[handiham-world] Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 15 September 2010

  • From: "Patrick Tice" <wa0tda@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <handiham-world@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:03:17 -0500

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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.


Patrick Tice, WA0TDA
Handiham Manager  <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> 



My email inbox is pretty crammed but a couple of items of note are worth a

*       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:
*       A great review of the Amazon Kindle found by WA0CAF in the Blind
Access Journal:  <http://blindaccessjournal.com/?p=949> 
*       Also from WA0CAF, audio on computing by Dean Martineau:
*       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:
*       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? 


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..

- Laurie Meier, N1YXU

Read the N1YXU Events at:  <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> 


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


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


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&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

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.

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.         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

.         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.

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


Manager, Courage Handiham System

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