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*Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for
the week of Wednesday, January 24, 2018*
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.
Our contact information is at the end.
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*Welcome to Handiham World.*
*In this edition: *
*A note from the coordinator*
* Remote Base Testing News *
* Interview of the Week *
* Ham Radio In the News*
* Win Some Handiham History Loot *
* Member Updates *
*Check into our nets!*
*A note from the coordinator...*
We are well past the middle of January, and time is flying! We have
received a lot of contacts from people interested in joining the program.
Upgrade fever also seems to be spreading, something that is particularly
contagious during the cold days of winter!
The Handiham Program acquired a new TYT MD-380 radio to test. Hopefully we
will have a tutorial available in the future. The Handiham Program was
notified that someone has created a Handiham Talkgroup. The Talkgroup is on
the BrandMeister network, Talkgroup 31990. I have been told by a couple of
members that the group does work, but there is not much activity there yet.
In the Handiham Program office, Nancy is getting everything caught up
before she heads out on vacation in early February. If you need anything
from her, you have one more week to request it. Otherwise, you will have to
wait until she returns. As always, 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 loot! 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. We have had a different winner every
week, so keep sending in those answers!
In the E-Letter this week there is news on the new remote base system we
are testing, an interview with Matt White, the supervisor for the Handiham
Program, and some links to ham radio in the news. Last but not least, there
is a link to last week’s Amateur Radio Newsline that carried a story about
our own Kelly Stanfield, W0YQG.
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.
* Remote Base Testing News*
I had a phone call earlier today from a member who has been involved with a
group of hams testing out the RemoteRig remote base system. It was exciting
to listen to the radio running with nearly undetectable latency via Wi-Fi
at this member’s home while the rest of the rig and antenna was located at
the remote base site. I will be setting this system up at my Michigan QTH
the next time I make a trip back there so I can test this too. If all goes
well, we hope to add this to the remote base options for use in the
Handiham Program sometime in 2019. Stay tuned for more details! You can
learn more about RemoteRig in the following video:
* Interview of the Week *
Last Friday, Matt White, the supervisor of the Handiham Program sat down
for an interview with Handiham World. While the actual interview is
contained in this week’s podcast, here is an edited version of the
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LM: I would like to introduce Matt White, the supervisor of the Handiham
Program here at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Welcome, Matt. Tell
us about your history with Courage Kenny and what made you want to
supervise the Handiham Program.
MW: So I am an occupational therapist, and I’ve been with Sister Kenny and
Courage Center (You know we merged four years ago). I’ve been with the
organization for twenty years, and in those twenty years, most of my time
was spent in outpatient, working directly with people one-on-one—people
with spinal cord injuries, people with traumatic brain injuries and
strokes. Throughout those years, I have always had an affinity toward
technology. There is restorative therapy and therapy that can be
compensated with technology.
I was always kind of the go-to assistive technology person. If people had
questions, they would ask me, and I would try to figure it out with the
limited resources I had. Just over three years ago, I took the position to
supervise our assistive technology program, focusing on that for nearly all
of my time. I still do some other miscellaneous projects and different
I have always had a passion for technology. I love being able to have a
person walk through our doors who might have a spinal cord injury or any
type of injury or challenge and match the features of the technology to
their needs. When you match it well, then you get happy responses. And it
makes me happy and the person I am serving happy. That’s what I love about
it. So it’s a different way of doing therapy as a therapist. Instead of
more hands on like what I am used to with manipulating muscles or working
on strengthening, it’s looking at those technologies that help a person be
more independent and participate in different in areas that they couldn’t
participate in before.
When I was asked if I would like to supervise the Handiham Program, I
thought this fits naturally under the umbrella of assistive technology
because we are using technology that helps a person do something. That’s
all it is. Again, it is matching the right type of technology and training
that helps a person get their radio license. So that is why I agreed, but
also, I was very happy to do it. I thought it would be a very fun program
to manage. I had heard a lot about it and agreed that the Program should be
under the umbrella of assistive technology.
LM: What brought you to the field of Occupational Therapy?
MW: Well, that’s a long story. My first year in college, I was thinking
about following in my sister’s footsteps. She was in college going for an
education major and was looking at elementary ed. And I like kids, I like
teaching, I like just being with people. And I thought, I could teach kids.
I was thinking maybe I could do that. During this time, my father had a
heart attack, and he was receiving some cardiac rehab by a physical
therapist. He told me this PT thing is kind of cool. Why don’t you look
into that? I thought it was kind of neat and physical therapy was cool.
Then I ran into someone at my college who was going into occupational
therapy. I explored that option and realized there was more diversity in
what I could do with an OT degree. So I decided to pursue that and got my
degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Minnesota.
LM: What do you envision as the future for the Handiham Program
MW: Really the vision for the program is to solidify the services that we
currently provide. Bringing you on board was the first step, and a major
step to have continuity in having someone coordinate what we do and do it
well. Basically the first part of the vision is making sure we continue the
vision. But then we need to look at the services we do well and expand
those while also looking for new opportunities.
LM: Tell us a little more about the relationship with Allina Health and how
they fit in with the Handiham Program.
MW: Allina Health is the parent organization of Courage Kenny
Rehabilitation Institute. First, I want to comment that one of the things
you will see within our organization is the longevity of people working
here. I have been here for twenty years. There is a reason for that—because
the company has been really good to the therapists and to the staff. It is
a great organization, and I really appreciate that the organization is
always looking for ways to meet our needs as employees. They are looking at
what employees need to do their job well. And that always translates into
the programs, including the assistive technology or occupational therapy
department. They are always looking at ways to improve the department or
the program for the people that we serve. It always comes down to the
people that we are serving. Our mission is really focused on our clients.
That is one of the things that I have really appreciated about Allina
Health—that the focus is on the people we serve. It always has been and
always will be. That’s what I really like about Courage Kenny and Allina
* Ham Radio in the News*
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the blue MMSN seal on the left, the ocean across the bottom, and a sail
boat on the right” width=]
The Maritime Mobile Service Network, a net that many Handiham Members have
participated in over the years at 14.300 MHz, recently assisted in the
rescue of the crew of the Sailing Vessel Solar Flair. You can check out the
press release at the following link:
* Win Some Handiham History Loot *
Here is your chance to own a piece of Handiham Program history! This week,
we are offering another 40th Anniversary Handiham hat. These hats were
originally available 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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the front” width=]
* What was the weather event that took place in 1967 that inspired Ned
Carman to start what later became the Handiham Program? (Hint: Check out
past E-Letters from 2017 if you are not sure of the answers to these
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, January
* Member Updates *
Kelly Stanfield, W0YQG, has been making the rounds in ham radio news! After
being featured in her local amateur radio club’s newsletter and Handiham
World, she was recently interviewed for Amateur Radio Newsline, the premier
amateur radio news outlet. Congratulations are in order for Kelly!
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You can listen to this episode of Amateur Radio Newsline at the following
* 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
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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.
*You can pay your Handiham dues and certain other program fees on line.
Simply follow the link to our secure payment site, then enter your
information and submit the payment. *
Handiham annual membership dues are $12.00. The lifetime membership
rate is $120.00.
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donation website. The instructions are at the following link:
DONATION LINK <http://www.handiham.org/drupal2/node/8>
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How to contact us
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*Postal Mail: *
*Courage Kenny Handiham Program 3915 Golden Valley Road MR#78446 Golden
Valley, MN 55422*
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*Preferred telephone: 1-612-775-2291 Toll-Free telephone: 1-866-HANDIHAM
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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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