Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, September 6, 2017

This is a free weekly news & information update from the Courage Kenny Handiham Program, serving people with disabilities in Amateur Radio since 1967. 

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Welcome to Handiham World.

In this edition: 

  • A note from the coordinator

  • The Latest on WWV

  • Seeing with Echolocation

  • Avery’s QTH

  • Down memory lane…

  • Check into our nets!

  • ...And more!

A note from the coordinator...

This is a delayed version of the E-Letter due to the US Holiday last weekend. I am recording the podcast on Thursday morning.

Thanks to all of you who responded to the survey requesting input on Radio Camp for 2018. It turns out that campfires and getting on the air are two very popular activities at Radio Camp. Stay tuned for updates!

As some of you know, I spent the last several years working with the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services and SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network). It is different to watch what is going on in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the preparation for Hurricane Irma without being directly involved. What can you do to help? In-kind donations (food, water, clothing, household goods, etc.) are the least helpful after storms like this. The reality is that in-kind donations take up lots of volunteer hours to process, manage, and ship. Experienced relief agencies have agreements in place to get supplies already located close to the disaster at a lower cost. They also have staging areas allowing supplies to quickly be moved where they are needed as necessary following a disaster. What helps the most is money. Even small donations add up when lots of people give.

Other things you can do include getting involved with your local emergency communications group. You can develop your skills as a net control operator and volunteer to help during times of disaster. Of course, everyone should stand-by on frequencies that are involved in disaster communications unless you are the official net control station or you are reporting disaster related information.

In the E-Letter this week, there are links to some articles about recent happenings with WWV. There is also a link to a TED talk about echolocation. Finally, there are two articles from 2007, the year that the Handiham Program celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Do you have a story to share about your ham radio related activities? Please send your articles and stories via email to Lucinda.Moody@allina.com or by calling me at 612-775-2290.

The Latest on WWV with Neil Rapp on Ham Talk Live

The Chief Engineer at WWV, Matt Deutch, N0RGT, joins Neil Rapp to discuss the latest changes at WWV. Listen to the program archive at the following link: http://www.spreaker.com/user/hamtalklive/episode-78-latest-changes-at-wwv

The ARRL also has an article on the changes at WWV. Look for it at http://www.arrl.org/news/wwv-25-mhz-signal-swapped-to-circular-polarization

Seeing with Echolocation

The following is a TED talk about using echolocation to see. Check it out! https://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_kish_how_i_use_sonar_to_navigate_the_wo...

Marathon Cooperation

Welcome once again to my humble QTH:

October 7, 2007 is the date of the Twin Cities Marathon. It consists of a 26 mile wheelchair & foot race covering a very colorful part of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota – hence the “Twin Cities” name. More than likely it will again be covered by national radio and TV stations around the country, so you may even be able to follow it in your part of the world. There will be thousands (estimated around 100,000 people in past years) of people along the route watching. At certain locations there will be stations issuing liquids to the very thirsty runners, an activity which will be quite noticeable to those watching.

Happening behind the scenes are things most people will never know about, including amateur radio communications. About 125 hams from several clubs and even some licensed individuals with no club affiliations from both sides of the mighty Mississippi River will all come together to handle communications for the event.

About every half mile to a mile at each medical station there is at least one ham stationed to help relay vital medical information up and down the line. A medical person might notice someone having a difficult time so would want the next medical team to check on number such-and-such as they go by to be sure everything was all right. Of course, the hams do the relaying.

The course is very hilly and winding in many places, so in order to make communications more reliable they split the course into three sections, each with its own net and frequencies. Several of the Twin Cities repeaters along with several simplex frequencies are used, each with at least one back-up. Then there is a fourth net just keeping track of the sag wagons and ambulance that pick up people that drop out of the race for one reason or another. There is yet another net on packet radio tying together the rest of the nets so that every ham along the route has access to all the necessary information at any given time. This assures that from the beginning to the end of the race everything is covered.

Along with the hams, there are the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments, the Hennepin and Ramsey County Sherriff's departments, medical people from several hospitals on both sides of the river, and the Civil Air Patrol involved making everything and everyone safe and sound.

While many of the medical people have cell phones, there is no way they can connect and have as much access to all the information at one time the way that the amateur radio operators can.

For about 15 years I had the privilege of taking part in the Twin City Marathon and had been stationed at most of the locations along the route. The people near the beginning were free to close down after the last runner passed them, which happened very soon. The people toward the end of the route would sometimes have a very long day before the last person passed them and they were free to leave.

It is all about cooperation, and ham radio is part of the picture!

So until next time,

73 & DX from K0HLA, Avery

Editor’s note: This was found in the September 19, 2007 issue of Handiham World.

Down memory lane...

In honor of the celebration of 50 years of the Handiham Program, here is a story about the 2007 Radio Camp at Courage North where we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Handiham Program. It originally aired in the August 29, 2007 issue of Handiham World.

Collins S-Line to be on the air at camp

Minnesota Radio Camp began on Friday, August 24. Plan on working the camp stations, W0ZSW and W0EQO. We are looking forward to hearing you on the air and being able to send you a QSL card from Radio Camp celebrating 40 years of the Courage Handiham System.

Camp equipment will include two Kenwood TS-2000 transceivers, and campers will get special hands-on training operating these accessible rigs by Matt Arthur, KA0PQW.

Another item of note is that we will have the late Senator Barry Goldwater's Collins S-Line station on the air, thanks to Handiham volunteer K0CJ, who rehabbed the gear and made up the necessary connecting cables.

We expect the Collins station to be in service primarily on 80/75 and 40 meters, running SSB, though we have a few eager CW ops who might well be able to tap out some Morse using this vintage station.

Since new operators, which includes many of our campers, have never experienced operation of tube gear, there will be someone with gray hair around to help them tune up the finals. The 6146 tubes are relatively robust, but operating a mistuned transmitter can quickly result in damaged final amplifier tubes.

Still, an appreciation of how far technology has come can only really be had by experiencing a station like this one, which is still, even for its age, a fine piece of engineering.

We hope to hear you on the air: We are continuing the special event through camp week, extending it a few days.

Special Event: Aug 25-Aug 30, Lake George, MN. Courage Handi Hams System, W0EQO. 40 Years for Handihams. SSB 14.340 7.240 CW 14.140 7.040. Certificates are available by sending your QSL Card and a SASE. We are using call signs W0EQO and W0ZSW.

Editor’s note: At the last Radio Camp in 2015, campers were able to use a new Kenwood TS-590, but Matt, KA0PQW, still brought along the TS-2000, the same one from this story.

What are you waiting for? Check into our Handiham nets... Everyone is welcome! 

How to find the Handiham Net: 

  • The Handiham EchoLink conference is 494492.  Connect via your iPhone, Android phone, PC, or on a connected simplex node or repeater system in your area.

  • The Handiham Net will be on the air daily. If there is no net control station on any scheduled net day, we will have a roundtable on the air get-together.  

    Cartoon multicolored stickman family holding hands, one wheelchair user among them.

Our daily Echolink net continues to operate for anyone and everyone who wishes to participate at 11:00 hours CDT (Noon Eastern and 09:00 Pacific), as well as Wednesday evenings at 19:00 hours CDT (7 PM).  If you calculate GMT, the time difference is that GMT is five hours ahead of Minnesota time during the summer.

Doug, N6NFF, poses a trivia question in the first half of the Wednesday evening session, so check in early if you want to take a guess.   The answer to the trivia question is generally given shortly after the half-hour mark.  A big THANK YOU to all of our net control stations and to our Handiham Club Net Manager, James, KD0AES.


  • You can pay your Handiham dues and certain other program fees on line. Simply follow the link to our secure payment site, then enter your information and submit the payment.  It's easy and secure!

    • Handiham annual membership dues are $12.00.  The lifetime membership rate is $120.00.

    • If you want to donate to the Handiham Program, please use our donation website.  The instructions are at the following link:

How to contact us

There are several ways to contact us.

Postal Mail:

Courage Kenny Handiham Program
3915 Golden Valley Road MR#78446
Golden Valley, MN 55422


Preferred telephone: 1-612-775-2291
Toll-Free telephone: 1-866-HANDIHAM (1-866-426-3442)

Note: Mondays through Thursdays between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM United States Central Time are the best times to contact us.

You may also call Handiham Program Coordinator Lucinda Moody, AB8WF, at: 612-775-2290.

73, and I hope to hear you on the air soon! 

For Handiham World, this is Lucinda Moody, AB8WF

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