Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of 22 April 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! Pat in shirt and tie, holding handiham coffee mugState of the program: Where we are in these tough economic times. Is there anyone out there who doesn't know there is a worldwide recession? It seems like the tough economic times have reached into every corner of the world and every part of our existence. You cannot turn on the news these days without hearing about some company laying off hundreds or thousands of people, some bank going under, or some other negative economic news. As you might expect, non-profit organizations and programs of those organizations, like the Courage Center Handiham System, are certainly not immune from the hard economic times. So far this year we have had to ask one staff member to retire, and we have had to eliminate the job of "Student Coordinator", where Jerry Kloss, N0VOE, put in so many wonderful years of dedicated, caring service to our members, especially those members who were just getting started in amateur radio studying for their Technician licenses. Fortunately, we have been able to turn the Student Coordinator position into a volunteer job, and Jerry is still able to help us by working from home and welcoming those who are just getting in to amateur radio by contacting them on the phone or by e-mail. Still, we are down by one staff member in the office because of this change, and volunteers can have other priorities. That is a big trade-off, but what do you do when money is short? Then there is the remaining office staff, where hours have been cut back. We have had to eliminate office hours on Fridays. Even so, on the remaining days we can still provide most of the same services that we did before, only it sometimes takes a little longer. But who knows what the economy will do over the next year or two? One big program change was that we had to cancel our plans to offer a California Radio Camp in 2009. The money just isn't there. We hope to not just eliminate that camp session altogether, but the only thing we can do is hope that better economic times will increase the value of our endowment fund and that our donors will continue to support us. Like many other nonprofit programs, we have money invested in a fund and use the interest to help pay the costs of running the program. Since the value of everybody's investments is down, that affects us as well and means that less money than ever is available to use for operating funds. Believe me, membership fees and the small amounts of money brought in by program fees and equipment sales do not come close to covering the cost of running the Handiham System. On the plus side, the Internet has enabled us to serve more people in a more cost-effective way. Not only can we offer audio and other services online, but the Internet offers a quick and easy way to interact with our members to get questions answered and things done much more cheaply than by using older methods. If it weren't for the availability of the Internet, I'm not sure that we could ever keep up with our work! Nonetheless, there are things that remain in our program that still end up costing a lot of money. We need a certain amount of office space, we have storage for donated equipment, there are the ongoing costs of running any office; things like the cost of the space calculated by square foot that we use within Courage Center, the various utilities like electricity, phone, and Internet service, and the cost of office supplies. None of that stuff has gotten cheaper over the years. We are optimistic that the upcoming Minnesota Radio Camp will be well-attended and successful. The camp is expensive to produce and operate, but it remains one of our core services, as does the distance education in amateur radio that we have always done. There are other services that we have offered over the years that simply cannot be sustained in the future. While we can offer excellent amateur radio access through the Handiham Remote Base station running the Kenwood TS-480, it is getting more and more difficult to offer refurbished used equipment directly to our members on a loan program. There are a couple of reasons for this change. The elephant in the room is eBay, where used amateur radio equipment gets traded and sold these days instead of being donated to us. Even though we have a dedicated volunteer, K0CJ, who comes in every week to help us with donated gear, there is still a cost to maintaining storage space and using staff time to manage the program of donated equipment. Sometimes weeks will go by with absolutely nothing coming in. This is one area where I, as the manager of the program, must make the hard decision to change the fundamentals of this service. My feeling is that it is better to offer our new hams who pass their Technician license exams at radio camp brand-new handheld radios instead of trying to support the used equipment program. I would like your input on this. Do you think you have other ways to save money and continue to offer the same services? Finally, I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the Handiham program has always been primarily a volunteer operation. It began that way in 1967 and has always depended upon volunteers to help with our mission of "hams helping hams", whether it be to get licensed, learn more about their equipment and operating, helping to get newcomers on the air, and helping people with disabilities make friends and learn how to communicate using technology. That remains our mission; the question is how do we best maintain our strengths to carry it on into the future? I know it is a downer, but we have to consider the budget and work within the money and resources that we have available. If we can raise more money in this summer's upcoming Handiham appeal, it will certainly help. I welcome your ideas and, as always, your support whether it be as a financial donor, active Handiham member, or one of our very much appreciated volunteers. Now let's move on to our next story. To introduce it, I want to remind you of a really popular phenomenon these days: MMRPG's. You are probably saying to yourself, "What the heck is an MMRPG?" Although we have mentioned this term in the past, many of us probably have no reason to really use it or remember what it means. An MMRPG is a "massive multiplayer role playing game". Typically, it is a video game with Internet connectivity in which many participants from around the world interact in the game's virtual reality. Participants can communicate with each other, take on roles as "avatars", becoming the character that best suits their personality, and work their way through whatever mission or purpose the game theme might include. These things sometimes involve quests and battles, individuals working alone or in groups, and, as you might expect in a game, competition for a high score. So you might ask a second question, "What does this have to do with amateur radio?" I'm glad you asked that question! An MMRPG involves communication in a virtual environment. Everyone who participates in the game knows that the experience is one of virtual reality, and that if you participate you are not really fighting swordfights and climbing mountains, even though you might be doing those things while you are playing the game. Still, you are communicating with others who are playing the massive multiplayer role-playing game. The communication is real. The experience is fun. And there is something out there for amateur radio operators that is able to provide a virtual amateur radio station in a world of virtual amateur radio propagation where multiple participants can be "on the air" as part of a virtual shared experience. This is the same concept as the massive multiplayer role-playing game, except that it is for amateur radio. The system makes use of the CQ100 interface developed by VE3EFC. So, with that little introduction, I will let an enthusiastic user tell you more about it in our next story. Patrick Tice <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> wa0tda@xxxxxxxx Handiham Manager _____ CQ100 puts the fun back in radio CQ100 puts the fun back in radio (interface screenshot) Screenshot: CQ100 interface, courtesy VE3EFC I?ve got my ham radio hobby back! Cq100 makes this contester and rag chewer of 32 years glad to be a ham once again! By Trippy Brown, WD8OEP ?QRZ, is the frequency in use?? I asked, and then unkeyed the transmitter. I heard nothing, so I gave a CQ call on 20 meters. The first time there was no response. I sent another CQ call and unkeyed the transmitter. I wondered, ?Is this thing even getting out?? Then, to my amazement, I heard, ?Whisky delta 8, Oscar, echo, papa, this is victor united 3 victor Quebec united; you copy?? Did I copy him? He was 5 and 9 plus, and no QRM or QSB! I had worked my first DX QSO from India! I had never worked India since I got my ticket in 1977! His name is Mrinal and his QTH is Calcutta! Folks, I was in ham radio nirvana! Where did I make this wonderful contact? On something that many hams say is not radio, but for people who live where they can?t have any HF antennas up or for people going mobile or portable using a laptop computer, and who have an internet connection, either through dialup, broadband, or wireless, it sure is ham radio to all of us, and that place? Cq100, of course! In a time when HF band conditions are absolutely horrible, and folks are getting out of our glorious hobby because of it, and in a time when folks are sick and tired of talking local on 2 meters, and in a time when band conditions on HF are so bad, with contesters not being able to hear each other, and still wanting to participate in contests, I, this ham who lives in an apartment building where I have tried every HF antenna known to mankind and none of them worked, was now sitting here, working the world! I could have sent him a QSL card and gotten one back, but I don?t get into QSL cards. I also participated in the Michigan QSO party, and worked 7 contacts, one after the other, too! So much for not being able to participate in contesting anymore; now I could contest again! CQ100 is a wonderful program that lets licensed hams use their desktop or laptop computer as an HF rig, virtually! You read that right. Folks, I don?t have to worry about sunspots, or band conditions being terrible. They never are! What about QRM? It never exists, because of digital tuning. Every time you press the right or left arrow key, you go up or down 1 kHz at a time, and if there is a station a kHz below or above you, you don?t hear that station! So much for splatter! QSB? What QSB? No stations fade on my receiver, none at all! So, if you haven?t tried cq100, please do me a favor and go and try it, and you?ll be hooked like I am! I?m not getting paid for this article either, but I know a good thing when I use it! Now I?ve been a ham, who is an avid contester and rag chewer since 1977, and to be honest, I was going to let my license expire this time. I couldn?t work HF, and that?s my bread and butter; that?s where I have all my fun! I was going to sell all my equipment and just get out of the hobby. Then a ham told me about cq100. So, I thought to myself, what do I have to lose? If it doesn?t work, I?ll just get out of the hobby, no big deal. So, I went to? http://www.qsonet.com ?and downloaded and installed it on my Windows XP laptop. I?m a blind ham, so I had to find a workaround because my screenreader, (the piece of software that reads the screen to me), wouldn?t read the checkbox to accept the license agreement. But then another blind friend of mine who is a computer geek, more than I am, told me how to check the box and agree to it, using some keystrokes I didn?t know about! So I installed it, and since I already had an account set up with Doug, VE3EFC, the inventor and author of cq100, I clicked on the cq100 icon on my desktop, and a box came up for me to type my password. It knew my call sign already, since Doug strictly enforces the rule that hams must send a copy of their license to him, or they don?t get to use the software. So I made that CQ call on 20 meters, and I began a QSO with my new Indian ham friend! It?s even better than EchoLink, because you have no ports or routers to configure. You just go to the web site, set up your account, then download and install it, and you?re up and running with a free trial for 3 months! If you like it, it?s $32 a year, that?s it! Anyway, back to my QSO with VU3VQU: We had about a 30 minute QSO. Then, in the middle of it, another ham, KB8RWI, Mike in Cadillac, Michigan, broke in. Now we had a round table! ?But Trippy?, people say, ?this isn?t real HF, and you don?t have an antenna up!? Oh, I know that, and I also don?t have any SWR issues, and I don?t have to worry about tuning rigs, and I don?t have to worry about tubes blowing up on old rigs, and I don?t worry about weather problems causing my antenna to blow down, or wet connections, making my SWR go through the roof, either! Yes, my friends, that?s the joy of it. Now I can just be a ham and have my contesting or rag chewing fun, and none of those things to worry about. Yes, I?ve got my ham radio hobby back, and now I can say I am in it to stay! I can go mobile or portable, too. Right now though, I?ve been using it from my home location. So if you contesters are looking for a place to make your Q?s, there it is! You rag chewers out there, if you?re tired of QRM and QSB and bad band conditions, download and install the cq100 software, you?ll be saying, ?Man, I got my hobby back!? There are over 200,000 hams who use it worldwide, and now it?s heading toward 300,000! Now that I?ve got my contesting fever again, I subscribed to Bruce Horn?s contest calendar, which you can get via email. Bruce, WA7BNM, is an avid contester, like me. Now that I had my hobby back, I couldn?t wait to fire up my computer and get on the HF bands, and my first chance would come April 18, 2009, working the Michigan QSO party. I absolutely love that contest! So, on Saturday evening, I fired up the laptop, and went on 20 meters. I worked 7 stations in a row! These folks were new to contesting, but they wanted to learn, so I told them about the contest, and they gave me the exchange that I needed! I worked 3 states and 2 DX countries that night. The West Virginia station told me, ?I?m going to have to use this when our QSO party comes up in June.? I worked a station in California, who told me he was a contester and would use it to work the California QSO party in October. Now, I can?t wait to get Bruce?s emailed contest calendar each week, because now, I will be able to work different contests I?m interested in! More and more hams will not be able to put up antennas, because we?re all getting older now, and many apartment buildings, condos, and nursing homes don?t let you put them up. But now, every ham has an HF alternative. With cq100, you can run phone, CW, and PSK31. I?ve worked the world and had many QSO?s and many round tables! I have no antenna problems any more, and I get on HF any time I feel like! Oh, is it liberating! I can work 10, 15, 20, 40, 75, and 80 meters! My antenna is the internet, and by the way, any of you folks out there having TVI problems? I have no more TVI problems with neighbors. I don?t have problems hearing stations through static crashes, as well! I can work HF anytime and anywhere that I want. In a time when our ham radio hobby is declining, and young people like computers and voice chat, more than putting up antennas for HF, and all the problems we hams face, such as antenna restrictions, let?s give these youngsters something about ham radio they can relate to, and they can relate to computers and the internet, right? You can even use VOX, or PTT, your choice! For CW, cq100 lets you use your keyer, a straight key, or the built-in keyboard on your computer to send anywhere from 5 to 100 words per minute. If you?re a contester, I hope to work you real soon on the HF bands. If you?re a rag chewer, I hope to have a nice QSO with you, very soon! Where will I be contesting and rag chewing in my shack? I?ll be doing it on cq100! 73, and I?ll see you on the air real soon! Trippy Brown, WD8OEP · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/438%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/438> version · Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/438> to friend _____ Avery's QTH - Powering the HT Smiling Avery with cup of coffee.A question heard quite often is, "I have a 144/440 MHz handheld radio and what should I use for powering it? Should I buy very expensive rechargeable batteries to replace the bad ones?" This depends on what a person is going to be doing with the HT. Those rechargeable types seem to go out with no warning just when most needed while working a marathon race. The alkaline ones will start getting weaker and weaker giving a warning that they need to be replaced soon. I have always preferred to get the battery sleeves for the HT and use the "AA" alkaline batteries just because they can be found nearly everywhere. If a rechargeable is down during an event, just where you do charge it? You don't! Better have a couple of fully-charged spares handy. A person can purchase a lot of alkaline batteries for the price of one rechargeable, too. Okay! So I use my HT in a car. I use a car cord so that while in the car, the car's power source also powers the HT. Should the car have a problem with its battery going bad, I can just unplug the car cord and use the self contained batteries in the HT to call for assistance. While in the car I also use an outside antenna which gives the HT much more range than just the rubber ducky antenna most HT's come with. At times I also have an amp that bumps the HT's power up to around 35-40 watts from its original 5 watt rating. This helps when I am on the very outskirts of a repeater and need to get into a net or something. This same idea can be used if you want to use your HT as a base unit. With the connectors in use these days, it is very quick and easy to switch things around. From a belt clip to a car and back to a base can be done in no time at all. The HT will know if the battery pack is alkaline or rechargeable and whether the car cord or charger is plugged in or not, so it's pretty hard to mess up the connections. Your little handheld radio can do more than you think, if you just figure out how to keep it powered up! So for now, 73 & DX from K0HLA, Avery _____ Meteor scatter alert: Lyrids are putting on a show right now! Our friends at Space Weather News for April 21, 2009 are reporting that there is meteor activity this week from Comet Thatcher. Meteor scatter operation via amateur radio may be possible. Here is part of the story: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, the source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Wednesday, April 22nd, with a display of 10 to 20 meteors per hour over the northern hemisphere. Occasionally, Earth passes through a dense region of the comet's tail and rates surge five- to ten-fold. In 1982, for instance, observers were surprised by an outburst of 90 Lyrids per hour. Because Thatcher's tail has never been mapped in detail, the outbursts are unpredictable and could happen again at any time. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is during the dark hours before dawn on Wednesday morning April 22nd. Read the whole story here: http://spaceweather.com _____ Found: Free online learning resource for Windows XP We credit WA0CAF for this great find: Free online audio training for those who wish to learn the Windows XP operating system. Windows XP is commonly used in business and home computing, and is still being sold on those new little "netbook" computers. Many users prefer it to the newer Vista operating system. The online audio lectures are offered by ATI, Access Technology Institute. You can read the inspiring story of how ATI began here: http://www.accesstechnologyinstitute.com/about.html As ATI suggests, you can make a donation to help defer costs. Information about doing so is on the website. Ready to take the course in either MP3 or WMA audio formats? Here's the link: http://accesstechnologyinstitute.com/Access/WindowsXP/index.html Thanks again to WA0CAF for sharing this great find! · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/435%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/435> version · Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/435> to friend _____ Times Online reports that macular degeneration therapy is developed by Brits Times Online reports that macular degeneration therapy is developed by Brits The Times Online reports that British scientists have developed the world?s first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness, macular degeneration. It is predicted to be become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years? time. Read more at the Times Online site: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article6122757.ece · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/434%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/434> version · Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/434> to friend _____ WØDXCC and Contest Central 2009 <http://www.handiham.org/node/202> HF conditions might improve It's A FULL Day dedicated to HF Contesting and DXing! ON4UN on Low Band DXing N6BV on HF antennas K9LA on Sunspots and propagation NC0B on HF receivers N0AX on Contesting DX Banquet featuring Desecheo DX Expedition and multiple operators from there including W0GJ and K0IR as speakers Last year, the W0DXCC event was held in conjunction with the ARRL Dakota Division Convention, and the Courage Center Handiham System was present. For budget reasons, we do not plan to have a booth this year, http://www.rahrahrochester.com/events/2009_W0DXCC_and_Contest/index.aspx · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/432%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/432> version · Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/432> to friend _____ Accessible QRZ Problems accessing the QRZ.com website if you are blind? Just use their email service! Hap Holly, KC9RP, writes to tell us how: I frequently use the QRZ email lookup service. I simply leave the subject line blank; in the body of the message I simply type "lookup", followed by the call sign ... all on one line with no punctuation or other text; then I send the message to lookup@xxxxxxxx Literally within a minute I receive an email with some information. Below is an example of what I get when I looked up my call sign: Here is the information that you requested: Call: KC9RP Name: ALANSON P HOLLY Addr1: 964 S 3RD AVE Addr2: DES PLAINES, IL 600166203 Country: USA Coords: -42.046993 S -87.890581 W Grid: EE67bw Class: Advanced Codes: HAI Issued: 2008-04-22 Exp: 2018-06-30 Previous: WD9GJQ Email Addr: (The email address is here in plain text if the holder of the callsign has entered it, but we have not reproduced it in this publication.) Thanks to Hap for this easy lookup method. It also allows you a way to simply store the email message containing the information on a given callsign if you want to do so. _____ Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net happy guy with headset Tonight you will have an opportunity to meet your friends on the Handiham net. 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. _____ This week at Headquarters: · 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. Office hours this week: Our office is open the usual hours, but Nancy is not in the office again until approximately May 5. Staff may not be able to answer all of the phone calls, but please leave a message and we will get back to you. Avery is in Mondays and Wednesdays. Pat is in Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Jerry, in his volunteer capacity, returns phone calls and emails daily. The Friday audio lectures will come out as usual. The website will be updated daily, usually multiple times a day as news breaks. * New in Operating Skills: * The May, 2009 issue of QST magazine is in audio digest for our blind members. Meanwhile, the April CQ, QCWA Journal, and Worldradio digest audio is online for our blind members. * Volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, reads the April "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. The QST, CQ, and Worldradio digests have been read by Bob Zeida, N1BLF. * 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. 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: jerry.kloss@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 04/22/2009 - 16:45 · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/439%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/439> version · Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/439> to friend _____ Courage Center Handiham System 3915 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, MN 55422 E-Mail: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Toll-Free telephone: 1-866-HANDIHAM (1-866-426-3442) FAX:(763) 520-0577 Be sure to put "Handihams" in the FAX address! We look forward to hearing from you soon.