Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, May 23, 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.

Listen here:
https://handiham.org/audio/handiham23MAY2018.mp3

Get this podcast in iTunes:
Subscribe to our audio podcast in iTunes

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Subscribe or change your subscription to the E-mail version here.


Welcome to Handiham World.

In this edition: 

  • A note from the coordinator

  • News in Assistive Technology

  • Learning Arduino

  • Website Update

  • Interview of the Week

  • Ham Radio In the News

  • Equipment Connection

  • Check into our nets!

  • …And more!


A note from the coordinator…

The 2018 Dayton Hamvention is over! The weather was normal for Hamvention with rain and cold then heat, humidity, and the threat of severe weather. It was great to meet with the many Handiham Program members who stopped by the booth. Jim Perry, KJ3P, even stopped by to visit! He is a Handiham celebrity whose voice is well-known because of all the reading he has done both for the Handiham Program and NLS Talking Book program. During a short period when I had to leave our booth due to threatening severe weather (our booth was in a tent), I was able to meet with Gordon West, a Kenwood technician, the ladies from the YLRL, and a representative of K2BSA. The trip was a great success, and I look forward to next year.

I have been staying busy working the bugs out of the new website. I always appreciate your feedback. If you notice something you like or something that just does not seem to work quite right, please keep me informed. The Handiham Program website is meant to be accessible and relevant to the amateur radio hobby and people with disabilities; but, to make that a reality, I need input from Handiham Program members.

I The office will be closed on Monday, May 28, for the remembrance of Memorial Day in the US. Nancy and I will be in the office during our usual hours for the remainder of the week.

Nancy has finished adding the hundreds of members into the new website. If you have a current Handiham Program membership and are unable to log in, please contact her for assistance. Remember, if you need to update anything like your contact information, call sign, license class, membership, or members only log-in information, you can email us at handiham@allina.com.

In the E-Letter this week, we have several links for getting started with Arduino, stories from the Dayton Hamvention, and information on adaptive gaming, along with the other articles usually found in Handiham World.

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.


News in Assistive Technology

Xbox Adaptive Controller

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For people who find the standard gaming controller difficult or impossible to use, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is now making gaming more inclusive. Check out the following link and video for more information: https://news.microsoft.com/stories/xbox-adaptive-controller/

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/videoplayer/embed/RE25Rw4?autoplay=false


Learning Arduino

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Here are some links to get started learning Arduino.

The Blind Arduino Blog: http://blarbl.blogspot.com

Ken Perry’s Blind Electronics Blog: http://blindelectronics.com

The archives of the Smith-Kettlewell Technical File: http://www.ski.org/smith-kettlewell-technical-file

Elegoo EL-KIT-004 UNO Project Basic Starter Kit with Tutorial and UNO R3 for Arduino on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/r.html?C=1ADAO1HGSFP37&M=urn:rtn:msg:201805181817023af2f93b9a654c50b2b76026e880p0na&R=1ZDL0M1RIHL9V&T=C&U=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FElegoo-EL-KIT-004-Project-Starter-Tutorial%2Fdp%2FB01DGD2GAO%2Fref%3Dcm_sw_em_r_awd_dzP_dIX.AbX78TKE6_im&H=YOILHV5HIJWMY4TYDBSC7BQTI7WA

Grove Starter Kit on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/r.html?C=1ADAO1HGSFP37&M=urn:rtn:msg:2018051818285489a7b9613b824489b9339eb4d0e0p0na&R=1ZDL0M1RIHL9V&T=C&U=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSeeedstudio-Grove-Arduino-Starter-Kit%2Fdp%2FB00NCF251C%2Fref%3Dcm_sw_em_r_awd_dz_sTX.AbRSSN3XP_im&H=OIKXAMMPD85ZKBL9ESUU1EJRADMA

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


Website Update

 

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Here are the latest updates on the new Handiham.org website. Don’t forget to monitor the site for updates throughout the week. When changes are made, I will post to the website. Also, you can subscribe to the category specific RSS feeds to keep up on the website activity.

I will be adding the General and Extra Class license material to the new site this week. Also, a cookie notification has been added to make the site compliant with the new GDPR requirements.


Interview of the Week

Due to Hamvention, there is no interview this week. Stay tuned for a new one next week!


Ham Radio in the News

Dayton Hamvention News Roundup

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The ARRL posted news roundups for each of the days at Hamvention. They talked about various events such as the robotics contest, the signing of an updated Memorandum of Understanding between SATERN and the ARRL, and all the new products that manufacturers debuted at the event. If you were unable to attend Hamvention in person, check out these articles and the links to the podcasts where you can hear interviews and get a taste of all that took place in Xenia, OH.

http://www.arrl.org/news/hamvention-2018-sunday-roundup

http://www.arrl.org/news/hamvention-2018-saturday-roundup

http://www.arrl.org/news/hamvention-2018-friday-roundup


Equipment Connection

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Equipment connections are happening, and the list is open! If you have a request for the Equipment Connection, contact me, leaving your name and phone number. I will call you to discuss your request. Please note that it may take several days for a return call due to all the other things going on in the Handiham Program. If you don’t hear back from me after two weeks, you may contact me a second time. Additionally, if you have received any equipment from the Handiham Program during the last 12 months, you will automatically be placed at the bottom of the list so that others can also participate in the Equipment Connection.

Many thanks to the numerous people who have offered equipment for Handiham Members. If you have equipment that you would like to donate to a Handiham Program member, please email Lucinda at Lucinda.Moody@allina.com or call 1-612-775-2290.


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.


Membership

  • 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.
      MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENT LINK
    • If you want to donate to the Handiham Program, please use our donation website.  The instructions are at the following link:
      DONATION 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


E-Mail:
handiham@allina.com


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 Program news. It is published on Wednesdays, and is available to everyone free of charge. Please email handiham@allina.com  for changes of address, unsubscribes, etc. Include your old email address and your new address.

Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the Week of Wednesday, May 9, 2018

 

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, May 9, 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.

Listen here:
https://handiham.org/audio/handiham09MAY2018.mp3

Get this podcast in iTunes:
Subscribe to our audio podcast in iTunes

RSS feed for the audio podcast if you use other podcasting software:
http://feeds.feedBurner.com/handiham

Subscribe or change your subscription to the E-mail version here.


Welcome to Handiham World.

In this edition: 

  • A note from the coordinator

  • News in Assistive Technology

  • Website Update

  • Interview of the Week

  • Ham Radio In the News

  • Equipment Connection

  • Check into our nets!

  • …And more!



A note from the coordinator…

After a mid-April blizzard, I can finally feel confident in saying that spring has sprung here in the Twin Cities. With the newly green grass and spring flowers comes thunderstorm season with noisier low bands and periodic outages of the remote base stations. If you want to keep up with the station events, you can go to https://handiham.org/remotebase.

As the bugs are being worked out on the new website, I would appreciate your feedback. If you notice something you like or something that just does not seem to work quite right, please keep me informed. The Handiham Program website is meant to be accessible and relevant to the amateur radio hobby and people with disabilities, but, to make that a reality, I need feedback from Handiham Program members.

I will only be in the office during the first part of next week since the Dayton Hamvention takes place later that week. If you plan to be at Hamvention, please be sure to stop by our booth. You can find us in Building 6 at booth 6602. Also, because of being out of the office for Hamvention, there will be no E-Letter next week. Stay tuned for a special Hamvention E-Letter on May 23!

Nancy will be in the office during her usual hours next week. She is nearly finished with adding the hundreds of members into the new website. If you need something, please be patient as she will respond to your request as soon as possible. Remember, if you need to update anything like your contact information, call sign, license class, membership, or members only log-in information, you can email us at handiham@allina.com.

In the E-Letter this week, we have the last part of the interview with Kelly Stanfield, W0YQG, and information about Pinterest and accessibility. Additionally, you will find the latest website updates and news about Puerto Rico’s Amateur Radio Day, along with all the other usual articles.

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.


News in Assistive Technology

Pinterest Just Redesigned Its App for Blind People

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A lead designer at Pinterest decided to test the social media platform with people who had visual impairments or were blind. He found that many could not even sign on to the app. Even though both iOS and Android have accessibility features, the app did not have the structure necessary for the accessibility features to function properly. It became a challenge to address the issues, making the app inclusive. You can learn more about the process in the article at the following link: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90169317/pinterest-just-redesigned-its-app-for-blind-people


Sporadic E Openings

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Matt Arthur, KA0PQW, reports that sporadic E openings are happening on 6 meters. It is a good idea to monitor 6 meters frequently to catch those band openings.


Website Update

 

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Here are the latest updates on the new Handiham.org website. Don’t forget to monitor the site for updates throughout the week. When changes are made, I will post to the website. Also, you can subscribe to the category specific RSS feeds to keep up on the website activity.

The website now automatically redirects from the https://handiham.org address. The work around that was in place last week is no longer needed.

A homepage link has been added to the navigation panel.

The Technician Class exam prep materials are now available in the new website.


Interview of the Week

 

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A few weeks ago, Kelly Stanfield, W0YQG, did a Skype interview for us. She recently passed her General and Extra Class license exams and has been busy completing other emergency communications training classes. Her enthusiasm for the ham radio hobby is contagious, and I hope you enjoy the third part of her interview. While the interview airs in the podcast, I have included an edited transcription of the interview below.

KS: On December 9th, I attended the Benton County ARES meeting. I got to share the news of my accomplishments that week, which was fun to do, even though I had a feeling that word had probably gotten around to most of the people there. What I did not know yet, was that the two people who had been on this journey with me in amateur radio who were still alive were there—Craig and Uncle Joe. I knew that something was up when they were there, considering that they had to make a two hour drive to be there.

KS: I did not get much time to ponder what was up because I was called up front to receive the Kenwood TS-590. I was in shock thinking that this could not be real. I was not expecting to have an HF radio for a long while.

KS: Craig and Uncle Joe brought me home after the club meeting, and I quickly reshuffled stuff to make room for the new radio. A little over a week later, my Uncle came down and got my 2 meter/440 antenna up. Unfortunately, because he did not have help, he was not able to get my HF antenna up that day. He said he would try to come back on Monday.

KS: On Monday, he said he brought me some company, Craig. So, we had a little class on using the Kenwood 590 and got to hang out. So that’s how I got my HF station.

LM: It sounds like Craig has been a great Elmer for you.

KS: Great, excellent, whatever word you want to use. He is still helping me, and I don’t think he is ever going to quit. He continues to send me files to help me learn.

LM: I think that one of the things I like about this hobby is that we help each other out in areas such as learning and developing skills.

KS: I like that too.

KS: Then I remembered that my Grandpa had introduced me to Morse code. I decided I should finish that project by learning code. In the meantime, I have completed the Benton County CERT course in March. I started learning how to handle traffic in February. I also have my FEMA 100 and 700 level courses done. I am going to try again for my 800 level class since I didn’t pass it the first time. That’s the main part of my story that I can think of.

LM: What would you say to a Handiham Program member who says, “I tried, and I can’t.”

KS: I would suggest finding someone in your area, whether they have your same disability or not, that’s willing to try to help you sort out where you are stuck. I would add a caution to those who are visually impaired that if you work with a sighted person, their method of teaching the math may leave you more lost than you were to begin with. Math is linear rather than pictorial for people with visual impairments. You need to find the right people to help.

KS: Also, just keep going. You may need to take a little break, but keep going. I had to take a break before I started again. If you can, meet with someone regularly for study sessions.

KS: Craig and I decided that I am a bit of a geek. He felt that my background in assistive technology helped me get through all of my studies for the license exams.

LM: It’s good for people to hear from someone who didn’t pass every test on the first try and about how you were able to succeed. When people call and say they are struggling, I say they have not yet found the learning method that works for them.

KS: Yes. You have the find the method that starts keeping the learning in place for you.

LM: It’s not all bad to have differences in learning that make you have to work harder to learn something because it also means you are more likely to retain what you have worked to learn.

Editor’s Note: We are so grateful for Kelly taking the time to share her story with the Handiham Program members.


Ham Radio in the News

May 8 was Amateur Radio Day in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo A. Rosselló Nevares included the amateur radio response to assist Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria last year in his proclamation of Amateur Radio Day. There are some 4,000 hams living in Puerto Rico, and Amateur Radio Day is a chance to acknowledge the important role their communications skills play in emergency disaster response. You can read more at the following link: http://www.arrl.org/news/may-8-is-amateur-radio-day-in-puerto-rico


Equipment Connection

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Equipment connections are happening, and the list is open! If you have a request for the Equipment Connection, contact me, leaving your name and phone number. I will call you to discuss your request. Please note that it may take several days for a return call due to all the other things going on in the Handiham Program. If you don’t hear back from me after two weeks, you may contact me a second time. Additionally, if you have received any equipment from the Handiham Program during the last 12 months, you will automatically be placed at the bottom of the list so that others can also participate in the Equipment Connection. As a reminder, there is some fine print that you will need to be aware of when these connections take place.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health (“CKRI”), provides a way to connect Handiham members in need of radio equipment with people who want to donate used equipment; however, CKRI makes no warranty whatsoever regarding the equipment. No warranties, promises, and/or representations of any kind, express or implied, are given as to the equipment.

CKRI shall not be liable for any loss or damage of whatever nature (direct, indirect, consequential, or other) whether arising in contract or tort or otherwise, which may arise as a result of your use of contact information (or failure to use) contact information provided by CKRI. CKRI only provides contact information upon request where an individual has used ham radio equipment to share that matches a request and both individuals have agreed to the exchange of contact information. The outcome of the contact between the individuals is not with the control of CKRI, and we cannot take responsibility for any aspect of the communications or transactions. The provision of contact information is not to be taken as an endorsement or representation of any kind by CKRI.

Many thanks to the numerous people who have offered equipment for Handiham Members. If you have equipment that you would like to donate to a Handiham Program member, please email Lucinda at Lucinda.Moody@allina.com or call 1-612-775-2290.


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.


Membership

  • 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.
      MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENT LINK
    • If you want to donate to the Handiham Program, please use our donation website.  The instructions are at the following link:
      DONATION 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


E-Mail:
handiham@allina.com


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 Program news. It is published on Wednesdays, and is available to everyone free of charge. Please email handiham@allina.com  for changes of address, unsubscribes, etc. Include your old email address and your new address.

Work around no longer needed!

I have added code to our website that automatically redirects you to the new WordPress site without having to click on the link for the Courage Kenny Handiham Website.  You will now automatically be redirected to the site when you go to https://handiham.org.  As always, your feedback is appreciated, along with your patience, as I continue to work on the website.

Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, May 2, 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.

Listen here:
https://handiham.org/audio/handiham02MAY2018.mp3

Get this podcast in iTunes:
Subscribe to our audio podcast in iTunes

RSS feed for the audio podcast if you use other podcasting software:
http://feeds.feedBurner.com/handiham

Subscribe or change your subscription to the E-mail version here.


Welcome to Handiham World.

In this edition: 

  • A note from the coordinator

  • News in Assistive Technology

  • Website Update

  • Interview of the Week

  • Ham Radio In the News

  • Equipment Connection

  • Check into our nets!

  • …And more!


A note from the coordinator…

The last two weeks brought some surprises to the Handiham Program. First, our website went down two weeks ago, shortly after the release of the April 18 E-Letter. Because of the nature of the problems, I decided to take down the old Drupal site and speed up the roll-out of the new WordPress site. As you can imagine, that has not been without its own difficulties. While we have been able to get the Handiham.org site to redirect to the new WordPress site, the Members Only section still has an issue that requires members to click on the Courage Kenny Handiham Program link after they have attempted to log-in. Until they do this, the website shows that they are not logged in. I will be working to get that fixed this week.

Due to the website outage on top of the Michigan trip, I was unable to publish an E-Letter last week. It is good to get back to a more normal schedule this week. With a more secure website, we hope to avoid that problem in the future!

Many of you are already using the new Handiham Program email address: handiham@allina.com. You can reach everyone in the Handiham Program office at this address, so feel free to use it for any communication with us. The other addresses will still reach us individually.

Last week, I attended the SKYWARN for the visually impaired class in Michigan. We are planning to offer this class at the upcoming Amateur Radio and Assistive Technology Retreat this fall here in Minneapolis. You will hear more about this training in an upcoming E-Letter article.

Nancy will be in the office during her usual hours next week. She is especially busy right now adding the hundreds of members into the new website. If you need something, please be patient as she will respond to your request as soon as possible. Remember, if you need to update anything like your contact information, call sign, license class, membership, or members only log-in information, you can email us at handiham@allina.com.

The Handiham History Trivia prizes are all gone. Many thanks to all who participated. We had lots of different winners and hope everyone enjoys their prizes.

In the E-Letter this week, there is some information about 3D printing increasing accessibility for visually impaired or blind learners, more on the updated website, and the second part of an interview with Kelly Stanfield, W0YQG, along with the usual articles found in Handiham World.

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.


News in Assistive Technology

3D Printing for Accessibility in Education

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In this edition of the MatterHackers Minute, Mara tells you about Neal McKenzie, an Assistive Technology Specialist for the Visually Impaired Department at the Sonoma County Office of Education. Neal uses 3D printing to make lessons more accessible for K-12 students who are blind or low vision! You can learn more at the following links:

Learn more about Neal’s story here:
https://www.matterhackers.com/articles/3d-printed-educational-models-for-the-visually-impaired?rcode=YTUBE

Watch the YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/ZKuEkGKZJrM


Website Update

 

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With all the changings happening on the Handiham.org website, it was time to add this section to the E-Letter. I will post all the new pages in the Members Only section here each week. You will still need to log-in to the website to access those pages, however, as the new site has a more secure Members Only section. Also, I will post updates to the website during the week, so check it out if you want to keep up on what is going on there.

A couple of things to note:

We have a new category specific RSS feed option that you can subscribe to on the website. You can pick the topics of your choice or subscribe to all of them.

We are limiting failed log-in attempts to prevent brute force attacks on the website. If you get locked out, the Handiham Program will be notified. If you need assistance, you can contact us at handiham@allina.com


Interview of the Week

 

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A couple weeks ago, Kelly Stanfield, W0YQG, did a Skype interview for us. She recently passed her General and Extra Class license exams and has been busy completing other emergency communications training classes. Her enthusiasm for the ham radio hobby is contagious, and I hope you enjoy the second part of her interview. While the interview airs in the podcast, I have included an edited transcription of the interview below.

KS: I decided that if Craig thought I could learn the material for the test, I would try again. The next step was to contact them to arrange the details of lodging in the Kansas City area for the class and getting Craig to and from the class. Where Craig lives, transportation options are limited. They had a little over a month to get everything figured out.

KS: In the meantime, Craig and I started getting together once a week. Craig told me he could not get me through all the material, but I already knew that. We just reviewed some of the main terms and scientific concepts so that I would be better prepared for the class. I used a notepad document and took a lot of notes! There were times that I had to tell him that he had lost me, and I did not even know where. Thankfully, he would just try again! He was very persistent!

KS: My friend took me to the train station, and I went up to Kansas City. On Saturday morning, the 7th of October, Craig and I met in person for the first time since the summer of 2004. It was so good to see him! I had been through a lot in life in the meantime, and it was so good to talk to him. It took a few minutes to get into our educational groove, but we figured it out. I would turn to him and say I did not get something, and he would say to wait until break. During the next break, we would have a mini class where I would catch up on anything I had missed.

KS: On Sunday morning, Craig informed me he wanted me to return in December to take the class for the Extra Class license. I told him I had not even passed the General Class exam yet! He would not tell me what he was planning, but I felt even more pressure to pass the exam. And I did! I got my General Class license that night.

KS: Next, we started working on the paperwork to get my Grandpa’s call sign. I told my Uncle that I noticed he had not applied for it, and could I apply for it. Then we realized that Grandpa’s call sign had never been cancelled. We got every document we thought the FCC might need, and by mid-November, I had it all in the mail to the FCC. That was just before Thanksgiving of 2017.

KS: Craig gave me an order not to study for the first week after the General Class exam. He does not usually give orders like that, so when he did, I knew he was serious. He did say I could download the lectures from the Handiham Program, however.

KS: So I would make a list of the topics that I was struggling with from the lectures. On Wednesdays, I would email him the list, and on Thursdays, we would meet on Skype to work on the list. Craig would give me all kinds of examples to explain the concepts, taking it out of the scientific language mode and putting in the context of things that I could understand.

KS: I was worried about finishing all that material before the class took place in the Kansas City area. There are a lot of lectures to go through for that license! When we got together in Kansas City, Craig focused on helping me keep up with what we were studying during each class period.

KS: I passed my Extra Class exam on December 3rd. We already knew that my Grandpa’s call sign would be mine on December 8th. So, at that point, I was just waiting for both to show up in the FCC database. I heard an email come at 3:00am on that day and could not go back to sleep. That is how I found out my new call sign was now mine. I immediately sent an email to Craig. At 7:00am, my Uncle Joe also sent out a congratulations email to me and everyone involved in helping me reach my goals in amateur radio, showing that not only did I have my Extra Class license, but also my Grandpa’s call sign.

KS: I thought everything was good, even though I knew it would be a while before I would be able to get on HF. On December 9th, I attended the Benton County ARES meeting. I got to share the news of my accomplishments that week, which was fun to do, even though I had a feeling that word had probably gotten around to most of the people there. What I did not know yet, was that the two people who had been on this journey with me in amateur radio who were still alive were there—Craig and Uncle Joe. I knew that something was up when they were there…

Editor’s Note: We will hear the next part of Kelly’s story next week. Stay tuned!


Ham Radio in the News

Amateur Radio Case Attracts Attention of FCC Commissioner

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Michael O’Rielly, FCC Commissioner, has called for the Commission to abolish its Administrative Law Judge system, in part because of the case involving a California ham whose application for renewal was submitted in 2007. In 2015, he was given a Notice of Apparent Liability and Forfeiture in the amount of $25,000 for intentional interference. While the individual does not dispute making the transmissions, he claims that they are protected under the First Amendment and that the Administrative Law Judge is biased against him. O’Rielly notes that the Commission has often needed to reverse or change decisions made by the ALJ, causing him to question the appropriateness of this system. You can read more at the following link: http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-case-attracts-attention-of-fcc-commissioner


Equipment Connection

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Equipment connections are happening, and the list is open! If you have a request for the Equipment Connection, contact me, leaving your name and phone number. I will call you to discuss your request. Please note that it may take several days for a return call due to all the other things going on in the Handiham Program. I have gotten behind on returning these calls because of priority issues, including the website and travel over the last two weeks. If you don’t hear back from me after two weeks, you may contact me a second time. Additionally, if you have received any equipment from the Handiham Program during the last 12 months, you will automatically be placed at the bottom of the list so that others can also participate in the Equipment Connection.

Many thanks to the numerous people who have offered equipment for Handiham Members. If you have equipment that you would like to donate to a Handiham Program member, please email Lucinda at Lucinda.Moody@allina.com or call 1-612-775-2290.


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 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.


Membership

  • 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.
      MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENT LINK
    • If you want to donate to the Handiham Program, please use our donation website.  The instructions are at the following link:
      DONATION 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


E-Mail:
handiham@allina.com


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 Program news. It is published on Wednesdays, and is available to everyone free of charge. Please email handiham@allina.com  for changes of address, unsubscribes, etc. Include your old email address and your new address.

 

Check out the new website!

The new website is under construction.  Due to a catastrophic issue with the old website, we decided to speed up the roll-out of the new Handiham.org site.  Please note, Nancy will start adding current Handiham Program members to the members only section on Tuesday, May 1.  Please send any feedback to me at Lucinda.Moody@allina.com

Thanks!