Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, January 31, 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

  • HamSCI

  • Ham Radio In the News

  • Win Some Handiham History Loot

  • Thank You

  • Member News

  • Check into our nets!

  • ...And more!

A note from the coordinator...

During a phone call earlier today, a member asked about what could be done to help the Handiham Program. I suggested letting us know about his ham radio activities and reporting his experiences with radios and accessible equipment. The Handiham Program has always been an organization that expects and, indeed, thrives on member participation, not just one that provides member services. When you share what you are learning and doing, other members can benefit.

Stay tuned for an announcement about a new service for the Handiham Program that will debut in February. I won’t spoil the surprise, so be sure to check out the E-Letter next week!

In the Handiham Program office, Nancy is finishing up everything she can before she leaves on her vacation. If there is something you are waiting for, be aware that it may be a couple more weeks before she can get it to you. Things are always a bit crazy around here when vacations happen! If you need something, it would be best to contact her after her return on February 12. 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 the prize! 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 time, so keep sending in your responses!

In the E-Letter this week there is information on the new release from the DAISY Consortium, some links to more information about HamSCI, and another link to the need for amateur radio communications after major disasters.

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

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The DAISY Consortium is delighted to announce the launch of Ace by DAISY, the ground-breaking free and open source accessibility checking tool for ebooks created in the widely adopted EPUB format. Ace by DAISY, equips the publishing industry with a tool which can test their ebooks against internationally recognized standards for accessibility. Designed to assist content providers at any stage in their workflow, Ace by DAISY will make it easier to produce higher quality, more accessible EPUB content files. The full press release can be accessed at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/01/prweb15141305.htm

For further information on Ace and how to get started: https://inclusivepublishing.org/Ace

Thanks to Ken, KB3LLA, for letting us know about this release.


Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation

Ham radio operators have made many contributions to science over the years. Check out HamSCI, a place for projects that advance research through amateur radio, encourage new technological developments, and provide learning opportunities for all. They bring people together in amateur radio to advance science.


Ham Radio in the News

Dominica Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Cites Amateur Radio’s Role after Maria

The Commonwealth of Dominica noted the critical need for Amateur Radio in providing communications after a disaster such as Hurricane Maria. You can check out the story at the following link: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/dominica-post-disaster-needs-assessment-ci...

Win Some Handiham History Loot

Here is your chance to own a piece of Handiham Program history! For the next two weeks, we are offering another 40th Anniversary Handiham mug. Since Nancy will be on vacation, this question can be answered over the next two weeks instead of just one. 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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Who administered the exams to the first Handiham Members? (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, February 13.

Thank You

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Thanks to the Richmond Amateur Radio Club for responding so quickly to help the Handiham Program with a project. You can check out their website at http://rarclub.net/

Member Updates

James, KJ4NUR, recommends Hamlog as a blind-friendly app. If you decide to check it out, please let us know your thoughts.

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.  

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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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