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> Description: Subscribe in iTunes RSS feed for the audio podcast if you use other podcasting software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/handiham _____ Welcome to Handiham World! It's time for a new HF net - Part 2 Description: FT-718 rig Last week we said : We need at least consider moving our HF net to 160, 75, or 40 meters, and those bands are likely to be most useful in the evening. Because 160 requires a very long antenna, it is impractical for many users. 40 can get crowded, but requires the shortest antenna of the three. Of course we can consider reviving our 17 meter "non-net roundtable", which was originally started by Alan, K2WS, but the sun will have to spit out a few more spots for that band to get where it needs to be. So what do you think? 160? 75? 40? Or something else? And what about the time and day? Interestingly enough, the 75 meter band seems to be favored so far. More than one respondent has suggested that we would have the best chance of success in the Extra Class segment of the band. The reason cited was that the General segment is crowded in the evening when the band is open to longer distance communications and thus most useful for our purposes. I think we can agree that the 160 meter band is "out" because of the antenna requirements. 40 is a good alternative because of its propagation characteristics, but the phone portion of the band is less than half that available on 75 meters and there is no doubt that it will be difficult to find some open real estate for an evening net. Besides, we already have the CW net on 7.112 MHz. So what do you think? A 75 meter net in the evening to be in the Extra portion of the band? Remember, only participants with Extra Class licenses would be able to transmit, but anyone could listen. We could initiate a "check in by email", or some similar system, which I have heard on other nets, to accommodate those without transmit privileges. Another idea would be to have the Handiham Radio Club as the net sponsor. We do need regular HRC activities, aside from a single meeting at Radio Camp during the year. Weigh in! I hope to hear from you about these suggestions soon. Please drop me an email, and I'll share your thoughts with our readers and listeners. 73, Patrick Tice, WA0TDA Handiham Manager <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> wa0tda@xxxxxxxx _____ QST Reviews Wouxun KG-UVD2 & KG-UVD1P Talking Handheld Radios Description: Wouxun KG-UV2D handheld radio available from wouxun.us The Wouxun KG-UVD1 talking HT created quite a stir at Hamvention in May, both for its low price and for its built-in speech access for the blind. As I stated in a previous story, "Handiham volunteers Larry Huggins, KA0LSG, and Ken Silberman, KB3LLA, both found the new Wouxun 2m/70cm KG-UVD1P HT at Dayton, and Larry actually had his radio along to demonstrate to us at Handiham Radio Camp." We have had many questions about this radio, but details on its overall quality and functionality were mostly anecdotal. That has changed with a QST review of the latest versions of the KG-UVD2 & KG-UVD1P talking handheld radios by Bob Allison, WB1GCM, ARRL Test Engineer. Bob's article appears in the November 2010 QST, which will be available to blind Handiham members in the upcoming Friday audio updates in the Members Only section of the Handiham website. QST is also produced in audio through the Library of Congress National Library Service and will be available for the new NLS digital players, available to those who qualify for services. The NLS version of QST is the complete magazine without advertising, but it takes some time to produce and is typically around a month later than the print mailing or Handiham digest version. Resources: Wouxun website: http://wouxun.us User guide pages (online manuals): <http://wouxun.us/Manuals/> http://wouxun.us/Manuals/ Wouxun KG-UVD1P Tips And Hints For Eyes-Free Operation by Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV: <http://handiham.org/manuals/Wouxun/KG-UVD1P/wouxun_kguvd1p_manual_by_kb5elv .txt> http://handiham.org/manuals/Wouxun/KG-UVD1P/wouxun_kguvd1p_manual_by_kb5elv. txt Wouxun company website (China): <http://www.wouxun.com/> http://www.wouxun.com/ _____ A dip in the pool No one told you there was going to be a quiz, right? 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. Ready? Here we go: T2C10 What is the preamble in a formal traffic message? A. The first paragraph of the message text B. The message number C. The priority handling indicator for the message D. The information needed to track the message as it passes through the amateur radio traffic handling system Did you pick answer D, The information needed to track the message as it passes through the amateur radio traffic handling system? That's the right choice, and something you should know about basic message handling. _____ FCC SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP ON TWO EMERGENCY ACCESS ADVISORY COMMITTEES Released: 10/19/2010. FCC REQUESTS NOMINATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP ON EMERGENCY ACCESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO ACCESSIBILITY ACT. (DA No. 10-2001). Contact: Cheryl King at (202) 418-2284, email: <mailto:email:Cheryl.King@xxxxxxx> Cheryl.King@xxxxxxx or Patrick Donovan at (202) 418-2413, email: <mailto:email:Patrick.Donovan@xxxxxxx> Patrick.Donovan@xxxxxxx, TTY: (202) 418-0416 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2001A1.txt Released: 10/19/2010. FCC REQUESTS NOMINATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP ON VIDEO PROGRAMMING AND EMERGENCY ACCESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO ACCESSIBILITY ACT. (DA No. 10-2002). CGB . Contact: Pamela Gregory at (202) 418-2498, email: Pam.Gregory@xxxxxxx or Alison Neplokh at (202) 418-1083, email: Alison.Neplokh@xxxxxxx, TTY: (202) 418-1169 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2002A1.txt _____ Echolink developer K1RFD to be on TIPSnet on October 26 on HANDIHAM node Description: tm_v71a.jpg TIPSnet is proud to announce that our guest on October 26 will be Jonathan Taylor, K1RFD. This will be a very good net for all of us to listen to. Jonathan is the developer of the EchoLink voice-over-IP (VoIP) linking system. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, currently living in Ridgefield, CT. He has been a licensed ham since 1974, holding the Amateur Extra license since 1979. Jonathan is also the author of the ARRL book, "VoIP: Internet Linking for Radio Amateurs", the standard reference for both the IRLP and EchoLink systems. Now in its eighth year of operation, the EchoLink system has grown to nearly 200,000 registered Amateur users in 162 nations worldwide. Jonathan's favorite on-air activities are CW DXing and contesting, traffic handling, FM and repeaters, and HF/VHF digital modes. He has received the ARRL Technical Innovation Award and the Dayton Hamvention Special Achievement Award in 2003, and was named to the CQ Magazine Hall of Fame in 2005. Also, an instrument-rated private pilot. (Excerpts from LIMARC HRU bio) Spread the word, TIPSnet 10/26/2010. Fostering International Friendship Through Amateur Radio C TIPSnet meets every Tuesday 7:30pm to 8:30pm local time (EST) 0030z-0130z on several RF linked repeaters throughout New England, including the *SPARC* system, our RF HUB, in West Haven, CT. Connection is via the 147.505/146.505 repeater, with input (-1 Mhz PL 77.0) National and International connections are welcome via the New England Gateway - EchoLink Conference *NEW-ENG2* (node # 9127) and IRLP *New England Reflector* 912, Channel 7 (node # 9127), also the *DODROPIN* Conference server Node # 355800 and *HANDIHAM* node #494492. Streaming audio available at http://new-eng.com Click "LISTEN LIVE". Thanks 73 John West N1IWT TIPSnet Program & Publicity Manager www.tipsnet.org Email: n1iwt@xxxxxxxxxxx _____ Remote base progress report: 20 October 2010 Description: Kenwood TS-570 The new control computer has been configured. I will be taking the computer out to Camp Courage on Thursday, October 21. Last week there was an outage during updates to the old machine. I'm not sure if I will install the new one tomorrow or wait until the rig and other equipment can also be switched out. 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. _____ This week @ HQ * I will be at the headquarters station location at Camp Courage on Thursday. * This week's Friday Technician audio lecture will be on the subject of power supplies and batteries. * 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 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 - 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.