[handiham-world] Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 03 February 2010

  • From: Patrick Tice <wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: handiham-world@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:20:17 -0600

*Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 03
February 2010*

This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Center Handiham
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Welcome to Handiham World! See you in May
 [image: Dr. Dave Justis, KN0S, and snowman friend after storm in Virginia,
January 2010] <http://www.handiham.org/node/695>

*That's what Dr. Dave Justis, KN0S, writes. Just look at Dr. Dave standing
by that big snowman. You would never guess that he lives in Virginia, and
that the snowfall there has been most unusual for that southern State!*

Dave is planning to be at Minnesota Radio Camp at Camp Courage, May 21
through 28, 2010. A long-time Handiham volunteer, Dr. Dave is a veteran of
many radio camp sessions at locations in California and Minnesota. The
return to Camp Courage, which is a big change for us, actually brings the
Handiham program closer to its roots.

Dr. Dave remembers when the first radio camp sessions, then called
"convocations", were held at Camp Courage. For the past 20 years Minnesota
Radio Camp has been at Courage North, deep in the pines of Northern
Minnesota, near the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Camp Courage,
founded in 1955, is just an hour west of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro
area, in southern Minnesota.

The new location will provide campers like Dr. Dave excellent accommodations
and much more convenient transportation options.

Find out more about camp or download an application:

For Handiham World, I'm...

Patrick Tice, wa0tda@xxxxxxxx

 Revision to new Technician pool released by NCVEC
 [image: Revision to new Technician pool released by NCVEC]

Press Release for immediate distribution ......

*Second Release - February 1, 2010
Element 2 Technician Class Question Pool
to be Effective July 1, 2010 for Examinations*

After initial public release of the 2010 Element 2 Question Pool on January
4,2010, by the NCVEC Question Pool Committee, minor typos and errors were
found and/or submitted for adoption to correct or clarify meaning of
questions and answers. These adopted changes are now incorporated in the
text of a revised question pool and are reflected in an errata list in a
revised  document dated February 1, 2010. The previously released pool dated
January 4, 2010 is invalid for use.

The second released is now available for download and review at

*MS Word Version
<http://www.ncvec.org/downloads/Revised%20Element%202.doc>with Errata
to first release version dated January 4, 2010

PDF Version <http://www.ncvec.org/downloads/Revised%20Element%202.Pdf> with
Errata to first release version dated January 4, 2010

Text Version <http://www.ncvec.org/downloads/Revised%20Element%202.txt> with
Errata to first release version dated January 4, 2010

Graphics <http://www.ncvec.org/downloads/2010%20Element%202%20Graphics.pdf>
No changes

*The QPC wishes to acknowledge and thank the efforts of the many individuals
that submitted input to this question pool.

Thank you,

NCVEC Question Pool Committee
Roland Anders, K3RA - Laurel VEC ,QPC Chairman
Tom Fuszard, KF9PU – MRAC VEC, Inc
Perry Green, WY1O - ARRL VEC
Larry Pollock, NB5X - W5YI VEC
Jim Wiley, KL7CC - Anchorage VEC

Larry Pollock

 [image: STS-130 crew photo, courtesy NASA]<http://www.handiham.org/node/686>

*Lieutenant Colonel (Dr.) Robert Behnken, KE5GGX, will be on the crew of the
last Space Shuttle mission to be launched at night, STS-130.*

NASA: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour is set to begin a
13-day flight to the International Space Station with a Feb. 7 launch from
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is planned for 4:39 a.m.
EST, making this the final scheduled space shuttle night launch.

Endeavour's launch date was announced Wednesday at the conclusion of a
flight readiness review at Kennedy. During the meeting, senior NASA and
contractor managers assessed the risks associated with the mission and
determined the shuttle's equipment, support systems and procedures are

Endeavour's flight will begin the final year of space shuttle operations.
Five shuttle missions are planned in 2010, with the last flight currently
targeted for launch in September.

Endeavour's mission will include three space walks and the delivery of the
Tranquility node, the final module of the U.S. portion of the space station.
Tranquility will provide additional room for crew members and many of the
space station's life support and environmental control systems. Attached to
the node is a cupola, which houses a robotic control station and has seven
windows to provide a panoramic view of Earth, celestial objects and visiting
spacecraft. After the node and cupola are added, the orbiting laboratory
will be about 90 percent complete.

Commander George Zamka and his crew of five astronauts are scheduled to
arrive at Kennedy at approximately 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, for final
launch preparations. Joining Zamka on STS-130 are Pilot Terry Virts and
Mission Specialists Kathryn Hire, Stephen Robinson, Nicholas Patrick and
Robert Behnken. Virts will be making his first trip to space.

STS-130 will be Endeavour's 24th mission and the 33rd shuttle flight
dedicated to station assembly and maintenance. For more information about
STS-130, visit:


Patrick, who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is sending updates about his training
to his Twitter account. He plans to tweet from orbit during the mission. He
can be followed at:


For more information on the space station, visit:



*Ham Test Online*

You mention the AA9PW practice exams at http://www.handiham.org/node/98.

I'd love to see you mention HamTestOnline: http://www.hamtestonline.com as
well. While the study portion of our website is subscription-based, we also
offer free practice exams. One thing that should especially interest you is
that we have the option of generating practice exams using only the
questions which do not include figures, in the same fashion that exams are
generated for people who need a no-figures test.

Other benefits of our exams:

-- Remembers your answers. You can go back at any time and see those
questions you got wrong on previous exams.

-- Tracks your progress. Shows graphically your progress over time.

-- Integrated question pool. You can view the entire question pool, and the
questions are color-coded showing which ones you get wrong most often.

-- Ease of use. Rather than click on a tiny circle, our exams allow you to
click anywhere on the answer.

-- Immediate feedback. While waiting until the end more closely simulates a
real exam, you learn more if you see the answers while the question is still
fresh in your mind. And learning should be the primary goal.

As volunteer examiners we saw a lot of people getting a license by
memorizing the answers using practice exams, only to immediately drop out of
the hobby because they knew nothing about ham radio and didn't know where to
start. It is our hope that people will subscribe to our online, interactive
courses, use our study materials to actually learn something, and become
active hams. However, for those who just want to memorize the answers, ours
is the best site for that, too. We truly believe that our website benefits
the hobby, and you can help us.

Thanks & 73,

John Cunningham, W1AI

*Letter from N0UF at QCWA*

Hi Everyone,

Linda and I spent a wonderful 45 minutes with Ben and Grace Miller yesterday
afternoon on the way back from the Chapter 8 QCWA meeting. Their QTH is St
Louis Park and they live in the home they built right after WWII, that's
"they built", not had built.  They will celebrate their 70th wedding
anniversary in May.  Grace said, "She doesn't know how Ben has put up with
me for all those years!"  Ben will be 99 in October.  He has macular
degeneration and currently only has 15% of his vision.  Grace still drives,
of course she's only 94.

I had the honor of presenting Ben his QCWA Award for having been licensed
for EIGHTY YEARS!  Yes boys and girls, that's 8 0 years.  Out of  35,000
QCWA members over the years, it's only the 39th 80 year award ever

We took a few pictures and I told Ben I would be calling to interview him so
we could build his biography.  He said no need and handed me 9 typed pages
that include 5 pages of biography, a 2 page letter to another Chapter 8
member and a 2 page history of Twin City Radio Industry that covers from
1934 to about 1972.  What enjoyable reading!  As I get these into an
electronic format, they will be added to the QCWA and Chapter 8 website and
parts will find their way into the QCWA Journal.

If you or a Ham you know lives close to Ben, he would like someone to come
over and put his antenna back up.  It was taken down when the roof was
re-shingled a few years ago.  His TS-520 is ready to go.

Carroll B. 'Ben' Miller,  W0DKL, is a QCWA Life Member, a Brass Pounders
League member, and past SD Section Traffic Manager. He was first licensed in


Bob Roske, N0UF
QCWA President
Chapter 8 Secretary

*Special Event: The Goonies*
  [image: On the air] <http://www.handiham.org/node/266>

I have some station news for everyone at Handihams!

Back in 1984, Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg worked on a film together
about a bunch of kids who were losing their homes and had to move. This
group of kids were known as local rejects who were always out on some
adventure. The plot involved Jake Fratelli, a police chase, this group of
kids, buried treasure, and a race to save their homes.

This movie was called "The Goonies". From June 4th to June 7th, 2010 the
Goonies will gather in Astoria, Oregon where the movie was filmed for their
25th Anniversary Reunion and I will have the privilege of being there with
them. Not only that, but yours truly will be on the air from Astoria with
the special event call K7G.

Frequency operations will be: 146.580 FM Voice, 443.000 FM Voice, 14.285 USB
Voice, and 7.185 LSB Voice.

Stations who QSL will receive a Goonies 25th anniversary certificate
acknowledging the contact made. Pay attention to the ARRL Special Event
Listing for QSL information.

News will also be posted at Short-wave America, so don't forget to visit the
blog! http://www.shortwaveamerica.blogspot.com or

That's all for now!

73 everyone and have fun on the air!

Dan - KC9NCF

 Screenreader for Blackberry®

HumanWare and Code Factory are pleased to announce that Oratio for
BlackBerry(R) smart phones is now available for purchase. Formally known as
Orator for BlackBerry smart phones, Oratio is the first screen reader
software solution that enables visually impaired users to access and operate
BlackBerry smart phones using state of the art Text-To-Speech technology to
convert the visual information displayed on the BlackBerry smart phone
screen into an intuitive speech output. This enables its users to use
BlackBerry smart phones to increase their independence and productivity in
today's competitive world.

Available through online purchasing from:

Thanks to Ken, KB3LLA, for sharing this press release from HumanWare.

 Handiham Echolink Conference Server
 [image: Handiham Echolink Conference Server screenshot]

*Thanks to N0VZC, we are now set up with a HANDIHAM Echolink Conference. If
you wish to access the HANDIHAM Conference with a computer, open your
Echolink application and use the search function to find HANDIHAM. Add it to
your favorites once you locate it so that you will have easy access every
time you open Echolink. The HANDIHAM Conference can accommodate 100

To access the HANDIHAM Conference through your local Echolink-enabled
repeater system, simply enter node number 494492 on your keypad to connect.
Press # to disconnect the node when you are done.

HANDIHAM has nets Monday though Saturday at 11 a.m. United States Central
Time and a second net on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Central Time. All hams are
welcome to check in.

*Other N0VZC Echolink nodes and resources:*

N0VZC-L Node 45096 on EchoLink. (147.450 Tone 114.8 in Faribault, MN)

N0VZC-R Node 103224 on Echolink. (444.725 Tone 114.8 in Burnsville, MN)

*MN_CONF* Node 64260 (Minnesota Conference Room)

*HANDIHAM* Node 494492 (Handiham - www.handiham.org)

MN_Conf currently holds the SEMARC net every Wednesday from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Central Time. All hams are welcome.

Thanks to Mike, N0VZC, for hosting these resources!

 February Events by N1YXU <http://www.handiham.org/node/691>
[image: February Events by

Image: February in Minnesota. Who's under that hat?

The groundhog is about to let us know our weather fate for the next six
weeks! I sure hope that an early Spring is in the forecast. It certainly has
been an interesting winter so far in many parts of the country. We just had
a relatively good snow storm for our area in North Carolina. Enjoy the last
taste of winter and first days of Spring (hopefully soon!).

Until next month…


Laurie Meier, N1YXU

Read more:
http://www.handiham.org/node/691 <http://www.handiham.org/node/691>

 Remote Base back online
 [image: Remote base at Courage North showing radio and

The W0EQO remote base was restored to service at 11:05 AM Monday, February
1, 2010. The Lenovo computer had experienced a problem while doing updates,
and did not reboot. This required a staff member to restart the computer,
which is housed in the dining hall attic at Courage North.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Patrick Tice, Handiham Manager

 Puxing PX-888 with talking menus

Found by Ken, KB3LLA, on the Blind-Hams list:

Hi all,

Today I got another Chinese manufactured radio, Puxing PX-888 which is a single
band radio. It is available for both 2m and 70cm. The nice thing with this
radio is that it features talking menus, so that  when you press the menu
key and scroll the menu, all items are spoken. However, not all settings are
spoken when adjusting them. I have also had  the radio for a few hours and
for $76 it was worth it. I had to use the programming software in order to
turn on the voice. I have recorded a little demonstration of it and how it
sounds like. What do you think?


And a little thought. I looked at some other Chinese manufactured radios and
many of them featured voice prompt or voice annunciation, but the  question
is how much each radio can actually speak. But this radio speaks more  than
the Wouxun radio that I have.


Christian, SM0UWV

*Editor's note: There are reviews of the Puxing on eHam, but we are not sure
if this radio is FCC type accepted for sale in the USA:*

*http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/8450 *

*Elsewhere - two items *

*NASA - Apollo 11 Onboard Audio Highlights Link from KB3LLA:*


*NASA Radio Jove 2/3/2010 Ken Silberman, KB3LLA, *of the Goddard Space
Flight Center Education Office interviews Dr James Thieman and Dr. Leonard
Garcia about NASA's Radio JOVE project and how blind people solder their own
radio telescope kits.

The Radio JOVE project is a hands-on inquiry-based educational project that
allows students, teachers, and the general public to learn about radio
astronomy by building their own radio telescope from an inexpensive kit
and/or using remote radio telescopes through the internet.

Participants also collaborate with each other through interactions and
sharing of data on the network. Please go to http://radiojove.gsfc.nasa.gov
for more information. 3.8 MB

 This week @ HQ

*Radio Camp applications are ready for mailing this week.*  It will be much
easier and cheaper to travel to camp, since our new location at Camp Courage
will allow you to travel by air, Greyhound or Jefferson Lines bus, or
AMTRAK, and there will not be an expensive final leg of the journey to
Bemidji as in past years.

We have gotten Wi-Fi internet installed on the Woodland campus where Radio
Camp will be held. Although we are still working on this project to
fine-tune it, we are ahead of schedule.

14.305 MHz will be our proposed 20 m net frequency. All stations are asked
to monitor this frequency throughout the day preferably afternoon and
evening, and suggest a time to run the net. Email me at wa0tda@xxxxxxxx and
put "20 meter net" in the subject line.

*Pat, WA0TDA, will be working in the HQ office on Thursday, February 4. He
will be away from his desk most of the time that day because of meetings.*

*Shipping address for Handihams: *Our shipping address is different than our
mailing address, though we can still get packages and mail at either
address. The thing is, it is much, much easier if packages, such as
equipment donations, are send directly to our headquarters office. This is
the same address where Radio Camp will be held.

[image: Small Google map image showing HQ location on Cedar Lake.]
 * Camp Courage
Handiham System
8046 83rd Street Northwest
Maple Lake, MN 55358-2454*

The phone at the main Camp Courage office for all departments is (320)

*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"

Minnesota Radio Camp dates for 2010, Camp Courage:

Arrive Friday, May 21.
Class days: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
VE Exam Day: Thursday. Volunteer Examiners arrive in the morning to visit
with campers and eat breakfast together with campers, volunteers, and staff.
Depart Friday, May 28.

Cost of Radio Camp: The cost of Radio Camp depends on your ability to pay,
so anyone can afford to attend. Ask for an application.

Camp Courage is west of Minneapolis. The address is 8046 83rd St NW, Maple
Lake, MN‎ 55358.

The phone number of the Camp Courage office is (320) 963-3121‎.

If you want to receive a Camp Courage summer camp schedule, you may call for

The camp schedule includes information about Handiham Radio Camp.

If you need specific information about the radio camp or want to be on the
radio camp mailing list, you may call Nancy in the Handiham office at


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 user name 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.

*Volunteers, get your hours in through VOLLI. You may also submit volunteer
hours to Nancy at

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.

*Echolink net news*

Wednesday evenings the Handiham Echolink net is on the air. Please join us
and check in or simply listen in, as you see fit. We are on the air
Wednesday evenings at 19:30 hours Minnesota time (7:30 PM) or GMT: Thursday
morning at 01:30 Z.

Daily except Sunday at 11:00 hours Minnesota time (17:00 GMT)


145.450 MHz N0BVE repeater (Minneapolis-St. Paul)

*HANDIHAM* Node 494492 (Our preferred high-capacity node.)

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.*

*Supporting Handihams*

Now you can support the Handiham program by donating on line using Courage
Center's secure website.

It is easy, but one thing to remember is that you need to use the pull-down
menu to designate your gift to the Handiham program.

*Step one: *Follow this link to the secure Courage Center Website:

*Step two: *Fill out the form, being careful to use the pull-down
Designation menu to select "Handi-Hams".

*Step three:* Submit the form to complete your donation. If the gift is a
tribute to someone, don't forget to fill out the tribute information. This
would be a gift in memory of a silent key, for example.

We really appreciate your help. As you know, we have cut expenses this year
due to the difficult economic conditions. We are working hard to make sure
that we are delivering the most services to our members for the money - and
we plan to continue doing just that in 2010.

Thank you from the Members, Volunteers, and Staff of the Handiham System

Patrick Tice, WA0TDA, Handiham Manager

Handiham Membership Dues

Reminder: Handiham renewals are 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. Your renewal date is
the anniversary of your last renewal, so your membership extends for one

*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: 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.

Get the Handiham E-Letter by email every Wednesday, and stay up-to-date with
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*Operating Skills*

That's it for this week. 73 from all of us at the Courage Handiham System!


Manager, Courage Handiham System

Reach me by email at:

Nancy, Handiham Secretary:

Radio Camp email:

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!

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