Handiham World Update for July 19, 2023

Things continue to be rather busy in the Handiham Program office! LaToya is still off on leave, so if you need anything, please reach out to me at handiham@allina.com. It will sometimes take longer than usual to process payments and camp applications during this time, but rest assured that they will be processed as quickly as possible!

We put out a new Handiham Program merchandise order that includes tote bags, t-shirts, sweat shirts, hats, stickers, patches, and dog bandanas. If you didn’t get it, that means you probably are not subscribed to the Handiham Notify email list. If you are interested in ordering, please let me know as soon as possible. And if you are a member in need of subscribing to the Handiham Notify email list, please let me know that as well!

In September, we are returning to in-person Radio Camp, although it will look a little different from past Radio Camps. We will be in a hotel, the same one we used for the 2018 Amateur Radio and Assistive Technology Conference. Of course, we won’t be staying in the hotel all the time. We will be making several field trips during the week to operate radios and visit local attractions. Mark your calendars for September 6th through 13th, and make plans to join us for a very special week filled with hands-on ham radio activities and fun fellowship with other hams. Activities include visiting the Pavek Museum, a dinner cruise on the Mississippi River, fox hunting, musical jam sessions, and more. The deadline to apply for Radio Camp is fast approaching. If you haven’t yet requested an application, please send an email to handiham@allina.com to get on the list as soon as possible. If you already received your application, please return the completed forms right away to secure your place for this fun-filled week.

If you want to know more about the upcoming Radio Camp, I will be holding two more Zoom events next week to answer questions. The Zoom invite will go out to both the Handiham Radio Club and Handiham Notify groups.io email lists. If you are not on those lists and want to be added, just send an email to handiham@allina.com.

Jerry, W0UH, our net manager, would like to invite you to check into the Handiham Radio Club net. We have several net control stations who faithfully keep the net running smoothly and provide interesting conversation each day. The Handiham Radio Club sponsors daily nets at 11:00 am Central time and on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Central time on the Handiham Conference Server. Please join us as often as you can! It’s a great time to get together with other hams throughout the world and enjoy some good fellowship.

If you have already completed the intermediate level Morse code class or if you can copy around 13 words per minute, I invite you to join us in September of 2023 for a two semester advanced Morse code class. We will be taking students from 13 to around 20 words per minute. The class will run two semesters with a long break between semesters. If you are interested in this class, please contact me to be placed on the list for an application.

The new 2023-2027 General Class question pool is available on the website in text, docx, Mp3, and DAISY format. In the fall of 2023, we will also be starting a two-semester General Class license class. If you are interested in joining us for this class, please send an email to handiham@allina.com to get on the list for an application. This class will be in the same format as the two-semester Technician Class we just finished with interactive Zoom classes along with class recordings and handouts sent via email to students each week.

The Handiham Radio Club is getting radio active! In the July meeting, we appointed a chairman for the Technical Committee and had a Field Day presentation led by Tom Behler, KB8TYJ. We will have our next monthly meeting on August 6th at 3:00pm Central Time. Meetings take place on the first Sunday of each month at that time, so you can mark your calendars and plan to attend. The Zoom link will go out to the radio club Groups.io list. If you have not yet joined the Handiham Radio Club, all current members of the Handiham Program are eligible to join. Just send an email to handiham@allina.com to let me know you want to be put on the email list for the club. Staying on that list allows you to keep up with everything that is happening in the club.


Lucinda AB8WF