Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of 29 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! Last time we had a great piece by Trippy Brown, WD8OEP, on the virtual ham radio simulation that uses the CQ100 software interface by VE3EFC. I got to thinking about virtual experiences again when I saw a commercial for the Microsoft X-Box gaming system advertising a virtual fishing game. Fishing! With a game console! It is interesting to see what kinds of experiences can be virtualized, isn't it? One thing that all of these virtual screen experiences are doing is taking the place of the real activities on which people used to spend their time. For example, I have seen reports that indicate that real hunting, fishing, and even golfing are all suffering from lack of participation. Does that mean that these games are actually causing a drop in participation in real activities? Or is it simply a response to a lack of time and money to actually go fish, hunt, or play golf? Are we right to ask whether something like virtual ham radio will detract from the real thing? Well, it's always good to have questions like that or we would be bored. One difference that I can see between the CQ100 system and a plain old video game is that the communication is still real, even though it is not over the air. Another significant difference is the requirement for a valid ham radio license for access to the system. Take a few minutes tonight at 7:30 PM Central Daylight Time to join us and discuss this topic on the Wednesday evening Handiham net. (That works out to Thursday morning at 00:30 hours GMT.) There's nothing like a topic to keep a net interesting! The net is on the usual EchoLink frequency and node, 145.450 MHz in the Twin Cities or node 89680. See you there, and bring your opinion with you to share! Patrick Tice <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> wa0tda@xxxxxxxx Handiham Manager _____ George, N0SBU, reaches 1000 hour volunteer milestone George, N0SBU, reaches 1000 hour volunteer milestone Our heartiest congratulations and a big thank you to George LaValle, N0SBU, who has reached the 1,000 hour milestone volunteering for the Handiham System! In this photo, you see George posing in the W0ZSW Handiham headquarters shack holding two microphones. That's kind of funny for a posed picture, but really it tells a story, too. George does a lot for our program, including converting audio from one format to another, helping us get mailings out, teaching at Radio Camp, making Handiham DVD copies, and... Well, you get the idea. George does more than one thing, and he does a great job with all of his volunteer duties. Holding two microphones? Heck, that's the easy part! Thanks, George! _____ Matt Arthur, KA0PQW, logs 500 volunteer hours Matt Arthur, KA0PQW, logs 500 volunteer hours Handiham volunteer Matt Arthur, KA0PQW, has logged 500 hours of service to the Handiham program. Matt does our online audio tutorials, including some operating skills lectures and the great Kenwood TH-F6A audio series. Matt also teaches operating skills at Radio Camp and has devoted many hours to helping our members solve operating problems. Matt also operates the KA0PQW EchoLink node, which helps support the bandwidth our net activities require. Thanks, Matt! You can often hear George and Matt checking in to the Handiham nets. When you hear them on, thank them for their help. And thanks to all of our volunteers everywhere. We couldn't do what we do without you! _____ Avery's QTH: Field Day with the Handiham Remote Base Field Day with the Handiham Remote Base Welcome once again to my Humble QTH: Field Day will be here very soon; almost before we know it. This year the Handiham Radio Club has a unique opportunity to do something that (I believe) has not ever been done before. In past Field Days, there had to be a location, set up and take down crews, tents, generators, bugs, food, rigs, and a whole lot more to contend with. People living in condos or apartments many times were not allowed to put up HF antennas because they were too large and either caused an "eyesore" or were considered too dangerous. If another location was found, then the problem of how to get there and then get back home again came up. Also, you had to have a plan to keep the rigs safe and dry if a thunderstorm appears. Tents have been known to blow away, you know! Well, thanks to the Handiham TS-480 remote base in Courage North's dining hall loft we have solved all those little problems. We have only a few more to resolve, and we will be able to accomplish the first remote base Field Day operation by a Radio Club. 1. We have to solve the logging problem. 2. We have to figure out who will be operating when because the system will only allow one operator at a time. 3. What will be our Filed Day classification? I'm not sure ARRL has one for remote base. If we are the only club operating under this classification, we will win our division. COOL, HUH? People taking part will have to be at least General Class operators and have had some experience using the system. Learning while the contest is going on is not a good idea for either the person learning or the person at the other end trying to get the information confirmed so they can claim the contact. The computers will have to have the necessary software all ready to go when the person's time to operate comes up. It may be a good idea to have a couple of back up operators just in case a storm makes it not safe to operate for one operator, who may want to shut down computing gear to avoid lightning damage. Don't get me wrong here. In case of a thunderstorm, it is a good idea to disconnect all AC power cords in case of lightning strikes. Then someone else from an area where the sky is clear of storms could operate. Since the contest runs 27 hours and the best 24 are counted there should be plenty of time for everyone to get a turn. For most of us this would mean we could operate from wherever we can use our computers. Just think: No bugs, no rain, no set-up or take down. No driving long distances to a location. Here's one other little thing: We can still run out to our local radio clubs and operate or observe the operations in between our schedule of Handiham operations. In fact - if I dare say it - we could operate our Handiham Field Day from our local Ham Radio club's Field Day site using our lap top computer. I guess that is legal. I once loaned a 40-foot telescoping mast to one club and then went and operated from another club, so I guess this would be similar but something we would have to check out to be sure. If you are a Handiham Club member or a user of the TS-480 Remote system and think this would be a doable project, please let me know as soon as possible so we can work out the details. We would need to know for sure how many operators we would have and what shifts they can take. Everyone wants day shifts but the night time shifts are much more active many times. When I said experienced operators, I meant it because it takes a lot of experience to know when the band goes out and it is time to switch bands. Someone sitting on a band that isn't there is wasting whole lot of time when they could be on another band that may be very hot. So that's it, Handiham Club members. Do you want to give it "all systems go"? If so, let me know ASAP. Remember, you can reach me Monday & Wednesday until 1:30 PM at: 763-520-0515 or avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/442%2523commen t-form> to post comments . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/442> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/442> to friend _____ W5KUB Helmetcam returns to Hamvention 2009 W5KUB Helmetcam returns to Hamvention 2009 W5KUB.COM will be broadcasting live streaming video and audio of the 2009 Dayton Hamvention. New this year, we have lots of prizes to give some lucky viewers. We will go live Wednesday May 13 at 13:00 GMT and broadcast our 500 mile drive live. We will continue broadcasting on Thursday as we set up in the flea market, possibly tour the Air Force Museum, and then for the entire Hamvention. The broadcast will end once we get back home to Memphis, TN on Sunday night. In addition to the video, the site has a chat room where you can chat with other hams around the world. We have viewers on in over 150 countries. The site is up 24 x 7 x 365 days per year with recorded ham videos when not in the live mode. The site is: http://w5kub.com (The alternate site is http://wa5kub.com.) You can also check out the prizes at: http://tmedlin.com/2009prizes.html Hope to see you in Dayton or on the web. Help us to spread the word. 73 Tom W5KUB _____ Google posts its name in Morse code for Sam Morse's birthday The popular search site Google had posted its name in colorful Morse Code characters to celebrate the birthday of Samuel F. B. Morse, who was born on April 27, 1791. The "F. B." does not stand for "Fine Business" - his mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese. http://www.google.com _____ 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 11. 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. * In Operating Skills: * The May, 2009 issue of QST magazine is in audio digest for our blind members. * New today: The May Worldradio digest audio is online for our blind members. * New today: Volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, reads the May "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 04/29/2009 - 18:40 . 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