[handiham-world] Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 25 July 2012

  • From: Patrick Tice <wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: handiham-world@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:06:23 -0500

*Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday,
25 July 2012*

This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Center
Handiham System. Our contact information is at the end, or simply email
handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for changes in subscriptions or to comment. You
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*Welcome to Handiham World.*

Troubleshooting 101

Here is an interesting little problem that showed up in my own ham shack
just a few weeks ago. It's funny how we can run into things that seem not
quite right but then sort of just shrug them off and say, "Oh, well."

The problem showed up when I was using my shack's two meter rig, which is
powered by a switching power supply.  It's the one that's typically used
for the Handiham net each day. I'm located some distance from the N0BVE
repeater system. (It's in the western part of the Twin Cities Metro while I
am in the east.)  That means my reception of the N0BVE signal is not
exactly perfect.  I can hear an annoying hiss in the background when the
repeater is active, but that's easily eliminated with a flip of the switch
on my external ClearSpeech speaker. This handy device has almost magical
properties - really a very smart algorithm - that digitally cleans up the
signal, virtually eliminating the noise. I don't like to leave it turned on
all the time because I also enjoy listening to Minnesota Public Radio with
the extended receive feature of the transceiver, and MPR has enough signal
to be rock-solid perfect. It sounds best with the external ClearSpeech
speaker's processing turned off.

One day I encountered an interesting problem. I had been listening to MPR
when I last used the radio, and when I turned it on, that's the station I
heard. Since I wanted to monitor the repeater instead, I flipped the memory
to the stored two meter channel. Then, noticing that the ClearSpeech
speaker was turned off, I slid its power switch to "on". At that very
moment, the radio went dead - no power. I pushed the power button on the
radio and everything was back to normal. I put up with this for weeks
before finally getting the gumption to track it down.

Can you guess what was going on?

Email me at handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx with your questions & comments.
Patrick Tice, WA0TDA
Handiham Manager
Handiham remote base station report

[image: Status check screen showing w0zsw offline.]

W0EQO at Courage North is in service and performing well. W0ZSW is off line
due to internet connectivity issues that make it too unreliable to use. I
hope to address this issue soon. Luckily, propagation has been excellent
via W0EQO for PICONET, a regional HF 75 meter net on 3.925 MHz. You can
check out the PICONET at www.piconet3925.com. This morning the propagation
conditions were very good on 75 meters, but there was some thunderstorm
static as scattered showers pass through the Upper Midwest. WWV was strong
on 5 and 10 MHz, where both Hawaii and Colorado could easily be heard. The
signal sounded a bit "thready" on 10 MHz at times, but propagation was
holding.  Early mornings are often the best time to work longer distances
on 75 meters, since absorption is at its lowest and the atmosphere is at
its most stable, meaning that there will likely be as little thunderstorm
development as might be expected during the day. The sun drives the
weather, so knowing when to get on the air is a good strategy for working
stations near and far!

*Solar Activity Forecast:* Solar activity is expected to be at low levels.

*Geophysical Activity Forecast:* The geomagnetic field is expected to be at
quiet to unsettled levels with a slight chance for active periods on day 1
(25 July) due to persistent effects from the coronal hole high speed
stream. Mostly quiet conditions are expected for days 2 - 3 (26 - 27 July).

*Veterans Net: Dallas TX: Wednesdays at 19:00 USA Central Daylight Time*

*The Dallas Amateur Radio Club has a Tech Net on Saturday nights and, at
your suggestion, I invited Linda Reeder, N7HVF, to drop by, which she very
kindly did. We've now started a new and very different net on Wednesday
evenings at 7:00 p.m. local time (19:00) Central time zone in Dallas. This
is a Veterans Net. We're at the very beginning, tonight will be the third
meeting. Would you give some thought to whether one of your hams might like
to drop by and talk on this net? We may or may not have disabled vets who
are listening. There are a couple of hams (don't know if they are vets) who
are visually impaired in the Dallas area, and some in wheel chairs of

*Our goal is to get this up and running and turn it over to the vets,
hoping they can stay in contact with old friends, and make new friends, and
talk about topics that interest them. One of the topics, I'm guessing,
might be the value of information such as that at Handihams.*

*Please keep us in mind. We'll be building this net for some time. I invite
you, or any representative who you think could bring information and answer
questions, to drop by and talk. The net should last about an hour, assuming
sufficient participation: 146.88 MHz / CTCSS 110.9, and W5FC-R EchoLink
Node 37247, or live stream at:
http://www.n5kd.org/webcast *

*Thank you, Pat, and I hope all is going well for you.*

Katherine, ke5zcm*

*I spotted this on the Blind-Hams mailing list yesterday:*

*"Midwest and East Coast are pounding into Mississippi on both bands, all
modes. Load up something and get on the air."*

*Mike Duke, K5XU American Council of Blind Radio Amateurs*

Yes, Mike is right about that! The 6 meter band continues to surprise and
delight, even though the June peak time for the "magic band" has supposedly
passed. Check for beacons and monitor 50.125 MHz USB. You might be

*AA2VM likes a website:*

*Another good resource for Ham related information is:

*This site gives you detailed information (except for e-mail) without a
log-in of any kind. It also seems to have lower graphics and is more screen
reader friendly as a result.*

*A Ten-Tec Century 21 fan speaks up:*

*Regarding the article about w0glu, and the Ten-Tec Century 21 CW rig,
(Handiham World, 7 September 2011), all I can say is, WHAT A RIG!!!! What a
rig indeed! My first wonderful meeting with this CW rig, was at a Field Day
in 1984, with the Kalamazoo County amateur radio club, call sign w8vy. It
was a Sunday morning, and after breakfast, (yes, I stayed there overnight),
one of the guys asked, "Trippy, ya want to try out a new CW rig?" Now,
anyone who knows me well, you don't want to ask me if I want to try out
another CW rig, because I will take you up on it! "Sure do!" I told him,
lead the way!" So, he took me over to a trailer, and inside, I heard one of
the greatest receivers I ever heard! "So, what kinda rig is it?" I asked.
"It's a Ten-Tec Century 21, ever heard of it?" "No, I haven't, but I'm
game!" So, I sat down in front of this fine CW rig. What a rig, and what a
receiver, very very sensitive! "So, what band we on?" I asked. "20, he
said, and it's all tuned up and ready for your use!" Oh my goodness, did he
know what he was getting himself into? So, I started working, um, one after
the other! Folks, the receive on this rig is so sensitive, you can hear any
station, even in the noise! Oh, and the built in keyer, oh my goodness,
what a rig! Yes folks, that's one rig I'll never forget! And any time
someone mentions that Ten-Tec Century 21 rig, just like Pat mentioned in
the e-letter, I will always talk about that rig, to anyone!

73, Trippy, ac8s*
If you have August events, let us know now!

Remember that Laurie Meier, N1YXU,  needs your August events right now to
make the publication deadline for the monthly Events column. Please email:

*Heads up for this upcoming event this week: 07/27/2012 | Great Texas
Balloon Race and National Hot Air Balloon Finals
Jul 27-Jul 29, 1400Z-2200Z, KI5UA, Longview, TX. Longview/East Texas
Amateur Radio Club. 14.250 7.250; CW 20 40 m . Certificate. Longview/East
Texas Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 5613, Longview, TX 75608.
*A dip in the pool*

It's time to test our knowledge by taking a dip in the pool - the question
pool, that is!

Today we are turning to a question from the Extra Class pool:

E2D05 asks: "Which of the following techniques is normally used by
low-earth orbiting digital satellites to relay messages around the world?"

Possible answers are:

A. Digipeating

B. Store-and-forward

C. Multi-satellite relaying

D. Node hopping

If you think about this for a moment, you'll agree that the correct answer
is B: Store-and-forward. Consider that low-earth orbiting digital
satellites are moving across the sky rapidly relative to an observer here
on the ground. That means that if you want to get a digital message passed
via one of these satellites, you are going to have to know when it is above
your location and then be ready to transmit your message to be stored in
the satellite's packet mailbox. The satellite will soon disappear below the
horizon, but eventually it will show up in the sky above the location of
the station to whom you directed the message. That station will then
download the message and the satellite's message buffer will be cleared.
All of this communication takes place outside of real time since the
satellite cannot be over a single location for a long period of time. The
lower the orbit, the faster the satellite's speed relative to an
Earth-based observer!

Please e-mail handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx to comment.
This week's web highlight:  *A website that helps you with instruction

Where can I find a non-PDF manual for the Kenwood TS-590S?  Is there
somewhere I can go for some basics about using VoiceOver as related to ham
radio?  How about information from the manuals for consumer products like
the Bose radios and the Radio Shack talking watch?

We suggest the excellent website "I can work this thing dot com", which has
been around for a long time serving up easily accessible manuals on  all
sorts of gear:


*To make suggestions, please contact wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx ** *
*This week @ HQ*


*At the time of this writing, we are still waiting for QCWA, Worldradio,
and CQ audio for August. Subscribers to the Friday Notify email will get
whatever news there is, including updates. If there is audio to process and
it cannot be completed Friday, the Notify email will be late - probably
Saturday sometime.  I did receive an email notification that the August
digital Worldradio is released today, so Bob, N1BLF, will be getting his
copy for recording into DAISY format. The priorities are as follows:*

   1. *Mid-month: Record and produce DAISY QST digest, post to member
   section of website. *
   2. *Third week in month: Record and produce DAISY WorldRadio digest,
   post to member section of website. *
   3. *Last week in month: DAISY digital cartridge production and mailing.
   Current month of all digests available are included on Library of Congress
   cartridge, along with currently available e-letter audio episodes. Previous
   month of other digests are included. *
   4. *First week in month: Digests of publications that did not make
   deadline are produced. *

*The Handiham membership
application<http://www.handiham.org/drupal2/membership>has been
updated as of last week to eliminate any option to get 4-track
tape audio digests. This change was needed because we are phasing out the
tape version at the end of 2012. I also updated the text version of the
application in order to make it available to our blind members who may be
unable to easily read the text embedded in the PDF version. *

*I am still looking for help with the Kenwood TS-590S! I know some of you
own these fine radios, and I'd really appreciate it if you could help us
with some audio tutorials on how to use it. *

*August & July 2012  DAISY format audio digest for our blind members: We
now have the Daisy version of August 2012 QST available in the Daisy
section for our blind members. Also check out the July edition, which at
this time includes the QST, CQ (New!),  and Worldradio digests for our
blind members in Daisy format in the DAISY section.  Members using NLS
digital cartridges may receive the digest by Free Matter postal
mail. George, N0SBU, has sent the 4-track tape version out for July. *

*DAISY audio digests are available for our blind members who do not have
computers, playable in your Library of Congress digital player.  Handiham
members who use these players and who would prefer to receive a copy of the
monthly audio digests on the special Library of Congress digital cartridge
should send a blank cartridge to us in a cartridge mailer (no envelopes,
please), so that we can place the files on it and return it to you via free
matter postal mail.  Your callsign should be on both the cartridge and the
mailer so that we can make sure we know who it's from. Blank cartridges and
mailers are available from APH, the American Printing House for the Blind,
Inc. <http://www.aph.org/> *

*Digital Talking Book Cartridge Catalog Number: 1-02610-00, Price: $12.00 *

*Digital Talking Book Cartridge Mailer Catalog Number: 1-02611-00, Price:

*Order Toll-Free: (800) 223-1839.*

*The Library of Congress NLS has a list of vendors for the digital
http://www.loc.gov/nls/cartridges/index.html *

*Get it all on line as an alternative:  Visit the DAISY section on the
Handiham website after logging in. *
*Wednesday is EchoLink net night.*

*No ham radio license? No radio? No problem! Listen to our net on line
using your computer or tablet/smartphone at 11:00 AM Central Time daily -
Everyone welcome! <http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?feedId=9593>*


*The Wednesday evening EchoLink net is at 19:30 United States Central time,
which translates to 00:30 GMT Thursday morning.  *

*The 11:00 daily net will be heard at 16:00 GMT. *

*Please note that the camp repeater, W0EQO-R, is no longer available due to
the lack of an IP address. Our single IP has been assigned to W0ZSW-L,
which controls the HF remote station and which gets quite a lot of use. *

*The following EchoLink nodes are always connected to the Handiham

*HANDIHAM conference server Node 494492 (Our preferred high-capacity node.)
KA0PQW-R, node 267582
KA0PQW-L, node 538131
N0BVE-R, node 89680

*Other ways to connect: *

*IRLP node 9008 (Vancouver BC reflector)
WIRES system number 1427

More information about repeaters and nodes may be found at

*A big THANK YOU to all of our net volunteers who keep things running so
well. *
*Learning center*

*How about going over some basic Echolink keyboard commands today? *

   - *Alt+1 Activates the Station List area *
   - *Alt+2 Activates the Text Message area *
   - *Alt+3 Activates the QSO Status area *
   - *Alt+4 Activates the Text Chat area *
   - *F6 Activates the next area (in the sequence above) *
   - *Shift-F6 Activates the previous area (in the sequence above) *
   - *Ctrl+PgDn Switches between Index View and Explorer View in the
   Station List *
   - *Tab Switches between the left and right sides of Explorer View, or
   between sections of the Text Chat area*

*Looking for more?  The list is on our old website:
http://www.handiham.net/node/286 *
*Stay in touch!*

*Be sure to send Nancy your changes of address, phone number changes, or
email address changes so that we can continue to stay in touch with you.
You may either email Nancy at hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or call her at
763-520-0512.  If you need to use the toll-free number, call
1-866-426-3442. *

*Handiham Manager Patrick Tice, WA0TDA, may be reached at
handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or by phone at 763-520-0511.  *

*Mornings Monday through Thursday are the best time to contact us. *

*Answers to many questions about radios, Echolink, nets, and the Remote
Base stations are all at www.handiham.org. *

*Supporting Handihams - 2012. *

*Now you can support the Handiham program by donating on line using Courage
Center's secure website. It is easy, but one thing to remember is that you
need to use the pull-down menu to designate your gift to the Handiham

Step one: Follow this link to the secure Courage Center Website:

Step two: Fill out the form, being careful to use the pull-down Designation
menu to select "Handi-Hams".

Step three: Submit the form to complete your donation. If the gift is a
tribute to someone, don't forget to fill out the tribute information. This
would be a gift in memory of a silent key, for example.

We really appreciate your help. As you know, we have cut expenses this year
due to the difficult economic conditions. We are working hard to make sure
that we are delivering the most services to our members for the money - and
we plan to continue doing just that in 2012.

Thank you from the Members, Volunteers, and Staff of the Handiham System.

Patrick Tice, WA0TDA, Handiham Manager

*Handiham Membership Dues*

*Benefits of membership:*


*Handiham renewals are on a monthly schedule - Please renew or join, as we
need you to keep our program strong! You will have several choices when you

Join at the usual $12 annual dues level for one year. Your renewal date is
the anniversary of your last renewal, so your membership extends for one

Join for three years at $36.

Lifetime membership is $120.

If you can't afford the dues, request a 90 day non-renewable sponsored

Donate an extra amount of your choice to help support our activities.

Discontinue your membership.

*Please return your renewal form as soon as possible. Your support is
critical! Please help.*

*The Courage Handiham System depends on the support of people like you, who
want to share the fun and friendship of ham radio with others. Please help
us provide services to people with disabilities. We would really appreciate
it if you would remember us in your estate plans. If you need a planning
kit, please call. If you are wondering whether a gift of stock can be given
to Handihams, the answer is yes! Please call Walt Seibert at 763-520-0532
or email him at walt.seibert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  *

*Ask for a free DVD about the Handiham System.*

*It's perfect for your club program, too! The video tells your club about
how we got started, the Radio Camps, and working with hams who have
disabilities.  *

*Call 1-866-426-3442 toll-free. -- Help us get new hams on the air.*

*Get the Handiham E-Letter by email every Wednesday, and stay up-to-date
with ham radio news. *

*You may listen in audio to the E-Letter at www.handiham.org.
Email us to subscribe:

*Handiham members with disabilities can take an online audio course at




Operating Skills

*That's it for this week. 73 from all of us at the Courage Handiham System!
Manager, Courage Handiham System
Reach me by email at:
patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Nancy, Handiham Secretary:

Radio Camp email:

ARRL is the premier organization supporting amateur radio worldwide. Please
contact Handihams for help joining the ARRL. We will be happy to help you
fill out the paperwork!*


*The weekly e-letter is a compilation of software tips, operating
information, and Handiham news. It is published on Wednesdays, and is
available to everyone free of charge. Please email
handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  for changes of address, unsubscribes, etc.
Include your old email address and your new address.*

Courage Center Handiham System
3915 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422
hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  *



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