Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, November 1, 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

  • NASA-Hadley Links

  • Assistive Technology Assessment

  • Early Handiham Program History, Part 4

  • Down memory lane…

  • Check into our nets!

  • ...And more!

A note from the coordinator...

As winter approaches in the northern hemisphere, thoughts turn to long nights operating the radio in a warm, comfortable shack. When you are tuning around the bands, be sure to check out the Split Rock Special Event – Edmund Fitzgerald Commemoration – November 3-5, 2017.

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The Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA), a Handiham Affiliated Club, will be operating to commemorate the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Using the club’s call sign, WØJH, more than twenty SARA members will operate from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (ARLHS USA 783) in Lake County, MN. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the ship’s mysterious sinking and our thirteenth year of operating this Special Event.

Join them in Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald and her crew by making contact with W0JH!

W0JH Operating Schedule

Friday, November 3 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Central Time)

Saturday, November 4 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central Time)

Sunday, November 5 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central Time)

Frequencies of Operation:

3.860, 7.260, 14.260, 21.360, 28.360 MHz (+/- QRM)

Midwest or local stations should look for them on the 75m and 40m bands in the early morning and late afternoon.

They will have a station working PSK31, so look for W0JH (070 #1905) around 3.580, 7.070, and 21.070 as well.

Don’t forget to request an electronic QSL certificate:

Send an email request to: SplitRock2017@radioham.org with the following information:

Your call sign

Date of QSO

Time of QSO in UTC



Your RST report

The email address where you want the certificate sent

*Any email received without the above information will be returned for clarification.

No QSL Cards or other postal mail requests will be accepted.

Certificates for valid contacts will be set as a PDF file to your email address beginning 2 to 3 weeks following the event.

Another sign of the approach of winter is the time change. Many of us will be changing our clocks this weekend (except those lucky enough to live in locations where the time does not change). Don’t forget to turn your clocks back Saturday night so you are on-time for all your Sunday activities!

In the E-Letter this week there are some NASA-Hadley links regarding the solar system, extreme weather, and the solar eclipse. The next link is to a presentation on Assistive Technology Assessments. Sister Alverna’s early history of the Handiham Program is back with Part 4. Finally, there is an article from the Summer 1984 issue of Handiham World in Down Memory Lane.

Do you have a story to share about assistive technology or 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.

NASA-Hadley Links

Editor’s note: Thanks to Ken KB3LLA for these links.

Here is the link to the NASA-Hadley "The Birth and Eventual Death of Our Solar System" webinar: https://hadley.edu/SolarSystem.asp

Here is the link to the NASA-Hadley "Extreme Weather: Studying the Impact of Water" webinar: https://hadley.edu/Extremeweather.asp

Here is the link to the NASA-Hadley Explore the “Solar Eclipse” webinar: https://hadley.edu/Eclipse.asp

Assistive Technology Assessment

Presented by Ike Presley

In this webcast, Presley talks about the world of assistive technology and walks us through a range of assistive technology options. He shares some of the strategies involved in conducting an assessment as well as in choosing the right assistive technology tool for the learner. Presley also provides guidance regarding how often learners should be reassessed and resources for staying current with assistive technologies.

Ike Presley is a project manager at the American Foundation for the Blind's National Literacy Center. As a member of the Literacy Team, Presley helps develop resources and materials that can be used by service providers to improve the quality of their service. https://youtu.be/BFahrZI7aQA

Early Handiham Program History, Part 4

by Sr. Alverna O’Laughlin

Sr. Alverna O’Laughlin

Handiham History: Remembering Past Members

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of articles on the early history of the Handiham Program.)

In the summer of 1970, the Handiham Program lost their first member in death—Mary Adams, WN0VLM. Although only a Novice, she was very active in CW—a motivated student with a real desire to upgrade. Later that same year, Mike Archambeau and Doug Peterson died. These three deaths so close to each other prompted Handiham Program founder, Ned Carman, to comment, “At best, life here for many of our members is frail.” He felt a great personal loss at the death of members.

In December 1969, Ott Miller, W0EQO, Faribault, Minnesota, was elected president of the Handiham Program at the Winter Hamfest. Ott was well-known in the Amateur Radio fraternity. His election marked the first time anyone outside the Rochester, Minnesota area was elected an officer of the organization.

Ott’s interest in Amateur Radio began when he was a young man, shortly after he had polio and his mobility was limited. As a new ham, he enjoyed experimenting with as well as operating his station. About this same time, Ned was friends with Ott’s younger brother. It was then that Ned was first introduced to the hobby. One could say then, that without Ott there may not have been a Handiham Program.

Under Ott’s leadership, helpful contacts broadened. He was active on several local nets and much of his time was devoted to exploring new ways to make Amateur Radio concepts more understandable. With his electronic repair background, he looked for ways to make station operation easier for persons with disabilities.

What a shock it was on that colder winter night on February 2, 1971, when Ott’s sister called to tell us that Ott died while visiting friends at the Eagle’s Club not far from his home.

A big snow storm hit the day before Ott’s funeral, but it did not deter his many friends from being present at the First Lutheran Church to bid their final farewell to this gentle, patient, caring friend and fellow amateur radio operator.

The Handiham Program does more than just educate ham radio operators. An unexpected side benefit for Jean Heikkila, W0IRJ, and Orvin Fingarson, WN0DCA, came out of the May Convocation in 1970. Little did anyone expect that wedding bells would be ringing for them in November. What a surprise it was on the Handiham Round-up in early September when Jean announced, “Orvin and I are getting married.” When asked about their decision, Jean said, “It was love at first sight.” It was a touching wedding, with more than 300 persons witnessing the interdenominational service; and Orvin, a music major, sang to his bride.

(Sr. Alverna’s account of the early years of the Handiham Program will continue in the next issue of Handiham World.)

Down memory lane...

In honor of the celebration of 50 years of the Handiham Program, here is an article from the Summer 1984 issue of Handiham World, reprinted from the American-Statesman, Austin, Texas.

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Blind Radio Operator Finds Eyes for Others

Mike Shaw was sitting in the bedroom of his West Austin home when the message came over his ham radio. A Louisiana hospital needed a cornea to transplant into the eye of a 16-month-old girl.

Shaw relayed the message to the Austin Lions Club Eye bank, which had just received a cornea from the family of a Georgetown child who had died.

“Within hours, the cornea was flown to New Orleans and transplanted into the eye of Jamona Anderson,” said Eleanor McMain, director of the Southern Eye Bank in New Orleans.

The happy ending marked another success for Shaw, an amateur radio operator whose blindness is no deterrent to helping others see.

Shaw, 28, sits in his bedroom each day to listen to three broadcasts from around the country. The broadcasts contain messages from eye banks that are looking for eyes or corneas, or have eyes available.

The broadcasts at 6:45 and 8 am and 8 pm contain messages such as, “Kansas City needs two eyes under the age of 50, fresh tissue,” and give a phone number, Shaw said.

Shaw then calls the eye bank at Seton Medical Center. If the bank has eyes or corneas from donors, an employee will call the number Shaw provides and arrange to fly the eyes to that city.

Jamona Anderson’s new cornea came from Jessica Vasquez, a 13-month-old girl who died November 15 in Brackenridge Hospital. Jessica’s liver was transplanted into a 10-month-old baby in Pittsburgh, and her other eye was used to repair the cornea of a 14-year-old Elgin boy.

Jamona’s mother, Ramona Anderson of Hahnville, Louisiana, said that before the transplant, her daughter had several operations for an eye problem she had since birth. Anderson called Shaw “beautiful” for his help.

Shaw, who is unemployed because of health problems connected with diabetes, said he learned to operate a ham radio 16 years ago at the Texas School for the Blind.

A brain tumor damaged Shaw’s optic nerve when he was 5, and he has been blind since then. The damage cannot be repaired by an eye transplant.

He said a sighted friend got him interested in volunteer monitoring five years ago, and he thinks he is the only person in Austin monitoring the broadcasts regularly. Shaw doesn’t know how many people have received eyes because of his help.

I enjoy it,” he said. “It’s good to have something to do. I don’t want people to be in the shape I am in. This is a seeing world, and people ought to be able to see.”

Editor’s Note: The following is from the QRZ page for W0EYE: “W0EYE is the official call sign of the Eye Bank Net, formally the Eye Emergency Net. The net was organized in 1962 at Iowa City by Dr. Al Braley, M.D., W0GET and Ted Hunter, W0NTI (both are Silent Keys) The first on the air meeting was on December 20th 1962. The purpose of the net is for locating and arranging for the distribution of eye tissue to be used in sight saving emergency corneal transplant operations. We handled this traffic for over thirty years, serving more than fifty hospitals across the country, with close to one hundred-fifty members. During that time we tranferred 11,066 eyes. We have generated much good publicity for Ham Radio and have received many honors, including a Presidential Citation. We continue to meet out of fellowship and to help keep the tradition of Amateur Radio in public service alive. The International Eye Bank Association has asked us to continue our net, in case their newer methods of communications should ever fail. All licensed Hams are welcome to check in and join us daily at 3.970 Mhz at 0045 UTC”

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 Michael, VE7KI, the Handiham Radio Club Net Manager.


  • 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. 

    • 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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