Handiham World for October 21, 2019

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Monday, October 21, 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…

Since we are solidly into the final quarter of 2019, it is time to focus on the future. In the Handiham Program office, we are busy planning all the activities for 2020, including a new addition to the Handiham World E-Letter and Podcast. I won’t spoil the surprise now. You will just have to wait for the new year! Additionally, Pemdy has been busy updating our member and volunteer files, a huge undertaking, but one that will make our work more efficient in the future.

Bill Vokac, K9BV, asked me to let everyone know that he is in poor health and may be less active in the Handiham Program for a while. Bill has been a license class instructor at our Handiham Radio Camp for many years, so a lot of our members and volunteers know him well. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Are you a newer ham? A great podcast to listen to is the ARRL’s So Now What. The latest episode is focused on amateur radio lingo. With a new episode released every other week, I would encourage you to check it out at: http://www.arrl.org/so-now-what

Orders are now being taken for Handiham Program merchandise. If you would like to get some Handiham Program gear, this is your chance! You only have until November 1st before we close the order. You can contact Pemdy to place an order or have an order form sent to you via email or postal mail at handiham@allina.com.

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.

Pemdy and I will be in the office during our usual hours this week. 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, and the reason for your email 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 accessibility updates in the Vimeo player, another article about the renewed MOU between the ARRL and the Red Cross in Puerto Rico, and an interview from a long-time Handiham Program member who also happened to be at Radio Camp this summer. 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

Accessibility updates to the Vimeo player

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Vimeo is working on making their player accessible to all, regardless of their individual abilities. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is a set of web standards that when implemented ensure that all people can access a website. With the changes, Vimeo’s player now includes higher color contrast, clearer focus states, and improved support for screen reader users. Additionally, they added support for captions and subtitles across multiple devices. Vimeo plans to continue improving the accessibility of their products as part of their support of an inclusive environment. You can learn more at: https://vimeo.com/blog/post/accessibility-updates-to-the-vimeo-player/

Editor’s note: Thanks to Pat, WA0TDA, for sending this information.

From the Mailbag

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Hi Lucinda,

I have a talking multimeter, and it’s great for testing batteries, fuses, transistors, whether an outlet is live, and other things. A good friend of mine purchased it for me. Unfortunately, I can’t recall the company’s name. I’d Google it and/or search on the Web.

I now have a new net on one of our Columbus repeaters! I belong to the Central Ohio Radio Club. The net is called the “EAR” Net. EAR stands for “everything about radio.” I’ve had three nets so far, and we have covered a wide range of topics about radio, amateur radio being one of them.

I enjoyed your interview with NU6P, John Glass. It’ll be a long time before I get the chutzpah to spend a bunch of money on a smartphone. I’m not getting rid of my landline just yet.


Gayle, W8KWG

Hi Lucinda,

I have a talking VOM. By the way, the National Federation of the Blind sells them. Also, you can check out www.icanworkthisthing.com for instructions on the talking VOM on that website.


Pierre Berube, K9EYE

Interview of the Week

This week, we are going back to an interview recorded before Radio Camp 2019 with Rachel, KC0VBV. Rachel was at camp this summer, so this is a great time to go back and hear from her.
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LM: Rachel, what’s your callsign?

RN: Kilo, Charlie, zero, Victor, Bravo, Victor.

LM: And lots of people know you by that callsign from camp, don’t they?

RN: Yeah.

LM: How did you get involved with the Handiham Program?

RN: My parents looked into it.

LM: So, your parents found out about it, and then did they introduce you to it?

RN: Yeah.

LM: How long ago was that?

RN: I can’t even remember.

LM: That long?

RN: Yeah.

LM: What’s your favorite thing about amateur radio?

RN: I like talking to people and getting to know people and meeting people at camp.

LM: So, what’s your favorite Handiham Program activity?

RN: At camp, I liked the zipline.

LM: What else do you like to do at camp?

RN: I like to talk on the airwaves a lot and to be with people a lot.

LM: That’s a good thing! Amateur radio is a communications hobby, so it is good that you like to talk to people. How many years have you been a ham?

RN: Since I was 20!

LM: That’s a long time! What license class do you have?

RN: I am trying to study for my Extra.

LM: So, you have your General Class right now and you’re working toward your Extra. What do you like to do besides amateur radio?

RN: I like to go to movies and read books.

LM: What about the art lessons?

RN: I am making a drawing of a charcoal wolf.

LM: That sounds like it will be really nice. What’s some of the other things you have done?

RN: I did a fish, and a scene like Halloween, and a horse.

LM: Those sound interesting!

RN: I’ve been in a lot of art shows.

LM: Here in the Twin Cities?

RN: Yeah.

LM: That sounds like fun! If someone was wondering about getting into amateur radio, what would you tell them?

RN: It’s a fun hobby to get into.

LM: Do you recommend it?

RN: Yeah!

Stay tuned next week for a new interview!

Ham Radio in the News

ARRL Puerto Rico Section and Red Cross Renew Memorandum of Understanding

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The Puerto Rico chapter of the American Red Cross renewed its MOU with the ARRL Puerto Rico Section, noting the help during recent emergencies and disasters, especially with Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. As part of the agreement, ham radio operators will help with the development of the Red Cross internal UHF communication system. Since the 2017 hurricanes, many new hams have been licensed, and most of those have a special interest in emergency communications having experienced the critical need following the storms. You can learn more at: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-puerto-rico-section-and-red-cross-renew-memorandum-of-understanding

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 new General Class pool this week to a question about SSB interference:

G4C03 asks: What sound is heard from an audio device or telephone if there is interference from a nearby single sideband phone transmitter?

Possible answers are:
A. A steady hum whenever the transmitter is on the air.
B. On-and-off humming or clicking.
C. Distorted speech.
D. Clearly audible speech.

When SSB comes over a public address system or some home electronic equipment, it sounds like distorted speech, making answer C the correct choice. Double sideband AM CB transmissions, however, sound like clear speech. If someone is complaining about interference with your SSB transmissions, ask if what they are hearing is clear or distorted. If it is clear, then you know that you are not the source of the interference.

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.

The October issue of CQ Magazine is now available in DAISY audio format in the magazines and newsletters section of the members only website.

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.


  • 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

E-Mail: handiham@allina.com

Preferred telephone: 1-612-775-2291
Toll-Free telephone: 1-866-HANDIHAM (1-866-426-3442)

Note: Tuesdays through Thursdays between 9:00 AM and 3:00 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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