[handiham-world] Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 26 March 2014

  • From: Pat Tice <Pat.Tice@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "handiham-world@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <handiham-world@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:49:52 +0000

[Logo for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health]
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the 
week of Wednesday, 26 March 2014

This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Kenny Handiham 
System<http://handiham.org>. Our contact information is at the end, or simply 
email handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> for changes 
in subscriptions or to comment. You can listen to this news online.

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Welcome to Handiham World.
Big change coming on 28 March 2014!
[Touch tone telephone]<https://handiham.org/drupal2/node/309>

What?  Is it time to set the clocks again?  Oh, wait - that's not it.  Time to 
check my antenna traps to see if they caught any DX?  Nope.  It's something 
that's been the same for decades, but that will change this Friday.   And, no, 
it is not that I am changing my socks!

Here's the deal:  Our phone numbers at the Handiham Program are changing 
beginning Friday, March 28, 2014.  This will be a system-wide change at the 
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Golden Valley location.  Our existing 
Toll-Free number, 1-866-426-3442, will remain the same.  This is one of several 
contact information changes taking place this year.  We will also be alerting 
you to new email addresses later this Spring.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham Program will switch phone 
numbers on the evening of Thursday March 27 and new numbers will be active on 
Friday morning March 28.

The new numbers will be:

Nancy Meydell: 612-775-2291 (General information about the Handiham program, 
membership renewals)

Patrick Tice, WA0TDA: 612-775-2290 (Program Coordinator, technical questions, 
remote base requests, questions about licensing)

While we expect the change to go smoothly, you just never know with something 
as big and complex as a system-wide phone change.  If you do experience 
problems getting through to us next week, please be assured that we are working 
to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, our 
existing email address will be an alternative way to reach us:

Nancy Meydell: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
(General information about the Handiham program, membership renewals)

Patrick Tice, WA0TDA: 
handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  (Program 
Coordinator, technical questions, remote base requests, questions about 

For Handiham World, I'm...

Patrick Tice, WA0TDA
Courage Kenny Handiham Coordinator


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It's time for the W5KUB.COM live webcast of Gigaparts Ham Radio Day!!

Please join W5KUB.com for our live, online webcast of the Gigaparts Ham Radio 
Day on Saturday, March 29th in Huntsville, Alabama. Great in-store prizes and 
online prizes will be awarded. To join the broadcast go to http://W5KUB.com 
where the fun begins! W5KUB will interview various vendors regarding their 
latest products, special guests, and attendees.

During the live broadcast, online viewers will have the opportunity to meet and 
chat with other ham radio operators from around the world or chat directly with 
us at the event and ask questions. You may see some of your friends on the 

Make sure to register at Gigaparts.com for the Icom IC-7100 HF radio. This 
Gigaparts sweepstakes prize will be announced on our webcast at 2:00 PM CT on 
Saturday, March 29th. You will instantly know if you are the winner.

You could also win one of many online prizes awarded during the webcast if your 
name is called from the registered users in the W5KUB chatroom. As always, you 
must claim your prize within the specified time frame. In the past year over 
$10,000 in prizes have been awarded! Of course, no purchase is necessary to win 
an online prize as W5KUB does not sell any products or services. All prizes are 
donated from vendors or manufacturers.

Broadcast schedule (all times are subject to change):

Friday, March 28th 1300 UTC (8:00 AM - 1200 PM CT) Live broadcast of our drive 
from Collierville, TN to Huntsville, AL.
Saturday, March 29th 1400 UTC to 2100 UTC (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CT), Gigaparts Ham 
Radio Day
Sunday, March 30th: 1400 UTC to 1900 UTC (9:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT), Live broadcast 
of our drive from Huntsville, AL to Collierville, Tennessee.

Join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/ to keep up 
with us year-round. Also, please help spread the word by posting this 
announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends 
that may not have received this message! We'll 'see' you at Gigaparts!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB

2014 Radio Camp (Saturday, August 16 through Saturday August 23, 2014)

Operating Skills participants will have a chance to operate from the camp 
pontoon boat!  We will have both HF and VHF on board.

The new Technician Pool will be in effect as of July 1, 2014.  If you are 
studying for your first license, you may continue to use our on line Technician 
audio lectures prior to the camp session, but you will want to download a copy 
of the 2014-2018 Technician Question 
Pool<http://ncvec.org/downloads/2014-2018%20Tech%20Pool.txt> for reference, 
since that pool is the one from which the questions on your exam will be drawn.

We recommend the NC4FB website for a study guide to the 2014-2018 Technician 
Question Pool<http://www.nc4fb.org/wordpress/new-items/>.

The NCVEC website has a status page for the 2014-2018 Technician Question 

The 2014-2018 Technician Pool may be downloaded as a plain text 

The Camp Courage 2 meter repeater will be on the air, and connected to the 
*HANDIHAM* Echolink conference.

The Equipment Program will be at Radio Camp.  Campers will be able to take home 
equipment, provided that the Equipment Program has it available.  Campers 
should let us know what they need to get on the air. Categories of equipment 
that can be made available for you to take home from camp are:

VHF/UHF radios

HF radios

Accessories like speakers and tuners

Morse code accessories

Other accessories - Please let me know what you need.

Our study guide for 2014 Handiham Radio Camp Operating Skills will be the ARRL 
Public Service Handbook First 
Edition<http://www.arrl.org/shop/Amateur-Radio-Public-Service-Handbook>.  It is 
available from your favorite ham radio dealer or directly from ARRL.  Blind 
Handiham members should contact us for the DAISY version.  We will be happy to 
place it on your NLS DAISY cartridge for you.

We will be operating HF and VHF from the camp pontoon boat on Cedar Lake. Last 
camp we worked DX on 20 meters.  Can we do that again this year?

The outdoor shelter with picnic tables will be available for outside operations 
every day during net time 11:00 AM CDT and between 1:00 and 3:00 PM CDT.

How to subscribe to the blind-hams list:

The Blind-Hams mailing list is the go-to place to get your questions about 
amateur radio equipment and software answered. You can post questions and help 
others by sharing your knowledge. The list is extremely active, so you will get 
a lot of emails. You may wish to filter your mail, adding the output of the 
list to a special folder in your email software.

To subscribe, send mail to 
LISTSERV@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:LISTSERV@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  with the 
command (paste it!):


Alternatively, to simply search the Blind-Hams archive, go to:

Please be aware that if you subscribe to a mailing list, you will be expected 
to follow the list owner's rules.  Stay on topic, be polite, and be willing to 
do your research.  Listen to others and follow directions.  Don't fill the list 
up with messages on trivial or off-topic comments, and try researching a 
question before bringing it to the list.  For example, check the instruction 
manual for your radio for an answer before bringing the question to the list.  
When you get an answer that works, it is acceptable to say so and to thank 
those on the list who helped you.

Ken, KB3LLA, likes a link:

iBeacons are one of the new methods for conveying information to consumers 
especially while indoors, and Apple's recent support for the technology has 
helped to expand their usage over the past year. Gordon Fuller, CEO of 
Accessible Help<http://www.accessiblehelp.com/>, talks about his vision for the 
future of indoor navigation and what his company is doing to see it through in 
this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously 
sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind<http://www.afb.org>. 
Download the audio from Blind Bargains at:
Audio Content: #CSUN14 Audio: Indoor Navigation using 

Dip in the pool dives into the Extra Class:

*         Today we are going to do something entirely different.  Instead of 
going to the real question pool, I am going to pose a question that I think an 
Extra Class licensee ought to be able to answer!

This imaginary question asks, "Which of the following is expected of an Extra 
Class license holder?"

Possible answers are:

A. Able to repair all of one's own Amateur Radio equipment

B. Puts up all of one's own antennas

C. Design complex electronic circuits

D. Be willing to try and figure out radio problems and apply solutions, and 
help others when possible

The correct answer is D:  Be willing to try and figure out radio problems and 
apply solutions, and help others when possible.  To me, holding the top license 
means more than regurgitating the correct answers about Smith charts on 
examination day.  You do not have to design and build your own gear, or have a 
fully-equipped repair shop in your basement.  Sure, there are some of us who 
enjoy designing circuits, then putting them together and testing them.  Others 
like to write software or climb towers to work on antennas.  But the thing - to 
me, anyway - that should set an Extra Class licensee apart is a willingness to 
be confident and as self-sufficient as possible when it comes to working with 
station equipment and operating.  It is a can-do attitude that propels an Extra 
Class license holder to the forefront of our avocation, as a leader, a go-to 
person who can help and who sets good example.

When you hold the Extra, you should be willing to figure things out for 
yourself whenever possible. Even if you have significant physical disabilities, 
you should be able to knowledgeably direct others when you do need help 
completing an Amateur Radio task, and you can always lead by giving good 
example.  You should contribute to ham radio by accepting leadership positions 
and volunteering for radio club committees when you can.  On the air you are 
polite and follow good operating practices.

Do you understand where I am going with this?  I certainly agree that it is 
important to have knowledge of electronics and to be able to pass the exams, 
but having the Extra really should mean more than that.  It means that you 
should be a leader who contributes to Amateur Radio, someone upon whom others 
can depend.

Extra Class lecture series now available in DAISY format.

  *   Our biggest single audio project, the Extra Class lecture series, has 
finally reached completion.  The entire series has been produced as a DAISY 
book, available in a zip file download or on NLS digital cartridge.  A link is 
on the new audio page referenced in each Friday's notification of new materials 
in audio format.

It's not too early to think about Field Day:

  *   The 2014 field day packets and rules are available from ARRL.  Visit:

Practical Radio

[pliers and wire]

If you encounter a "checking status" message when using the W4MQ Remote Base 

Incorrect IP address entry can cause a "Checking Status" message: For example, 
the correct address for W0ZSW is w0zsw.no-ip.org. If you entered the incorrect 
information in the IP field during setup, you will see a "checking status" 

Other possible causes:

Repairs at the host site: One sign of a problem on the server end (not your own 
installation) is the "checking status" notification on the Internet Remote 
Control screen. If you see this message, then it is likely that the station is 
out of service.  Either maintenance is being performed, or the internet 
connection at the remote base site has failed.

Windows Firewall:  Windows Firewall may be blocking the application's access.

Router firewall:  Check your home router's firewall settings to make sure that 
the application is not blocked.

The station you are trying to use is out of service:  This can happen if 
internet access fails at the hosting station's computer, if the computer at the 
host hangs up or loses power, if the hosting software fails to start after an 
update on the host computer, or any other system interruption.  Please check 
status updates. <http://handiham.org/remotebase/station-status/>

If more than one station is "checking status", it is likely that the problem is 
on your end.  However, this is not certain, since it is possible that more than 
one station might be offline for updates.  Also consider the possibility that 
your firewall is blocking one station but not the other.

[Screenshot of w4mq software showing checking status message]

Image:  The "Checking Status" message appears when the internet connection is 
interrupted between your client software and the host software.

This is practical radio - know how to diagnose internet issues.

Handiham Nets are on the air daily.


Listen for Doug, N6NFF, tonight and try to answer the trivia question during 
the first half hour.  Check in later just to get in the log and say hello.  The 
trivia question answer is revealed shortly after the first half hour.  If you 
are up to a challenge, see if you can correctly answer this week's question.

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!

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 
Daylight Saving time and GMT is -5 hours and the net is on the air at 16:00 
hours GMT.

The two evening sessions are at 00:00 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:

This week @ HQ

[Cartoon robot with pencil]

Phone & email changes coming March through May

We will be making some changes this Spring in our email and phone systems.  
Watch this newsletter and the Handiham website<https://handiham.org> for any 
changes in our contact information.

Digests & Lectures

Reminder:  If you use the NLS cartridges, please return them to us by the first 
week in the month so we can include your cartridge in the next mailing.

By Friday I will have had time to post some new CQ audio for our blind members 
submitted by Jim, KJ3P.  It is an interview with Jim Kutsch, KY2D, President 
and CEO of The Seeing Eye. This is from the January 2014 issue.  Also by Friday 
there will be some additional audio submitted by Bob, N1BLF, from the 
March/April CQ Plus.  If you are a Handiham member and wish to be on our closed 
notification list for Friday audio, please contact Nancy Meydell in our main 

I have started a recording project for Operating Skills, based on the ARRL 
book, "Internet Linking for Radio Amateurs" by K1RFD. The goal is to make more 
information on VoIP available to our blind members.

In the Extra Class audio lecture series we have completed the course, finishing 
up with safety. Everything is now on line and available either as a Daisy 
download in zip file format or as individual MP3 files.  The zip file is a half 
gig, so it is huge.  Please don't attempt it on a slow or flaky internet 

Jim Perry, KJ3P, Bob Zeida, N1BLF, and Ken Padgitt, W9MJY do the volunteer 
digest recording.  Thanks, guys!

March 2014 QST Digest in Daisy format is available.

CQ Magazine & CQ Plus February 2014 digests in DAISY format.  Log in and check 
out the new CQ!

QCWA Digest for March 2014 is available in MP3.

In Operating Skills: Joe Bogwist, N3AIN, opens his Radio in the Dark series 
with tutorials on how to use the new Kenwood TS-590S 160 - 6 m transceiver!

Secure, blind-friendly Handiham website login:

*         We ask that you please log in securely if you are using any kind of a 
public network or unsecured wireless.

Remote Base News

Both stations are operational.

[W0EQO station in the server room at Courage North.]

[Kenwood TS-480HX transceiver with LDG autotuner]

Both Handiham Remote Base internet stations W0ZSW and W0EQO are on line for 
your use 24/7.

  *   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.
  *   200 watt operation is restored on 160, 80, and 40 meters for Extra and 
Advanced Class users on W0ZSW.

*         Outages: Outages are reported on 

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:
  *   Read the tutorial in accessible HTML:

Digital Cartridges now Stocked at Handiham HQ:

Nancy now has the NLS 4GB digital cartridges and mailers available at our cost. 
 She says:

We now have a supply of digital Talking Book cartridges and mailers available 
for purchase for our Handiham members.  The total cost for a set is $15.50.  We 
will download any digital study materials from the Members Only section of our 
website onto your cartridge at no additional cost.  Minnesota residents please 
add $1.13 MN Sales Tax.

[Pat holding up NLS digital cartridge and mailer]

Don't care to download Handiham materials via computer? The NLS 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!

Want to log in?  Let's go:

Secure, blind-friendly Handiham website login:

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.

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, 

Digital Talking Book Cartridge, 4GB, Blank; Catalog Number: 1-02609-00, Price 

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:

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<mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> or call her at 
763-520-0512 through Thursday, 27 March 2014.  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<mailto:handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> or by phone at 
763-520-0511 through Thursday, 27 March 2014. Beginning on Friday, March 28, we 
have new numbers:

Nancy Meydell, Handiham Secretary: 612-775-2291 (General information about the 
Handiham program, membership renewals)

Patrick Tice, WA0TDA: 612-775-2290 (Program Coordinator, technical questions, 
remote base requests, questions about licensing)

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 
Email us to subscribe:

That's it for this week. 73 from all of us at the Courage Kenny Handihams!
Coordinator, Courage Kenny Handiham Program
Reach me by email at:

Nancy, Handiham Secretary:

Courage Kenny Handiham Program<http://handiham.org>
3915 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN  55422

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!

[ARRL diamond-shaped logo]

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and Handiham news. It is published on Wednesdays, and is available to everyone 
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