Handiham World for July 17, 2019

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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
  • News in Assistive Technology
  • From the Mailbag
  • Interview of the Week
  • Ham Radio in the News
  • A Dip in the Pool
  • Website Update
  • Equipment Connection
  • Help Needed
  • Check into our nets!
  • …And more!

A note from the coordinator…

This is the last E-Letter before camp! Listen out for W0EQO and W0ZSW at radio camp next week! We will have multiple Kenwood HF stations on the air including a TS-590SG, a TS-480, and a TS-2000. We will have several serious CW operators at camp this year, so listen for that mode as well. Also, we will have an Icom 706MKIIG on the pontoon boat for marine mobile contacts. If you work us at camp, be sure to send a QSL to receive the newly designed Handiham Program QSL card.

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The final preparations for camp are nearly complete! Don’t forget to pack your hand-held radio to use next week. The camp repeater will be on 443.8 MHz, with a tone of 114.8. We will have camp nets each evening, and the mid-day Handiham Radio Club Echolink net will be run from camp each day. All regular net controls get a vacation next week as campers take their turn running the net.

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Pemdy has everyone’s orders ready for delivery at camp. If you ordered any Handiham Program merchandise, it will be delivered to you there. If you didn’t order anything, we have a few extras of some of the items that you can purchase during camp while supplies last.

If you are having trouble receiving your E-Letter, you can always go to https://handiham.org/wordpress1/weekly-e-letter/ to see the latest E-Letter. Additionally, you can go to https://handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3 to listen to the current podcast. These links are updated each time a new E-Letter and podcast is released.

While I will be at Radio Camp all next week, Pemdy will be in the office during her usual hours. Please be aware that with all the camp related activities going on, it is taking longer to respond to messages than usual. Also, there will be no E-Letter on July 24th because of Radio Camp. If you call the Handiham Program office, and we do not answer, please leave a message. When you leave that message, don’t forget to leave your name, phone number, call sign, if you have one, and the reason for your call. Also, if you send an email, please include your name along with your call sign to speed up the response time. As always, 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, there is an article about the LookTel Money Reader app, another article about Hamvention 2019, and the last part of our interview with Linda Reeder, N7HVF. Of course, you can also find the regular articles you see here each week.

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

LookTel Money Reader for iOS

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The LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling people who are visually impaired or blind to quickly and easily identify and count bills. Point the camera of your iOS device at a bill and the app will tell you the denomination. The app supports many different currencies world-wide, so this is a great one no matter where you live and travel. To learn more, check out their website at: http://www.looktel.com/moneyreader

From the Mailbag

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Hi Lucinda,

Does anyone know of an audible battery tester? At one time a company made one. Perhaps a skilled ham could design one? Or could the USB port on a smart phone be used as the output device?

Thanks and be well,


Interview of the Week

Linda Reeder, N7HVF, a longtime member of the Handiham Program and the current president of the Handiham Radio Club joined me for an interview a few weeks ago to talk about the Radio Club and camp. Please enjoy the last part of our interview.
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LM: Do you know how many radio camps you’ve attended?

LR: Well, the first one I attended was in 1988, and I’ve went to every camp since. 1988 was the first one I went to, and I got my General. I was trying so hard because I had that aneurism, and I had to learn the code over again. Sister Alverna said that if I came to camp, I would leave there with a General license, and I did.

LR: I’ve been through a lot of technology changes since I became a ham. I got my first license in 1985. Randy Finch from KSL helped me, and I’ll never forget it. That was before I met Sister Alverna, because I met her in ’86. I actually didn’t meet her in person until ’88 when I actually came to camp. And we’ve been friends ever since. Now, she is a silent key.

LR: So, I’ve had a ham license for a long time, but I’ve done a lot with it and had a lot of fun.

LM: You’ve had a good time in this hobby.

LR: I really like it, and I try to help others when I can, especially if they get the radio I have. I like it when I can help others and make their lives a little bit easier.

LR: I even taught ham radio classes for a while. Me and my friend, Bruce, in Malibu, we taught the technician. That was fun! And I had the questions in braille. Bruce had been in the military. Because of his knowledge, he was a radio repairman, I let him do all the technical stuff, and I would do the reading. So, we made a good team.

LR: I would read the question and then Bruce would explain the how and why and all that. So, it was fun working with him.

LM: What do you want to say to the people who are getting ready to come to Radio Camp?

LR: Come, come, come to Radio Camp! We have so much fun! I like to get on the pontoon boat. I like it when they go fast, and I get to feel the wind in my face. I also like to operate the radio on the pontoon boat.

LR: Those of you who are coming to get licenses, the Handiham Program has all kinds of wonderful instructors, and I know they will do all they can to help you get ready for your license exam. Study now and come to class ready to tell the instructor what it is you are having trouble understanding. They will help you, and hopefully you will be able to walk out with whatever license class you are studying for.

LM: And there’s always more things to learn.

LR: That’s true! I have learned a lot, and there’s always something new to learn. I enjoy it. I love the camp so much!

Stay tuned in two weeks for some new interviews from Radio Camp!

Ham Radio in the News

Dayton Hamvention 2019 Attendance Approaches All-Time Peak

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Officials from the Dayton Amateur Radio Association announced that the 2019 attendance was 32,472. This is the highest attendance since Hamvention moved to its new location in Xenia, Ohio and is nearly as high as the event’s peak attendance of 33,669 in 1993. For reference, last year, 28,417 visitors attended Hamvention. With more than 700 volunteers, a very hard-working crew from DARA, and vendors from all over the globe, Hamvention is a huge event that hams look forward to every year. One of the changes this year was the free Sunday admission, and they expect to continue with that next year. You can read more at http://www.arrl.org/news/dayton-hamvention-2019-attendance-approaches-all-time-peak

A Dip in the Pool
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It’s time to test our knowledge by taking a dip in the question pool…

Let’s go to the Technician Class pool this week to question about hidden transmitter hunts:

T8C02 asks: Which of these items would be useful for a hidden transmitter hunt?

Possible answers are:
A. Calibrated SWR meter.
B. A directional antenna.
C. A calibrated noise bridge.
D. All of these choices are correct.

One of the exciting activities at Radio Camp is participating in hidden transmitter hunts or fox hunting as it is commonly called. This year, we even have a new fox that operates on 2-meters. We will hide the fox in progressively more difficult to find locations as campers improve their skills throughout the week. How do you find the fox? Using a directional antenna allows the fox hunter to find the general direction of the signal. That makes answer B the correct choice. Of course, once the fox hunter gets close to the signal, they will switch to a less sensitive antenna for sniffing around and finding the specific location.

Editor’s Note: While the podcast and online versions of A Dip in the Pool were correct last week, the emailed version contained a typo. Congratulations to all who caught it! You were paying attention, and, as you correctly surmised, the right answer was C.

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. You can also find the latest updates any time by going to https://handiham.org/wordpress1/website-updates/. If you have any feedback about the website, I would love to hear from you. If you are a current member and your credentials are not allowing you to login to the site, please contact Pemdy for assistance at handiham@allina.com or 612-775-2291.

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.

Help Needed

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The Handiham Program needs contributors to Handiham World. Do you have a particular interest in amateur radio that you would like to share with others? Maybe you have a particular mode or band you like to operate and have learned a lot about. Or maybe you have some great stories to share from your experiences in the amateur radio hobby. Put your writing skills to work for Handiham World by sending your submissions to Lucinda.Moody@allina.com.

We are always looking for more readers, including some with a background in teaching in STEM related fields, especially if you have also worked with students requiring accommodations. We also need some readers with a background in teaching in STEM related fields, especially if you have also worked with students requiring accommodations. This volunteer position requires you to use your own equipment to record, however, we will provide the reading materials. If you or someone you know would like to try reading material for the members only section, please contact me for more information on how to submit a demo recording.

We need help updating our available resources for members. If you are blind and enjoy using your ham radio or assistive technology related devices, your assistance is especially needed. It would be a big help to your fellow Handiham Members if you would record a tutorial or product review. These need to be sent in Mp3 format, and the Handiham Program reserves the right to edit the recordings as needed before publishing in the Members Only section of the Handiham.org website. Please contact me at Lucinda.Moody@allina.com or 612-775-2290 if you have any questions.

I want to say a big thank you to those who have made or volunteered to make tutorials for the Members Only portion of the website. We have already had a number of members step up to offer their services, and their help is greatly appreciated! We also have some new readers who are working on some books, so keep watching for website updates as we add more content.

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 DMR Talkgroup on Brandmeister is 31990. On AllStar, it is available at node 47367.
  • 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.


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    • Handiham annual membership dues are $12.00. The lifetime membership rate is $120.00.
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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

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