[handiham-world] Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 21 July 2010

  • From: "Patrick Tice" <wa0tda@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <handiham-world@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 14:58:26 -0500

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Welcome to Handiham World:  

A volunteer summer continues as Larry Huggins, KA0LSG, makes the cover of

Screenshot of Worldradio website showing Larry on the cover.

Larry Huggins, KA0LSG, is right there on the cover of the latest Worldradio
magazine. Way to go, Larry!

The photo is from Handiham Radio Camp, where Larry volunteered as an
instructor. In the Worldradio article, you can read about the
blind-accessible HT that Larry demonstrated to our Operating Skills group.
The article is my annual accessible radio roundup, a quick overview of
radios and their accessibility features.  It is entitled "What's New for the
Operator With Disabilities", and is a feature of my regular "With the
Handihams" column. 

"Regular readers know that from time to time I devote a column to what's new
in amateur radio equipment and software that is accessible to people with
disabilities. Most of the questions I get have to do with what is
blind-accessible, both for radio hardware and computing. Our largest single
accessible technology user group is amateur radio operators who have some
kind of reading disability, usually blindness or some degree of vision loss.
I think this is probably a long-term trend as more baby boomers encounter
age-related deterioration of their eyesight. Macular degeneration is
relatively common in older folks and because of its onset late in life can
catch them off guard and leave them wondering if they can still use a
computer or even get on the air effectively anymore."

There are always questions about accessible handheld radios, so this part of
the article is timely:

"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."

Read more on the Worldradio website:


Our thanks to CQ Publications for helping us get the word out about
accessible technology.  

For Handiham World, I'm...

Patrick Tice


International Living with a Star (ILWS) meeting ponders solar WX prediction


16 July 2010: At the International Living with a Star (ILWS) meeting in
Bremen, Germany, representatives from more than 25 of the world's most
technologically-advanced nations have gathered to hear what scientists
studying in the field have to say.

"The problem is solar storms-figuring out how to predict them and stay safe
from their effects," says ILWS Chairperson Lika Guhathakurta of NASA
headquarters. "We need to make progress on this before the next solar
maximum arrives around 2013."

Read more on the NASA Science News website:


QSL cards

Since it is strictly "slow news" for ham radio this time of year, how about
telling us about some favorite QSL cards you have either sent or received
over the years?  A photo or scan would be helpful, if you have one.


This old card is from W0MGI, Marv Mahre, who is a member of my radio club,
SARA, the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association.  Marv ran a printing
business for many years, and produced beautiful QSL cards. Retired now, he
enjoys radio club nets, and is often heard on the "top band", 160 meters, on
1.902 MHz.  What I like about this card is that it is not a cookie cutter
style;  it has a cartoon drawing of Marv pounding a J-38 Morse code key with
his clenched fist, a big smile on his face. He also tells us about his
interest in railroading and calls himself a "Railfan", a railroad hobbyist.
Why not use your QSL card to convey some interesting information aside from
the details of a contact on the air? That's what makes Marv's card

So what do you have?  Send it to wa0tda@xxxxxxxx with your comments. 



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Joe, KA9OPL, writes about his TS-480 audio tutorials:

When you have time, check out my tutorial (3 parts) at:

73, Joe, KA9OPL

John, K7VE, writes about the Wouxun radio review in Worldradio:

Nice review in WorldRadio -- you may not be aware or just failed to mention,
the KG-UVD1P also can be purchased in a 144/222 version. It is dual band,
but there is a choice between 144/440 and 144/220 -- I own the 144/220
version and use it for local repeaters and it performs very well. The 222
capable version can be purchased at a couple of places including
www.wouxun.us (no affiliation other than purchasing my radio from this

John D. Hays Amateur Radio Station K7VE  <http://k7ve.org> 


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Old spark gap transmitters explained

In this video, now silent key Bruce Kelly, W2ICE, explains how spark gap
transmitters work in the Antique Wireless Association museum. We think they
really mean it when those signs say "high voltage" and "danger". The audio
is self-explanatory, so if you are blind you can still enjoy the 4 minute



This week @ HQ

*       Pat, WA0TDA, says: I will be at Camp Courage HANDIHAM HQ on
Thursday, July 22 working on station infrastructure as we continue our
remote base project. I will be out of phone and email contact for most of
the day.
*       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

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

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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.

.         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

.         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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