This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Center Handiham System. 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: MP3 audio stream: http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u Download the 64 kbs 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! Raining on a parade lightning Now that Field Day is over, we can look forward to a relatively quiet time on the HF bands. Summer thunderstorms are making a lot of racket, and even the 6 m band may have already peaked for the summer season. June is typically a good month for 6 m, and some activity was still being heard early yesterday morning. Sometimes sporadic-E skip can help make the VHF bands exciting during the high summer months, but you have to be on the lookout. Ducting can occur and enhance long distance communications, even on 2 m repeaters. One way to check conditions is to set your radio to scan, especially in the early morning hours. You never know what you might hear! So let's get to the topic at hand. I'm sure you have heard the expression "raining on a parade". What it means is that someone has mostly negative or uncomplimentary things to say about someone else's idea or event. After all, no one enjoys going to a parade and then having a rainstorm come up so that everyone gets soaked and the parade is ruined, right? When someone disrupts an activity for someone else, whether by simply proselytizing against it and saying negative things or by actually getting in the way of that activity, that is "raining on the parade." I was tuning the HF bands, listening for potential contacts, as were many other people during last weekend's Field Day event. While my interest lies mainly in the social aspects of the contest rather than the point score, I do still enjoy listening around the bands to find out who is making contacts and what the HF propagation conditions are like. I ran across an unfortunate QSO -- if you can even call it that -- around 14.270 MHz. There seemed to be some kind of argument or perhaps even a monologue going on about one guy suing another guy, and then there was a CQ for a "no contest contest", during which the caller went on and on without much listening time and sparse identification. It didn't take long to figure out that he hated Field Day and was not shy about letting everyone else know his opinion. Of course anyone is entitled to an opinion and the regulations say that you only need to identify your station at the end of the series of transmissions and once every 10 minutes. While making domestic contacts, there is actually no requirement to identify your station right away. The thing I find disturbing is that it seems so confrontational to behave in this ungentlemanly manner. Field Day is a popular operating activity, and this really amounts to "raining on the parade". Why not just let people enjoy the contest during this one weekend out of the year and let it go at that? Or, if one really wanted to operate without competition from contesters, one could just as easily get on one of the bands that is not used in the contest. Most of the amateur radio operators one meets either in person or on the air are really friendly, but a single loudmouth can give our service a bad name. My advice? Ignore the loudmouths and lead by giving good example yourself. Avoid the temptation to make a contact with anyone who seems primed for a verbal confrontation. Avoid giving them the satisfaction of knowing that they got your attention. This is pretty much the same thing we have been told by seasoned operators about how to deal with people who cause interference on repeaters or during scheduled nets. While it is seemingly passive to let someone blather on and simply ignore them, it is probably the most effective course of action because it does not lead to an escalation of the situation on the air. Of course willful violations of rules and regulations should be documented and reported to the governing authority, the FCC in our case, if the situation is ongoing and serious. Wise old Elmer says: * Always identify your transmissions. * Be polite while sharing the bands. * Welcome those who are new to operating, and be patient with them when they make mistakes. * Be thoughtful and kind to others. * Respect the fact that other operators may have different operating goals, and give them their time and space on the bands to pursue them. For Handiham World, I'm... Patrick Tice wa0tda@xxxxxxxx _____ Countdown: Old Technician Pool expires at end of the day June 30, 2010 Studying for license The old Technician Pool expires at end of the day June 30, 2010. It will be replaced with a new pool valid from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014. If you have been studying for your Technician license under the old pool, you have until the end of the day June 30 to take and pass the exam under the old question pool. After that, the new pool, with different questions, will be used to generate all Technician exams. The old Technician audio lectures have been removed from the Handiham site. Find an exam session in your area: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-am <http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session> ateur-radio-license-exam-sessi on _____ NASA RETIRES FIRST DATA RELAY SATELLITE AFTER STELLAR CAREER Tracking and Data Relay Satellite first generation (NASA) Image: TDRS-1 (Credit: NASA) WASHINGTON -- After a long and successful career providing communications support, NASA's groundbreaking Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 1 is retiring. On Sunday, June 27, NASA shut down the satellite that launched into orbit during space shuttle Challenger's maiden voyage (STS-6) in April 1983. From 1983 to 1998, TDRS-1 provided NASA with the ability to communicate with other satellites in orbit. NASA reassigned TDRS-1 in 1998 to support the National Science Foundation's (NSF) U.S. Antarctic Program and others on scientific, educational and operational endeavors. TDRS-1 worked with eight additional satellites to relay data and communications from more than 15 customers, including the NSF, the Hubble Space Telescope, the shuttle and the International Space Station. The TDRS system provides the capability not only to send commands and receive data, but also to navigate and talk with crews in orbit. "TDRS-1 paved the way for this incredible space communications system," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate. "The remaining TDRS satellites, and the new satellites that will be online within three years, will carry on these critical capabilities for many NASA missions, including science and human spaceflight." TDRS-1 was the first satellite used to support launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the early 1990s, returning real-time telemetry. It eliminated a dead zone over the Indian Ocean where there previously was no communication, providing full coverage for the space shuttle and low-Earth orbiting satellites. TDRS-1 proved helpful during a 1999 medical emergency at the NSF's Antarctic Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The satellite's high-speed Internet connectivity allowed personnel to conduct telemedicine conferences. Doctors in the United States aided Dr. Jerri Nelson, who had breast cancer, in performing a self-biopsy and administering chemotherapy. Later, in 2002, doctors used TDRS-1 to perform another telemedicine conference with the station to assist in knee surgery for a meteorologist. Because of its orbit, the satellite was able to link the North and South Poles and relayed the first pole-to-pole phone call. TDRS-1 also transmitted the first internet connection and live webcast from the North Pole and supported the first global television event from the South Pole Station - a worldwide television broadcast to commemorate the beginning of the year 2000. TDRS-1 was instrumental in supporting innovative astronomy and astrophysics research programs at the South Pole Station, including the one-of-a-kind IceCube Neutrino Observatory and the South Pole Radio Telescope. The satellite transmitted gigabytes of science research data to university researchers worldwide on a daily basis. The first six TDRS satellites were built by TRW Inc. (now Northrop Grumman Corp.). Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems also built three TDRS satellites. NASA plans to launch two additional satellites into the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System by 2013. On June 13, 2010, the satellite arrived at its final destination, approximately 22,500 miles above the Earth. After the orbit is stabilized and the remaining fuel removed, NASA shut down the satellite on Sunday, June 27. For more information about the TDRS system, visit: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/multi/tdrs.html For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. For more information on the NSF, visit: http://www.nsf.gov _____ Amateur Radio recognized in proclamation by Minnesota Governor Pawlenty <http://www.handiham.org/sites/default/files/images/2010_fd_pro.jpg> Amateur Radio Operator Recognition Days proclamation signed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty The proclamation reads: State of Minnesota Proclamation Whereas: during times of national, state and local emergency, amateur radio operators have provided communication resources at no cost to Minnesota taxpayers; and Whereas: Amateur radio clubs throughout Minnesota provide courses of instruction and assistance with elementary and high school programs about amateur radio. These efforts enhance student interest in science, geography, and physics, and provide an opportunity for students to become licensed amateur radio operators; and Whereas: Amateur radio operators trained in spotting and reporting severe weather assist the National Weather Service and the State of Minnesota through the SKYWARN program; and Whereas: Amateur radio organizations provide communications support for community and public service events; and Whereas: Amateur radio organizations, such as the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), are organized and trained to provide effective emergency communications support. Now, therefore, I, Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the days of June 26 and 27, 2010, as: Amateur Radio Operator Recognition Days In the state of Minnesota. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 23rd day of June in the year of our Lord 2010, and of the State the 152nd. The document is signed by Governor Pawlenty and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. _____ Out there Found by Dick Garey, WB0CAF: Add Universal Keyboard Shortcuts to Windows Media Player. WMP Keys is a global hot keys support add-on for Windows Media Player. This would be useful for anyone who doesn't want to use the mouse. It is an open-source project available from Sourceforge.net: http://wmpkeys.sourceforge.net/ Here is a short note about WMP Keys on the Fred's Head site: http://www.fredshead.info/2010/06/add-universal-keyboard-shortcuts-to.html One error in the Fred's Head article is that WMP Keys is attributed to Microsoft. In fact, it is open-source software and does not come from Microsoft's website. _____ Handiham Radio Club President meets Elvis http://handiham.org/images/kb3lla_elvis.jpg Photo: Elvis, right, plants a smooch on Ken, KB3LLA, left. Bill Rouch, N6HBO photo. Few of us get to meet someone as famous and distinguished as Handiham Radio Club President Ken Silberman, KB3LLA. In fact, Elvis was so impressed that he decided to plant a big kiss on Ken. In this photo, Ken is visiting the radio camp horse barn and Elvis (the horse, not the singer) took a fancy to Ken. We have all heard of politicians on the campaign trail kissing babies to garner votes, and guess what? Ken was elected! You've gotta do what you've gotta do. _____ Feedback cartoon dog barking at postal carrier Howard, KE7KNN, writes: Our Field Day was great! I met a dad & mom who have their children studying for their Technician. They found our Field Day site by just driving down the road and seeing the sign and all the activity at the site. The mom was feeling left out of ham radio, so she is now learning, too - being taught by her kids! Soon this will be an all-ham-radio family. _____ This week @ HQ * 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. 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 * Bob Zeida, N1BLF, has completed the July Worldradio audio digest for our blind members. The CQ audio digest will also be posted shortly. * We have finished reading the July, 2010 QST audio digest. Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, has completed the June 2010 Doctor column from QST for our blind members, but the July edition of the Doctor column will be delayed. Handiham members who use adapted audio can log in to members only for the digest. If you qualify for National Library Service audio books, you can get the entire issue of QST, once the issue is read and cataloged. * The new Technician pool is online at Handiham.org, as modified for Handiham use. Find it in the Manuals section. . Shipping address for Handihams: Our shipping address is different than our mailing address, though we can still get packages and mail at either address. The thing is, it is much, much easier if packages, such as equipment donations, are sent directly to our headquarters office. This is the same address where Radio Camp will be held. Camp Courage Handiham System 8046 83rd Street Northwest Maple Lake, MN 55358-2454 Please don't call the Camp Courage number to reach Handihams. The phone at the main Camp Courage office for all departments is (320) 963-3121. However, we do not always get phone messages left at that number in a timely manner, so if you wish to leave a phone message, be sure to call: Pat: 763-520-0511 Nancy: 763-520-0512 Nancy and I will get your calls or voicemails at those numbers no matter where we are working. 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! 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 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. 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Email us to subscribe: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Handiham members with disabilities can take an online audio course at <http://www.handiham.org/> 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 _____ 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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