[handiham-world] Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 03 June 2015

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  • Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:45:33 -0500

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for
the week of Wednesday, 03 June 2015

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Welcome to Handiham World.

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In this edition:

. It's June - Prime 6 meter band month. Here's how to get started
on the Magic Band.

. A new way to use remote radios via the internet.

. Check out the YL System net.

. The FCC has a news blog page.

. This week's website is QRZ.com.

. Dip in the Pool returns.

. The Remote Base HF report: More RFI woes as ports get messed up.

. June audio production continues.

. ...And more!

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<http://www.handiham.org/drupal2/node/367> Getting Started on 6 Meters



Icom IC-7200 tuned to 50.125 MHz

By Dr. Ron Milliman, K8HSY

The "Mystery" Band

The 6 meter band (50-54 MHz) is often referred to as the "mystery band" or
the "magic band" by many hams. It is almost always available for short
distances, like line of sight, but it occasionally opens up for some
exciting DX opportunities too. You just never know when those exciting DX
openings are going to happen. When it does open up, it might only last for a
few minutes and then, suddenly go dead, available once again to only line of
sight contacts or somewhat longer contacts with the help of a repeater, much
like two meters.

6 meter propagation is substantially controlled by sun spot and atmospheric
conditions. For instance, on 6 meters when the solar flux index numbers rise
to between 150 and 200, the F-layer skip can provide, literally, worldwide
QSO opportunities. 6 can get really exciting when openings arise from
sporadic-E, aurora, meteor-scatter, transequatorial and even moon bounce can
be used for some fun communications.

Of these propagation events, sporadic-E is most often used for 6 meter long
distance communications. Sporadic-E openings usually hit maximum during the
solstices in the months of June and December. When these openings occur,
such propagation often provides QSOs over distances of from a few hundred
miles to possibly even a few thousand miles or more with what we call a
"double-hop." These openings occur every year, no matter what the sun spot
index is. Though this propagation opening can happen at any time, normally,
the E-skip is most prevalent from May to July, with another heightened
opportunity during December and the first half of January. Again, such
openings can last for a few minutes up to a few hours. It is lots of fun and
excitement while it lasts, and you can work the skip quite successfully with
very little power and with even a very modest antenna array.

Equipment You Need

It is especially easy to get on 6 meters these days because many of our
modern transceivers are designed to cover 160 through 6 meters. If you want
to get the best results working DX, however, you will need a transceiver
that provides more modes than just FM. You need a rig that will allow you to
work SSB and even CW if you enjoy operating CW. Ten watts is sufficient when
6 is really open.

Your Antenna

There are numerous commercially made antennas on the market designed to
cover the 6 meter band, including Yagis, verticals, various types of wire
antennas, single-banders, multi-banders, etc. The prices range from well
below $100 to well over $1000, and they are available from most all of the
well-known brand name companies.

However, since the size of most 6 meter antennas is relatively small, they
are also quite easy to build yourself. There is an endless repertoire of
designs from which to select readily available online and described in many
articles published in the ham magazines. A simple dipole, for example, is
only 9' 4" cut for the bottom of the band, and only 9' cut for the middle of
the band. Even with this very basic of all antennas, you can still make lots
of DX contacts when 6 meters is open. When it isn't open, a dipole will also
allow you to make solid local contacts working simplex or through repeaters.
Since a dipole has some directional characteristics, it is also desirable
and quite easy to homebrew a rotatable dipole from light weight, aluminum
tubing. In like manner, it is very easy to build a Yagi; a 3-element Yagi
utilizing a director, driven element, and reflector, is still quite small
and will give you considerable added DB gain over a simple dipole. Excellent
results can also be obtained on 6 meters from other simple antennas too. For
instance, ground-planes and J-Poles are popular 6 meter antennas.
Construction details for all of these kinds of antennas are readily
available from many online sources.

Antenna polarization is another factor that needs to be considered,
depending upon what kind of communications you are seeking on 6 meters.
Antennas can be either horizontally or vertically polarized. While the
details of antenna polarization are beyond the scope of this basic article,
let it suffice to state that for working DX on 6 meters, polarization is not
very important. However, in contrast, for working short distance, ground
wave, how your antenna is polarized is considerably more important. In
general, 6 meter Yagis or rotatable dipoles tend to use horizontal
polarization, which have a higher angle of radiation than vertically
polarized antennas. Of course, a Yagi, for example, can be erected for
either horizontal or vertical polarization, and some are actually designed
for both. Verticals, ground-planes and J-Poles are all normally vertically
polarized antennas. Vertically polarized antennas have a lower angle of
radiation, and thus, they normally perform best over longer distances. The
ideal antenna would be both vertically and horizontally polarized, and there
are such antennas available both commercially and construction details for
homebrewing such arrays can be found online. One such design, for instance,
is an antenna called the "L" antenna described by L. B. Cebik, W4RNL (see
his article at:
<http://www.antennex.com/preview/Folder01/lant/lant.htm>
http://www.antennex.com/preview/Folder01/lant/lant.htm

Listen for the Beacons

To help you know when 6 meters is open and open into which area of the
country or world, there are numerous beacons set up that you can listen for.
Here in the United States beacons can be heard in the frequency range
between 50.060 and 50.080 MHz. However, in other countries around the globe,
they are more scattered across the 6 meter band. For a comprehensive and
up-to-date list of 6 meter beacons go to:

G3USF's Worldwide List of 50MHz Beacons:
<http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/por/50.htm>
http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/por/50.htm

The 6 Meter Band Structure

According to Dave Finley, N1IRZ in his article entitled: "Six Meters: An
Introduction," published in QRPp, Spring 2000, "...six meters is much more
rigidly structured in terms of what frequencies are used for what purposes
than the HF bands tend to be. 6 meters has a CW-only sub-band which runs
from 50.0 to 50.1 MHz... Also, Calling frequencies are used extensively.
From 50.100 to 50.125 is a "DX Window," in which domestic QSOs tend to be
discouraged. The DX calling frequency is 50.110. The traditional domestic
calling frequency is 50.125." Several years ago, Back in the late 1990's and
early 2000's, there was a movement to extend the DX window to 50.130 and
make 50.200 the new domestic calling frequency. The movement was
precipitated by the extension of six-meter privileges to hams in other
countries around the globe, resulting in a significant increase in the
number of DX stations on the air. However, this movement never really caught
on. N1IRZ goes on to point out that "...The recommended CW calling frequency
is 50.090, but you will often hear CW CQs on 50.125, too. I would recommend
monitoring both 50.125 and 50.200, as well as 50.090, during an opening. If
the opening seems real good, start checking 50.110 for DX stations, too."

Do You Know Your Grid Square?

As N1IRZ points out you need to know your grid square when operating 6
meters because you are likely to be asked for it. The grid square system "is
almost universally used as a locator system by VHF, UHF and microwave
operators." It "divides the world into 32,400 squares, each 2 degrees of
longitude by 1 degree of latitude. There are larger "fields" of 100 locator
squares each, and each square is divided into smaller sub-squares. Most
generally, it will be sufficient if you only know your 2 degree by 1 degree
square."

Dave, N1IRZ, says: "VHF operators collect grid squares like HF operators
collect countries. Many are working toward the ARRL's VHF-UHF Century Club
(VUCC) award, which requires confirmed contacts with 100 grid squares.
During VHF contests, some enthusiasts go on "Gridexpeditions," to put rare
grid squares on the air, while others become "rovers" to operate from
several grids during the contest. Just as states or countries serve as
multipliers for HF-contest scores, grid squares are the typical multipliers
for VHF-contest scores."

To find your grid square, go to:
<http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/grids.php>
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/grids.php

If you work 6 meters very much, it might be a good idea to even add your
grid square number to your QSL card information.

The Key Word When Working 6 Meters

The key word when working 6 meters is 'patience.' It requires considerable
patience, and you will need to make it a part of your ham operating routine
to check 6 meters frequently for band openings and to listen for the several
beacons that will let you know not only if the band is open, but the beacons
will let you know what part of the country or world is open to you. Of
course, 6 is open pretty much all of the time for local communications, much
like 2 meters in that regard.

Good luck...

Ron, K8HSY

Thanks, Ron. It's barely June and already there were signals from Florida
and Texas rolling into Minnesota on 50.125 early this week. Chances are
your existing wire antenna - no matter what it is (except maybe a G5RV) will
tune on 50.125 with the help of an antenna tuner.



Looking for 6 meter antenna ideas?
<http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Antennas/6M/> Check out DX Zone's list.



Give six meters a try!

(For Handiham World, this is Pat Tice, WA0TDA.)

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On the air this week:

IC-7200 controlled via Remotehams.com and tuned to 50.125

Here is another way to listen on 6 meters through 160 meters.

The WA0TDA IC-7200 is on line most days with no particular schedule and you
can tune the receiver. I am experimenting with a new way to control an HF
radio over the internet. The radio, my main ham shack Icom IC-7200 with an
LDG AT-200 Pro automatic antenna tuner, can operate on 160 through 6 meters,
and yesterday morning I was hearing quite a few stations on bands as diverse
as 75 meters and 6 meters. One especially fun group to listen to is on
3.730 MHz AM between about 7:00 and 8:00 AM CDT. The sound of amplitude
modulation is so full and mellow compared to SSB - You'll really be able to
sit back and enjoy the sound quality. You can access the WA0TDA IC-7200 and
many other radios on line using the excellent free software at
<http://www.remotehams.com/> Remotehams.com. Register, download the RCFORB
client software, install it and enjoy tuning any of a number of receivers
and transceivers around the world. To listen to the WA0TDA IC-7200, use the
search function in the RCFORB client and type in WA0TDA. If the radio is on
line, it will come up in your search. Select and open the WA0TDA IC-7200 in
the RCFORB client, and a graphical image of a radio will appear. The radio
image is actually interactive, so you can press buttons, change frequency,
and change modes. Sound in the RCFORB client is built in, so you don't need
Skype to hear the station. Also, the software allows more than one user to
connect to the station and listen at the same time. As a courtesy, you
should ask if it is okay to tune the radio, especially if there are other
users already connected.

I know that some of you will wonder if the software is blind accessible.
The answer is, yes, probably. I am only qualifying that with a "probably"
because I have not heard from any screenreader users who have tried it, and
I'd like to do so before I say one way or the other. Here are some things I
did find out, though:

. Under "Options", you can choose "text to speech" enabled. This
will cause the frequency display to be announced and other announcements to
be made as you use keyboard commands.

. ALT-Shift-F is a simple keystroke command to read the frequency
anytime.

. ALT-Shift-M causes the mode to be read.

. ALT-Shift-B reads the buttons.

. ALT-Shift-D reads the dropdowns.

. ALT-Shift-S reads the sliders.

. ALT-Shift-A sends an "Ask to tune" request to the software chat
area.

. You can focus on the direct frequency entry with CTRL+F. Once
there, simply enter the frequency in kHz, so for example 3.925 MHz would be
entered as 3925 <ENTER>. This will be confirmed by an audio announcement.

. The mode does not change automatically as you change frequency, so
you have to use CTRL+M to gain focus on the mode selection. Hold the CTRL
key down while repeatedly pressing the M key to go through all the modes.
The mode will be read aloud to you.

. CTRL+T toggles transmit. If you have gained focus on the TX
button, you can also use the spacebar to toggle transmit as you can with
EchoLink. You can't transmit unless you have been granted permission to do
so by the station's owner. Once you are granted permission, you can
transmit any time you use that station.

If you can see the display, you will be looking at a virtual radio with the
typical buttons, knobs, and frequency display. The best way to learn how to
use the software is to learn by doing. Connect to different radios and give
the tuning a try. It is also a good way to find out what HF propagation is
like by listening from various locations.

If you have tried the Remotehams.com RCFORB software and can comment on it,
especially as a screenreader user,
<mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx?subject=Comment%20on%20Remotehams%20Software>
please send me an email.

The <http://www.ylsystem.org/index1.htm> YL System Net is found daily on
14.332 MHz USB. It is a good first stop on 20 meters as you check
propagation. You will find other Handiham members checking into the YL
System Net, which is - in spite of its name - not only for "YL's" - "young
ladies". It is actually a fellowship net and everyone is welcome. It
operates every day of the year.

MIDCARS provides travel assistance on 7.258 MHz LSB.
<http://www.midcars.net/> This is a very active frequency year-round as the
net has a wide geographic footprint in the USA Midwest.

SOUTHCARS, the South Coast Amateur Radio Service, provides regular scheduled
nets, traffic information, and more on 7.251 MHz and has a large VoIP
presence as well. There are two websites:

. Main website with net mission and information:
<http://southcars.com/main/> http://southcars.com/main/

. VoIP website with schedule and links to VoIP applications:
<http://voip.southcars.com/main/> http://voip.southcars.com/main/

PICONET is on 3.925 MHz. It is on daily except Sundays, and you will find
HF-savvy Handiham members checking in.

. You can find out more about PICONET on the PICONET website,
<http://www.piconet3925.com> http://www.piconet3925.com.

Breakfast Club Net is found on 3.973 MHz every morning from 4:00 AM to 8:00
AM USA Central Time. Anyone can check in to this friendly social net to
have a cup of coffee with your ham radio buddies and if you want, you can
even be a club member. An amateur may qualify for membership in the
Breakfast Club by checking into the net 10 times, not necessarily
consecutive or in any particular time period.

. Breakfast Club has a website: <http://www.hamdata.com/bc.html>
http://www.hamdata.com/bc.html

All five nets, <http://www.ylsystem.org/index1.htm> YL System Net,
<http://www.midcars.net/> MIDCARS, <http://southcars.com/main> SOUTHCARS,
<http://www.piconet3925.com> PICONET and <http://www.hamdata.com/bc.html>
Breakfast Club, may be heard on our <http://handiham.org/remotebase/>
Handiham remote base HF stations.

Check into our Handiham nets... Everyone is welcome!

How to find the Handiham Net:

1. The Handiham EchoLink conference is 494492. Connect via your iPhone,
Android phone, PC, or on a connected simplex node or repeater system in your
area.

2. WIRES-2 system number 1427

3. WIRES-X digital number 11165

4. D-Star coming soon! Wouldn't it be nice to have the Handiham net
available on the D-Star system? Soon that will be a reality, according to
net manager VE7KI.

5. The Handiham net is no longer available on IRLP.

The Handiham Net will be on the air daily. If there is no net control
station on any scheduled net day, we will have a roundtable on the air
get-together.

Cartoon multicolored stickman family holding hands, one wheelchair user
among them.

Our daily Echolink net continues to operate for anyone and everyone who
wishes to participate at 11:00 hours CDT (Noon Eastern and 09:00 Pacific),
as well as Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 19:00 hours CDT (7 PM). If
you calculate GMT, the time difference is that GMT is five hours ahead of
Minnesota time during the summer.

Doug, N6NFF, poses a trivia question in the first half of the Wednesday
evening session, so check in early if you want to take a guess. The answer
to the trivia question is generally given shortly after the half-hour mark.
A big THANK YOU to all of our net control stations and to our Handiham Club
Net Manager, Michael, VE7KI.

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FCC Headlines

FCC round logo

<https://transition.fcc.gov/headlines.html> The Federal Communications
Commission has a website page that lists FCC news items from newest to
oldest. It's useful if you don't follow FCC news every day and want to do a
quick check on recent news items.

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This week's website: QRZ.com

Are you good on <http://www.qrz.com/index.html> QRZ.com? That's a question
you will often hear on the air, and it is simply a way of asking you if your
callsign and address information is correct in the
<http://www.qrz.com/index.html> QRZ.com on line database. QRZ.com is quite
the versatile site, because it has a ham radio news blog right on the front
page along with the callsign lookup. That's where I found a new item about
a new release of software that I use: <http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com>
Ham Radio Deluxe Release 6.2.10. There is also a handy solar weather
widget and a featured callsign from the database. I was even featured once,
or so I am told! When you follow the featured callsign link you get the
operator's biography that the callsign's owner has posted on QRZ. There's
even a freebie oval sticker with "QRZ" in big, black letters on a white
background and smaller lettering saying, "I'm good on QRZ.COM." Follow the
"Get a FREE QRZ sticker" link for instructions. I sent for mine yesterday
and soon it will be on the back bumper of my car.

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A dip in the pool

circuit board

Dip in the pool is back! Our question this week is from the current General
Class question pool, number G4B12. It asks:

What problem can occur when making measurements on an antenna system with an
antenna analyzer?

Possible answers are:

A. SWR readings may be incorrect if the antenna is too close to the Earth
B. Strong signals from nearby transmitters can affect the accuracy of
measurements
C. The analyzer can be damaged if measurements outside the ham bands are
attempted
D. Connecting the analyzer to an antenna can cause it to absorb harmonics

If you are studying for your General, our recommendation is that you shift
into high gear and plan to take your exam under the old pool, testing on or
before June 30, 2015. If that is not possible, begin studying now with the
new pool. It will be some time before we can make a new set of audio
lectures as time is limited. Be sure your study materials, especially
practice exam websites, are up to date and you have chosen the correct
practice exam pool for whenever you plan to take the real test.

Now, back to our question. Did you have enough time to think about which
answer is the correct one? If you picked answer B, Strong signals from
nearby transmitters can affect the accuracy of measurements, you got this
one right. Using an antenna analyzer is a common procedure at a Field Day
site, but remember to check to make sure no one is transmitting on another
nearby antenna as you make your measurements. That ensures a more accurate
reading. One Handiham student asked me about this, and I suggested thinking
about taking a sensitive temperature reading in your kitchen. The reading
would be affected if you opened the stove's oven door and heat poured out
into the room! Similarly, energy from nearby transmitters can affect the
reading on your antenna analyzer, which depends on reading a very small
signal to make its measurements.

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KB3LLA featured on the AFB website

Handiham volunteer Ken Silberman, KB3LLA, is featured on the AFB website in
the "Our Stories" section. While many of us know Ken as a Radio Camp
instructor and past Handiham Radio Club president, he also has some pretty
impressive work life credentials as a NASA engineer and registered patent
attorney.
<http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/for-job-seekers/our-stories
/science/kenneth-a-silberman-nasa-engineer-and-registered-patent-attorney/12
345> Be sure to check out Ken's story on the AFB website.

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Both Handiham HF remote base internet stations are up and running. (Sort
of!)

Scan this QR code to visit the Remote Base website on your smartphone.

Handiham Remote Base info QR code

. Another problem has emerged this week on W0ZSW, which had been
working but now has a recurring RFI failure whenever anyone transmits. We
think that RF is getting into the host computer and causing it to switch COM
ports, thus tripping the rig control software offline. Obviously this is a
deal-killer that makes the station unreliable, and about the only thing we
can do is get out the box of ferrite RF chokes and start trying to keep the
RF from getting somewhere it isn't supposed to be!
<http://handiham.org/remotebase/> Keep an eye on the Remote Base website for
the station's status. This problem is only present when the station is
running the W4MQ software, so when the ARCP590 software is in use with the
TS-590S, there is no RFI issue. The TS-590S uses a completely different host
computer. The symptom to look for is that you connect to the station but
the software does not respond when you try changing frequency.
<mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx?subject=W0ZSW%20rig%20control%20failure> Please let
me know immediately if this happens!

. There were a few other minor interruptions. Skype crashed at
W0EQO, and W0ZSW needed a few Windows updates. We have settled (for now) on
a schedule of running W0ZSW on the weekend (Friday afternoon through Sunday)
on the Kenwood ARCP-590 software and on the W4MQ software the rest of the
week, though this can change.

. Help needed! The instructions for using the W4MQ software and the
ARCP-590 software are quite limited, especially for blind users. Are there
any volunteers out there who can help us with recording some how-to guides,
including even very basic instructions?
<mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx?subject=Help%20with%20teaching%20rig%20control%20sof
tware> Email Pat, WA0TDA, if you can help describe how to use either of
these software rig control programs, either in writing or in a spoken word
audio recording.

. The W0ZSW remote base station is now operated part time with W4MQ
software controlling the IC-7200 (no speech frequency announcements via the
internet) and the ARCP-590 software controlling the TS-590S (speech
frequency announcements available via the internet.)

. If you are a registered user, check the station's schedule for
which rig is in use at the <http://handiham.org/remotebase/> remote base
website and in the W0ZSW Skype status.

. We have run into a problem with Skype crashing on the W0EQO host
computer at Camp Courage North.
<mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx?subject=Problem%20with%20W0EQO%20station> Please
file a problem report for W0EQO by email if you notice that the W4MQ
software is not responding or Skype stops working.

. Details at Remote Base website <https://handiham.org/remotebase/>
.

. <mailto:Patrick.Tice@xxxxxxxxxx?subject=Remote%20Base%20Hosting>
Contact me if you are interested in hosting a Handiham Remote Base station,
either here in the Twin Cities or anywhere else in the USA!

.
<mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx?subject=Participate%20in%20TS-590S%20Testing> If you
are an experienced TS-590S and ARCP-590 user and are interested in
participating in these tests, please let me know.

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New audio:

June QCWA Journal has been recorded by Jim Perry, KJ3P, and is available in
streaming MP3 from a link at <http://www.qcwa.org/qcwa.php> QCWA.org or
<https://handiham.org/audio/QCWA/QCWA-2015-June.mp3> listen here.

The Doctor is In column from the June 2015 QST audio recording for our blind
members has been completed by volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY. Thanks,
Ken!

Bob Zeida, N1BLF, has completed the June DAISY audio digest including QST
articles of interest to our blind members. It is now available as a DAISY
download. Thanks, Bob!

May CQ DAISY digest audio has been recorded by Jim Perry, KJ3P, and is
available to our blind members. Jim is working on the June CQ this week and
it will be ready soon.

Podcast: If you would like to receive this audio newsletter as a podcast in
software other than iTunes, the RSS feed for the audio podcast is:
http://feeds.feedBurner.com/handiham

Email version: <http://www.freelists.org/list/handiham-world> Subscribe or
change your subscription to the E-mail version here.

Weekly audio reminder: If you are a Handiham member and want a weekly
reminder about our new audio, let us know. Watch for new audio Thursday
afternoons. (Some audio is available only to members.)

Beginner course DAISY download available for our blind members: We now have
the DAISY version of the entire Technician Class lecture series on line for
download.

Some of you have asked about the 2015 General Lecture Series. The new
General pool will be used for exams beginning on July 1, 2015. If you are
planning to study for General at Radio Camp in August, you will take your
exam based on the new General question pool.

But you can start studying using the new pool right now! Bob Zeida, N1BLF,
has finished the recording of the new 2015 General Class Question Pool and
it is in the General Class section in the Members part of the website.

Jim, KJ3P, has recorded the DXer's Handbook Second Edition by Bryce, K7UA,
for our blind members. If you are a Handiham member and need a link to the
DAISY download, please let me know.

Thanks to our volunteer readers:

Bob, N1BLF

Jim, KJ3P

Ken, W9MJY

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Radio Camp News: We will once again be at the Woodland campus, Camp
Courage.

It's June! If you have been sitting on that camp application, time to fill
it out and send it in.

Cabin 2, site of our ham radio stations and classes.
Photo: A Woodland Cabin with screen porch, fireplace, kitchen, laundry, and
comfortable great room.

Plan to work DX with the triband HF beam antenna. In addition, we will be
installing several wire antennas fed with 450 ohm ladder line for
high-efficiency operation on multiple bands. We will be able to check in to
the popular PICONET HF net on 3.925 MHz. Radios you can try at camp include
the remote base stations running the Kenwood TS-480, and get your hands on a
Kenwood TS-590S or TS-2000, both of which will be set up to operate. If you
have a special request for gear you would like to check out at camp, please
let us know.

Other activities at camp:

. New! We have acquired an Icom IC-7200 to try out at camp. These
excellent rigs come with built in speech.

. Campers needing radio equipment or accessories to take home and
complete their stations should let us know what they need. Equipment will
be distributed at camp.

. We will have a Handiham Radio Club meeting that will include
election of club officers and planning for the upcoming year.

. The Icom IC-718 will once again be pressed into service on the
camp pontoon boat for HF operation from Cedar Lake. All aboard! QRMers
will walk the plank if caught.

. We'll have time for several operating skills discussions.

. Anyone interested in a hidden transmitter hunt on VHF?

If you want to get a first license or study for an upgrade, let us know.

<http://truefriends.org/camp/> Camp dates are now published in the True
Friends Camp Catalog. They are Tuesday, August 18 (arrival) through Monday,
August 24 (departure),

Please let Nancy know if you wish to receive a 2015 Radio Camp Application.
<mailto:Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx?subject=2015%20Radio%20Camp%20Application%2
0Request>

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Membership

. You can pay your Handiham dues and certain other program fees on
line. Simply follow the link to our secure payment site, then enter your
information and submit the payment. It's easy and secure!

o Handiham annual membership dues are $12.00. The lifetime membership
rate is $120.00.
MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENT LINK
<https://pay.usbank.com/default.aspx?id=COURAGE_KENNY_HANDIHAMS>

o If you want to donate to the Handiham Program, please use our donation
website. The instructions are at the following link:
DONATION LINK <http://www.handiham.org/drupal2/node/8>

o We hope you will remember us in your 2015 giving plans. The Courage
Kenny Handiham program needs your help. Our small staff works with
volunteers, members, and donors to share the fun of Amateur Radio with
people who have disabilities or sensory impairments. We've been doing this
work since 1967, steadily adapting to the times and new technologies, but
the mission is still one of getting people on the air and helping them to be
part of the ham radio community. Confidence-building, lifelong learning,
making friends - it's all part of ham radio and the Handiham Program.
Begging cartoon doggie

o The weekly audio podcast <https://handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3> was
produced with the open-source audio editor Audacity
<http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/> .

How to contact us

There are several ways to contact us.

Postal Mail:

Courage Kenny Handiham Program
3915 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422


E-Mail: <mailto:Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx> Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx


Preferred telephone: 1-612-775-2291
Toll-Free telephone: 1-866-HANDIHAM (1-866-426-3442)


Note: Mondays through Thursdays between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM United States
Central Time are the best times to contact us.


You may also call Handiham Program Coordinator Patrick Tice, WA0TDA, at:
612-775-2290.


FAX: 612-262-6718 Be sure to put "Handihams" in the FAX address! We look
forward to hearing from you soon.

73, and I hope to hear you on the air soon!

For Handiham World, this is Pat Tice, WA0TDA.


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!

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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 Patrick.Tice@xxxxxxxxxx
for changes of address, unsubscribes, etc. Include your old email address
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