Handiham World for January 20, 2020

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of January 20, 2020

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…

January is just flying by! I hope you have been finding time to enjoy your favorite ham radio activities. There are so many options available in this hobby that there is sure to be at least one thing each ham enjoys doing! It’s a good idea to try out something new in the hobby just to see what peaks your interest.

Along with the release of the new On the Air magazine, the ARRL is doing a new podcast to take a deeper look at some of the topics and projects included in the magazine. You can check it out at http://www.arrl.org/on-the-air-podcast.

There are still a few extra items from the latest merchandise list. If you want to see if something is available for you to order, please contact Pemdy.

Photo of stack of new gray sweatshirts with the Handiham Logo embroidered on them.

If you haven’t already signed up to receive an application for the 2020 Radio Camp, don’t forget to let Pemdy know that you want to be on the list. Pemdy has been busy getting the applications ready to go out next month. Camp will include license class instruction along with lots of hands-on amateur radio and training in science, technology, math, and engineering. Instructors are experienced ham radio operators from many locations who come together each summer to make this great experience a reality for campers of all abilities. The week will also give campers the opportunity to learn from each other while enjoying traditional camp activities like swimming, meals in the great outdoors, and nightly campfires.

Photo of radio campers out on the pontoon boat on Lake George.

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 the Logitech G adaptive gaming kit, another article about hams assisting in Puerto Rico, and the next part of a new interview with Jerry Kloss, N0VOE. 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

Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit

photo adapted switch access devices as part of the Logitech G adaptive gaming kit

Logitech teamed up with Microsoft and Xbox to make the additional switch access devices needed to make the adapted gaming controller useful for people with different abilities. The kit has buttons in various sizes that require varying levels of touch that can be configured and attached in the way that the user needs to function at their best. This allows people to be able to interact with their peers and engage in fun activities, improving neurological outcomes while increasing social interaction. You can learn more at: http://www.LogitechG.com


From the Mailbag

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Hi,

I have my new ham radio site at ka3ttt.net. I wanted to find a widget to display sunspot activity and HF propagation conditions, such as the one found on qrz.com, but it presents the data in a graphical format. I wondered if anyone knows of a similar widget that presents the data in a text-based format accessible to screen reader users?

Thanks and 73,

Austin, KA3TTT


Hello Lucinda

I’ve always been able to use the EchoLink app on my iPad until I upgraded to iOS 13. Now, it will not work. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, could someone send me some tips to correct it? I would appreciate it very much.

Thanks,

Ray, N3DQD


Interview of the Week

This week, we welcome Jerry Kloss, N0VOE, who agreed to come back and do another interview for 2020, even though he really wasn’t sure he could improve on the last one from 2018.

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JK: If I believe in something, I enjoy promoting it. It sounds like you have some really sharp, young folks. You know, that’s what it takes. It takes a new generation of energy to run something like that. I’m sure you figured that out in the short time you’ve been in charge.

JK: I would like to sit in on operating skills and just listen. You know, it’s kind of like, I’ve run the table, and now I want to hear young people keeping this going.

JK: That’s one area that I really enjoyed is operating skills. I liked to take the mic-shy person in the room—it’s almost like the mic had a disease on it—and then by the end of the week, you get them going. That’s such a thrill to see them gain that confidence within a week’s time. You know when they go home that they will have fun with the hobby! That’s where you can find me hanging out, wherever that’s held. So, I’ll look forward to that.

LM: Yes, we would love to have you. I know there’s a lot of campers who would love to catch up with you and a new generation of campers who would love to get to know you.

JK: Well, thank you.

LM: Speaking of that, it’s 2020, and we are looking at the next ten years with the Handiham Program. What are we going to do?

JK: Yes, it’s amazing that you were able to keep that afloat. It’s sure nice to see because it’s such a wonderful program.

JK: There’s another guy that, boy, you talk about contributing to the program—Matt.

LM: He’s done a lot over the years.

JK: We probably wouldn’t be on the air without him.

LM: He was playing and singing every night at camp, plus sometimes during the day. We kept him busy.

JK: Yes. He can make a bonfire very special.

LM: Yeah, we very much enjoyed that. And then we had another camper this last year who is incredibly multi-talented, Lynelle Tyler. She can play multiple instruments, and she can really sing!

JK: Oh, my! That will be fun!

LM: Maybe she will come back this year. I know you would love to hear her. And when you get her and Matt together, wow!

JK: I’ll bet that’s fun!

LM: Oh, yeah!

JK: Well, is there any studying that’s done at camp, or is it all just fun?

LM: Oh, there’s lots of studying, lots of class.

JK: Do you have a similar schedule day to day like we had, where we had some free time after lunch?

LM: Yeah, it’s pretty similar to that. We start again at 3:15 just because it gives people enough time after lunch to have a little bit of a rest if they need it and then have time to participate in camp activities. And during that time, our volunteers get a break.

JK: Yeah, that works good.

LM: And then we do lots of boat rides!

JK: I love boat rides.

LM: That’s popular.

JK: I listened to the activities from home here, and I thought, there’s somebody helping people run the net, you could hear the energy when they were helping them.

LM: Yeah, Tom was doing that other than on Friday when I helped Rachel. But Tom did a lot of nets where if they needed help, Tom would talk them through it.

JK: Sure.

LM: Tom has lots of experience.

JK: Well, as a teacher, you can’t beat that. Will they be back this year?

LM: Oh, yes. Tom and Sue will be back this year. And Sue has experience teaching too.

JK: I’ve benefitted a lot from the Handiham Program. I haven’t given back nearly as much as I’ve gotten in return, but I keep working on it.

LM: That Handiham Program has done so much for a lot of people over the years.

JK: It sure has. Anyway, we’ll look forward to watching the calendar. July will be here before we know it. You can’t beat that Minnesota Camp Courage North. There is something special there.

LM: That’s why we wanted to go back to Courage North, because there is something special about that camp. Even our new volunteers commented about the atmosphere up there.

JK: There’s nothing like the loon calling.

LM: Oh, yes. And it was so great to have Dr. Dave back and people like that.

Stay tuned for the next part of our interview with Jerry airing next week.


Ham Radio in the News

ARES Volunteers Establish “Plan B” Communication Network in Puerto Rico

Photo of ARES logo.

ARES volunteers are prepared to provide communications in the event that seismic activity wipes out existing communication methods. Hams have stations set up so they can respond if needed. Local Red Cross officials who are currently using commercial communications know they can count on amateur radio when necessary to maintain support for their vital efforts. You can learn more at: http://www.arrl.org/news/ares-volunteers-establish-plan-b-communication-network-in-puerto-rico


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 a question about circuits.

T5A14 asks: In which type of circuit is voltage the same across all components?

Possible answers are:
A. Series.
B. Parallel.
C. Resonant.
D. Branch.

In a parallel circuit, there are multiple paths through which the current flows. Remember, the voltage is the same across each component in a parallel circuit, making answer B the correct choice. Of course, with multiple parallel current paths, the circuit will have more total current than with any single current path.


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 January issue of CQ Magazine is now available in DAISY audio 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 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.


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 $15.00. The lifetime membership rate is $150.00.
      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: 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

The weekly e-letter is a compilation of assistive technology, operating information, and Handiham Program news. It is published on Mondays, 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.