Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of 03 June 2009 This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Center Handiham System <http://handiham.org> . Please do not reply to this message. Use the contact information at the end, or simply email handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx You can also listen to the content online: Listen to an MP3 audio stream: <http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u> http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u Download the MP3 audio to your portable player: http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3 Get this issue as an audio podcast: http://feeds.feedburner.com/handiham _____ Welcome to Handiham World! Handiham History: Early membership certificate Handiham History: Early membership certificate Image: Early membership certificate for Handihams. Image scanned by N0SBU. Quick: tell me what happened in 1967. If you said, "that's when the Handiham System was started", you would be right. Okay, so that is 42 years ago. A lot has happened to the Handiham System in all that time. In other words, the program has a lot of history. There have been amazing stories of handiham members who accomplished extraordinary things in spite of many personal challenges. There have been outstanding volunteers who gave thousands, even tens of thousands of hours in support of the program. There have been dedicated and caring handiham staff members who devoted their lives to the program. One thing there hasn't been is a compilation of handiham history, but we are going to start chipping away at the edges of that problem. It all started one day last week when George LaValle, N0SBU, asked me a question about the Winter Hamfest that we used to have in Faribault, Minnesota each December. Even though I had several of those hamfests to my credit, I couldn't really remember all that much about it. One memory I do have is that of myself and several volunteers loading an old Courage Center bus with what seemed like tons and tons of donated electronic and amateur radio equipment and then having to drive the bus through the sleet and snow out of the Twin Cities and down Interstate 35 to Faribault, a small city in southern Minnesota that was the home of the Winter Hamfest. We would arrive late in the afternoon the day before the hamfest and stay at a hotel nearby. That evening, we would have a pre-hamfest banquet at the restaurant next to the hotel. The bus sat out in the parking lot in the sub-zero freezing weather all night long. You can bet that that bus was hard to start and stiff as a board early in the morning when we had to coax it back onto the road for the bumpy, creaky, slow drive to the hall where we still needed to set up all the tables and get things ready. Fortunately, the hamfest was a popular one and many hams from around the area showed up early in the morning to make quick work of unloading the bus and distributing the gear onto the tables. The downside of all of this extra help was that the equipment went this way and that way and seemed to end up all over the place at random. Power supplies would not necessarily stay with their rigs, so there was always some sorting out to do. Still, we were glad to get the extra help and those who helped us set up the tables always liked to get some idea of what goodies would be for sale once the doors opened up for business. As with any hamfest, we also had a few outside vendors. Believe me, a hamfest is difficult to put on. If it weren't for the dedication of Handiham volunteers, we could never have pulled this off for so many years. Of course, like many other things that have happened over the years, the Winter Hamfest is now history. It's part of a history that we really haven't documented. Now, thanks to the volunteer efforts of George, N0SBU, we hope to start sorting some of our history out. George and I made a trip to the basement at Courage Center, where we ferreted out two big boxes of handiham memorabilia. These include photos and Kodak slide carousels full of handiham history. There is even a "logbook" made especially for a guest sign up at a convention in Des Moines, Iowa from the 1980s. The cover is made of wood, which makes it the most realistic "log" book that I have ever seen! I hope you will keep watching the weekly e-letter and the handiham website for more news and photos from handiham history. Here is a special note from N0SBU: Hello from N0SBU, George the Second Base Umpire of Hugo, Minnesota. Pat has asked me to go through all of the old documents in storage and see if I could put together a brief history of the Handiham hamfest auctions. I went over to the office to see Pat and picked up two large boxes of documents and pictures. I sorted it out on a table in my basement here at home. Briefly, after the Handihams were associated with the Courage Center, they had what were called "White Elephant Auctions". In what I have looked at, I assume they were held at the Courage Center, as they refer as having them on the "patio". These were fund-raisers to get money to buy equipment for the members. Later it is noted that surplus equipment was sold at "Mid-West Amateur Radio" until that place went out of business. That is about all I have for now. In my spare time I will go through this stuff in more detail and report back to you. I remember going to the auctions in Faribault. Later they were at the Courage Center for three years. After that, all equipment that couldn't go to members directly went to the Amateur Radio Consignment Center to raise money for the program. Do any of our readers out there have any more detail about the years that all of this took place? This is what I am looking for to add to our history. Thanks and 73 from N0SBU, the Second Base Umpire of Hugo. You can write to George care of wa0tda@xxxxxxxx if you want to add to the Handiham history. Please put Handiham History in the subject line. Patrick Tice, WA0TDA wa0tda@xxxxxxxx Handiham Manager . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/479%2523commen t-form> to post comments . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/479> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/479> to friend _____ Avery's QTH: Imagining a net Avery's QTH: Imagining a net Image: Avery at the microphone of the Collins S-Line donated by K7UGA. Welcome to my humble QTH. This is Avery, K0HLA, and I found myself thinking about how a net should be run. Here I am, imagining I am Jerry, N0VOE, and the net is the Handiham daily net: "This is N0VOE net control for the Handiham net. My name is Jerry and I will be taking check-ins one at a time. Please come with your call sign only. Do we have any emergency traffic for the net? "Do we have any announcements for the net?" (At this time our net manager may have something to say or there may be information on some event that Handihams or a member will be taking part in such as the Dayton Hamvention booth that was just over or someone may wish to let people know of some amateur radio event in their area if so they give their call and wait for Jerry to recognize them. When Jerry recognizes you, give your call then you can come back with your Amateur Radio related announcements. When done you return the net back to Jerry. This will continue on until all announcements have been made.) "Not hearing any we will stand by for short timers, people who have to check in and out very quickly for one reason or another. Maybe they only have a 1/2 hour lunch or maybe they are very close to their destination or maybe the batteries on their HT are very low, etc." "Okay! We will take check-ins with or without traffic from anywhere." Several people will check in with their call and Jerry will come back to them one at a time giving each a turn in proper order that he heard them. After several people have checked into the net and conversation begins to get old, in the break point in a conversation I key the mike and say "W0ZSW" and then I wait until Jerry gives me permission to check into the net. It may be right away or I may have to wait until some other traffic has been taken care of. Finally Jerry recognizes me and I key the mike and say, "Hello Jerry and everyone on the net. This is Avery, K0HLA, at the mike. I have a very special message from WA0TDA, Nancy, and myself. We want to wish you a Very Happy Birthday; N0VOE from W0ZSW." Jerry will come back with, "W0ZSW from N0VOE" and whatever he wants to say, if anything, and then he will go on to the next check-in. A little later in the net at a break point in a conversation someone says, "recheck", and Jerry says, "Go ahead, recheck", and then that person gives their call and asks the question, "Heard the birthday wishes Jerry, just how many is that?" Then they give Jerry's call followed by their own. Jerry would then give the person's call and then his own and response to the question and then continue on taking check-ins. Okay! It is getting close to the end of the net, so there is one last chance to check in: "Anyone wishing to check in please do so now. One last time, anyone wishing to check in before we close down the net?" "Okay! Thank you all for your participation in the net. This is N0VOE returning the frequency/repeater back to normal operation." (At this point you may want to mention the net meets every day at this time - Monday through Saturday as well as Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM - and everyone is welcome to check in.) Hey! What do you know? That was a net done in a correct manner. . No one just broke in at any old time to ask a question that had nothing to do with what was going on during the net. . Net control did not have to ask for call letters of someone just interjecting comments at any old time in the net. . Had someone needed to talk to someone about something not concerning the others in the net, Jerry could have either asked them to wait until after the net was over and the frequency was clear to continue or Jerry could have asked them to go off frequency to another repeater or EchoLink node. . The net could then continue on without any interruptions and yet the other people concerned could get their information taken care of as well. So, until next time 73 es DX de K0HLA Avery You can reach me Monday & Wednesday until 1:30 PM at: 763-520-0515 or email me at: avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/478%2523commen t-form> to post comments . 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Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/475> to friend _____ <http://www.handiham.org/node/477> Events by N1YXU <http://www.handiham.org/node/477> Events by N1YXU Yes, believe it or not, it's June again! And, that means Field Day preparations are well underway. Be sure to listen for W4EZ running QRP from North Carolina when you are operating at your local Field Day site or at home. We will be a 9A operation. And, we would love to get you in our log. Until next month.. Regards, - Laurie Meier, N1YXU n1yxu@xxxxxxxx Read more at: <http://www.handiham.org/node/477> http://www.handiham.org/node/477 _____ Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net happy guy with headset Please join us and check in or simply listen in, as you see fit: When: Wednesday evenings at 19:30 hours Minnesota time (7:30 PM) GMT: Thursday morning at 00:30 Z Where: 145.450 MHz N0BVE repeater (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Node 89680 (EchoLink worldwide) IRLP node 9008 (Vancouver BC reflector) WIRES system number 1427 Everyone is welcome. You do not need to be a member, and the net is relaxed, friendly, and informal. By the way, our Net Manager Howard, KE7KNN, reminds us that we need net control stations for the Wednesday evening net and for the Monday through Saturday morning net. If you are in the Twin Cities, all you need is a radio that can get on the 145.45 N0BVE repeater, and if you live outside the RF area, you can still be net control via EchoLink, IRLP, or WIRES. _____ We are on Twitter! We are on Twitter! Look for us on Twitter by searching for "handiham". We invite you to follow us. . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/476%2523commen t-form> to post comments . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/476> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/476> to friend _____ <http://www.handiham.org/node/467> Get our e-letter audio podcast by phone <http://www.handiham.org/sites/default/files/images/hamradio_6.gif> Get our e-letter audio podcast by phone You can listen to our weekly e-letter audio podcast by phone if you can't get to your computer. It's easy with Podlinez. You just call 360-526-6243. More information, including a way to get text alerts sent to your mobile phone, are at the Podlinez website: http://www.podlinez.com/details.php?number=3605266243 _____ This week at Headquarters: . The Friday audio lectures return this week. The Extra Class topic will be vacuum tube amplifiers. Audio will be posted on Friday. . The remote base at Courage North was offline for a number of hours last week due to a power outage. Once again, an osprey built her nest on the power lines and the power company had to turn off the power. This time, nature won out because the line was rerouted underground and mother osprey was allowed to keep her nest in the power pole! . Minnesota Radio Camp application forms are online! The sooner we hear from you, the better -- if you are planning to join us at this summer's session. One of the summer camps that had been held at Courage North in previous years has been canceled, which means that people who could not get into that session may want to apply for the Radio Camp. Incidentally, you can e-mail us with your ideas for projects and topics at the upcoming Minnesota Radio Camp session. Thanks for all your ideas so far! The waterfront at Lake George Join us this August at Minnesota Radio Camp. Download the camp application package, which contains information pages and the forms you need to apply for camp. Camp starts on Sunday, August 16, and finishes on Sunday, August 23. It's a week of extraordinary fun, during which you can earn your ham radio license or just get on the air. And it can cost as little as $240 for the week. There are two choices for formats, either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF. * Download Word Forms <http://handiham.org/manuals/forms/mncamp/word/> * Download PDF Forms <http://handiham.org/manuals/forms/mncamp/pdf/> * Not <http://www.handiham.org/node/358> sure? Take a photo tour! Having trouble downloading or have questions about Radio Camp or Handihams? Just email Pat, wa0tda@xxxxxxxx, anytime. . The Handiham website will be updated daily, usually multiple times a day as news breaks. * In Operating Skills: * The June issue of Worldradio digest audio has been completed for our blind members by Bob, N1BLF, and is posted. * Volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, reads the June "Doctor is in" column from QST for our blind members. * The June, 2009 issues of QST & CQ magazines are in audio digest for our blind members. * Login to the <http://handiham.org/user> member section of the Handiham website and find the magazine digests in the Library. The QST, CQ, and Worldradio digests have been read by Bob Zeida, N1BLF. * Tape deliveries are in the mail for June. Thanks to George, N0SBU, and Avery, K0HLA, and to our readers, Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, and Bob Zeida, N1BLF. Don't forget to return those mailers so we can send July out as soon as it's ready. * Stay in touch! Be sure to send Nancy your change 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 toll-free at 1-866-426-3442. Mornings are the best time to contact us. Reminder: Handiham renewals are now on a monthly schedule - Please renew or join, as we need you to keep our program strong! You will have several choices when you renew: * Join at the usual $10 annual dues level for one year. * Join for three years at $30. * Lifetime membership is $100. * If you can't afford the dues, request a sponsored membership for the year. * 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 Nancy at: 1-866-426-3442 or email: <mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Ask for a free DVD about the Handiham System. 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Pat, WA0TDA Manager, Courage Handi-ham System Reach me by email at: <mailto:patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Nancy, Handiham Secretary: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Jerry, N0VOE, Student Coordinator: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Avery, K0HLA, Educational Coordinator: avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Pat, WA0TDA, Manager, patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Radio Camp email: radiocamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ARRL </p /> <p>diamond logo 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 wa0tda@xxxxxxxx for changes of address, unsubscribes, etc. Include your old email address and your new address. . By wa0tda at 06/03/2009 - 17:22 . 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