Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the Week of Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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

Our contact information is at the end.

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Welcome to Handiham World.

In this edition: 

  • A note from the coordinator

  • New in Assistive Technology

  • Winter Field Day

  • Ham Radio In the News

  • Win Some Handiham History Loot

  • Affiliate Club News

  • Member Updates

  • Check into our nets!

  • ...And more!

A note from the coordinator...

Even though it is only January, we are already working hard on the plans for the 2018 Handiham Ham Radio and Assistive Technology Retreat. This will be shorter than radio camp, and we will not offer any license classes or testing sessions. We will offer hands-on access to some of the most recent accessible radios, the ability to try out a new remote base station option that we are testing, and a recap of recent assistive technology releases. The Retreat will take place toward the end of September or early October, so stay tuned for more details.

You will notice some changes in the format for Handiham World in 2018. We are planning some interesting interviews, the first of which will air next week. I won’t spoil the surprise, but I can tell you that he is excited to share his perspective on the Handiham Program and his passion for assistive technology. Speaking of assistive technology, we will be focusing more on that in 2018, something that only makes sense in a Program that serves people with disabilities.

In the Handiham Program office, Nancy has been processing a lot of renewals after a final notification was sent out to those who were long overdue. We are glad to see so many who decided to remain members of the Handiham Program! With the help of others in Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, we are making progress in getting our volunteer roles, training, and tracking standardized. The new website is growing daily with more pages being added regularly. Because it is such a large site, rebuilding it is a big undertaking! 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 turning in those answers!

In the E-Letter this week there are some more links about the upcoming Winter Field Day along with another link to an article about ham radio operators who lost their gear in one of the California fires. Additionally, there are links to some new assistive technology and the announcement of a new Handiham affiliated radio club.

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.

New in Assistive Technology

Check out the OrCam MyEye 2.0 at: https://www.orcam.com/en/myeye2/

And you can view a YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/a8ZbwRUcP58

Winter Field Day

Here is some more information on the upcoming Winter Field Day where stations test their operating skills in cold weather conditions. If you decide to operate Winter Field Day this year, be sure to share your story for a future edition of Handiham World.




Ham Radio in the News

Amateur radio volunteers who helped with Red Cross shelter communications during the Thomas Fire lost some gear to the blaze and are seeking help to replace and upgrade their equipment. http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/communities/ojai/2018/01/01/amate...

Win Some Handiham History Loot

Here is your chance to own a piece of Handiham Program history! This week, we are offering another 40th Anniversary Handiham mug. These mugs were originally available 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:

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For how many years did Pat Tice serve with 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 23, 2018.

Affiliate Club News

It’s official! The Owatonna Steele County Amateur Radio Club is now an official Handiham Affiliated Club. We thank them for their continued work with all local hams and appreciate their willingness to offer test sessions to persons with disabilities who need accommodations. You can check out their website at http://www.oscarmn.org/

If your radio club is interested in becoming a Handiham Affiliated Club, please have them contact me at Lucinda.Moody@allina.com

Member Updates

Kim, N9UBJ, made Duotrope’s list of published authors! Congratulations!

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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