This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Center Handiham System. Our contact information is at the end, or simply email handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for changes in subscriptions or to comment. You can listen to this news online: MP3 audio stream: http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u Download the 40 kbs MP3 audio to your portable player: http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3 Get this podcast in iTunes: <http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=372422406> Subscribe in iTunes RSS feed for the audio podcast if you use other podcasting software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/handiham _____ Welcome to Handiham World! Back at work! The Handiham World weekly is finally back at work after a couple weeks of rest & relaxation. While the e-letter went on holiday, I also took my vacation at exactly the same time. What a coincidence! Pat poses in front of Eiffel Tower In the accompanying photo, I am posing in front of something that would make a perfect ham radio antenna support - the Eiffel Tower. My XYL and I made the trip to celebrate our anniversary, and she was a saint to put up with my obsession with ham radio and antennas. According to Wikipedia, "The tower stands 324 meters (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building." Just imagine the signal you could get out with a multielement Yagi antenna on top, right? As nice as it is to travel, it's always great to be back. Today will be mostly filled with member contacts like phone calls and emails, because I have quite a backlog. I hope to get our audio magazine digest updated either later today or perhaps tomorrow if I run out of time today, but rest assured I will eventually catch up - in the meantime, I am coping with the jet lag by draining out the entire coffee pot. One of the most fun things was checking in to the PICONET on 3.925 MHz via the Handiham remote base from France and Italy. This is certainly proof that a remote base station can be useful when setting up antennas or traveling with lots of radio gear is simply not practical. I also enjoyed making some Echolink contacts, including a check in on the daily Handiham net. These days, one does not need to give up regular operating just because you are staying in a hotel. These new ways to use technology enhance our options to use ham radio, and I'm sure thankful to all of our volunteers and supporters who make it possible. The best thing about ham radio for me has always been staying in touch with my community of friends. In order to get through all of the calls today, this edition will be a bit shorter than usual, but hopefully still worth a few minutes of your time. 73, Patrick Tice, WA0TDA Handiham Manager <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> wa0tda@xxxxxxxx _____ Noteworthy My email inbox is pretty crammed but a couple of items of note are worth a shout-out: * A reminder that our friends at the TIPSnet are back from their summer hiatus. The TIPSnet meets at 7:30 pm EDT time (23:30 UTC) on Tuesdays and can be heard on a variety of Echolink nodes including the *HANDIHAM* conference. More details may be found at: www.tipsnet.org. * A great review of the Amazon Kindle found by WA0CAF in the Blind Access Journal: <http://blindaccessjournal.com/?p=949> http://blindaccessjournal.com/?p=949 * Also from WA0CAF, audio on computing by Dean Martineau: <http://www.topdotenterprises.com/sc/sc.htm> http://www.topdotenterprises.com/sc/sc.htm * The Mysterious Case of the Withering Filters, sent to me by KA0PQW, as found on the SV8YM Blog: "The ceramic variety of filters found in almost all telecommunications equipment are indeed extremely useful components. Small, cheap and efficient, those 'little black boxes' have found widespread use by all the manufacturers. I used to think that they're almost indestructible, because I had never seen one of them fail - but this fact has changed." What the article warns about is the failure to include DC blocking capacitors in line with these ceramic filters found in a number of newer ham transceivers, and their possible deterioration and failure. This results in the receiver section of the radio "going deaf". Check it out: <http://sv8ym.blogspot.com/2010/07/mysterious-case-of-withering-filters.html > http://sv8ym.blogspot.com/2010/07/mysterious-case-of-withering-filters.html * MOSI Amateur Radio Club link sent to me by KI4LEH: "You have reached the Museum of Science and Industry's Amateur Radio Club - KM0SI, located in the main building on the 2nd floor in Disasterville, look for the "Disaster Communications Bus." Our physical address is: 4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33617. Stop by for a visit and check out MOSI, if a volunteer is in the "Shack" stop by and learn a little about amateur radio or if you are a "Ham" stop by and say hi. If you are a "Ham" you can also give us a call on the MOSI Repeater at 443.000 (+) (PL-146.2). We also monitor 442.550 (+) (PL-100) the NI4CE Riverview Repeater as well as our Echo Link Node at 468359. Want to learn more? http://mosihamradio.org/ _____ September Events by N1YXU Events by N1YXU I know that Fall has arrived when I look at our calendar in the kitchen. My husband, Bruce (N1LN), writes the amateur radio contests on our calendar to make sure that I don't schedule us for something else. Beginning in September and continuing for a few months, the calendar starts to get filled with contests! If you are a contester or interested in finding out more about them, be sure to look through this month's events page. I hope that each of you had a pleasant summer. As we all get back into our Fall routines, be sure not to neglect your radios. There are plenty of activities that should pique your interest. Until next month.. Regards, - Laurie Meier, N1YXU n1yxu@xxxxxxxx Read the N1YXU Events at: <http://www.handiham.org/node/924> http://www.handiham.org/node/924 _____ Participants Wanted for a Research Study on The Effects of Changes in Personal Care Assistance Hours or Services Personal care attendant with client, pushing wheelchair Have you experienced or do you know someone who has experienced a change in Personal Care Assistance (PCA) hours or services in the past few months? The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the effects of loss or reductions in PCA hours or services. . This research study includes information about people of all ages who have been receiving PCA services under Medicare or County Waiver. Read more at: <http://www.handiham.org/node/922> http://www.handiham.org/node/922 _____ Remote base progress report: 15 September 2010 Kenwood TS-570 While I was on vacation, Eliot, KE0N, visited the W0ZSW HF remote base station and replaced a malfunctioning automatic antenna tuner. We thank him for the loan of his own LDG AT-100PRO tuner until we can get one of our own. In addition, the station has now been reconfigured to operate at its full 100 Watt potential, rather than the 50 Watt setting we had been using during the beta testing period. We are pleased to report that everything has been going very well and there have been no failures since the power was bumped up. The internet connection has also stayed solid since we replaced a bad DSL modem. Would you like to try the station right now? If you would like to connect to the station via EchoLink to listen to the radio, you can search for W0ZSW-L, node 524906, and connect. Entering a frequency and pressing the enter key will allow you to change the radio's receive frequency from the EchoLink text box. Enter U, L, or A for Upper sideband, Lower sideband, or AM, respectively. One thing to remember is that EchoLink control only works on receive, not transmit, and it is only available if there is no control operator logged in to the W4MQ remote base software. _____ This week @ HQ * Thanks to Nancy for holding the fort while I was out of the office. What a trooper! * AWOL stories: My Outlook file is messed up, and I have discovered that messages I'd intended to use as e-letter stories have simply disappeared. The odd thing is that I'd get the message in my inbox as usual, then move it to my "e-letter news" folder in Outlook, after which it disappeared to who-knows-where. Thus, some stories that our readers sent me have gone AWOL and I have no idea where to find them. My apologies if you have sent me something and it never appeared. Now you know what happened. * Tonight is net night. The Wednesday evening EchoLink net is at 19:30 United States Central Daylight time, which translates to +5 hours, or 00:30 GMT Thursday morning during North American Daylight Time. In the winter, the GMT schedule is +6 hours. Connect from any Internet-enabled computer in the world, and come out on Twin Cities repeater N0BVE on 145.450. If there is no designated Net Control, there will be a simple roundtable net. 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 * 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. _____ 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 <http://www.handiham.org/> 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. _____ 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.