Handiham World Update for March 21, 2022

If you are studying for a license class exam, this announcement is particularly important. If you are nearly ready to take that test, now is the time to do it. Starting April 19, it will cost you an extra $35 in the US to cover the FCC application fee. To find out more about how this new fee will be collected, you can check out this article from the ARRL: https://www.arrl.org/fcc-application-fee.

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 nine weeks into the virtual Extra Class, and we are actually a little ahead of schedule on the material we have covered so far. That leaves more time for class discussion, and topics are always interesting in Extra 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 5, copying at 9 words per minute. We have lots of fun in this class while practicing the art of Morse code. 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