Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of 6 May 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! Handihams planning for Dayton HAMVENTION Handihams planning for Dayton HAMVENTION Image: Pat, WA0TDA, peeks out from behind a display at the Handiham booth during a previous Hamvention. It is hard to believe that it is the month of May already, and that means that it is nearly time for the biggest and best ham radio get-together, Hamvention(tm) in Dayton, Ohio. Thanks to support from a generous donor, John Hoenshell, N0BFJ, who underwrites much of the expense, we are once again able to have a booth on the Hamvention floor. If you are planning to attend, and we certainly hope that you are, please stop by booth 322 and pay us a visit. Hamvention begins on Friday, May 15th and runs through the weekend of the 16th and 17th. As you might expect, we are busy getting ready for the big show. Next week we will be even more shorthanded at the Handiham office than usual, but we feel that it is important to have a presence at Hamvention, and this show in particular is going to be a good one because it is also the site of the ARRL National Convention. If you are able to attend, you will not want to miss the ARRL EXPO, which is a showcase of exhibits and activities to enhance your ham radio experience. It is open to ARRL members and nonmembers alike, and features official ARRL program representatives, activities (including activities for youth), and forums. When you stop by the Handiham booth, you will be able to sign our guest register. We always have a few extra chairs if you want to sit down and talk with us for while. If you are a wheelchair user, you will find that we always place our display table at the very back of the booth, which allows you to bring your wheelchair into our area and get out of the main traffic stream in the aisle. Ken, KB3LLA, Handiham Radio Club President, will be at the booth whenever he isn't out somewhere on the show floor finding out about all the new amateur radio gear. I will be there, as will Handiham volunteers John Hoenshell, N0BFJ, and John Pedley, N0IPO. If you hang around too much, we will put you to work as a greeter and Handiham representative! So consider the welcome mat out and waiting for you. We hope you can stop by and see us in person, but if not, we are going to try to get on the Handiham EchoLink Net on Saturday and on the same node and frequency at other times throughout the day on Saturday. This all depends on whether or not we are able to get a reliable Internet connection, so no promises. I hope to see you there! Patrick Tice wa0tda@xxxxxxxx Handiham Manager The official Hamvention website is here: http://www.hamvention.org/ The ARRL National Convention announcement website is here: http://www.arrl.org/announce/nc/2009/dayton.html By the way... Jerry, N0VOE, did a great job with today's EchoLink net. Thanks to Jerry and all of our net participants! _____ Avery's QTH: Ham radio in the good old summertime Avery's QTH: Ham radio in the good old summertime Image: Avery gets a head start to summer ham radio fun at a recent HAMVENTION. Here he is, posing in the flea market outside on a nice, sunny day. Welcome once again to my humble QTH: I received a hard copy newsletter in the postal mail from one of the local Amateur Radio clubs. It appears there is something going on almost every other weekend this summer that is Amateur Radio related. There are plenty of places for amateur radio to be right out in front like Field Day, for example. Part of Field Day is to have local news media out and have the event published in a newspaper on radio and TV. Some of the events are just for members of one club, like when they have their annual picnic. But there are other events where the Amateur Radio event taking place is behind the scenes and not many people are even aware that it is going on. Marathons and parades are very good examples of behind the scenes operations. Many times the general public has no idea the hams were even there. Yet, the hams are very active keeping track of runners in a marathon and which ones the medical people want checked on at the next mile marker. Also! Who has dropped out and may need a ride back to the starting line. Similar things are happening along parade routes. Which float just broke down and needs a service truck tow it out of the way and see if it can be fixed so it can continue along the way. People in very hot costumes may be near passing out and may need something to cool them down. In one very large local parade here in my area there is a park where the parade ends and off to one side of the park is a fire hydrant and every year the fire department opens the fire hydrant just enough so a very fine spray shoots up in the air and covers about a 20 foot diameter circle. As the parade reaches the park, the people climb out of those hot outfits and take a nice cooling walk through the spraying water. Well, so now you have fire, police, and medical people all working in one event. They can only talk to another unit in their own department. AH! But if you put a ham radio operator in a squad car with an officer and another ham in a fire engine and still another in a medical unit and still another at each of the dispatchers, now all of a sudden there is communications going on among all the different departments and each knows what the other is doing. Hardly ever do you hear about this kind of activity, though. The hams just figure it is a job that needs to be done, and so there is not much published about it. True! The HF bands will be for the most part not very good during the summer months. There may be a few surprises now and again, but not until Fall will the conditions get better. For people using the newer digital technologies this is of little concern anyway, but for people into DXing and contesting there is considerable concern. OH! The weather is too hot or rainy to go out much… well, so now would be a great time to sit down in your favorite easy chair turn on the air conditioning to a level that is comfortable and study for that up-grade. What! You have up-graded already? Well, okay, so take out a book and read up on some of that information you really didn't understand when you took the exam. The pressure is off since you have your license now, so just take your time and go through the information at your own rate and dig out all that good stuff there. Somewhere in your Amateur Radio adventures you will come across something and think back: “Oh yeah, that is why that question was in the exam. That is why they wanted me to know that.” Just because the summer months are not so great for HF operation doesn't mean you can't have fun as an Amateur Radio operator in the summer too. So for now 73 es DX de K0HLA, Avery You can reach me Monday & Wednesday Until 1:30 PM Minneapolis Time at: 763-520-0515 Or email me at: avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ・ Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/448%2523commen t-form> to post comments ・ Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/448> version ・ Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/448> to friend _____ Poll question for today: Will you work any meteor scatter Wednesday, 6 May 2009, as we enter a debris trail from Halley's Comet? Use your "back" button to continue reading your newsletter after voting. Yes, I will at least listen and try to work some stations. No, I don't work meteor scatter. ・ By wa0tda <http://www.handiham.org/user/2> at 05/04/2009 - 12:13 ・ Add new <http://www.handiham.org/comment/reply/447#comment-form> comment ・ Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/447> version ・ Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/447> to friend _____ Windows 7 is JAWS-friendly Are you planning to make the change to the next version of Windows, the one called "Windows 7"? Beta testers have been working with this newest version of Windows for months now, and the question always arises about accessibility for people who use screen readers and other accessibility tools. We are happy to report that it is "so far, so good" for accessibility in this next Windows release. You may want to listen to an audio report on the subject from the accessibleworld.org website: Tek <http://www.accessibleworld.org/content/tek-talk-presents-review-windows-7-r ick-harmon> Talk Presents a review of Windows 7 by Rick Harmon We would also like to hear from anyone who is beta testing Windows 7 with ham radio applications. _____ <http://www.handiham.org/node/450> Events by N1YXU <http://www.handiham.org/node/450> Events by N1YXU May Events I hope each of you is well and that your radios have been used in the very recent past! There are quite a few amateur radio activities that you can participate in during the month of May - Contests, special events, and nets are some. Please take some time to review the activities. Until next month…. Regards, - Laurie Meier, N1YXU n1yxu@xxxxxxxx Table of Contents: ・ Read more on the Handiham website. <http://www.handiham.org/node/450> _____ 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. Remember, the first Wednesday net of the month has a training topic. The special topic that Net Manager Howard, KE7KNN, would like to have discussed is what to do with a net when there is bad weather, such as thunderstorm activity, in the area of the scheduled Net Control Station. The idea would be to have another station take up net control duties. This secondary NCS would be outside the geographic area of the thunderstorm activity. The discussion tonight should center around how a net should be handled when thunderstorm activity is approaching, and may even include some discussion about safety. Above all, another station from a different area should be willing to step in as a net control. 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. _____ Take the FEMA incident command introduction course: An emergency drill will involve the use of the Incident Command System. We should briefly review this. Folks could take IS-100 on the FEMA-Emergency Management Institute website: http://emilms.fema.gov/IS100A/index.htm Email me when you have taken and passed the course: <mailto:patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx _____ Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau The Consumer Complaint Management System (CCMS) can help the FCC serve people with disabilities. Consumers can access this complaint form at: <http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/form2000c.html> http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/form2000c.html. The Commission receives many inquiries and complaints that do not involve violations of the Communications Act, a Commission rule, or a Commission order. The existence of a complaint does not necessarily indicate wrongdoing by the company at issue. For more information regarding access to telecommunications for people with disabilities and other related matters, visit the FCC's Disability Rights Office (DRO) website at: <http://www.fcc. gov/cgb/dro> http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro. Did you ever notice how everything at the FCC needs to have an acronym like DRO? I guess as amateur radio operators, we have our share, so we probably can't point fingers! _____ Is a new sunspot finally going to show up? Spaceweather.com thinks so: Is a new-cycle sunspot in the offing? Readers with solar telescopes could see it emerge as early as May 7th or 8th. Visit http://spaceweather.com for images, movies and updates. _____ This week at Headquarters: ・ The Handiham Remote Base went off-line unexpectedly on Monday. The outage began in the early afternoon when power was lost at Courage North. Tom, KB0FWQ, who lives at Courage North, got in the truck and drove down to the main state highway to investigate. He found a power line crew removing an Osprey nest from one of the high-voltage power lines. Since the power was out for over an hour, the uninterruptible power supply at the remote base performed an orderly shutdown of the remote base computer. Lyle, K0LR, noticed that the system was off-line and had not returned to service, so he called me on Monday evening. I confirmed that the station was off-line but could not get hold of Tom to do a reboot of the remote base computer until Tuesday. The remote base has returned to service and is functioning normally. Tom reported to me that the mother Osprey was circling around the power pole and he thought that it was pretty likely that she was going to rebuild her nest as soon as the power line crew left. That's nature for you, and a good lesson to all of us that technology can fail for even the most unexpected reasons. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our remote base users. If you do discover that there is a problem with the remote base, please e-mail me and let me know about it. My e-mail address is wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx ・ 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. ・ No new audio lectures this week! The Friday audio lectures will be taking a two week break starting this week for the Mother's Day weekend and next weekend during Hamvention. This Friday I will be moving my son Will, KC0LJL, back from college. It is hard to believe he is halfway through university already. Late in August he will leave for a semester in Tokyo, where I hope we can stay in touch via EchoLink! ・ The Handiham website will be updated daily, usually multiple times a day as news breaks. I will even be able to update from Dayton. * In Operating Skills: * The May, 2009 issues of QST, CQ and WORLDRADIO magazines are in audio digest for our blind members. * 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. * Tape deliveries are late this month. Because of our staff shortage, we are a bit later than usual with May digest audio tapes. We hope Nancy will return to the office soon, but this is a good time to remind our tape users that time is running out on this old technology as the National Library Service, RFB&D, and others move to digital delivery systems. If you can possibly get your audio delivery from our website instead of by tape, you will get faster service, better audio quality with fewer hassles, and you will save us money that can be better used for other things. (No, it won't just go into our donut fund!) * 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 05/06/2009 - 17:57 ・ Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/451%2523commen t-form> to post comments ・ Thumbnail <http://www.handiham.org/sites/default/files/images/news_3.thumbnail.jpg> ・ Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/451> version ・ Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/451> 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.