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: 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! As we cruise into the final weeks of the year, we need to remind our readers & listeners that we survive only because of your generosity. Non-profit programs like Handihams look for a significant part of our support at year's end. I hope you will take a few minutes to find the return envelope in your Handiham World print edition and help us out with anything you can. If you don't have an envelope, you can call Nancy at 1-866-426-3442 to donate by credit card, or choose the donate online option at Courage Center's website. The instructions on how to designate your gift specifically to the Handiham program or donate by mail are at: <http://www.handiham.org/node/37> http://www.handiham.org/node/37 Thank you for your support! Ah, yes. Computers. We love them and we hate them. The ham shack computer is so full of promise; it can do logging, rig control, callsign lookup, digital modes, QSL cards, EchoLink, remote base operation, and then switch gears and become the family's web browser and email hub. It may even turn into a gaming console when it is not running the ham station. That's when everything is working, of course. As computer users, we have all experienced the frustration of a locked-up machine, an unresponsive application, or a blue screen of death or its equivalent. You Mac and Linux users out there have had similar problems, so don't sit there smirking! Today's topic is computers, mostly as related to ham radio, of course. We'll have a few of the usual weekly features as well. Patrick Tice, WA0TDA Handiham System Manager <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> wa0tda@xxxxxxxx _____ Multitasking - How much is okay? Description: Description: graphic of computer We have all heard the term "multitasking", which seems to be in the popular media spotlight these days. When you multitask, you supposedly do several things at once. Multitasking is supposed to save time and make you more efficient. This is not always the case, as has been often-noted when people who are supposed to be paying attention to a critical task like driving a car are also trying to put on lipstick, send a text message on a cell phone, or (for that matter) find a frequency on their amateur radio transceiver. The results can be disastrous! On the other hand, sometimes multitasking makes sense. When I am out taking a brisk walk in the park for my daily exercise, I can also take the dog along so that he gets his walk. In addition, I can take along an iPod and listen to the ARRL Audio News and Amateur Radio NEWSLINE. This kind of multitasking works well because the resources demanded for each task do not overlap too much. For example, I don't need to use a lot of brain power to put one foot in front of the other while taking a walk in the park. Instead, that brain power can be used to think about what I am hearing about amateur radio news on the iPod. Occasionally, the dog will need to stop and a small amount of brainpower will be redirected to that interruption. The important thing to remember about multitasking is that each task will require specific resources. Sometimes the resources needed for one task will be the same ones needed for a second task, so it will be necessary to use the resources first for task one then for task two, perhaps switching back and forth between the two different tasks as a way of sharing resources. Computers work the same way. In a single-processor computer, even though you may be performing multiple tasks, the processor is really only doing one thing at a time. Sharing the resource of processor power can be done by switching between tasks rapidly so that it seems as if the computer really is multitasking. Some computers have multiple core processors, which allows them to run parallel processes for true multitasking. What I am getting to with this talk about multitasking is that it is possible for us to ask too much of our personal computers. You may have found out (as I have) that some software programs simply don't play well with others. You may find yourself having to close one software program before you can use another one. Hardware resources in any single computer are limited as well. If you are using your personal computer for rig control, you are probably tying up a serial port. If you are using your computer for EchoLink operation, you are tying up soundcard resources. You may find it difficult to switch between EchoLink operation and voice dictation using the same soundcard. After using one sound-enabled application, you may find out that the level settings for the next sound application you want to use are completely off base, requiring you to make a trip to the Windows mixer to reset everything. If the ham shack computer is also the family computer, you may run into the problem of who gets to use the computer when you want to get on the air. The personal computer is really good at multitasking, but there may come a time when you have to decide to set up a dedicated ham shack machine. The advantages are many and include not having to draw straws to see who gets the computer during the big contest weekend, having only ham radio related software that you really need installed on the ham shack machine, and the ability to dedicate hardware settings and connections to ham radio rig control and VoIP applications like EchoLink. You can even set your web browser settings so that frequently used ham radio websites come up right away in tabs. There is also great advantage in returning to the ham shack, sitting down, and finding the computer in more or less the same state that you left it in the last time you used it. Yes, you are still asking the ham shack computer to be a multitasker of sorts but instead of having to do everything that the entire family might demand of it, your ham shack computer can now do targeted multitasking related to amateur radio use and applications. With the price of personal computers falling, it seems reasonable to go the route of a dedicated computer for your ham radio hobby. "That is all well and good", you say, "but even my ham shack computer doesn't seem to have enough hardware resources like soundcard inputs to handle all of the different amateur radio applications." Ah, yes. That is a common complaint. These days it is not unusual for the ham shack computer to be used in digital modes operation, EchoLink, and remote base operation using Skype. How are all of these sound applications supposed to work on a single machine? One solution is to add USB sound devices. Each USB sound device functions independently from the computer's internal sound card circuitry. For example, if you use the computer's existing soundcard for PSK-31 operation, you may find it more convenient to have a USB headset microphone for use with EchoLink. Since each functions independently, the mixer settings should remain at their proper settings once set up for each application. You can buy USB headsets for as little as $30 on sale, and you can get a pretty good one any time for under $60. The time saved in not having to fiddle around with mixer settings or plug and unplug cables into the soundcard every time you change modes of operation on your ham shack computer is well worth the small expense and effort to get a USB headset installed. Incidentally, if you have a need for a second USB sound system, whether it is a desk microphone, a webcam with USB microphone, or a second USB headset, you can generally simply plug it in to a second USB port and set it up for still another application. This would enable you to have separate sound systems for PSK-31, EchoLink, and Skype. If you are going to ask the computer to multitask on sound operations, this is a great way to cut down on potential conflicts and save yourself a lot of time and grief. Before we leave the subject of multitasking, I want to share a tip for our readers and listeners who drive a car and operate a mobile ham radio station. All I have in my car is a 2 m mobile rig, but it has a huge potential to distract me from my main task, which should be paying attention to my driving. I find that I can talk on the radio all right while driving and of course everyone understands if you tell them that you need to pay attention to your driving while at a busy intersection or if traffic and weather conditions are deteriorating. The main distraction with mobile operation involves changing channels on the 2 m radio and taking your eyes off the road. I have solved this problem by setting up the radio's memory channels so that I can navigate through them without taking my eyes off the road. One trick familiar to many blind Handiham members who can operate just about any 2 m radio with memories is to set up the local National Weather Service in channel space one. Since the National Weather Service is always on the air, you can just twist the memory channel knob until you find their broadcast and then click the tuning knob clockwise or counterclockwise a given number of clicks, counting clicks to the channel you want to use. Even if there is nothing on that repeater channel, by counting clicks from the known National Weather Service channel you now are assured that you are on the correct repeater. Another thing I figured out was to set up repeaters in memory slots that track logically by geography. For example, I start with my local repeater, then I travel west on the interstate and soon find that I need to switch to a second repeater and then finally a third repeater as I continue going west. On my radio, the local repeater can be found before I even leave the driveway. After that, I have the radio set up so that one counterclockwise click of the memory channel knob takes me to the next repeater to the west. Another counterclockwise click takes me to the third repeater, again as I proceed in a westbound direction. On the return trip I reversed the process and my memory channel clicks take me clockwise as I drive to the east. Sometimes these simple solutions in setting up our radios can minimize dangerous multitasking while driving. I don't want to say that multitasking is always good or always bad. We all multitask to some extent, and we ask our ham shack computers to do it all the time. The trick is to think things through and plan to set up your station and your equipment so that multitasking works for you! _____ The always-on vs. turn-it-off question revisited Description: Description: Cartoon woman with computer About once a year I revisit the perennial question of whether it is better to leave the ham shack computer on all the time, 24/7, or to dutifully turn the machine off after you are through using it. Many of you opt for a compromise, which is to leave the computer running during the day if you plan to use it several times, then shutting it down in the evening following its last use. For some of you, the ham shack computer also runs your screen access software, such as JAWS, Window-Eyes, or Zoomtext, and you find it most convenient to leave it running all day long. So what's best? Does shutting the computer down actually cause more wear and tear on it than just leaving it up and running? What about energy use? Will you have a huge electric bill if you let your computer run? The reason we revisit this question is that technology changes, and sometimes the question isn't answered the same way it had been the previous year. For one thing, Windows 7 has gained some market share, and it handles automatic power saving settings pretty well. Remote base and EchoLink operation may be expedited by leaving a machine on all the time - a necessity if you are hosting an EchoLink node or remote base station yourself. New computers are energy-efficient, and flat panel displays cost less to operate. (The energy consumption is about 1/3 to 1/2 with the LCD screen.) Even if you leave a computer running, the power settings can be adjusted to allow the monitor to turn off unless the computer is actually being used, for considerable savings. It may be acceptable to turn off hard drives during periods of inactivity for further energy savings. This allows the computer to still be awakened in case it is called into use by a ham radio application. As you might expect, our Handiham remote base station computers run all the time. The monitors don't even need to be turned on, since the machines in each location can be accessed remotely. Reliability has been excellent at both stations, with virtually no down time caused by any kind of computer failure. A simple home amateur station installation doesn't need a computer to be available every hour of the day and night. While reliability probably won't be affected much one way or the other, you can probably turn your computer off (or hibernate it) when you are not in the ham shack. The easiest way to manage things is to set the power settings to "power saver" in Windows 7 or whatever is the equivalent for your computer and operating system. This will allow the ham shack computer to put itself into an energy-saving state on its own, but to still be readily available should you sit down at the operating position and need to control the radio or do some logging. So in my own ham shack, sometimes the computers stay on for days or even weeks, and other times I go ahead and shut them down. One important thing to track is the process of updates to the computer's operating system or added software. Some of these updates will require the machine to be shut down to complete the installation. If you never shut down, you may collect a lot of updates that will need to be done! So shut the shack computer down at least once in a while, but don't worry too much if you forget and leave it running. The hard drive will do just fine, and it won't use much energy as long as you have set up the power settings correctly. _____ Letters Description: Description: FT-718 rig Howard, KE7KNN, writes: HO, HO, HO. It is that time of year again when we think about others - family & friends, and of course all the members and staff at Handihams. This year has seen its ups and downs, but overall we move forward and collect new hams and Handiham campers along the way. Teaching and then hearing our new hams on the air is really great. And we are all teachers in ham radio. Not many people can say that! I hope Santa brings you good health and many other good things in your life. Thank you to all of you Handihams out there - Without you, life would be boring. You bring a lot of fun to my day. Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our best to all, Howard & Arlene, KE7KNN & KE7KNM _____ Connecting with EchoLink Description: Description: EchoLink screenshot You have heard of the popular amateur radio computer application called EchoLink, but you may have had reservations about actually trying it yourself. A lot has changed since the early days of EchoLink-like applications, and you might want to give EchoLink another look. One of the things that has changed is the registration process. When you first download and install EchoLink, you're going to have to verify that you are actually a licensed amateur radio operator. This is slightly more difficult than it used to be, but it is actually a good thing because the volunteers who run the EchoLink system run a tight ship and do an excellent job of keeping the EchoLink service clear of imposters. You will need a copy of your original license that can be sent electronically to the EchoLink people for verification. This verification process is called "validation" and it isn't that difficult at all. Special step-by-step instructions are provided on the EchoLink validation web page. Even before you get validated, you will want to download and install the EchoLink software directly from www.EchoLink.org. The EchoLink website is very easy to navigate and the instructions in every section are clearly-written. Most people will not have a problem with finding the EchoLink website, downloading the software, installation, and validation. By now, most computer users are very familiar with the process of downloading and installing software. I do recall talking to one person recently who was having trouble with validation because he had lost his original amateur radio license and had to order a copy from the FCC, but he didn't know his FCC password either. I recommend that the very first thing you do as a new year resolution for 2011 is to start your own FCC file folder and keep all of your pertinent FCC information in it so that you can find your password and your original license should you need it. Now you have gotten through the validation process and can log on to EchoLink for the first time. You will want to find the EchoLink test server in the station list and then connect to it to test your audio settings. Use the search function in EchoLink to search for "ECHOTEST". If you are a blind user, you will want to learn keyboard shortcuts. To use the search function, for example, you will use the CTRL-F keyboard command to open the find dialog. Simply type in ECHOTEST and press the enter key. You may have to do this several times to be sure you find the EchoLink test server itself and not just other stations connected to it. A wonderful resource to know about is the list of keyboard commands available on the Handiham website: <http://www.handiham.org/node/286> http://www.handiham.org/node/286 If you are blind and using a screen reader to navigate, you will want to spend some time at this point just learning your way around the EchoLink application. If you can see and use the mouse, you will still want to explore what is available in the EchoLink application. While we can't go into details about features, EchoLink will allow you to connect to stations all around the world and to repeater systems just about anywhere. It will definitely broaden your scope of operation without regard to sunspot activity and changing conditions on the HF bands. Once you make a connection with the EchoLink test server, you can use the space bar at the bottom of your keyboard to toggle transmit. You don't need to hold the bar down; just press and release it. You can then make a test transmission, such as "testing, one, two, three" and toggle the space bar once again. Listen to hear your test message come back to you. If you can hear it clearly, you are ready to start using EchoLink. If you cannot connect to the test server and instead get a timeout, then you need to check for firewall settings. The EchoLink website has excellent help files to guide you through this process. Although plenty of people have asked us for help, it really is something that needs to be figured out right at your own computer, not something that someone on the phone can do for you. The reason for this is that every computer firewall and home router is different. The EchoLink site offers very good resources for troubleshooting your way through firewall issues. If you have an iPod Touch or iPhone, you can download the free EchoLink application from the iTunes store. This application works immediately without any firewall issues at all through a system called "relay". We have had a number of people checking into the Handiham net from iPods and iPhones. Most iPod Touch models and iPhones are equipped with the built in screen access software "VoiceoverR", and are very blind-friendly. They provide an excellent way to take amateur radio along with you even in places where a handheld radio is inconvenient or won't work at all. There is also an EchoLink application for the new Android smart phones. It will also work on the Apple iPad. As annoying as firewall issues can be, you can also run into some initial problems setting up sound. As we have discussed before, sometimes a USB headset with boom microphone is the best answer for VoIP applications like EchoLink. If you are a computer user, you will need to be familiar with how to access and set recording mixer settings. This is not considered an "expert" user task and is something that most home users will probably encounter sooner or later as something that needs to be set up on their computers, so you might as well learn how to do it. As with the firewalls, each computer is set up differently. This means that you are going to have to roll up your sleeves and learn how to do this basic task on your own computer. I consider it part of the challenge and fun of a technical hobby like amateur radio to learn these kinds of things. Once you learn how to do it yourself, then you have learned a skill that you can use later on for other sound-enabled applications. However, if you want to go the easy route, the iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone EchoLink application will pretty much work as soon as you install it and you won't have to worry about sound settings any more than you had to worry about firewall settings. I use an iPod myself for some of our Handiham net activity and find it easy and very convenient. Frankly, it is one of the easiest ways you can imagine to get on EchoLink! Of course you can also connect to EchoLink through an EchoLink-enabled repeater system in your area. Someone in your radio club or on the repeater will be able to tell you how to gain access. The usual way is to simply enter the node number of the desired station, but repeaters can be set up in different ways. It helps to have someone in your radio club work with you the first couple of times to use the EchoLink-enabled club repeater. I hope you will give EchoLink another try. Yes, it can be a little bit difficult to set up your firewall at first, but once you get everything going, you will enjoy EchoLink immensely and find it to be useful any time of the day or night and during any season, regardless of band conditions. _____ A dip in the pool Description: Description: cartoon of man and woman driving a car Today's dip into the question pool takes us to the new General Class question pool that will be effective July 1, 2011. Question G4E07 asks us: Which of the following is the most likely to cause interfering signals to be heard in the receiver of an HF mobile installation in a recent model vehicle? The possible answers are: A. The battery charging system B. The anti-lock braking system C. The anti-theft circuitry D. The vehicle control computer So what you think? Some of you old-timers might jump right to answer "A", The battery charging system, as you think about alternator noise. Well, that would've been true years ago, but the correct answer today is "D", The vehicle control computer. Since this week's podcast newsletter is about computers, that might've been a clue. In any case, those of us who work with computers quite a bit know that they can be notorious RF generators, and all of that RF can cause problems with amateur radio receivers. To my knowledge, this is the first time that a question like this has appeared in the question pool, and it shows that the question pool committee is aware of current issues caused by some of these new technologies operating side-by-side with amateur radio equipment. _____ Handiham Radio Club Notes Ken, KB3LLA, has consolidated the Handiham Radio Club email reflector list. We originally had two lists, and pared it down, deciding on a single list. Thanks, Ken! If you are a Handiham member, please let us know if you are also interested in joining the Handiham Radio Club. It's free, and we hope to get more activities going on in 2011. Since the Handiham Radio Club is affiliated with ARRL, we would really appreciate it if you would also join ARRL and support our voice for amateur radio. We can consider new ways to meet, now that we have broadband internet access available to so many members. What do you think? Webinar? Skype conference? Send your ideas to wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx _____ Daisy News DAISY, which stands for Digital Accessible Information System, is a standard based on the computer document language XML, and is a means of creating digital talking books that can be easily searched like a text document but can still be listened to like a cassette audio book. Last week I wrote a short article on the subject that I call "DAISY 101". You might find it useful, and if you are a DAISY user yourself, I would appreciate hearing from you after you read the article. You will find the DAISY book version of the article ready for download in zip file format here: <http://handiham.org/local/daisy/daisy101.zip> http://handiham.org/local/daisy/daisy101.zip This week, I have completed two DAISY versions of the new General Class Question Pool that will be valid beginning on July 1, 2011. There are also two text versions, the original, and a modified version by George LaValle, N0SBU, who has removed all of the incorrect answers to facilitate use of the text file as a study aid. Here are some helpful links to the new General Pool. Remember, these pool questions are not in use for examinations until July 1, 2011. The current General Class Question Pool from the NCVEC <http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=350> The General Pool effective 1 July 2011 through 30 June 2015 is now available from Handihams in four formats: * The original version in plain text with all answers. <http://handiham.org/manuals/Pools/general/general_2011-2015/general_2011_20 15.txt> * The modified version with only the correct answers given. <http://handiham.org/manuals/Pools/general/general_2011-2015/general_2011_20 15_only_right_answers.txt> * The original version in DAISY book format. <http://handiham.org/manuals/Pools/general/general_2011-2015/general%20pool% 202011-2015%20Daisy.zip> * The modified version with only the correct answer given in DAISY book format. <http://handiham.org/manuals/Pools/general/general_2011-2015/2011%20General% 20Pool%20Only%20Right%20Answers%20Daisy.zip> Suggestions and corrections may be sent to wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx _____ Remote base progress report: 22 December 2010 Description: Description: Kenwood TS-570 In spite of the extreme cold and snow here in Minnesota, both stations are functional. Report problems to wa0tda@xxxxxxxxx There was a major worldwide SKYPE outage this morning, 22 December. Read more on the BBC website: "Skype apologises for losing half of daily call traffic": <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12064394> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12064394 Lyle, K0LR, and I were in a Skype call this morning when the system crashed. We thought it odd that Skype would quit for both of us at the same time, showing a message that it had encountered a problem and needed to restart. Don, W0JBX, was NCS for PICONET this morning via the remote base and was able to complete the net without a problem, so the Skype issue did not affect all users. However, we are monitoring the situation. 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 * The Handiham office will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Monday, December 27. Next week we are open Tuesday through Thursday with limited services. We will still release the Audio email unless we notify you otherwise. * Handiham nets continue as scheduled during the holidays. If there is no net control, enjoy an informal roundtable session. Don't drop your radio into the eggnog. * Worldradio digest audio for January 2011 has been completed by Bob Zeida, N1BLF, and is available to our blind members. * QST digest audio for January 2011 has been completed by Pat Tice and Ken Padgitt, and is available to our blind members. * Don't put it off! General Class students had better study faster. The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has completed the new General Class pool, which will be effective on 1 July 2011. We have heard that the pool questions are more difficult, and there are more total questions in the new pool. Our advice to those of you who have been dragging your feet about getting your General Class upgrade is to get busy right now and pass that General! If you wait too long, you will have to go through the new pool and take a harder exam. * 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 changes 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: 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: 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.