Handiham World Update for November 23, 2022

This is the time of year when we take extra time to give thanks for our many blessings. The Handiham Program has an incredible legacy of members and volunteers who worked together to make create and grow a program that continues to thrive 55 years later.

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, the Handiham Program office will be closed for the remainder of this week. We will be back in the office next week during our usual hours. Also, as we are heading quickly toward the end of the year, be sure to reach out early if you need assistance in December. The annual holiday break will run from December 22nd through January 6th. During this time, the office will be closed, and we won’t be able to respond to emails or phone calls.

We have an exciting announcement about the 2023 Radio Camp. From September 6 through September 13, 2023,
Handiham Radio Camp-Metro Edition will be held right here in Minneapolis at the same hotel we used for the 2018 Assistive Technology and Amateur Radio Conference. We will be making several field trips during the week to operate radios and visit local attractions, and we want everyone to join us for very special week filled with hands-on ham radio activities. More details, including financial details and the daily schedule will be available in early 2023.

We have a new AllStar node number. Please use node 473670 to connect to the Handiham nets. The Handiham Radio Club sponsors nets at 11:00 am Central time and on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Central time. We are so thankful to Barry, K9AMO, our net manager, and look forward to talking to everyone on the nets.

The basic Morse code class just finished week 9 this week. The students are studying hard to learn the language of Morse code. Classes include weekly interactive sessions over Zoom along with practice recordings to help students gain mastery of their new language. If you already know your letters, numbers, and prosigns, we will be holding an intermediate level Morse code class starting in February that will help you increase your speed from around five words per minute to around 13 words per minute.

If you have already completed the intermediate level Morse code class or if you can copy at around 13 words per minute, you can join us in September of 2023 for a two semester advanced Morse code class. We will be taking students from 13 to 20 words per minute. The class will run two semesters with a long break between semesters. If you are interested in this class, please contact Pemdy to be placed on the list for an application.

The 24 week Technician Class starts finished week 5 last Wednesday. This class gets a week off for the US Thanksgiving holiday. Classes are held using the Zoom platform, and handouts and class recordings are provided each week to assist students with their studies.

The Handiham Radio Club is getting radio active! Look for more information to come about regular monthly meetings via Zoom and ways for you to get involved in the club. If you have not yet joined the Handiham Radio Club, all members of the Handiham Program are eligible to join. Just let Pemdy know you want to be put on the email list for the club so you can keep up with everything that is happening.

Thank you,

Lucinda and Pemdy

Handiham World Update for October 6, 2022

We have an exciting announcement about the 2023 Radio Camp. From September 6 through September 13, 2023,
Handiham Radio Camp-Metro Edition will be held right here in Minneapolis at the same hotel we used for the 2018 Assistive Technology and Amateur Radio Conference. We will be making several field trips during the week to operate radios and visit local attractions, and we want everyone to join us for very special week filled with hands-on ham radio activities.

The Handiham.org website members only section is back up and running as of Tuesday evening. If you tried to access the site between September 30 and October 4, you would have been unable to log in. We apologize for the difficulties!

We have a new AllStar node number. Please use node 473670 to connect to the Handiham nets. The Handiham Radio Club sponsors nets at 11:00 am Central time and on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Central time. We are so thankful to Barry, K9AMO, our net manager, and look forward to talking to everyone on the nets.

The basic Morse code class just finished week 2 this week. The students are studying hard to learn the language of Morse code. If you want to join this class, please contact Pemdy to be put on a list for an application. Classes include weekly interactive sessions over Zoom along with practice recordings to help students gain mastery of their new language. If you already know your letters, numbers, and prosigns, we will be holding an intermediate level Morse code class starting in February that will help you increase your speed from around five words per minute to around 13 words per minute.

The 24 week Technician Class starts next Wednesday, October 12. This is one week earlier than planned due to class being cancelled for October 26th. If you are not already signed up for this class and still want to join us, please contact Pemdy right away. Classes are held using the Zoom platform, and handouts and class recordings will be provided each week to help students with their studies.

The Handiham Radio Club is getting radio active! Look for more information to come about regular monthly meetings via Zoom and ways for you to get involved in the club. If you have not yet joined the Handiham Radio Club, all members of the Handiham Program are eligible to join. Just let Pemdy know you want to be put on the email list for the club so you can keep up with everything that is happening.

Thank you,

Lucinda and Pemdy

Handiham World Update for September 19, 2022

We had a great Handiham Program 55th Anniversary Celebration last month with many first time attendees. We held our celebration virtually using the Zoom platform, a format that is quite accessible to screen reader users. The week included classes on practical antenna construction, getting started as a ham radio operator, setting up your first ham station, using the VNA antenna analyzer, contesting, accessible equipment, and a final session where we shared what’s coming as the Handiham Program brings back in-person events next year. Many thanks to all our instructors for all their help in during this special celebration!

We have a new AllStar node number. Please use node 473670 to connect to the Handiham nets. The Handiham Radio Club sponsors nets at 11:00 am Central time and on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Central time. We are so thankful to Barry, K9AMO, our net manager, and look forward to talking to everyone on the nets.

If you want to join the basic Morse code class this fall, you need to contact Pemdy immediately to complete your application. Class starts next Monday, September 26th. This class starts at the very beginning, teaching letters, numbers, and prosigns. You do not need to have any prior Morse code training to join the class. We hold weekly Zoom classes and also provide practice recordings to supplement each class.

If you want to join the next Technician Class license class, you can reach out to Pemdy to complete your application. This class starts in October and will run for 24 weeks with breaks for the holidays, of course. Classes are held using the Zoom platform, and handouts will be provided each week to help students with their studies.

We are getting the final details in place for a week-long in-person event next September. Look for an announcement to come soon with additional details for those who plan to join us.

Thank you,

Lucinda and Pemdy