Handiham World Update for March 7, 2022

The QSO Today Ham Expo is this weekend, March 11-13. There’s still time to get register to attend. The Expo has become the place to discover more niches in amateur radio through the presentations given. Now in its third year, the Ham Expo is providing a place for hams from all over the world to gather virtually to advance the hobby. You can learn more at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/.

Are you planning to attend Dayton Hamvention this year? It’s been a long time since the last one in 2019! The Handiham Program will have a booth again, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there from May 20 – 22. We will have several volunteers chatting with visitors at the booth, so be sure to stop by and update us on all your ham radio activities.

Due to some unexpected technical issues, the only reliable way to reach the Handiham Conference right now is via Echolink or over the air on an Echolink connected repeater. Both DMR and AllStar are not working at this time. We are grateful to the volunteers who are working to get everything up and running again. Stay tuned for updates!

In just a couple months, on April 30th, the Handiham Program will be 55 years old. It’s an exciting milestone, and Pemdy and I are busy planning a lot of fun activities for members to participate in throughout the year including a couple of special event station activities. You can find more information on the first special event station, running April 29 through May 1, by going to the Handiham Radio Club site at handiham.net. The second special event station will take place in August following a week-long virtual celebration of our special anniversary.

We are seven weeks into the virtual Extra Class, and the students appreciated having another week with less math. Even with a 16 week class, there is a lot of material to cover in every class. We meet for the live virtual classes on Wednesday evenings and will cover all the material for the Extra Class license by the end of the course. Students get weekly handouts along with the questions covered in that week’s class to aid them in their studies.

The Intermediate Morse Code course is on week 3 already. We have another great group of students, and we are looking forward to a challenging and fun semester. This course runs for 13 weeks and keeps students busy with homework and one-on-one sessions with instructors in addition to the weekly interactive live session. If you always wanted to learn Morse code, we have a basic class in the fall that starts from the very beginning–no prior knowledge required.

We hope you have a great week,

Lucinda and Pemdy