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! Handiham Office Move - New HQ Entrance Handiham Office Move - New HQ Entrance Image: A view of the entrance to the new Handiham headquarters. The large double doors are right at ground level for easy wheelchair access. The windows let in plenty of natural light, and the woodland setting is not only sylvan and restful, but it's also RF-quiet! The round building is quite a surprising change from our old office space in a traditional building at Courage Center. The Camp Courage Reception Center is a two-level round structure, with the main camp offices and a great room on the top floor. That level also has a computer lab and a staff lounge. The lower level, where our new Handiham Headquarters office and station are located, is accessible from ground level without any stairs or ramps because the building is what is commonly called a "walk-out" design, built on a hill, so that both the levels have access directly from ground. You go in the main door and you end up in the camp office level. You go around the building to the side, and you enter the Handiham office, which is down on the lower level. As I write this, we have a functioning HF station in place, a Kenwood TS-570SAT with a matching Kenwood supply. The antenna is a GAP vertical, which is mounted within 20 feet of the rig, just outside the building, and visible in the photo if you look just to the left of the building. Although we do have a code key and microphone, the station is pretty bare-bones right now. There is additional equipment in a cabinet that is identical to the one at Courage North. Although I have installed a Kenwood TM-V71 dual band VHF/UHF rig next to the TS-570, there is no antenna system for 2 meters and 70 cm. This deficiency must be remedied before Radio Camp next May, but I am confident that we can get a new antenna up, probably mounted on the old TV antenna mast on the roof, which is also visible in the photo. I have been able to hear the N0BVE repeater system while in my car driving within a mile of Camp Courage, so I am confident that we will be able to access not only that repeater but several others, especially if we can get up a beam antenna, at least for the two meter band. Nearby St. Cloud has an excellent repeater, the W0SV system. We do have work to do on the headquarters antenna system, that's for sure. Although we do have a very nice triband HF beam in place on a 50 foot tower, the coax does not terminate where we need it in the new location. I plan to ask our volunteers to help me look the situation over and figure out how to complete that installation. Because of the distance to the tower, I would expect that we need to consider buried hard line to keep losses to a minimum. Another consideration is how we will get on the 160, 75, and 40 meter bands. Although the GAP vertical does tune 75 through 10, it is not adequate for regional net operation, where higher angle radiation is required. To remedy that problem, I would like to look at a wire antenna, something like a center-fed Zepp, around 250 feet long, to really grab those 160 meter signals! Ideally, we will be able to install a second remote base station for our members at this location, and it will add the "top band" of 160 meters to the frequencies our members can operate. The move to Camp Courage is going to be far better for our station operations; there's just no doubt about it. Several years ago, when the HVAC system was updated at Courage Center, banks of SCR fan motor controllers were installed to make the heating and air conditioning systems more energy-efficient. If the load was light, the AC frequency was varied downward by these controllers. If the load increased, the AC frequency increased. There is an energy savings, but the RFI generated by the system produced noise at S9+10 dB levels on the HF bands. It was intolerable, and we had to resort to porting the receiver signal in from remote receivers at Courage North or the K0LR station, both of which are located hundreds of miles north of the Twin Cities in quiet RF areas. Although this worked for some types of operation, it is hardly desirable or practical for working DX or quickly grabbing a CQ that you would hear, simply because it was a lot of fiddling around to tune both the remote receiver and the transmitter that was sitting in front of us at Courage Center. The new location is very quiet, with no significant RFI. It will be a huge relief to operate without having to deal with overbearing interference. But the move has not been without some glitches. My phone still isn't working, so calls to my office number go straight to voice mail. The good news is that I have the system set up to immediately email me whenever a voice mail is left at my number, so I can immediately call the person back. Another issue is how we will handle equipment donations. While we still have a small amount of equipment storage space at Courage Center, it is looking like this space will be needed by another program that rehabilitates wheelchairs for distribution to people with disabilities who cannot afford new chairs. Thus, I am considering a change for the equipment program to Camp Courage, and that will mean that gifts of equipment will be accepted at the Camp Courage address instead of the Courage Center address. The equipment loan program has already moved to Camp Courage. As you know, Avery Finn, K0HLA, has retired. Since he ran the equipment program, we are trying to figure out how to operate it in the upcoming year. Our current plan is to distribute equipment to our members at the next Radio Camp session in May. Speaking of Radio Camp, I'll give you an update on our new location for that event in a later edition of your weekly e-letter. For now, I'll just say that we will be on the "Woodland" side of Camp Courage, where we will enjoy brand-new cabin facilities that have some wonderful meeting spaces and living areas, including spacious screened porches for each cabin, as well as gas log fireplaces in the large common areas. For Handiham World, I'm... Patrick Tice, wa0tda@xxxxxxxx Handiham Manager _____ AA2EJ Wins Nobel Prize (ARRL story) The ARRL website is reporting on an amateur radio operator with a real feather in his cap: a brand-new Nobel prize: "Around 5:30 on the morning of October 6, George E. Smith, AA2EJ, of Barnegat, New Jersey, got a phone call that changed his life: He had just found out he had won the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2009 "for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit -- the CCD sensor." Smith will share the prize money with two other recipients: Charles K. Kao, of Standard Telecommunication Laboratories in the United Kingdom and Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China, and Willard S. Boyle, of Bell Laboratories." Read more about this story on ARRLweb: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/11/03/11182/?nc=1 _____ DOT & FCC JOIN FORCES TO COMBAT DISTRACTED DRIVING <http://www.handiham.org/node/135> FCC Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Wednesday that they are launching a joint effort to evaluate technologies that may help curb the dangerous epidemic of distracted driving. The DOT-FCC partnership will also include outreach efforts to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving, talking on cell phones while driving, and other distracting behavior that can lead to deadly accidents. "We must put an end to distracted driving, which is costing lives and inflicting injuries across the nation's roads and railways," Secretary LaHood told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. "I look forward to working with Chairman Genachowski and ensuring that FCC's and DOT's technology experts can join forces on this critical issue." Chairman Genachowski said, “I welcome this collaborative effort to eliminate the increasingly deadly practice of distracted driving. Changing this ingrained behavior will require us to develop creative solutions using both technology and education. By combining the resources and expertise of the DOT and the FCC, I am confident that we can have a major impact on this problem.” Officials from the DOT and FCC will establish a working group to evaluate technology-based solutions to the problem of distracted driving and will coordinate consumer outreach and education. --FCC-- _____ Computerworld: "Try ham radio." <http://www.handiham.org/node/550> ic706.jpg Abundant spectrum resources and an engaged research community are drawing wireless experimenters back into a hobby that many had forgotten. Read more at the Computerworld website in this "media hit": http://tinyurl.com/ycqvy9k _____ November Events by N1YXU November Events by N1YXU I hope each of you is doing well and that you have enjoyed the changing of the seasons as we get closer to the end of autumn. The colors here in North Carolina have truly been spectacular this year. I have found myself, on several occasions, simply staring at the patchwork of color in the trees in our yard. Take a look through the events that are listed for November. I am confident, regardless of your preferences (contesting, special events, local repeaters…), you will find a few things that will grab your interest. Until next month…. Regards,- Laurie Meier, N1YXU n1yxu@xxxxxxxx Read Laurie's Events Column: <http://www.handiham.org/node/600> http://www.handiham.org/node/600 _____ This week at Headquarters: <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! cartoon happy clock You didn't forget about returning to standard time, did you? Sunday, 1 November 2009, we returned to standard time in the USA. The Handiham daily EchoLink net remains true to local time, so if you use local time to check in you will not notice any difference. However, if you use GMT, the net time appears to shift by 1 hour. Instead of beginning at 16:00 GMT, the net begins at 17:00 GMT. · In Operating Skills: o Pat, WA0TDA, reads the November 2009 QST audio digest. o Volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, reads the November "Doctor is in" column from QST for our blind members. o Volunteer reader Bob Zeida, N1BLF, has completed the November Worldradio & CQ digests. o <http://handiham.org/user> Login to the member section of the Handiham website and find the magazine digests in the Library. o Volunteer George, N0SBU, has completed and mailed the 4-track cassette audio digest to our blind members this week. · Our Contact information is the same, but keep watching this space for changes: Email addresses will not change. Courage Center Handiham System 3915 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, MN 55422 763-520-0512 (Nancy) 763-520-0511 (Pat) · Pat's phone number goes directly to voice mail, due to a problem with our forwarding system. Leave a message with the best time to return your call. · Our email address (for Nancy's office) is <mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx · Pat can be reached by email any time at <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> wa0tda@xxxxxxxx or <mailto:patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx · The equipment loan program is on hold right now due to limited staff hours. o The Handiham equipment program still welcomes donations of good ham radio equipment. o We plan to distribute donated equipment to our radio campers at the next Radio Camp session. o Handiham members who already have equipment out on loan may continue to borrow that equipment. · Minnesota Radio Camp dates for 2010, Camp Courage: Arrive Friday, May 21 Class days: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday VE Exam Day: Thursday (VE team still needed.) Depart Friday, May 28 · Camp Courage is west of Minneapolis. The address is 8046 83rd St NW, Maple Lake, MN. o The phone number of the Camp Courage office is (320) 963-3121. o If you want to receive a Camp Courage summer camp schedule, you may call for one. 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 1-866-426-3442. o Here is an interactive Google map showing Camp Courage: <http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&q=camp+courage+ maple+lake+mn&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=41.496446,93.076172&ie=UTF8&hq=cam p+courage&hnear=Maple+Lake,+MN&ll=45.271066,-94.056286&spn=0.084565,0.145912 &z=12> View Larger Map · 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. · Volunteers, get your October hours in through VOLLI - I'll be checking them soon! You may also submit volunteer hours to Nancy at <mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx · 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. · 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. _____ Courage Center Handiham System nominated for 2009 Arc of MN Bogg's Mitchell - Inclusive Recreation Program Award Courage Center Handiham System nominated for 2009 Arc of MN Bogg's Mitchell - Inclusive Recreation Program Award We were thrilled and very pleasantly surprised to learn that Courage Center's Handiham System was nominated for the 2009 The Arc of Minnesota Bogg's Mitchell - Inclusive Recreation Program Award. The Arc of Minnesota advocates for and supports people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families as they choose how they live, learn, and play. Originally organized to serve children with intellectual disabilities, The Arc now serves people of all ages with many kinds of developmental disabilities including, but not limited to, intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Arc is different from other organizations in that it is concerned with the total life of an individual, from birth to death, and with all services or needs an individual and his or her family may have. You can find out more about The Arc of Minnesota at: http://www.arcmn.org/ _____ Letter from the Handiham Radio Club President Well, I passed my "Boating Skills & Seamanship" course from the Coast Guard Auxiliary last night. So, I'm ready to be Captain Bligh next May at camp. Perhaps, we'll have a mutiny on the EchoLink net. If you are interested in radio control models, Edmund Scientific has an R/C sailboat, modeled after a racing yacht. This is, of course, in addition to the now-famous R/C party blimp. Edmund also has a slew of R/C helicopters and an A-7 Tornado with an electric ducted fan engine.' Finally, I just saw that 1 GB NLS DAISY cartridges are available from Independent Living Aids for $14.95 and $17.95 with a USB cable. Of course, I don't know anyone who has a player yet. However, it does give us an idea of what they cost. 73, Ken Silberman, KB3LLA Handiham Radio Club President _____ Special Event: “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Special Event: “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” The 2008 SARA event crew members pose in front of Split Rock Lighthouse on the Minnesota North shore of Lake Superior. Image: The 2008 SARA event crew members pose in front of Split Rock Lighthouse on the Minnesota North shore of Lake Superior. SARA, The Stillwater, Minnesota Amateur Radio Association, an affiliate of the Handiham System, sponsors the “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” Split Rock Lighthouse Special Event November 6-8, 2009. November 10, 2009 marks the 34th anniversary of the sinking of the iron ore carrier and loss of her 29-man crew. The Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA) is planning to operate at Split Rock Lighthouse, Split Rock State Park (Minnesota) to commemorate and honor the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald. HF Operating Schedule Friday, 11/6: ~4:00 – 6:00 PM 2200 – 2400 UTC Saturday, 11/7: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM 1600 – 0200 UTC Sunday, 11/8: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM 1600 – 0200 UTC HF Operating Frequencies & Modes Primary: 3.860, 7.260, 14.260, 21.360 MHz Secondary: 1.900, 18.160, 28.360 MHz Tune +/– 10 KHz if QRM SSB is the standard mode, some PSK & CW possible VHF / EchoLink Operating Schedule Saturday, 11/7: 12:00 – 4:00 PM 1800 – 2200 UTC Sunday, 11/8: 12:00 – 4:00 PM 1800 – 2200 UTC The special event will monitor the LSAC Bayfield repeater, 146.700, tone 103.5 from noon to 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday. The Bayfield repeater will be connected via EchoLink to the SARA repeater, 147.060, tone 114.8. Any station wishing to contact the special event via 2M will contact either through the Bayfield or SARA repeaters. The 2M station will be on throughout the remainder of the event but may not be monitored. There will be no capability to connect directly via computer to either EchoLink node. The SARA website is: http://www.radioham.org Other related events: “Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald” N8F & K8F (Stu Rockafellow Amateur Radio Society): Operating from Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Paradise, MI www.qsl.net/w8njh W8F (Livonia Amateur Radio Club): Operating from the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI _____ Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net happy guy with headset Wednesday evenings 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 01:30 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. Please email wa0tda@xxxxxxxx for changes of address, unsubscribes, etc. Include your old email address and your new address. · By wa0tda at 11/04/2009 - 21:06 · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/604%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Thumbnail <http://www.handiham.org/sites/default/files/images/rotter_hq.thumbnail.jpg> · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/604> version · Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/604> 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.