Logo for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health Courage Kenny Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 27 November 2013 This is a free weekly news & information update from <http://handiham.org> Courage Kenny Handiham System. Our contact information is at the end, or simply email handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for changes in subscriptions or to comment. You can listen to this news online. MP3 audio: <http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3> http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3 Get this podcast in iTunes: <http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=372422406> Subscribe to our audio podcast in iTunes RSS feed for the audio podcast if you use other podcasting software: <http://feeds.feedburner.com/handiham> http://feeds.feedBurner.com/handiham _____ Welcome to Handiham World. What you don't see Microphone & eyeglasses (drawing) Blind? What do you miss in special-format publications designed for blind readers? In this edition of your weekly Handiham World we are taking some time to review a part of some of the amateur radio magazines that many of our members are never able to access. Sure, you can read articles when they are made available in DAISY from the Library of Congress National Library Service, and that is a wonderful service indeed. In fact, when the December magazines come out, there is no way for our members to know what might be showing up in the display advertising. Postal regulations do not allow free matter content to include any advertisements, only articles. This leaves our members with a somewhat incomplete experience. I'm basing my conclusion about this on the fact that I and most everyone else I know spend plenty of time looking at the display ads to see what is new in Amateur Radio technology and services. You can't always depend upon any publication to review new radio equipment at the same time that it is first being offered to the public via display advertisements. If you have ever had the experience of talking on the air or at a radio club meeting with your fellow ham radio operators and being surprised to hear about some innovative new technology, you can get a feeling for what we are talking about here. If you depend on NLS DAISY downloads or cartridges, you will have no idea what is going on in display advertising within any of the usual Amateur Radio publications unless someone who can see the display ads fills you in. Now, I want to make it clear that we don't take any advertising ourselves nor does this edition of your Handiham World contain any ads. What I am going to do is simply look through the December QST and the November CQ and produce a short narrative of what I am seeing that seems worthy of mentioning. It is up to you to figure out how to access any manufacturer's website or your favorite ham radio dealer if you want to find out more, since we don't sell anything ourselves and heaven knows we are not "tech support" for every radio, gadget, and service that you might find out about in these publications. What I hope to do is give you an idea what is going on in a somewhat general way so that you can follow up on the things that catch your interest. Taking a look at QST, we see a 2 m/70 cm dual band mobile radio that looks new to me: the Yaesu FTM-400DR. This radio is touted as having "CF4M" and a full color touch panel. I had never heard of C4FM before, and it looks to me like there is a digital group monitor function that automatically checks whether members registered to a specific group are within communication range, and if they are messages (data) can be sent between group members. There is a built-in GPS and a microSD card slot. There is also a mind-boggling feature I'd never thought I'd see in a radio: a "snapshot function" and image data transmission. This means that you can display an image on the color screen and choose to send the image to other transceivers equipped with this same technology. I wondered how they would pull this off in a mobile radio, but when I look closely there is a camera lens in the very top of the mobile microphone, so presumably you point and shoot to get the best picture with the microphone! The microphone itself does not have the typical arrangement of telephone-style keypad buttons that you and I are probably used to. Instead there are only two buttons, the first of which is a "shutter button" for the camera function and the second of which is the image transmission button. The radio is also wideband receive above 108 MHz, meaning that it will cover VHF Marine, aircraft, and many public service channels including the usual National Weather Service channels. It will not cover the FM broadcast band. Some of our Handiham members may be interested in an optional wireless BluetoothR unit and headset for hands-free operation. Yaesu also shows a black and silver version of a new HT equipped with the same C4FM technology and similar features, including the built-in GPS, snapshot function and image data transmission capability. It looks to me as if the HT does include the traditional numeric keypad on the lower third of the front panel. The model number is FT1DR. There is no color touch screen on the HT models and I have to say they look very similar to other small Yaesu handheld radios that have preceded them in the model lineup. I should also mention that the HT does have a microSD card slot. As we continue to page through QST, we find the FlexRadio SystemsT folks telling us about the Flex-6000 signature series. Their booth is close to ours at Dayton, and I've always been impressed with the amount of interest generated by their display and knowledgeable staff. There is a new "SmartSDRT" interface, and something called "optional GPS disciplined master oscillator". I'm thinking that feature probably enhances stability where extreme stability is called for, but don't quote me! The most interesting thing I see here is the suggestion that you can check into a net while chasing a DXpedition and still watching a propagation beacon. In other words, this brings HF comes to the realm of multi-channel reception, which I gather is done by actually listening to one frequency while seeing a stream or streams for the other frequencies in which you are interested scrolling their waveforms across your computer monitor. Not everything is high-tech, though. The "Go-Bag Deluxe" caught my attention in the High Sierra ad. It's basically a nylon carry bag with lots of pockets that are the right size for the typical kinds of things you would want to put in a go-kit for ham radio public service work. One of the things I have always found challenging in my own packing has been keeping things sorted out, which is why having a lot of dedicated individual pockets in the bag sounds like a good idea to me. Turning pages, I find the same familiar Kenwood TF-F6A tri-band HT in a display ad toward the end of the magazine, but now it includes a QR code to scan with a smart phone so that you can get the brochure for the radio. I mention this ad because it says to me that Kenwood is still selling and supporting this very popular blind-friendly tri-band transceiver. Believe it or not, it is still the one that I recommend when people ask me about blind friendly portable radios. I'm glad to see that it is still enjoying status as a current model. As most of you know, there is plenty of support in the blind community for this radio and there are a number of good audio training resources on how to use it. I also see an ad for RemoteHamRadio.com, which is a subscription service to an excellent remote radio feeding top-notch antennas. The user interface is an Elecraft K3, which is important to users who want the "feel" of a real radio sitting in front of them on the desk rather than a computer screen. Elecraft also has a separate ad telling us about the popular K3. Icom has a page called "Buy-Direct", promoting its D-Star infrastructure program that includes the kind of equipment one would use to get a D-Star repeater system on the air. Our low-vision readers and listeners might be interested in an MFJ "giant" 6.5 inch SWR/watt meter, one of many MFJ products listed on several pages of ads. Software is a common part of every ham radio shack these days, and rig control is a popular software category. Ham Radio Deluxe is now owned by HRD Software LLC, and is available as a download or from retailers. In the QST display ad it mentions that the popular software has been reviewed in the August 2013 QST. From what I have heard, the tech support on HRD is excellent. Although I have not tried the newest version myself, the older version 5 is a good program for controlling my own station, so the new version is definitely on my wish list. I use mine to remote control my ICOM IC-7200 over the Internet, even though I might just be sitting on the couch upstairs instead of at the radio in my basement ham shack. One notable feature of HRD is its ability to turn any connected radio into a frequency speaking radio, no voice chip necessary. However, be warned that this does not necessarily make the software blind-friendly, so we would like to hear from an actual blind user who is able to find their way around it using a screen reader. That said, Handiham members with mobility impairments may find the software interface afforded by HRD easier to use than the actual front panel of a radio, and the software is among the best I have ever seen for full-featured rig control. I also use it when sitting directly at the radio and actually sometimes prefer it to manipulating the radio controls directly. In any case, I was pleased to see the display ad for this excellent software in QST. Another place software does the job is in callsign lookup. Radio Amateur Callbook Winter 2014 has an ad announcing the availability of this latest edition on CD and USB stick. I may live a sheltered life, but this is the first ad I have seen featuring amateur radio software on a USB stick, which I suspect is a better way to deliver this product than an all-too-breakable compact disc. Turning to WRO, Worldradio Online, the most unusual product I've seen in a display ad is a "Rugged Waterproof All Weather Amateur Radio Logbook" on tear-resistant synthetic paper. I don't know if they sell anywhere else but waterprooflogbooks.com. I've never thought about having a waterproof logbook, but I have to say that this is the sort of thing that might actually survive portable operation under some really adverse conditions. Earlier this month we had a presentation at my local radio club about putting previously unlisted islands on the air. While attending that presentation I couldn't help but wondering how difficult it would be to keep a good logbook under such conditions as I saw in some of the slides. Most of these places require some serious planning to get to via boat, and boats float in water, and water is bad for logbooks. Next, CQ Magazine yields an LDG ad telling us about a tuner I hadn't known about, the RT-100, which turns out to be a weatherproof antenna tuner designed to be placed near the feedpoint of the antenna instead of in the ham shack next to your transmitter. The reason this is such a good idea is that you can eliminate a great deal of loss in the feedline by effectively turning most of it into a well-matched system. When you place your antenna tuner next to the radio and then run a long length of feedline to an antenna system with a high standing wave ratio, there is no way to avoid significant loss in the mismatched cable. This is true even if the SWR meter on your radio is happy after you run your auto tuner. I can't believe I didn't know about this new product from LDG because like LDG antenna tuners and own two of them myself. We also use LDG tuners on both remote base HF stations available to Handiham members. Continuing our expedition through CQ we find the Kenwood TS-990S top-of-the-line HF and 50 MHz transceiver. Although I have seen this radio "in person" at Dayton Hamvention, when I take time to look at the ad I actually see a few things that I hadn't known about the radio. For example, I did expect it to have a USB port to make interfacing easy, but the text of the ad also explains that serial and LAN ports are also standard. The ARCP-990 rig control software (free download from Kenwood) is also mentioned. I guess I hadn't really thought about it when I saw the radio at Dayton, but it is a 200 W rig, variable between five and 200 Watts. This ad, like the previous one I mentioned on the TH-F6A, also features a QR code for smart phone users to quickly download a brochure. While playing around with the demonstration model at Dayton, I noted that the rig's speech was enabled. One thing for our blind members to chew on is the fact that the VGS1 voice module that works so well in the TM-V71A, TS-480SAT, TS-480HX, and TS-590S is not available for this radio, and that's because it is built-in. In fact, a quick trip to the Universal Radio website shows the only accessories listed are the venerable MC-60A microphone, the DSP-compatible MC-90 microphone, and the SP-990 external speaker. That's it! I guess this pretty much says the TS-990S comes pretty well loaded right from the factory. Array Solutions also has a display ad in CQ, and they mention that they are now offering fully automatic remote antenna tuners from "RF Communication Electronics" in Germany. As much as I like antennas and am interested in antenna tuners, I had not known about these new remote antenna tuners, either. Bencher Butternut has a vertical ad running down one side of a page in CQ, and that is appropriate because they are selling an old favorite (certainly one of mine) - Butternut vertical antennas. A few page turns and we find SteppIR, which also fields a selection of vertical and Yagi antennas. Another CQ vendor is Gordon West, WB6NOA, and the W5YI Group, notable as especially interesting to our blind members for the offering of Technician, General, and Extra Class audio courses on compact disc. I guess I could probably spend all day and continue to find more stuff to share from these publications, but I just wanted to give you a taste of what shows up in the display ads. There are plenty of blind hams whose only access to these publications does not include advertisements. Of course these days we have access to powerful search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo and can find details on many products and services using a web browser along with a screen reading program, but there is still just something compelling about those display ads and one's voyage of discovery as you page through an amateur radio publication! Resource: On line product reviews from QST <http://www.arrl.org/product-review> As a long-time ARRL member, I couldn't imagine being without QST Product Reviews. In fact, the ARRL website explains, "The most popular column in QST is the product review column." You may not be able to see the display ads, but you can read the product reviews for in-depth analysis of a wide array of radios and accessories. There are new reviews each month, and they are then archived on ARRL.org, available any time as an ARRL member service. Products are tested and explained in the product review process conducted by the ARRL Laboratory. <http://www.arrl.org/mission-statement> Reviews can be sorted to your needs, such as by issue of QST or by manufacturer. The Product Review archive is a treasure for ARRL members, because it has reviews on rigs that are now considered vintage as well as the very latest new technology. I know that some of you are going to ask about blind accessibility. The reviews are in Adobe PDF format. Accessibility in PDF depends on the availability of embedded text. In general, you will find that once magazine composition moved into the computer age, PDF files began to contain embedded text. Older articles are scans of printed pages and although they are in PDF, the files are basically inaccessible images without any embedded text. Putting this to the test, we find that the original product review for the Kenwood TS-530S (March 1982) transceiver is an image-only file while the much newer review for the Kenwood TS-570S (May 1999) does contain accessible embedded text. Screenshot of embedded text, selected by clicking and dragging mouse. Screenshot: To determine if an article contains embedded text, try clicking at the beginning of a paragraph, then hold the mouse button down and move the cursor down to the lower left to select the text. If the selection follows the words and does not extend out into the blank space between columns, the article contains embedded text. Screenreader users will be able to read the article. . Tip: To access the product reviews, log in to the ARRL website with your ARRL membership credentials. If you are not yet an ARRL member and need assistance figuring out how to join, please contact the Handiham office and talk with Nancy, who can help. Patrick Tice, WA0TDA Courage Kenny Handiham Coordinator _____ Bulletins WA0CAF likes a blog post on an iPhone app: The article is entitled "The Tap Tap Saga: My Take", and it appears on "A Blind Man's Journey" blog. It is interesting because it is his take on why an app that was free at first is now a pay-for service. Check it out; find out where you come down on this issue. * The Tap Tap Saga: My <http://blindtravelblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/the-tap-tap-saga-my-take/> Take From the Minnesota ARRL Section News: Where to find new club members (Good advice no matter where your club is.) Fall is a good time to search out hidden hams in your community as prospective members of your club. There are several ways to locate hams in your area but one interesting way is through the following website: * http://hams.mapmash.com/hammap.php Enter the Zip Codes of interest and the site tells you the number of licensed hams in that zip code. Click on the Zip Code again and you will see a list of all the licensees in the Zip Code. Click on each licensee and you will get the name and address of that ham along with a map of his or her location. I know there are many different database tools that are available, so if you have a favorite, by all means use it. But, the point is, don't just sit there and expect hams to just find their way into your club meeting room. Send prospective members an email or letter of invitation to your next meeting, give them the URL to your club web site, and include a club roster. Chances are they already know some of your club members and would welcome the chance to get reacquainted with old friends. Your Club Coordinator or your section manager can also arrange to send you the list of new licenses and upgrades as they become available from HQ each month. You will need to sift through this list for the people in your area but it is available. 73 - Frank Karnauskas N1UW MN Section Affiliated Club Coordinator Holiday Giving for Our Program Horn of plenty with fruit and handheld radio You value ham radio and know what it means to be able to get on the air. From offering our accessible on line licensing classes and tutorials, radio camps and equipment assistance, to our Internet HF remote base stations, the Handiham program works hard to make the experience in amateur radio the best it can be! For forty-six years, our Handiham program has relied heavily on philanthropic support to stay current and available to as many people as possible. We need your help this winter to keep the program strong. Will you consider making a gift today? * Giving is easy by clicking this link: www.couragecenter.org/GiveToday To make a credit card gift call 763-520-0542. When giving online, make sure to select the Handiham designation option to ensure your dollars support the program. Thank for you supporting ham radio this holiday season. _____ Practical Radio pliers and wire What's the best way to store data? That's a good question these days. What kind of data? Log files from Ham Radio Deluxe or your other logging program? Copies of your club newsletters? Photos and videos? Audio books or recordings? Backups of your radio databases? Engineering data from the project you are designing? A few years ago I would have suggested recordable DVDs. Before that, compact disks. Or perhaps adding an extra fixed disk drive to your computer. Now, I'm not so sure. The thing is, there are lots more choices. Some of them have dependencies, such as so-called "cloud" storage. Others are highly portable but easily forgotten, like USB memory sticks. DVDs and CDs may still work, but the necessary drives are quickly becoming scarce in new portable computers and tablets. Even USB sticks are sometimes nonstarters for tablet and smartphone users. A barometer to watch is music and video consumption. I'm talking about the way these media are used by the consumer. No matter what we might find most appropriate for other data, music and video drive the market, and the trend is to download or stream, with cloud storage on a remote server doing the heavy lifting, so to speak. It's been a long time since I've fired up my DVD player in the family room, and the reason is that we just stream videos these days. Music is the same way - I prefer streaming it whenever possible, so it's much more likely that I'll use a cloud service before I dig through my collection of music CDs. Streaming has overtaken physical media because high speed internet is much more readily available and streaming is way more convenient. Ten years ago I would have stored archived files on CDs and DVDs, but today I live in a new world where cloud storage plays a larger role in my data management. Why should I maintain several copies of a logging program file when I can have one copy on Microsoft SkyDrive, accessible from any of my computers? Who wants logging files that don't match each other spread all over the place? Why wouldn't I want to collaborate with my fellow radio club members on projects stored in a Dropbox folder or a Google Drive folder? Sure, I periodically move my digital photos off my smartphone using a USB cable, but the Android system has already backed it up on Google Plus within minutes of the phone reaching my personal Wi-Fi internet as I walk in the door. My son Will, KC0LJL, uses an on line backup service for his files. At work everything is backed up automatically and securely. With apps for Apple and Android devices as well as computers, QST, CQ, and WRO now live in the cloud. It's no longer necessary to keep boxes of old print magazines in your basement in case you want to find an article on left-handed coil winding someday. The cloud has finally achieved the more or less inevitable conclusion of data storage. It's reduced it to nothing - as far as the end user experience goes. You don't need a hard drive or a pocket full of easily misplaced USB sticks or a shelf full of CDs. All you need is the device to download and decode - and those are getting smaller and smarter by the day. The other killer feature of cloud storage is your ability to search for things and locate them in seconds instead of hours or days, as you might with physical media stored in boxes on a shelf. Do you still have a few of those old 5-1/4 inch floppy disks around? The kind that really were floppy? How about 3.5 inch floppies in the hard plastic cases? Most devices these days won't accommodate those old media at all. You might as well throw them out. Technology creep is turning your physical media into ancient history, and you could one day find yourself with a library of VHS videotapes and no working VHS player! But beware of cloud storage too - Not that you shouldn't use it, but simply be aware that it has its own weaknesses. It could be hacked or become unavailable when you need it because of its dependency on internet access. It could disappear altogether if the company running it decides to pull the plug. It may be wise to remember the old adage about not keeping all your eggs in one basket. Use the cloud, but keep another copy of things that are really important. This is practical radio. Use what works for you. _____ Handiham Nets are on the air daily. If there is no net control station during any scheduled net time, just go right ahead and start a round table discussion. Thanksgiving holiday schedule As with any holiday, the Thanksgiving holiday is one where family plans take priority over scheduled ham radio activities. We don't ask our net control volunteers to show up to run the net on these special days, but we do realize that our Handiham nets do tie us all together in another kind of family - a community of friends. That means it can still be fun to get on the air and visit, and we can easily do that at net time even if there is no formal net control station. You or someone else can take the reins and act as NCS if you want, or you can all be part of a round table discussion without a net control. Remember to always keep things in perspective: Family first! And speaking of thanks... Reaching for the stars - cartoon guy ...what would we do without our volunteers? Net controls, readers, people who maintain our stations, teachers of our classes - both on line and at radio camps, those who help us with computers and software - we couldn't do it without you! Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers! TMV71A transceiver We are scheduled to be on the air daily at 11:00 USA Central Time, plus Wednesday & Thursday evenings at 19:00 USA Central Time. A big THANK YOU to all of our net control stations! What will Doug, N6NFF, come up with for his trivia question tonight? Tune in and see how you do with the question this week, or just check in to say hello. We maintain our nets at 11:00 hours daily relative to Minnesota time. Since the nets remain true to Minnesota time, the difference between Minnesota time and GMT is -6 hours. The net is on the air at 17:00 hours GMT. The two evening sessions are at 01:00 GMT Thursday and Friday. Here in Minnesota that translates to 7:00 PM Wednesday and Thursday. The official and most current net news may be found at: <http://www.handiham.org/nets> http://www.handiham.org/nets _____ A dip in the pool Pat shows off his new Plantronics USB headset! It's time to test our knowledge by taking a dip in the pool - the Amateur Radio question pool, that is! Let's go to the Extra Class pool and examine a question about DX: E2C05 asks, "What is the function of a DX QSL Manager? Possible answers are: A. To allocate frequencies for DXpeditions B. To handle the receiving and sending of confirmation cards for a DX station C. To run a net to allow many stations to contact a rare DX station D. To relay calls to and from a DX station By the time you are studying for your Extra, you certainly know that the correct choice is B: To handle the receiving and sending of confirmation cards for a DX station. But the reason we're looking at this question today is that logging is in the cloud with ARRL's Logbook of the World. Sure, you may want a physical QSL card, but these days a contact can be confirmed much more quickly and efficiently through this excellent cloud service. * Check out Logbook of the World (LoTW for short.) <http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world> Please e-mail handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx to comment. _____ This week @ HQ Cartoon robot with pencil The Handiham office is closed for a long Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 2013. We reopen on Monday December 2. . Our office is closed on Fridays through the end of the year. This tends to be a low usage time for Handiham services because of the holidays, and that makes it perfect for burning off some accumulated vacation time. New web design software * Microsoft Expression Web 4 is now in use to produce this newsletter. Please let us know if there is anything that is not accessible or that is improperly formatted. Digests * CQ DAISY digest for November is now available after the print issue arrived very late. I will have it posted for your weekend reading later today if possible. * ARRL has published the December QST on line for ARRL members. The National Library Service is back on schedule for the DAISY version. * Worldradio Online for November has been completed by Bob Zeida, N1BLF. Thanks, Bob! * QCWA Journal audio for November is in the members section and also be available from the QCWA website. * QST digest audio for November is now available in DAISY for our Handiham members. * Jim Perry, KJ3P, Bob Zeida, N1BLF, and Ken Padgitt, W9MJY have kindly done the volunteer recording. Remote Base News W0EQO station in the server room at Courage North. Both Handiham Remote Base internet stations W0ZSW and W0EQO are on line for your use through the holiday weekend. * If you use Skype for audio, please connect and disconnect the Skype call to the remote base manually. The automatic calling and hang up is no longer supported in Skype. * The LDG AT200Pro is back in service at W0ZSW after our run of testing with the AT1000Pro2. * 200 watt operation is restored on 160, 80, and 40 meters for Extra and Advanced Class users on W0ZSW. . Outages: Outages are reported on http://handiham.org/remotebase/station-status/. Operating tip: Find out how to tell if the remote base station is already in use if you are using JAWS: * Listen to the tutorial: http://www.handiham.org/audio/remotebase/W4MQ_status_JAWS.mp3 * Read the tutorial in accessible HTML: http://handiham.org/remotebase/2013/03/05/check-station-status-with-jaws-13- or-14/ Pat holding up NLS digital cartridge and mailer Don't care to download Handiham materials via computer? This digital cartridge and mailer can bring you Handiham audio digests each month, plus we have room to put the audio lecture series or equipment tutorials on them, too! * If you have trouble logging in, please let us know. * All Daisy materials are in zip file format, so you simply download the zip file you need and unzip it so the Daisy book folder can be accessed or moved to your NLS or other Daisy player. * Tip: When in the Daisy directory, it is easy to find the latest books by sorting the files by date. Be sure the latest date is at the top. The link to sort is called "Last Modified". * You can also find what is on a web page by using CONTROL-F. This brings up a search box and you can type a key word in, such as "September". You may find more than one September, including 2012, but you will eventually come across what we have posted for September 2013. * Our thanks to Bob, N1BLF, Jim, KJ3P, and Ken, W9MJY, for reading this month. Look for these DAISY materials in the members section. <http://handiham.org/drupal2/user> Digital mailers are important: If you do mail a digital cartridge to us, please be sure that it is an approved free matter mailer. Otherwise it will quickly cost us several dollars to package and mail out, which is more than the cost of the mailer in the first place. We don't have a stock of cartridges or mailers and not including a mailer will result in a long delay getting your request back out to you. 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 call sign 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, 4GB, Blank; Catalog Number: 1-02609-00, Price $13.00 Digital Talking Book Cartridge Mailer Catalog Number: 1-02611-00, Price: $2.50 Order Toll-Free: (800) 223-1839. The Library of Congress NLS has a list of vendors for the digital cartridges: <http://www.loc.gov/nls/cartridges/index.html> 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. _____ Stay in touch Cartoon robot with cordless phone 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 Program Coordinator 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. The Courage Kenny Handiham Program 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. 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 Handiham Weekly E-Letter in MP3 format <http://handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3> Email us to subscribe: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx That's it for this week. 73 from all of us at the Courage Kenny Handihams! 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