergencies anywhere in the world. The OM's liked what they heard and it was not long before they petitioned for membership. The rules were changed to permit OM's to join, and our System is now over 17,327 in membership numbers issued. In today's world of satellites, cellular telephones and other modern means of communicating, we do not get the number of emergencies we did in the earlier years, but emergencies still remain the number one priority of our System. Anyone traveling over land or sea anywhere in the world, should always keep the frequency of 14.332 MHZ in mind, we are always here, ready, willing, and experienced to help you.

    We operate 365 days a year beginning with The Sunrise Portion of the YL System at 1300Z (1200Z during daylight savings time in US.) The Sunrise portion runs informally for three hours, followed by three, two-hour  periods. New Control stations take over every two hours during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd periods. Informal means stations check in and make calls as they check in. During the periods, controls take check-ins and stations make calls only when directed by Control. It is always understood that "emergencies, may break the YL System at anytime."

    After the 3rd period, the 1st Moonbeam session begins at 2200Z (2100Z DST). Like the Sunrise Portion, the Moonbeams run informally and usually stays open until the band closes in the evening, often running three or four hours. There is now a Weekend Warrior Session of the Moonbeam. Try it. We often have good DX on the Moonbeam, including Alaska and Hawaii for those of you working for the WAS Award. Contacts made on our System may also be used for ARRL awards.

    Our members may participate in our extensive Awards Program.  Annual conventions are a highlight of our System and are usually held in June and consist of four to six days of tours, camaraderie in the Hospitality Room, business meeting, banquets and awards. Some recent conventions were held in El Paso, Nova Scotia, Iowa, Alaska, and Barbados.

Our Annual Convention is held in a different place each year. See our Convention area for further details.


Last updated: 23 Dec 2017