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! Second Base Umpire of Hugo Becomes a Librarian Second Base Umpire of Hugo Becomes a Librarian By George LaValle, N0SBU I'm sure that all of you are aware that the Handiham headquarters office is moving to Camp Courage near Maple Lake, MN. When I first heard about the move, I asked Pat what would become of the tape program. He said it possibly would also go to Camp Courage. Since my volunteer duties include making up the monthly digest tapes, I felt it would be a long trip to go out there to copy them. I offered to move all of it to my home QTH here in Hugo, MN. Between last Thursday and this Monday I was able to move all of it over here. I now have the tape library here in my basement. I hope to have an updated tape list available soon as there have been some changes to the list. I would like to thank Pat, WA0TDA, Nancy our administrative assistant, and of course Avery, K0HLA, who taught me how to use all of the equipment to make the tape copies and what all of the different masters are for and why. With their help we made this move seamless! So from the "Hugo Tape Library" I would like to bid you a good week. Please check out the Manuals and the Members Only pages on the Handiham website to see what we have in our tape library. Give us a few weeks to reorganize, though, and to get current information on the site. 73 from the Second Base Umpire of Hugo, N0SBU, George. Now where did I put that last tape order that Nancy sent me? Take a look at George's library setup in this Adobe Flash slide show: _____ Avery's QTH - We get set to make our move <http://www.handiham.org/node/223> Avery's QTH - Avery with puff & sip keyer Welcome once again to my humble QTH: The BIG move is about to take place. The Handiham office will be moving from Courage Golden Valley to Courage Maple Lake. Right now there are many unknowns. In a way, it is kind of like when the explorers were first crossing the mighty oceans on their tiny sailing ships. All they had was a compass and the sun and stars to navigate by. If the compass was broken or the sky was cloudy they were in trouble, for they had no other method to find their way. Since we are moving for the first time, our move is like that and we have many unanswered questions. How are the different programs going to be run? Some may have to be put on the back burner and be left for another time. There may or may not be a new phone system, for example. It may not have all the features that we have now. There may or may not be another location for the drop off or shipping donated amateur radio equipment. The offices may have to be shut down for a few days while the move is taking place. Where will all the furniture and cabinets go? How will they be arranged? What about the radio room? Ah, yeah - that has to be figured out too. How to get everything on the air from the new place? That will take some thinking and some work as we put everything together. In the past visitors were welcome to view the station and operate provided they had the correct license. Will there be someplace for visitors to operate from at the new location? Well, we sure hope so! As those early sailors found out, the seas were not always calm. Sometimes great storms were encountered. Well, there may be some major problems involved in this BIG move. Right now we have no way of knowing. So, what I am asking is that if you send an email or call us and you do not receive an answer right away please have some patience and wait for us to get back to you. If you call on each of our phones or send a ton of emails or leave many phone mail messages on the same topic, it will just make the situation worse. As I said, we are sailing in uncharted waters with a lot of unknowns right now. The number one priority is to make the move and getting things back to normal as soon and as smoothly as possible. Anything and everything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. 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, you can email me at: <mailto:avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx _____ Space Weather News for Sept. 2, 2009 recalls "geomagnetic megastorm": " Northern Lights swept over Cuba and Hawaii. Telegraph offices caught fire. Earth's magnetic field shook for nearly a week. That's what happened 150 years ago today when our planet experienced a shocking "geomagnetic megastorm." Could it happen again?" That is the question explored on today's edition of the http://spaceweather.com report. Visit one of our favorite site a on the web for this story, a report on the sunspot number (yes, there really is one in stingy cycle 24), a daily report on solar winds, and all the solar weather a ham radio operator might need to check out before deciding whether to spend the weekend in the ham shack or outdoors mowing the lawn. _____ Ahoy, there! Ahoy, there! Skipper Bill, K9BV, waves from his sailboat. "Skipper" Bill, K9BV, sails off, framed by the HF antenna on the pontoon boat. The scene was at Handiham Radio Camp 2009, at Courage North on Lake George (Minnesota). The photographer is "Cap'n" Bill, N0CIC. The pontoon boat is always a favorite at Radio Camp, because it combines getting out on the water with ham radio. How cool is that? Band conditions were better than one might expect, allowing the "crew" to work lots of stations on 20 meters. The rig was an Icom IC-718, powered directly from the boat battery! Although this was our last Radio Camp at Courage North, we will be continuing the popular pontoon boat activity at Camp Courage, our new location closer to the Twin Cities. For information on the camps, drop me an email: Patrick Tice, WA0TDA wa0tda@xxxxxxxx _____ Jackson Harbor Press announces the Mcount2 kit Jackson Harbor Press announces the Mcount2 kit The popular Mcount kit is back, reincarnated as the Mcount2. The Mcount2 kit is a frequency counter with Morse code output. The kit has been changed from the original version. It is now a through-hole kit with no surface mount parts. The prescaler has been eliminated, if prescaling is needed (for counting VHF or UHF), the separate prescaler kit would be required. This is a neat little kit and a useful accessory for any ham shack, but it is particularly useful for our blind members. In fact, Tom Fowle, WA6IVG, has recorded an excellent audio tutorial on the earlier version. You can find out more, including the link to the audio, on the Jackson Harbor Press website: http://home.att.net/~jacksonharbor/mcount2.htm The cost will run around $20 with shipping and a couple of accessory parts, so it won't bust your budget! . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/548> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/548> to friend _____ <http://www.handiham.org/node/551> Events by N1YXU <http://www.handiham.org/node/551> ic706.jpg September Events September is National Preparedness Month. Please take a few minutes to check the following website: http://www.ready.gov/america/npm09/. We have several activities in our local amateur radio area that are focused on hurricane preparedness and awareness. I hope that a few events listed this month will catch your attention. Enjoy! Until next month.. Regards, - Laurie Meier, N1YXU n1yxu@xxxxxxxx Continue reading: . Read more at: <http://www.handiham.org/node/551> <http://www.handiham.org/node/551> http://www.handiham.org/node/551 _____ Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net happy guy with headset It's Wednesday, and that means the Handiham EchoLink net is on the air tonight. 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. _____ <http://www.handiham.org/node/556> KB3LLA: Step by Step Instructions on How to Sign Up for NLS Downloadable Books <http://www.handiham.org/sites/default/files/images/ca08_audio_device.jpg> reading device Handiham Radio Club President Ken Silberman, KB3LLA, reminds us that you can download your accessible Library of Congress National Library Service audio books and magazines directly to your computer for use on your reading device, but you must qualify for NLS services. If you are blind or have a qualifying disability that keeps you from reading regular print, you may wish to use this new technology instead of cassette tape, or even the new digital NLS audio players. You will need a computer and an internet connection as well as NLS membership. If you already receive tape books from NLS, you can access the service. The application page explains: . Read <http://www.handiham.org/node/556> more on the Handiham website at: <http://www.handiham.org/node/556> http://www.handiham.org/node/556 _____ This week at Headquarters: <http://www.handiham.org/node/552> Office hours at Handiham HQ <http://www.handiham.org/node/552> tm_v71a.jpg The Handiham office will be closed Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7 for a long USA Labor Day holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday morning, September 8, when all staff will be in the office. We wish you all a wonderful, safe holiday weekend. Maybe we will hear you on the air! The daily Handiham Echolink net will be on the air every day but Sunday, node 89680, 11:00 a.m. CDT. <http://www.handiham.org/node/476> We are on Twitter! <http://www.handiham.org/sites/default/files/images/ham_mobile.jpg> We are on Twitter! Look for us on Twitter by searching for "handiham". We invite you to follow us. . The Friday audio lectures are off on vacation this week. . The Remote Base at Courage North is in service. Please feel free to use this wonderful member resource. . Bob Zeida, N1BLF, has recorded audio of the September QST and Worldradio digests, so check out the audio page. The Friday notification email will have a link. If you are a member and are not getting the Friday audio lectures notification, let us know and we will get you on the list. . Audio tape users will likely see a delay in production this month. We encourage users of cassette audio to make the change to digital and receive the clear, currently available audio from our website. * In Operating Skills: * Volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, reads the September "Doctor is in" column from QST 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. * 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. _____ Elsewhere: MSNBC video: Japan unveils wheelchair <http://www.handiham.org/node/547> of the future - Check out this neat video of where wheelchair technology is heading. The audio is great even if you cannot see the video itself. <http://www.handiham.org/node/547> http://www.handiham.org/node/547 _____ 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. It's perfect for your club program, too! The video tells your club about how we got started, the Radio Camps, and working with hams who have disabilities. Call 1-866-426-3442 toll-free. DONATE USED HAM GEAR 1-866-426-3442 toll-free Help us get new hams on the air. FREE! Get the Handiham E-Letter by email every Wednesday, and stay up-to-date with ham radio news. * You may listen in audio to the E-Letter at www.handiham.org <http://www.handiham.org/> . Email us to subscribe: <mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Handiham members with disabilities can take an online audio course at www.handiham.org <http://www.handiham.org/> : . Beginner . General . Extra . Operating Skills _____ That's it for this week. 73 from all of us at the Courage Handiham System! 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 09/02/2009 - 18:29 . 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