Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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

  • Winter Field Day

  • Ham Radio In the News

  • Win Some Handiham History Loot

  • Check into our nets!

  • ...And more!

A note from the coordinator...

Happy New Year! Where did 2017 go? It seems the year went by faster than I thought possible! The Handiham Program experienced a lot of growth last year as operations resumed, with many new members and a lot of renewals. As we expand our services, we expect to see sustained growth in the years to come.

2018 is here now, and with it comes more changes to the Handiham Program. I will report on a few of them this week. The first change is that the new website is now online for beta testers. We expect to roll it out for all our members next month. Once the website has made it through the beta testing process, the old website will be taken down.

The second change is that we have decided not to have camp in 2018. Instead, we are looking at our options for 2019. In the meantime, we are working on plans for a Handiham Ham Radio and Assistive Technology Retreat to take place in the Twin Cities in the fall of this year. Keep watching the E-Letter for more details.

The third change is that our policies on membership are being updated. Those who have let their membership lapse will lose access to the exclusive content on the website three months after their membership has expired. After that, they will have to renew their membership to use that portion of the website. If you don’t want to have to worry about keeping up with your renewals, there is always the lifetime option. Of course, you will receive either an email or snail mail notice of your membership expiration so you can maintain your Handiham membership without disruption.

In the Handiham Program office, we are working on fixing some of the Daisy books so that they read the titles, allowing members to know what book they are choosing on their player. Work is also progressing on the new website. Stay tuned for announcements about the changes. In the new website, you will only be able to access members only content if you are logged in. Additionally, you will be able to view your log-in status on the site, and if you try to reach a portion of the site that requires a log in, you will be presented with a message that contains a link to log-in. 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! 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. We have had a different winner every week, so keep sending in those answers!

In the E-Letter this week there is a link to the website for Winter Field Day along with another link to an article about ham radio operators involved in the recent East Coast winter storm.

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.

Winter Field Day

I was wondering if anyone in the Handiham Program is going to participate in the Winter Field day on January 27 and 28th. Here is the link about it. https://www.winterfieldday.com/

I think that this is cool, no pun intended. At least no one will complain about bugs!

Pierre K9EYE and Leader Dog Smokey

Ham Radio in the News

Radio Amateurs Track Major East Coast Winter Storm


Win Some Handiham History Loot

Here is your chance to own a piece of Handiham Program history! This week, we are offering a 40th Anniversary Handiham mug. These mugs were originally offered in 2007 as part of the celebration of forty years of the Handiham Program. If you want a chance to win this mug, make sure your membership is current and answer the following question:

White mug with Handiham 40th Anniversary logo printed on the front and back” width=

What was Sister Alverna’s position in the Handiham Program? (Hint: Check out past E-Letters from 2017 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, January 16, 2018.

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:

  • As always, while our other services require that you have a current Handiham Program membership, you do not have to be a member to receive the Handiham World E-Letter.

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

The weekly e-letter is a compilation of software tips, operating information, and Handiham news. It is published on Wednesdays, and is available to everyone free of charge. Please email Nancy.Meydell@allina.com  for changes of address, unsubscribes, etc. Include your old email address and your new address.

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