Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association (ALARA) was formed in 1975

The membership has now grown to over 200, with many Australian members sponsoring overseas YLs into ALARA. The term “YL” stands for “young lady” – regardless of age.
The Associations mission is to encourage women’s interest and active participation in amateur radio.



On 22nd September 2018 we celebrated the centenary of the first direct radio contact from the UK (Wales) to Wahroonga Australia. As our member Dot VK2DB and her OM John VK2ZOI are members of Hornsby and District ARC (John is currently President of the club) they are both involved in the celebrations. These include Special Event Callsigns, Re-enactments, TV coverage and more.
For more info:  


ALARA is now able to offer a limited number of grants to any female applying for a Foundation Licence or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced Amateur Radio Licence. The grant is equal to approximately half the cost of the fees for assessment, licence and callsign. In addition, we would provide a complimentary membership to ALARA for one year.

Estimated costs to gain a licence are:

Assessment Licence
Foundation licence $90 $80 initial licence
Standard licence $90 Theory and $90 Regulations $80 initial licence
Advanced licence $90 Theory and $90 Regulations $80 initial licence

ALARA will cover the cost as follows:

Foundation Licence Standard/Advanced
Half cost of assessment $45 Half cost of assessment $90
Half cost of licence $40 Half cost of licence $40
Callsign $25 Callsign $25
Total $110 Total $155

Terms and conditions:
Any female applying for a Foundation licence or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced Amateur Radio licence may apply for a grant.
The grant will be paid on completion of your qualification. To receive your grant, please keep your receipts and any certificates or other documentation to show that you have undertaken the steps towards gaining your licence.
The grant is valid for 12 months from the date of approval by the ALARA Committee.
Provide any documentation to the Secretary, ALARA, once you have achieved your licence and your grant will be paid.
If you have not completed all the steps within the time limit, please provide the documentation for what you have achieved, and a proportion of the grant will be paid accordingly. Consideration will be given to extending the term of the grant if requested.

Secretary, ALARA. 45 Pembroke Drive, Reynella, S.A. 5161

Linda Luther VK7QP
6 July 2019

To download an Application Form for the Grant:  


39th ALARA Contest Results
The 39th ALARA Contest was held in August 2019.
See the report and results:  



Net Day Time Frequency
Official ALARA Mondays 1030 UTC (1000 UTC during daylight saving) 3.570
YL 222 DX Mondays 0530 UTC 14.222
YL Activity Day 6th of each month Listen on the hour and call "CQ YL" 14.288, 21.188 or 28.588
Birthday Net 4th Saturday in July 1000-1200 UTC 3.570
ANZA DX Net Daily, with Thursdays currently being 'Ladies Day' 0515 UTC. List Operation, give your call to Net Control and stand by for your turn on the list. 14.183

Office Bearers and Contacts

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There are a range of membership options for joining ALARA or receiving the ALARA newsletter. You can even sponsor overseas friends into ALARA and become a member of a DX association in return.


ALARAmeet is a wonderful way to meet other YLs of our organisation and their OMs are welcome too. Up to 80 people attend our meets now and YLs have come from England, Sweden, America, Germany and New Zealand.


The ALARA award is available to YLs, OMs and SWLs contacting ALARA members on or after 30th June 1975. All licensed operators throughout the world are invited to participate.

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