This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Center Handiham System. 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: MP3 audio stream: http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u Download the 64 kbs 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! Courage Center Development Officer Walt Seibert Passes Ham Radio Exam <http://www.handiham.org/node/795> Walt Seibert (left) gets his Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination from VE Patrick Tice, WA0TDA. Photo: Walt Seibert, left, gets congrats from Pat, WA0TDA. Another New Ham Congratulations to Walt Seibert, who passed his Technician licensing exam at the Handiham-affiliated Stillwater Amateur Radio Association VE session last Thursday. Walt works with me at Courage Center, and we have known each other for many years. As one of his duties in the Courage Center Development Department, Walt traveled with me one year to Dayton HAMVENTION and with the help of our colleague Tom Olson put on a "meet and greet" development event in support of the Handiham program. So Walt is no stranger to ham radio, and when he decided to pursue his Technician Class amateur radio license, we were thrilled. There is nothing like being able to "walk the walk and talk the talk", and if you are going to ask potential donors to support an amateur radio education program for people with disabilities, it certainly helps to have an amateur radio license yourself. I know that Walt was amazed at the size and scope of Dayton HAMVENTION. The amazing technology, the friendly folks who visited the Handiham booth, the fun and fellowship -- I guess it isn't surprising that amateur radio looked pretty good. Of course Walt is always busy at work, helping Courage Center to earn the trust and support of those who believe in our mission to help people with disabilities. For a time he was interested in amateur radio but couldn't take the time to pursue it because of his other professional development studies and the demands of work. However, the stars finally aligned for Walt, and he decided to earn his Technician. We helped with study materials and links to amateur radio practice exam websites. Soon Walt was reporting back to us that he was passing practice exams on a regular basis, and then every time he tried. We set up Walt with an upcoming VE session and crossed our fingers. I am a member of the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association VE Team, so I was pleased to see that Walt showed up at our Thursday evening testing session, which meant that I would be able to personally give him the good news when he passed the test. As expected, Walt did a great job on the examination and I was able to perform one of my favorite duties as a volunteer examiner: giving a successful candidate the good news! Congratulations to Walt, who is now waiting for his callsign to appear in the database. _____ Guide Dog Trawler passes away quietly <http://www.handiham.org/node/802> Jerry & Trawler relax at the lake cabin Folks, it is with much sadness that I report the passing of guide Trawler. He gave no indication of any health issues. He guided at church last Sunday, and we went to the Plymouth Senior Center yesterday, where he worked well as usual, steps and all. All was normal the rest of Monday. This morning, Tuesday, Pam found him on his sleeping mat next to our computer. He was in his normal sleep position, no sign of any trauma. Pam feels it was his heart. Trawler would have been ten years old July 4 of this year. I would like to have my ham radio friends on the net and camp staff know of this, so could you forward the information? Jerry Kloss, N0VOE Editor's note: Trawler guided Jerry, Handiham Volunteer & Student Coordinator, through years of Radio Camps and Handiham activities. A true team, they worked so well together that it was fun to watch them travel with confidence and poise. Our hearts go out to Jerry and his wife Pam in their time of loss, for losing a treasured animal and guide leaves a hole in your heart. _____ Atlantis set for Friday launch - STS-132 <http://www.handiham.org/node/804> At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Atlantis casts shadows into space (NASA via Wikimedia Commons) There is a 70 percent chance of favorable weather for Friday's 2:20 p.m. EDT launch of space shuttle Atlantis. STS-132 will further Expedition 23/24, which continues the tradition of scientific activities aboard the ISS (International Space Station) that began with Expedition 1 in 2000. Myriad activities include experiments that require crew support, as well as automated experiments that are ongoing without crew efforts. U.S. experiments include Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), which allows crew aboard the ISS, with the help of Amateur Radio Clubs and ham radio operators, to speak directly with groups of the general public, showing teachers, students, parents, and communities how amateur radio can motivate students' learning about science and technology. _____ Handiham to go in your iPhone or iPod TouchR <http://www.handiham.org/node/799> iPod Touch in the palm of a hand makes Echolink even easier! It is now possible to take your "Handiham" to go! The new Echolink App is available for the iPod Touch and iPhone, as long as the latest operating system is used. The 3G versions include the latest software, and the 2G version can be updated with a simple software download from the Apple iTunes application. To find the Echolink App, open iTunes and go to the Apps page. Search for Echolink, and "buy" it for free. Install and follow the simple setup for your existing Echolink account, and you are good to go. You will need the Apple iPod earphones with inline microphone to use Echolink. The usual problems with port forwarding and firewalls are avoided with the Echolink App for iPod and iPhone. iPod users will, of course, have to have a wireless Internet connection available. You can use the search function in the Echolink application to find the HANDIHAM node. Once you locate it, add it to your Favorites. Press the connect button, and you can join the HANDIHAM worldwide conference. The bandwidth of the HANDIHAM node will allow for 200 connections. The Handiham daily Echolink net is on Monday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. CDT (16:00 GMT) on the HANDIHAM conference server. We have had some blind users check in via their iPhones, as Apple includes accessibility features. Join our worldwide EchoLink net every day but Sunday. All licensed operators are welcome. The net is controlled but informal, and there is no need to be a Handiham member to participate. Sometimes the net control station will throw out a discussion topic to liven things up! Listen in a few times if you are shy, and then take the plunge and throw out your callsign. Days: Monday through Saturday, and Sunday if anyone wants to take an informal session. Times: 11:00 hours United States Central Time M-S and a second Wednesday session at 19:30 Central Time. (16:00 GMT) Frequency in the local Minnesota repeater coverage zone: 145.45 FM, negative offset with no tone in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota. EchoLink nodes: KA0PQW-R, node 267582 N0BVE-R, node 89680 HANDIHAM conference server Node 494492 (Our preferred high-capacity node.) Other ways to connect: IRLP node 9008 (Vancouver BC reflector) WIRES system number 1427 The Wednesday evening EchoLink net is at 19:30 United States Central Standard time, which translates to +5 hours, or 00:30 GMT Thursday morning during North American Daylight Time. Connect from any Internet-enabled computer in the world, and come out on Twin Cities repeater N0BVE on 145.450. iPhone & iPod Touch are registered trademarks of Apple. _____ N0BVE Echolink Node at Dayton HAMVENTION <http://www.handiham.org/node/797> Echolink screenshot If you are going to be at Dayton HAMVENTION, there is no need to miss the Handiham Echolink net. Don, N0BVE, will be operating a simplex Echolink node right at HAMVENTION. He will be situated in the flea market and the node should easily have coverage around the entire convention grounds. The frequency will be 147.450 MHz with a tone of 114.8 Hz. The node will be N0BVE-L on your Echolink screen, but we expect it to already be connected to the *HANDIHAM* conference server. Connect to our conference server for maximum bandwidth. The Handiham daily net is on at 11:00 a.m. CDT Monday through Saturday on *HANDIHAM* Echolink worldwide, and in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Minnesota metro area on 145.450 MHz. (M-Sa 16:00 GMT.) _____ Media hits: JoAnne Seaman, KG6POZ, called this morning to tell us about a school visit she made to talk to the students about blindness and ham radio. An article was written about the visit in the local paper, the Mountain View (California) News. Following is a link to the article: http://mtnviewsnews.com/v04/htm/n18/p03.htm It is a great article! _____ This week @ HQ * We are at Dayton HAMVENTIONR. Find the Handiham booth in the Silver Arena, booth number 332. Stop by to say hello to Handiham booth manager John Hoenshell, N0BFJ & his crew, and meet Dr. Ken Silberman, KB3LLA, Handiham Radio Club President. John, N0BFJ, & Larry, KA0LSG at the booth. "Put 'em up", Larry says. "I want booth duty next, and you'll just have to wait!" * Thank you to all who have or are considering including the Handiham Program in your estate plan. To ensure your bequest or residual is credited to the Handi Ham Program, please specify the following as the recipient of your estate gift: "Courage Center's Handiham Program" . If you have questions, please call Walt Seibert at 763-520-0532 or email him at walt.seibert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Bob Zeida, N1BLF, has completed the May 2010 Worldradio audio digest for our blind members. * We have also finished reading the May, 2010 QST audio digest and Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, has completed the May 2010 Doctor column from QST for our blind members. Handiham members who use adapted audio can log in to members only for the digest. If you qualify for National Library Service audio books, you can get the entire issue of QST, once the issue is read and cataloged. . 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 sent directly to our headquarters office. This is the same address where Radio Camp will be held. Camp Courage Handiham System 8046 83rd Street Northwest Maple Lake, MN 55358-2454 Please don't call the Camp Courage number to reach Handihams. The phone at the main Camp Courage office for all departments is (320) 963-3121. However, we do not always get phone messages left at that number in a timely manner, so if you wish to leave a phone message, be sure to call: Pat: 763-520-0511 Nancy: 763-520-0512 Nancy and I will get your calls or voicemails at those numbers no matter where we are working. 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! 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. Wednesday Echolink net news - Net time is new for GMT, now that we are on Daylight Time. 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 00:30 Z. _____ Supporting Handihams graphic showing figure using wheelchair holding hand of standing figure 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: https://couragecenter.us/SSLPage.aspx?pid=294 <https://couragecenter.us/SSLPage.aspx?pid=294&srcid=344> &srcid=344 . 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 patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 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 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 Walt Seibert at 763-520-0532 or email him at walt.seibert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 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 ham radio news. You may listen in audio to the E-Letter at www.handiham.org <http://www.handiham.org/> . Email us to subscribe: 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 Handiham System Reach me by email at: patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Nancy, Handiham Secretary: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Radio Camp email: radiocamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx _____ ARRL 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. . 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