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

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

  • STEM Links

  • Review of New EIBraille

  • Win Some Handiham History Loot

  • Early Handiham Program History, Part 8

  • Down memory lane…

  • Check into our nets!

  • ...And more!

A note from the coordinator...

December has officially arrived and with it a change from unseasonably warm weather to more seasonally appropriate and even below normal temperatures. Change is inevitable. Change is inevitable within the Handiham Program as well. This week, we are running the last of Sister Alverna’s articles on the early history of the program. As we transition into the New Year, we will see many changes coming to the E-Letter, the website, and even the services the program offers. Stay tuned to see what is coming, and be sure to let us know your thoughts.

In the Handiham Program office, work is progressing on the new website. Stay tuned for announcements about the changes. If you currently use old links to access content on the website, be aware that they will no longer work after the new website is rolled out. Don’t forget, if you need to update anything like your contact information, call sign, license class, membership, or members only log-in information, you can email Nancy at Nancy.Meydell@allina.com.

Answer the Handiham History trivia question correctly to be eligible to win this week’s loot! Only a few people responded with the correct answer last week, so your odds of winning are really good if you answer the question! Winners will need to respond, confirming their contact information before we send out your prize. Please note: only current Handiham Members are eligible to win.

In the E-Letter this week there is are several links to some hands on kits to experiment with science, technology, engineering, and math. Sister Alverna’s early history of the Handiham Program is back with Part 8. Finally, there is an article from the Summer 1983 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.

STEM Links

Ken Silberman, KB3LLA, sent these links. Check them out! They offer hands on ways to experiment with and better understand the science, technology, engineering, and math used in amateur radio.

Electricity Master Lab: https://www.scientificsonline.com/product/electricity-master-lab

Electricity Master Lab kit displaying box with contents

Tesla Coil: https://www.scientificsonline.com/product/50000-volt-tesla-coil-with-exp...

Tesla coil from kit

Accessible Snap Circuit Kit (Please note that this product has not yet been released. It should be out next year.) http://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/blog/accessible-snap-circuit-kit

accessible snap circuit kit with all parts labeled

Review of New EIBraille

Thanks to Dick Garey, WA0CAF, for sending us this link to a review of the new EIBraille. https://nfb.org/blog/article/3407

Win Some Handiham History Loot

Here is your chance to own a piece of Handiham Program history! This week, we are offering another Handiham mug. This isn’t just any mug, this mug is old enough to say Handiham System rather than Handiham Program! If you want a chance to win this mug, make sure your membership is current and answer the following question:

Mug with Handiham System, Handihams, Since 1967

What two call signs were used during the 2007 Special Event Station honoring 40 Years of the Handiham Program? (Hint: Check out past E-Letters if you are not sure of the answers to these questions.)

You can send your answer via email to Nancy.Meydell@allina.com or call 612-775-2291. Make sure to include your name, call sign, license class, and current contact information. We will pick the winner on Tuesday, December 12.

Early Handiham Program History, Part 8

by Sr. Alverna O’Laughlin

Sr. Alverna O’Laughlin

Handiham History: System Takes a Turn

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

After the death of Handiham program founder Ned Carman in June 1972, the Program’s members knew they needed to redouble their efforts to keep growing. Ward Jensen, W0TLE, called for a united membership effort. Many responded, but Ward knew that numbers alone weren’t enough and a stronger, firmer base was needed. He turned to Wilko Schoenbohm, executive director of MiSCCA, later Courage Center. Mr. Schoenbohm had been watching the rapid growth and dedication of this small volunteer group and was pleased to see what Amateur Radio was doing for persons with disabilities.

Late in 1972, Bruce Humphrys, K0HR, staff member of Courage Center, was appointed by Mr. Schoenbohm as staff liaison to the Program. Bruce, already an amateur and a volunteer member of the Handiham Program, was the perfect choice. He continued his work with the community services department of Courage Center and took on the Handiham Program as an added responsibility. The change enabled the administrative offices of the Program to move from the Assisi Heights Convent in Rochester to the Minneapolis area.

An all-out campaign was launched to get retired amateurs to promise hours of volunteer time. Technicians were needed in the shop, as well as office and secretarial help. Ward Jensen was very successful in influencing fine amateurs to volunteer their expertise and skills to help persons with disabilities. Ward had been in the amateur equipment sales business many years and was well known and liked. This venture proved very successful.

Courage Center completed its new building in Golden Valley in 1974, and a special room was built to fit the needs of the Handiham Program—a large office, station space, and a nearby repair room. Many said, “What will we do with all that space?” Nine years later, the building walls are a testimony to the tremendous growth of the Program.

Not long after the Handiham Program moved to the Golden Valley location, the need for a paid director and secretarial help became apparent. About this time, the decision to become a service rather than affiliate of Courage Center was being discussed. The change would mean a dissolution of the volunteer group known as the Handiham System of Minnesota, Inc.

Many persons who helped get things off the ground in the beginning felt sure we could do it on our own without giving up the volunteer status. Not all shared the same views. Without question, if we intended to grow and expand, we needed paid positions to maintain the operation of the Handiham Program.

In 1974, after many months of many meetings and painful deliberation, the Handiham System of Minnesota, Inc. dissolved as an independent organization and became a service of Courage Center. Bruce Humphrys was appointed director. This meant many changes, changes that came hard for some of those dedicated persons who worked hard to get the Handiham Program off the ground eight years before. Bruce was in tune with these feelings and did his best to make the transfer as easy as possible without losing his authority as director. Now this nonprofit service organization was officially recognized at the Courage Handiham System.

Editor’s Note: Now the organization is officially the Courage Kenny Handiham Program. We hope this current name will be ours for a long time to come!

Down memory lane...

In honor of the celebration of 50 years of the Handiham Program, here is an article from the Summer 1983 issue of Handiham World.

road sign printed with future and an arrow pointing to the right

The Final Chapter or the First Chapter

The article “System Takes a Turn” in this issue was the last in a series which chronicled the early history of the Handiham Program. Our past has been exciting, strenuous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always full of hope.

I like to imagine this last article not as the final chapter in a story, but rather as the first. During our first 17 years, we have learned how to respond to needs, how to care, how to dare to try something for the welfare of our members. We have boldly gone where no others have tread, leaving strong footholds for others to follow.

We are proud of our history and jubilant about our future. The Handiham Program has grown in more than mere numbers. It has grown in its stability, and this stability is a result of financial support. Through the continued support of our many members, the donations of other individuals and foundations, and the long-range wisdom of endowment gifts, we are ensuring that our vital services will be available for as long as people need them.

Our future looks bright. We invite you to share in this celebration of plans well-made and help strongly-given.

By Bruce Humphrys, K0HR

Editor’s note: As we reach the end of 2017, Handiham World will be changing its focus to the future of the Handiham Program. I hope you have enjoyed this peek into the past 50 years!

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 six hours ahead of Minnesota time during the winter.

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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