This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Center Handiham System <http://handiham.org> . Please do not reply to this message. Use the contact information at the end, or simply email handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx You can also listen to the content online: Listen to an MP3 audio stream: <http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u> http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u Download the MP3 audio to your portable player: http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.mp3 Get this issue as an audio podcast: http://feeds.feedburner.com/handiham _____ Welcome to Handiham World! Check out our YouTube video of the new station and office space at Camp Courage. It's sure not a professional video, since I made it with a hand-held Sony camera designed primarily for still photos, but it does capture standard definition video with sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3i3rYoLvgY _____ Well, as we have been reporting, the Handiham headquarters station and offices are moving to Camp Courage. Most of the move has been completed, and now we begin the process of getting things organized. Most of our contact information remains the same. The Handiham.org website will be maintained and will have the latest news. Thursday, October 15 was the "official" moving day, but as anyone who has ever moved an office or household knows, the movers get the boxes and furniture off the truck and into the new space, and then they leave and there you are with the feeling that the real work is about to begin. And so it is: You have to get things situated, and with a ham station that means you have to plan for antennas and power. Fortunately, we already had a station and antenna in place at Camp Courage, and even though it is really not up to the standards we would like, it is a functional installation. When I arrived to meet the movers, I determined that the station would stay in its current location, near some windows with good lighting and proximity to antenna cabling and power outlets. The antenna is a GAP vertical, and the station transceiver already in place was an old Kenwood TS-430. I quickly decided that a rig without a built-in voice module for our blind users was simply not acceptable. I unpacked and installed a Kenwood TS-570SAT and a Kenwood power supply in short order and situated it on a desktop immediately to the right of our station cabinet, one that is similar to those at Courage St. Croix and Courage North. The TS-570SAT tuned the GAP vertical immediately on 75 meters, which was quite a relief - after all, it was raining and around 45 degrees outside, and I didn't feel like stringing up another antenna! My first contact from W0ZSW at Camp Courage was with Lyle Koehler, K0LR, who was net control for the popular regional net called "PICONET". The net meets mornings and afternoons on 3.925 MHz, and has a long history of collaboration with the Handiham System. Lyle, you may recall, is our volunteer engineer in charge of the remote base station at Courage North. Lyle might have been just a little generous in reporting an S-9 signal from W0ZSW, but at least we are able to get out on the GAP, so the station is usable. There is no VHF/UHF antenna at Camp Courage, so that is definitely something that needs work. Our location at the Camp Courage Reception Center is a good one, because there is already a TV antenna mast on the building, and we could probably get an antenna on that mast without too much trouble. In the meantime, I was able to check in to the daily EchoLink net using a computer. Since Camp Courage is located about 40 miles west of the Twin Cities, the VHF/UHF situation is completely different than it was for us in the metro area. There is also a working tribander for 20, 15, and 10 meters on a 50 foot tower. The rotor and coax leads are terminated in a different (but nearby) building. This means that a second station can easily be set up in that second building during radio camp, and it would likely not interfere with operations on the main station in the headquarters office. Boxes are stacked on the floor and there's a lot to do. Bear with us while we whittle this job down bit by bit. In the meantime, we will keep up our Wednesday e-letter, tape production, and Friday audio lectures as usual. Questions may be directed to Handiham Manager Patrick Tice, WA0TDA, anytime at <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx For Handiham World, I'm... Patrick Tice, wa0tda@xxxxxxxx Handiham Manager _____ FCC holds daylong staff workshop on broadband access for people with disabilities <http://www.handiham.org/node/135> FCC Washington, D.C. -- The Federal Communications Commission will hold a daylong staff workshop to further address broadband accessibility for people with disabilities as part of the development of a National Broadband Plan. The workshop will discuss accessibility and affordability barriers faced by people with disabilities, opportunities that broadband can present people with disabilities and policy recommendations to address these barriers and maximize opportunities. See agendas below for participants. TIME: Tuesday, October 20, 9:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET LOCATION: FCC Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th St. SW, Washington D.C. 20554. Those attending are asked to register in advance at http://www.broadband.gov/ws_accessibility_disabilities.html. ONLINE: Press and public attending online must register in advance at http://www.broadband.gov/ws_accessibility_disabilities.html. During the workshops, audience members -- both in the room and online -- will have the opportunity to suggest questions in writing. Questions will be reviewed and, time permitting, may be asked by the moderator. (FCC) _____ Letters Dear Handihams, For about the past 6 weeks or so, I have been spearheading something that has now been named the Cross-country Blind Ops net. The net meets every Sunday evening at 7:00 pm Minnesota time, 00:00 GMT on or near 7217 KHz lower sideband on the 40 meter band. We have had check-ins from many blind hams across the country, and many of my Michigan ham friends have joined in the fun as well. Tonight, despite some really flaky band conditions, we had another neat surprise. Scott, from New Zealand, checked into the net via the Handiham remote base station at Lake George, MN. He was very readable for me here in Colorado. I just thought you might want to know about the net, and I also wanted to let you know we heard from Scott via the remote station. When the time change occurs on November 1, we'll have to adjust the ZULU time to 01:00 GMT Monday morning, so you might want to make a note of that too. The local time will remain the same, 7:00 pm United States Central Time. (8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific) 73, Tom Behler, KB8TYJ, Louisville, CO Thanks, Tom! To recap, here is the net information: * What: Cross-Country Blind Hams Net * Where: 7.217 MHz LSB * When: Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Time _____ This week at Headquarters: <http://www.handiham.org/node/476> We are on Twitter! <http://www.handiham.org/sites/default/files/images/ham_mobile.jpg> We are on Twitter! Look for us on Twitter by searching for "handiham". We invite you to follow us. Handiham web page posts are now "tweeted" automatically! . In Operating Skills: o Volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, reads the November "Doctor is in" column from QST for our blind members. o <http://handiham.org/user> Login to the member section of the Handiham website and find the magazine digests in the Library. . I have fixed a whole bunch of broken audio links on the website, especially in the operating skills section. One of the things I have fixed is the audio lecture by now silent key AB7HW on using EchoLink with JAWS. And that reminds me: If you have an EchoLink problem, the place to go for help is <http://www.echolink.org> www.echolink.org. Sure, you can pick up the phone and dial us, but all you're going to get for your trouble is a bit of sympathy, since we can't solve your EchoLink problems, most of which are caused by firewall settings specific to your installation. When you call us, you are going to be directed to the EchoLink website anyway, so you might as well just go there in the first place, roll up your sleeves, and get to work reading and researching the EchoLink system. Many computer programs are self-installing and use port 80 to communicate over the internet, the same as your web browser. EchoLink is different; it needs specific ports opened and forwarded in your home router. It needs your computer's audio settings to be adjusted for the proper levels. It needs more detailed information about you and your ham license before it can even log you on to one of the worldwide EchoLink servers. We have heard complaints from hams who expect the EchoLink service to provide a help desk phone line. When they find out there is no way to call for EchoLink help, they call us instead. That, as I said, is pretty much not going to work. There is a reason they don't take phone calls at EchoLink, and that is that they have already put all of the necessary information on www.echolink.org, neatly organized into logical categories. If they took phone calls, they would need a paid staff. The EchoLink volunteers already have plenty of work to do without talking on the phone to someone who has not bothered to read through the information already available to them. Like a good luncheon buffet, you can go right to the support pages and "help yourself, so go ahead and dig in: http://www.echolink.org/support.htm . Our Contact information is the same: Courage Center Handiham System 3915 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, MN 55422 763-520-0512 (Nancy) 763-520-0511 (Pat) hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . Tentative MN Radio Camp dates for 2010, Camp Courage: Arrive Friday, May 21 Class days: Sa, Su, M, Tu, W VE Exam Day: Th Depart Friday, May 28 . VOLLI is now in service. It stands for VOLunteer Log In, and is a way for our Handiham volunteers to register and then enter their volunteer hours without having to fool around with paper records. We encourage volunteers to create a username and password, then submit their hours spent recording audio, doing club presentations for us, and so on. Volunteer hours are important, because United Way funding depends in part on volunteer hours. If you are a volunteer and need a link to VOLLI, please email me at wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx Our special thanks to my son Will, KC0LJL, who wrote the Java code for VOLLI. He is studying in Tokyo this semester and sends a big "hello" to our readers and listeners. . The Friday audio lectures return this week. There will be new lectures posted by early afternoon on Friday, and a notification will be sent by email. . The Remote Base at Courage North is in service. Please feel free to use this wonderful member resource. . Remote Base users who try the built-in IRB sound feature instead of SKYPE are encouraged to send us reports on how the audio worked. . Bob Zeida, N1BLF, has recorded audio of the October Worldradio and CQ digests, so check out the audio page. The Friday notification email will have a link. If you are a member and are not getting the Friday audio lectures notification, let us know and we will get you on the list. . Our new volunteer reader for QST is Michael Gregg, KA5EXI. Michael is now working on the November issue, and I think you will agree that he does a great job with nice, clear diction and good technical quality. As always, check the audio page for the latest updates. I will note on the audio page when November digest audio is available for our blind members. . 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. _____ Elsewhere: computer Computer resource " <http://webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/> Web Anywhere" is a free web-based screenreader brought to my attention by Dick Garey, WA0CAF. WebAnywhere is a web-based open-source screen reader for the web. It requires no special software to be installed on the client machine and, therefore, enables blind people to access the web from any computer they happen to have access to that has a sound card. It's completely FREE to use! You can get either the original release or a newer, updated version (which we recommend) at the University of Washington Web Anywhere project site: http://webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/ You can also watch (or listen) to a video description of Web Anywhere on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfjD06aOxts _____ Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net happy guy with headset Wednesday evenings the Handiham EchoLink net will be on the air. Please join us and check in or simply listen in, as you see fit: When: Wednesday evenings at 19:30 hours Minnesota time (7:30 PM) GMT: Thursday morning at 00:30 Z Where: 145.450 MHz N0BVE repeater (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Node 89680 (EchoLink worldwide) IRLP node 9008 (Vancouver BC reflector) WIRES system number 1427 Everyone is welcome. You do not need to be a member, and the net is relaxed, friendly, and informal. By the way, our Net Manager Howard, KE7KNN, reminds us that we need net control stations for the Wednesday evening net and for the Monday through Saturday morning net. If you are in the Twin Cities, all you need is a radio that can get on the 145.45 N0BVE repeater, and if you live outside the RF area, you can still be net control via EchoLink, IRLP, or WIRES. _____ Reminder: Handiham renewals are now 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. . 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 Nancy at: 1-866-426-3442 or email: <mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 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. Free! 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: <mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 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 Handi-ham System Reach me by email at: <mailto:patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . Nancy, Handiham Secretary: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . Pat, WA0TDA, Manager, patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . Radio Camp email: radiocamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ARRL </p /> <p>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. . By wa0tda at 10/19/2009 - 16:01 . Add new <http://www.handiham.org/comment/reply/588#comment-form> comment . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/588> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/588> to friend _____ 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.