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> http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u Download the 40 kbs MP3 audio to your portable player: <http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3> http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3 Get this podcast in iTunes: <http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=372422406> Description: Subscribe in iTunes RSS feed for the audio podcast if you use other podcasting software: <http://feeds.feedburner.com/handiham> http://feeds.feedburner.com/handiham _____ Welcome to Handiham World! In this edition: . We bid a friend goodbye. . How about the Advanced Band? . A dip in the pool . E-Book on Propagation released . Remote base progress report . Hlibok will be FCC Disability Rights Chief . Bookshare adds ARRL Tech Manual . This week at HQ . Supporting Handihams _____ Dr. Tom Linde, KZ0T, Silent Key Description: Dr. Tom Linde, KZ0T, laughs at a joke while volunteering at Handiham Radio Camp in California. Dr. Tom Linde, KZ0T, long time Handiham member and volunteer, became a silent key on Monday 15 November 2010 at 1:30 AM. Tom died peacefully in his sleep at home with family members at his side. As you might expect, Tom and I met each other through amateur radio. I'm not sure when Tom was first licensed, but his accomplishments in amateur radio were pretty amazing and included working all states on 6 meters, something I haven't done and many of us will never do in our entire amateur radio careers. Yet Tom, whose speech was compromised by his disability, managed to train himself to speak the necessary amateur radio jargon and call signs clearly so that he could accomplish this feat. He made use of Morse code and always enjoyed the competitive and also the social aspects of amateur radio. When I started with the Handiham staff at Courage Center in 1992, it wasn't long before Sister Alverna O'Laughlin, WA0SGJ, told me about "Dr. Tom". He had been in Handihams since the late 1970s, and had made a name for himself on the amateur radio bands. When I first met Dr. Tom, I had to listen up when he spoke. His CP made it difficult for him to form the words clearly, but he was never offended if I asked him to repeat something or say it in a different way so that I would understand. His accomplishments outside amateur radio included earning his PhD in psychology and having a full working life as a professional psychologist. Family was always important to Tom, and he raised his family in the heartland of Iowa with his wife Ann, who preceded him in death nine years ago. I quickly learned from Tom that he was interested in helping others through the Handiham program. As a volunteer, he assisted at our radio camp sessions, teaching in operating skills so that he could share his experience with other Handiham members who had disabilities. He was also pretty darned good at inspiring those Handiham members who had trouble dealing with their disabilities. After all, as a psychologist he had heard every excuse in the book why the glass was half empty instead of half full, and he knew better from his own life experience. It was hard to complain that you couldn't do something when Dr. Tom showed you by example that it could indeed be done and that even a severe disability would not stop you from reaching your goals. Dr. Tom taught at a number of radio camps in both California and Minnesota. He joined the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association where he made many friends, and was active on the air, even trying new things like wheelchair mobile HF operation. One of the most interesting things I have ever seen was not actually part of amateur radio at all. It was when Dr. Tom conducted the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. Lyle Koehler, K0LR, built a robotic conducting system so that the members of the orchestra could see and follow flashing lights as Dr. Tom directed them. Tom was truly a renaissance man who loved music and art and would frequently catch you off guard with his wry and cerebral sense of humor. He published a book about his life that will carry on inspiring others to overcome their disabilities and accomplish their goals. "I Am Not What I Am: A Psychologist's Memoir: Notes On Controlling and Managing Personal Misfortune" is available through Amazon.com in print and in spoken word audio from the Handiham system for our blind members. The ISBN-13 designation is: 978-1420867633. I strongly recommend this inspiring book. His son Peter, N0EDI, in a touching tribute, remembers his father in his 80 years of life as all of these things: A Son, A Brother, A Husband, A Father, A Grandfather, A Student, An Extra Class Ham Radio Operator, A Ph.D. Psychologist, A Published Author, An Artist, A Music Lover, A Guest Conductor of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, A Traveler, A Teacher, A man who pushed the boundaries of CP farther than anyone thought possible, Ultimately, he was My Dad, without whom I would not be the person I am today. Memorial services are currently being planned for Rapid City, SD and Sheboygan, WI. Tom, a generous spirit giving even in death, requested that his body be donated to help medical science. There will be a headstone in Knoxville, IA, next to his Wife (Ann) and youngest son (Matt), who preceded him in death. We will miss the kind wisdom and positive outlook that KZ0T brought to Handihams and to the airwaves. I count myself privileged to have been his friend. Patrick Tice, WA0TDA Handiham System Manager _____ How does 3.715 to 3.720 MHz sound? Description: FT-718 rig We have been informed that the Eye Bank Net and the "Country Cousins" meet on 3.970 MHz. Well, it seems there is already way too much activity in the General portion of the 75 meter band, so we have no choice but to head for our next possibility, the Advanced segment. Pierre, K9EYE, is on 75 meters quite a bit from the Chicago metro area and he suggests a frequency around 3.720 MHz. I listened last night and heard some stations in a regular QSO on that frequency, but there was some free real estate a few kilohertz below that, say around 3.715. So let's start listening on and around both of those frequencies and logging results. We would like to get this going before the end of the month. Ron, K0IC, responding to Avery's suggestion about a Midwestern slow-speed CW net, writes: "I like the idea of an 80 meter slow speed net. Someone needs to listen around for the best channel as there are CW nets there after 6 PM or so. Maybe the ARRL online net directory would help? Again the Extra class sub-band would be ideal for me." Please e-mail me this week with your frequency and time suggestions, frequency reports, and other suggestions about the net. 73, Patrick Tice, WA0TDA Handiham Manager <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> wa0tda@xxxxxxxx _____ A dip in the pool I thought it would be fun to pick a question out of the question pool and see how many of us can remember the right answer. Today we tap the General pool. Ready? Here we go: G2D11 asks us: Which HF antenna would be the best to use for minimizing interference? Your possible answers are: A. A bi-directional antenna B. An isotropic antenna C. A unidirectional antenna D. An omnidirectional antenna Did you pick answer C, "A unidirectional antenna"? That is the best answer, although in some circumstances a bi-directional antenna can reduce interference as well. The unidirectional antenna maximizes signals in one direction only, making it the best choice, especially if it is used with a rotor system so that you can turn the antenna to the point of maximum desired signal and minimum noise. _____ RSGB E-Book on Propagation released by Steve G0KYA, and Alan, G3NYK This comes to us via KB3LLA from the NASA Goddard Amateur Radio Club (GARC) and WA3NAN. Steve G0KYA and Alan G3NYK, of the Radio Society of Great Britain's (RSGB) Propagation Studies Committee, have released a free eBook called 'Understanding LF and HF Propagation' . In 2008 and 2009 Steve and Alan wrote a series of features on LF and HF propagation for the RSGB's "RadCom" magazine. The features consisted of a month-by-month look at each HF band in turn, showing the reader the propagation modes behind each band and explaining some of the technicalities of ionospheric propagation. Steve says: "I looked at the D, E and F layers, Sporadic E, the MUF/LUF, using solar data, propagation programs, NVIS and much more. Alan then took over and wrote three detailed features on LF propagation. We are told that the features were well-received and as a result I have managed to persuade the RSGB to allow me to put them together into a single document, which is now freely available for amateurs worldwide to download." You can download your free copy of "Understanding LF and HF Propagation" at: <http://www.g0kya.blogspot.com> www.g0kya.blogspot.com See the entry for November 9 or follow this direct link: <http://g0kya.blogspot.com/2010/11/understanding-lf-and-hf-propagation.html> http://g0kya.blogspot.com/2010/11/understanding-lf-and-hf-propagation.html _____ Remote base progress report: 17 November 2010 Description: Kenwood TS-570 Today I have meetings, and will probably only have time for a check of the antenna system. 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. Don't forget about our station at Courage North, in far northern Minnesota's lake country. If you would like to connect to the station via EchoLink to listen to the radio, you can search for W0EQO-L, node 261171, and connect. Just as with the other station, 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. _____ Gregory Hlibok named chief of the FCC's Disability Rights Office Washington, DC -- Gregory Hlibok, currently an attorney in the Disability Rights Office (DRO) in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, has been named to head that office. "Greg will be heading up the Disability Rights Office at a crucial time, as the FCC ramps up to implement the most significant disability law in two decades," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "Greg possesses extensive knowledge in the field of telecommunications access for people with disabilities as well as the leadership qualities necessary to lead the office. He will be the first head of DRO who has a disability. Under his direction, the office will work to ensure that people with disabilities can share fully in the economic and social benefits of emerging 21st century technologies." Greg has been instrumental on a wide array of disability matters in DRO since 2001. He is known nationally for his role as spokesperson for the Deaf President Now movement in 1988, which led to the selection of Gallaudet University's first deaf president. Gallaudet is the world's only university serving primarily deaf and hard of hearing students. At the FCC, he has taken the lead in several key rulemaking proceedings on telecommunications access for people with disabilities, including new initiatives on the National Broadband Plan. Greg now lives in Ellicott City, MD with his wife and four children, and also serves as the board president of his alma mater, Lexington School for the Deaf. He is a graduate of Gallaudet University and Hofstra Law School. In addition to its new duties in implementing the new Act, the Disability Rights Office has responsibility for a variety of disability-related telecommunications matters, including telecommunications relay service (TRS), access to telecommunications equipment and services by persons with disabilities, access to emergency information, and closed captioning. DRO also provides expert advice and assistance to other Bureaus and Offices, consumers, and industry, in order to support the Commission's goal of increasing the accessibility of communications services and technologies for persons with disabilities. _____ Technician License Manual added at Bookshare The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (2nd edition) by Ward Silver, otherwise known as the ARRL Tech book, is used by many radio clubs as the text for their Technician licensing classes. This book is now available in DAISY from www.bookshare.org, and is recommended for Handiham members studying along with our on line audio lectures. The book was released this year in order to keep pace with the Technician Pool update of 1 July 2010. Only persons who qualify for Bookshare.org services may order the DAISY book. The print version is available from the Handiham System, your ham radio retailer, or directly from www.ARRL.org. _____ This week @ HQ * This week's Friday Technician audio lecture will be on the subject of band plans. * I am at Handiham Headquarters at Camp Courage on Wednesday afternoon, but will be at meetings and away from the phone. * A big thank you to our net control stations for "saying yes" and volunteering for this leadership role. We really appreciate your help and everyone has noticed that the nets are running more smoothly than ever. . Tonight is net night. The Wednesday evening EchoLink net is at 19:30 United States Central time, which translates to +6 hours, or 01:30 GMT Thursday morning. 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 * We need an Echolink, IRLP, or WIRES node in Rochester, MN so that Sister Alverna, WA0SGJ, can continue to check into the Handiham net. Chris, KG0BP, has shut down his node because he has moved to the Twin Cities. * 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 - Year-end is a critical time. Description: 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 _____ Description: 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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