Two years ago, I got my Technician's license and really had fun with a "vintage" two-meter radio (Radio Shack HTX-242) that I bought from eBay. I also enjoyed the local nets and meeting all kinds of new people in our club.
Eighteen months later, I upgraded to General and saved up for a fine-looking Yaesu 450D and a few antennas. (I find the antenna fiddling to be the MOST entertaining part.)
It was all good.
And then in TWO separate instances, a couple "Old Ham Guys" told me - specifically - that I shouldn't bother with moving up from General because the Extra exam would be way too difficult for "someone like me."
That just really ticked me off, so I immediately started studying for my Extra!
Saturday, I got my Extra (only missed four), and I am a happy, happy girl.
My question is, in my experiences in Ham Radio, I have met a few women with their General license, but I have only encountered one other woman who has her Extra license.
I'm thinking about writing an article for the QST about women in Ham Radio, but I'm wondering, is there any way to get the stats on how many women have their extras? I read that 17% of licensed hams are Extras, but I suspect the number for women is much lower.
Despite some searching, I've found nothing on the demographics for women and the license classes.
Secondly, do y'all know of many women who have an Extra?
And thirdly, I wonder if some of these women are dissuaded by the stupid comments of a small number of foolish "Old Ham Guys."
Thanks in advance for any insights.
BTW, after I got my General, my husband got his tech. Now that I have my Extra, he's studying for his General. It's pretty fun to have the woman go first and the fellow follow along...!