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! Avery at W0ZSW - last QSO from Courage Center Photo: Last QSO from Courage Center marks end of an era - Avery Finn, K0HLA, is net control for the last Handiham net and made the last radio contact from the station at Courage Center in Golden Valley, MN. The Handiham headquarters station was moved this week from Courage Center to Camp Courage, Maple Lake, Minnesota. The last day of operation was Monday, October 5, 2009, when Avery, K0HLA, ran the daily Handiham net. The stations who checked in will receive QSL cards from us, thanks to Avery's diligence in keeping a log and filling out the cards for today's mail. We did not make any official announcement ahead of time, so whether or not you were a member of this select group of stations simply depended upon your being there. So always show up for your nets - you never know when something special will happen. This reminds me of when Jerry Kloss, N0VOE, and I were talking about our kids. At that time, my son Will was just a little guy - probably in Kindergarten. Jerry told me, "Enjoy it while you can - all those wonderful experiences - they grow up before you know it." That really did turn out to be true. Will, KC0LJL, is 20 now and studying in Tokyo. Over the years I have remembered Jerry's words, and I now think back to the times I carried my son up the stairs and put him to bed. I thought to myself each time, "I wonder if this will be the last time I carry Will upstairs." Then, one time it was. I don't remember exactly what day it was, but that last time did arrive and I'm sure I wondered if it would be the last time I held my son in my arms and climbed the stairs. There were plenty of other last times to remember, too. A last time I fed him while he sat in his high chair. A last time he played with his stuffed Big Bird toy. A last time he rode his tricycle. His last day of elementary school. That last day of high school. The point is that last times happen all the time. Life is relentless that way. Oh, sure, we may plan to visit a relative we have not seen in years, but circumstances may change and instead we are attending a funeral. That trip you have always wanted to take, and could have when you had the chance, might be out of reach today because of the recession. That radio club meeting you didn't attend at the end of last season's meeting season... well, that might have been the last time you got to visit with your friends, some of whom have moved to other places and jobs. Don't miss a chance to enjoy life, to stay in touch with your friends, to be a part of ham radio. There is an old joke reminding us that no one ever said on their deathbed, "Gee, I wish I had sat on the couch and watched more television." Now, get out there and get on the air. Don't pass up an opportunity to talk with your friends. Go, go, go! For Handiham World, I'm... Patrick Tice, wa0tda@xxxxxxxx Handiham Manager _____ Avery's QTH Avery's QTH - Avery with Collins rig Welcome once again to my humble QTH: Although Avery's QTH may be a "once in awhile edition", for the most part this will be the last one. It has been quite an honor and privilege to be allowed to come into your QTH once a week with various kinds of Amateur Related news and information that I hope helped you become better ham radio operators. I now have a favor to ask of each and every one of you. Many of the questions people have asked me took a considerable amount of time to research and became part of my Article. Many of the questions people have asked were very fast answers to find and were looked up and sent back in an email. With just two people on the staff after today, there will be the same amount of work to do but with one less person to help out. You can save them a lot of time if: Before you email in a question, see if you can find out the answer all by yourself. You are much more likely to remember the answer if you have to research something than if you just ask someone and they reply right away, or so one of my former teachers once told me. Only if you have not been able to find the answer should you email in your question. It works a whole better that way. Calling just doesn't work very well for a number of reasons. When you do have a question make it just that. One question per email is best. If you ask more than one thing, it becomes a "laundry list" and that can become very confusing. Did you know that an email that covers several different topics usually just gets put aside and never answered? The reason is that the person who has to figure out all the answers thinks, "There is so much here that I'll just get to it later." But then they never do, and hundreds of other emails later, your email laundry list is long since forgotten. Had you written about one topic, you would have already had a quick reply. Well, you say, "Where do I find the answers? Think about it. If you have a question on a piece of ham gear, go to the manufacturer's website. If you have "X" brand car, when you have problem with it that is where you go with it - back to "X". It is silly to call the "Y" manufacturer because they are not knowledgeable in that other brand. Sometimes you can go to a dealer that is authorized to do factory warranty on the brand because they have the answer or can get it. The same thing is true with things like Echolink. If you have a problem with EchoLink, you should go back to them as they know the software and no one else has much of a clue as to what it is. True, they do not have a staff to answer the questions you should be able to find yourself on www.echolink.org, but that is part of being a licensed amateur radio operator. You will be surprised what you can do for yourself, and you will gain knowledge, experience, and pride in solving your own problems. Sometimes, someone in your local club will be able to help with a problem you have worked on yourself and just cannot solve. In fact, many problems we have gotten questions about over the years were ones we had to refer to local clubs anyway. EchoLink firewall problems, cranky computers, antenna hookups, and many other things are just not possible to fix over a long distance, whether by phone or by email. Participate and be part of your local radio club, and you can not only have fun working on club projects together, but you can help each other! Thank you for all your help in this matter. 73 es DX de K0HLA Avery You can reach me on the Ham bands Editor's note: Today is Avery's last day at work in the Handiham office. He plans to be on the air, play more chess, and do some volunteer work. Happy retirement, Avery! Tom Fogarty, KB0FWQ, and Avery Finn, K0HLA, on Avery's last day at Courage Center. Photo: Director of Courage Center Camping, Tom Fogarty, KB0FWQ, congratulates Avery Finn, K0HLA, on a job well done at Handihams. Mimi Fogarty and Colleen Bown also stopped by to wish Avery well. Avery can be reached at his ARRL email address: <mailto:k0hla@xxxxxxxx> k0hla@xxxxxxxx _____ Letters A TIPSnet "thank you" to Hap Holly for joining us Tuesday. Here is the audio archive link: http://www.tipsnet.org/TIPSaudio/tipsnet_kc9rp.mp3 73, John West, N1IWT TIPSnet Program & Publicity Manager <http://www.tipsnet.org> www.tipsnet.org Email: N1IWT@xxxxxxxxxxx 860-628-6454 Fostering International Friendship Through Amateur Radio C _____ This week at Headquarters: WA0PYN & K0HLA pose by pickup truck loaded with gear. This week we moved equipment out of the storage area and disconnected and moved the station equipment. Thanks to volunteer Mark Booth, WA0PYN, and Avery, K0HLA, who pose in this photo next to Mark's fully-loaded F-150 pickup truck. Gear stacked up on the front passenger seat of Mark's truck. Inside the cab of the F-150. No room to spare here! <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. Handiham web page posts are now "tweeted" automatically! . Next week is office moving week. We will be open Monday, but closed the rest of the week. Check Handiham.org for updates to this schedule. Thank you for your patience. . Our Contact information is the same: Courage Center Handiham System 3915 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, MN 55422 763-520-0512 (Nancy) 763-520-0511 (Pat) hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . Tentative MN Radio Camp dates for 2010, Camp Courage: Arrive Friday, May 21 Class days: Sa, Su, M, Tu, W VE Exam Day: Th Depart Friday, May 28 . VOLLI is now in service. It stands for VOLunteer Log In, and is a way for our Handiham volunteers to register and then enter their volunteer hours without having to fool around with paper records. We encourage volunteers to create a username and password, then submit their hours spent recording audio, doing club presentations for us, and so on. Volunteer hours are important, because United Way funding depends in part on volunteer hours. If you are a volunteer and need a link to VOLLI, please email me at wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx Our special thanks to my son Will, KC0LJL, who wrote the Java code for VOLLI. He is studying in Tokyo this semester and sends a big "hello" to our readers and listeners. . The Friday audio lectures return this week. There will be new lectures posted by early afternoon on Friday, and a notification will be sent by email. . The Remote Base at Courage North is in service. Please feel free to use this wonderful member resource. . Remote Base users who try the built-in IRB sound feature instead of SKYPE are encouraged to send us reports on how the audio worked. . Bob Zeida, N1BLF, has recorded audio of the October Worldradio and CQ 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. . Our new volunteer reader for QST is Michael Gregg, KA5EXI. Michael is just completing his first digest of audio with the October issue, and I think you will agree that he does a great job with nice, clear diction and good technical quality. As always, check the audio page for the latest updates. One thing that I would like to have our blind members comment on is the way we present the QST articles. Would it be useful to break up the audio into distinct articles? Since this is the way Michael is recording them, it might be practical to offer that option. Email me at wa0tda@xxxxxxxx to comment. . In Operating Skills: o Volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, reads the October "Doctor is in" column from QST for our blind members. o Login to the member section of the Handiham <http://handiham.org/user> 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: Found by Ken, KB3LLA - ThinkGeek Star Trek USB Communicator Leave it to Ken to come up with this geeky gizmo: A Star Trek Communicator that hooks to your computer via a USB cable and can actually be used for a speaker-microphone communications device. Plus, it makes nifty communicator-like sounds, just like the ones on the TV show! http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/usb-gadgets/bd48/ What's that beam heading, Scotty? _____ Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net happy guy with headset Today is Wednesday, and that means the Handiham EchoLink net will be on the air. 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. _____ 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. 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 . 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. 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