Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of 28 January 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 This issue is being delivered in plain text, but is available in HTML with graphics and photos. You can get the HTML version online at the following link: 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 with boom headset micWhat is the best way to run a training net? As many of you know, we will be having a special net on the regular handiham EchoLink frequency once a month, and it will be devoted to teaching net participants how to be good net control stations and for those who do not want to be net control stations, how to be good net participants. The very first session of this net will be on the first Wednesday evening of the month at 7 PM Minnesota time. So you will need to look for us on the 145.450 MHz N0BVE repeater system, node 89680. You can connect the very same way that you always do for the daily EchoLink net. The first session will occur on Wednesday, February 4. But let's get back to that original question: exactly what is the best way to run a training net? Jerry, N0VOE, asked me that question because he is very likely going to be the first one actually stepping up to the plate as the net control station for this new net. It's a reasonable question. Just cover a single major topic while paying attention to good net practices otherwise. Let's say the topic is on how to open a net. Since you are going to follow good net procedures anyway, you open the net with a short preamble and then call for participants who might have emergency traffic, then any traffic, etc., etc. You have now given good example. Take the stations checking in, then when you feel you have a quorum, go ahead and open the discussion topic. Feel free to discuss why a preamble is useful, why you should call for emergency traffic first rather than later, and so on. After the topic has been discussed for awhile, invite a net member to try it for himself or herself, right on the spot. Do not cover more than the single major topic. This will help you maintain the focus of the net so that participants don't go wandering all around, figuratively speaking. If you feel like some playacting, pretend you are checking in while someone else does the opening. We can have a net discussion board by email afterwards, so people can say what worked and what didn't. It need not be very long. I would say this is an absolute maximum 30 minute net. That way, we do not ask participants to commit to a long, drawn-out session that will take up an entire evening. We are likely to get more people returning to the net to learn a little bit more about proper net operation if we are prepared and stick to one simple topic. In other news, I've heard from a couple of Window-Eyes users who have had excellent success navigating the new Worldradio online publication. One reported to me that many of the ads are accessible, which can be very useful for anyone interested in the latest ham radio technology... and aren't we all?! As I expected, the Worldradio online publication is being well received by handiham members everywhere, including those who use computer screen reading software. Our hats are off to CQ Publications for making this online resource disability-friendly. For Handiham World, I'm... Patrick Tice wa0tda@xxxxxxxx _____ Avery's QTH - In which Avery announces a contest <http://www.handiham.org/node/263> Avery's QTH Welcome once again to my humble QTH Anyone needing a Minnesota contact for Worked All States, or a Minnesota Grid square, or a Minnesota County, here is your chance. The Minnesota Wireless Association sponsors the eleventh Annual Minnesota QSO Party. Not only this is a chance for Radio Amateurs in Minnesota to be on the other end of the pile-ups for a change but also for Amateurs outside of the State to obtain Minnesota contacts, get those needed grid squares, worked more states for the WAS award, or work hard to find counties in the State of Minnesota. Some people will be operating from home while others will be in specially equipped vehicles with computer logging and the whole nine yards as they roam several different operating locations during the course of the contest. It looks as if the majority will be in teams of two people and in some cases one person will be operating on phone while the other is on CW at the same time. If you want to have some fun with ham radio, plan on taking part in this Minnesota QSO party and see how many contacts you can make toward various awards. There are some neat prizes for the top winners if you can qualify too. Some of the details and a link to the website are listed on the Minnesota QSO Party website at: http://www.w0aa.org/mnqp.htm I won't give you all the details here, but the basic information is that the Minnesota QSO Party is on Saturday, February 07, 2009, beginning at 8:00 a.m. CST (1400 UTC) and running through 6:00 p.m. CST (2400 UTC). There are plaques and certificates for winners in all categories, including a special gift of Minnesota premium wild rice for the top 20 non-Minnesota scores! There is even a special club competition. Since there will be roving mobile stations running the various hard to find counties, this will be a unique opportunity to make lots of contacts. It should be a county hunter's paradise out there for a few hours! So until next time, 73 & DX from K0HLA, Avery Oh, I almost forgot: Remember that my new hours are Mondays and Wednesdays until 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and I will not be in the office Tuesday or Thursday. The office is closed on Fridays when no one is here, though you can always email Pat, WA0TDA, Friday and he will get back to you. You can reach me at: 763-520-0515 Avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx _____ Special Counsel role at FCC filled <http://www.handiham.org/node/135> FCC The ARRL is reporting that Laura L. Smith has been named to the Amateur Radio enforcement role previously held by Riley Hollingsworth. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, had long ago urged former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to name a successor to Hollingsworth: "The appointment of a replacement Special Counsel in this position is of critical importance to the Amateur Radio Service, as the delay in finalizing the appointment stands to undermine in very short order an exceptionally successful and low-cost program of enforcement in the Amateur Service." Finally there is now action at the FCC as Laura L. Smith of Pennsylvania has been named by the FCC to fill the vacancy created when Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, retired in 2008 as Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement Division of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. Hollingsworth served in that position for more than 10 years as the FCC's enforcement watchdog over the Amateur Radio Service. You can read more about this story at the ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/01/26/10587/ _____ Peeking around the back of the sun <http://www.handiham.org/node/189> Solar WX News NASA Science News is reporting that NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft are giving astronomers an over-the-horizon look at the side of the Sun away from the Earth - the side we normally do not see. This new perspective could lead to important advances in space weather forecasting and solar physics research. Space weather forecasting is essential to putting together the propagation forecasts amateur radio operators depend upon. You can read or listen to the full story on the NASA website: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/23jan_darkside.htm?list6529 _____ Obama names FCC Commissioner Copps to Acting FCC Chairmanship Obama names FCC Commissioner Copps to Acting FCC Chairmanship On Thursday, January 22, President Barack Obama named current FCC Commissioner Michael Copps as Acting Chairman of the Commission. Last week, sources close to the President mentioned Julius Genachowski would be nominated as Chairman. Copps will serve as Acting Chairman until a new Commissioner/Chairman is confirmed. Said Copps, "I thank President Obama for his confidence in me and for this opportunity to serve. I know that I have a truly gifted and terrific team to work with. I pledge every effort I am capable of to help steer the Commission through its current transition to new leadership." Copps has been a friend of the core value so central to the Amateur Radio Service, "in the public interest, convenience, or necessity" - the words Congress used in defining the Commission's role when it penned the Communications Act of 1934. You can read the transcript of an interview journalist Bill Moyers had with Mr. Copps, where this subject comes up: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/08242007/transcript1.html As reported here recently, the outgoing Chairman of the FCC, Kevin Martin stated that his philosophy during his tenure at the FCC "has been to pursue deregulation while paying close attention to its impact on consumers and the particulars of a given market, to balance deregulation with consumer protection." He stated that he "approached his decisions with a fundamental belief that a robust, competitive marketplace, not regulation, is ultimately the best protector of the public interest and the best method of delivering the benefits of choice, innovation, and affordability to American consumers." Martin was roundly criticized by a Congressional report for his micromanaging leadership style and for turning the FCC into a demoralized, ineffective agency. The February CQ Magazine Washington Readout column by W5YI, details these accusations, and also points out the alleged role Martin's FCC played in failing to appoint a replacement for Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Special Counsel for Amateur Radio, and the hiding of engineering information damaging to the deployment and promotion of BPL, Broadband over Powerlines. _____ Solar super-flare: What could happen <http://www.handiham.org/node/189> Solar WX News NASA Science News is reporting that a new NASA-funded study details what might happen to our modern, high-tech society in the event of a 'super solar flare' followed by an extreme geomagnetic storm. Some of the conclusions might surprise you. You have your choice of either listening to audio of this story or reading it online. FULL STORY at http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/21jan_severespaceweather.htm?lis... <http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/21jan_severespaceweather.htm?list65 29> _____ Ten Steps toward a Healthier Radio Club Phil, K9HI By Phil Temples, K9HI <mailto:phil@xxxxxxxxxxx> phil@xxxxxxxxxxx With our busy schedules, sometimes going to your local radio club meeting is just one of those things that gets put off. But what if your club meetings were fun? What if everyone came to the meetings? What would it take for that to happen? The author has a few ideas how to make this a reality. Read more on the ARRL website: <http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2007/03/05/1/?nc=1> http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2007/03/05/1/?nc=1 Or listen to Phil read the article for you via the Handiham audio system: <http://handiham.org/audio/10stepsclub.m3u> http://handiham.org/audio/10stepsclub.m3u _____ Freedom Scientific e-Learning Entrance Handiham Radio Club President Ken Silberman, KB3LLA, sends us an online learning link from the JAWS people, Freedom Scientific: http://www.freedomscientific.com/Training/e-LearningEntrance.asp Ken writes that some webinars are free and some are for considerable cost. _____ This week at Headquarters: * George, N0SBU, has just completed master 4-track tape recordings of our online audio for the TM-V71A and the TS-480 radios. This will be available to our members who do not have computers or Internet connections. Thanks, George, and thanks to Joe, N3AIN, and Linda, N7HVF, for their help in producing the original audio. * PICONET is online with a great website: <http://www.piconet3925.com> <http://www.piconet3925.com> http://www.piconet3925.com * Handiham Members wanting Remote Base access please email wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx I am starting to compile a user list. <http://www.piconet3925.com> * New training net meets on N0BVE 145.450 repeater, node 89680: There is a new Handiham training net meeting the first Wednesday of each month at 19:00 hours Central Time. This works out to 01:00 hours GMT Thursday. The purpose of the net is to train new net control stations in the basics of running a net. If you have had cold feet about being a net control station yourself, why not check in on the first Wednesday of each month and get some pointers? Howard, KE7KNN, is the net manager and you can contact him with questions by sending an email to wa0tda@xxxxxxxx, who will pass it on. * February audio is starting to be posted. QST, CQ, & WORLDRADIO audio digests are available for our members. Login to the member section of the <http://handiham.org/user> Handiham website and find the magazine digests in the Library. The February 2009 QST, and the January CQ, and Worldradio digests have been read by Bob Zeida, N1BLF. Remember that January is the last print edition of Worldradio, so you'll want to catch that audio. * We have added an "audio this week" link at the top of the member page once you log in. This is a good place to find out what audio is new on our website each week, including magazine digests and audio lectures. This page is updated on Fridays. * The Friday Handiham-Notify mailing list has been moved to Freelists.org for better reliability. I was just not satisfied with the performance of our Mailman lists on Handiham.org, because they didn't handle large numbers of subscribers consistently, and some of you missed your Friday mailings. The Handiham-Notify list contains our audio lecture links each week, along with links to magazine digest audio, both of which are Handiham member services. 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. _____ What nets will you find on the EchoLink-enabled N0BVE repeater system? <http://www.handiham.org/node/131> Daily On The Air (DOTA) You already have N0BVE in your EchoLink favorites, so what nets can you hear on node 89680? Check out Avery's List of Nets on the N0BVE repeater system, EchoLink node 89680: Monday Handiham Daily Worldwide Net 11:00 a.m. Central Time, 17:00 GMT. EchoLink enabled. 145.450. 7:00 PM Central Time Courage Center Handiham Net. EchoLink enabled. 145.450. (0:100 Tuesday GMT.) Tuesday Handiham Daily Worldwide Net 11:00 a.m. Central Time, 17:00 GMT. EchoLink enabled. 145.450. 7:00 p.m. Minnetonka Radio Club on 145.450. AMSAT Net on both 145.21,145.45 and 444.0 Repeaters 8:00 p.m. Wednesday Handiham Daily Worldwide Net 11:00 a.m. Central Time, 17:00 GMT. EchoLink enabled. 145.450. Handiham NTS 19:00 Central Time (First Wednesday of every Month) Training net for people who want to be net controls for Handiham nets. Thursday Handiham Daily Worldwide Net 11:00 a.m. Central Time, 17:00 GMT. EchoLink enabled. 145.450. Friday Handiham Daily Worldwide Net 11:00 a.m. Central Time, 17:00 GMT. EchoLink enabled. 145.450. Saturday 9:00 a.m. QCWA (Chapter #8) Net 145.450. Handiham Daily Worldwide Net 11:00 a.m. Central Time, 17:00 GMT. EchoLink enabled. 145.450. 7 p.m. Saturday Ham Talk Net 145.21,145.450, Rain Dial-up report, NEWSLINE, ARRL audio newsletter, This week in Amateur Radio, (SKYWARN update. March-Sept.) _____ 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. 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