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*Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for
the week of Wednesday, December 13, 2017*
This is a free weekly news & information update from the Courage Kenny
Handiham Program <https://handiham.org>, serving people with disabilities
in Amateur Radio since 1967.
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*Welcome to Handiham World.*
*In this edition: *
*A note from the coordinator*
* Snap Circuits Review*
* Ham Radio In the News*
* Win Some Handiham History Loot *
* Benton County ARES Reaches Out*
*Check into our nets!*
*A note from the coordinator...*
The kits that Ken, KB3LLA, sent links to last week generated several emails
back to the program. It seems there will be some children and adults
playing with STEM projects this Christmas! It is always gratifying to see
people interested in learning and testing their skills in science,
technology, math, and engineering.
In the Handiham Program office, we are preparing for the holiday break. If
you need anything before the end of the year, you will want to contact us
soon. The office will be closed from Friday, December 22 through Tuesday,
January 2. During this time, the website will be intermittently out of
service. If you need any lectures to work on over the holiday break, please
be sure to download them soon! Don’t forget that if you currently use old
links to access content on the website, they will no longer work after the
new website is rolled out. You will only be able to access them by logging
in with your username and password. If you need to update anything like
your contact information, call sign, license class, membership, or members
only log-in information, you can email Nancy at Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx.
Answer the Handiham History trivia question correctly to be eligible to win
this week’s prize! Only a few people responded with the correct answer
again last week, so your odds of winning remain good if you answer the
question! Winners will need to respond, confirming their contact
information before we send out your prize. Please note: only current
Handiham Members are eligible to win.
In the E-Letter this week, there is a review of the Snap Circuits kit from
last week by Bill, K9BV, some links to amateur radio in the news, and an
article about a special surprise for one Handiham member who has been
working particularly hard over the past several months.
Do you have a story to share about assistive technology or ham radio
related activities? Please send your articles and stories via email to
Lucinda.Moody@xxxxxxxxxx or by calling me at 612-775-2290.
* Snap Circuits Review from K9BV *
[image: accessible snap circuit kit with all parts labeled]
The Snap Circuits Jr. kit works VERY well. I put together the first four
projects, and my wife also did one “all by herself!”
My “likes” include: the plastic breadboard matrix identifying module
physical placement with a letter and number system for rows and
columns—teaches graphing; and very clear explanations, excellent general
design and organization—following directions.
My “dislikes” are a few of their statements like:
1) Elenco NOT responsible for parts damaged due to incorrect wiring.
Couldn’t the design have modules which are “fail safe” and would merely not
work instead of getting damaged?
2) Adults should choose which projects are SAFE for their child. I guess
ANY child toy requires such statements, giving credit to our litigious
3) Snap Circuit Jr. is ONLY for adults and children who can follow
directions and heed warnings! Apparently, one cannot just “turn a kid
loose” with this kit.
THEREFORE, it looks best to do the first few projects with the child and
then ask the child to do other further projects without the batteries, then
ask the parent to check the circuit BEFORE the 2 AA batteries are installed
for testing circuit function.
OTHERWISE, kids will be too tempted to push buttons or flick switches on
their own before “final inspection” by a responsible adult, possibly
burning out vital modules.
IF properly presented as “the adult thing to do” is to have work checked
“just like adults have project monitors or final inspections,” then the
child is unlikely to complain about the near constant supervision.
There ARE very detailed procedures included on how to test modules to see
if they are ok or burned out before purchasing replacements—a good
feature—so, how big of a problem is the possible damage to modules?
Only time will tell how necessary all these precautions are.
* Ham Radio in the News*
Here are two articles about amateur radio involvement in the response to
the Southern California wildfires.
* Win Some Handiham History Loot *
Here is your chance to own a piece of Handiham Program history! This week,
we are offering a 40th Anniversary Handiham hat. These hats were originally
offered in 2007 as part of the celebration of forty years of the Handiham
Program. If you want a chance to win this hat, make sure your membership is
current and answer the following question:
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* In what city did the Handiham Program start? (Hint: Check out past
E-Letters from 2017 if you are not sure of the answers to these questions.)
You can send your answer via email to Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx or call
612-775-2291. Make sure to include your name, call sign, license class, and
current contact information. We will pick the winner on Tuesday, December
* The Benton County, Missouri Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group Reaches
Out to Help a Ham in Need! *
by: Samantha Henley, KE0LMY and Renee Cason, KE0LMZ
[image: Kelly Stanfield checking out her new Kenwood 590]
It is a great honor to be part of something as special as a group working
together toward a common goal. Two of our members, Jim McNally, KA0DXU, and
Rick Wade, KD0CNC, spearheaded a super-secret plan to do something very
special for a talented, warm, and outgoing amateur radio operator in our
Miss Kelly Stanfield (previously, KD0IWM, now, W0YQG) is a visually
impaired ham who came to the Benton County, Missouri ARES (BC ARES) group
in August 2017. She has attended every meeting, contributed ideas,
participated in weekly nets, visited Rick’s EmComm trailer during Warsaw,
Missouri Pioneer Heritage Days in October, attained her General Class and
then Extra Class licenses within a span of two months, and inspired all of
us to strive to be the best we can be every time we interact with her. She
does not allow her disability to be a hindrance. She is open to trying new
things, meeting new people, and enjoying life to the fullest.
When Jim and Rick heard that she had obtained her General Class license,
they wanted to give her the ability to speak with people all over the
world. They worked with members of the BC ARES to raise the funds needed to
purchase a Kenwood TS-590S HF radio with a VGS-1 voice synthesizer board
and a Powerwerx 30 Amp power supply. An 80-10 meter dipole antenna with a
Comtec 4:1 current balun, 140 FT of coax, insulators, wire, and PL-259
connectors will be installed outside Kelly’s home. Kelly’s uncles, Joe,
Lee, and Roger Krout purchased a flight case for Kelly to store and
transport her new radio easily.
In order for a sightless person to operate a complex radio like this, the
radio must ‘speak’ when settings change. The Kenwood has this ability with
the speech synthesizer board installed. Rick ordered and paid for the VGS-1
voice synthesizer board and Jim installed and tested the feature that will
allow the radio to verbalize and interact with Miss Stanfield. During all
of this, Jim was in contact with Miss Stanfield’s uncle, Joe Krout, KR0UT,
and best friend, Craig Martin, KY0O, so they could take part in the
surprise as well.
Miss Stanfield is a third generation amateur radio operator on her mother’s
side of the family. She was very excited to recently acquire her
grandfather, Harry Krout’s call sign, W0YQG, since he became a Silent Key.
It was obvious to the group that she wanted to keep up the family
tradition. Her first radio was a Kenwood TMV71A, which she still owns and
uses to this day for local contacts and participating in BC ARES nets and
Miss Stanfield has been visually impaired for her entire life. This did not
stop her from attaining a job and assisting with a radio podcast on a
weekly basis. When the possibility arose for her to leave Kansas and move
to Warsaw, Missouri, Miss Stanfield was excited by the possibilities. She
soon found the Benton County, Missouri ARES and Twin Lakes Amateur Radio
Rick Wade, then Emergency Coordinator for the BC ARES and current President
of the Twin Lakes Amateur Radio Club, was astounded by her capabilities.
“I don’t know how she does it,” he remarked upon meeting Miss Stanfield.
“She’s pretty amazing. She doesn’t complain about her disability or use it
as an excuse.”
One of Miss Stanfield’s most remarkable traits is her sense of humor. She
can often be found spouting one-liners and having fun with her disability.
Some of her favorites are: “Long time, no see!” “Something bad happened? I
didn’t see anything!” and “Looks fine to me!” among others.
We look forward to helping Miss Stanfield grow into a strong, independent
Ham and watching what she can achieve!
We would like to thank the following people for their contributions to this
great cause: Jim McNally, KA0DXU, Rick Wade, KD0CNC, Samantha Henley,
KE0LMY, Joe Krout, KR0UT, Craig Martin, KY0O, Rick Harkins, W0YGH, Michael
Schley, KB0LW, Steve Pierce, WA5ICX, Rebecca Pierce, W5RNX, Robert Scott,
KD0AFI, Della Scott, KD0AFJ, Roger Henley, KD0WXT, Renee Cason, KE0LMZ, Lee
Krout, and Roger Krout.
Editor’s Note: It has been exciting to follow Kelly’s progress as she
prepared for and successfully passed her General and Extra Class license
exams. The Handiham Program congratulates Kelly and all those involved in
helping her to accomplish her goals.
*Check into our Handiham nets... Everyone is welcome! *
How to find the Handiham Net:
The Handiham EchoLink conference is 494492. Connect via your iPhone,
Android phone, PC, or on a connected simplex node or repeater system in
The Handiham Net will be on the air daily. If there is no net control
station on any scheduled net day, we will have a roundtable on the air
[image: Cartoon multicolored stickman family holding hands, one
wheelchair user among them.]
Our daily Echolink net continues to operate for anyone and everyone who
wishes to participate at 11:00 hours CDT (Noon Eastern and 09:00 Pacific),
as well as Wednesday evenings at 19:00 hours CDT (7 PM). If you calculate
GMT, the time difference is that GMT is six hours ahead of Minnesota time
during the winter.
Doug, N6NFF, poses a trivia question in the first half of the Wednesday
evening session, so check in early if you want to take a guess. The answer
to the trivia question is generally given shortly after the half-hour mark.
A big THANK YOU to all of our net control stations and to Michael, VE7KI,
the Handiham Radio Club Net Manager.
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How to contact us
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*Courage Kenny Handiham Program 3915 Golden Valley Road MR#78446 Golden
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Note: Mondays through Thursdays between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM United States
Central Time are the best times to contact us.
You may also call Handiham Program Coordinator Lucinda Moody, AB8WF, at:
73, and I hope to hear you on the air soon!
For Handiham World, this is Lucinda Moody, AB8WF
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