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*Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for
the week of Wednesday, November 8, 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*
* Ham Radio Operators Coming to the Rescue *
* Accessible Time and Date Website*
* Early Handiham Program History, Part 5*
*Down memory lane…*
*Check into our nets!*
*A note from the coordinator...*
The weather is getting a definite chill, causing me to realize that, ready
or not, winter is coming. While I am not a fan of bitterly cold weather,
the long nights during winter do bring about improved DX propagation on the
lower bands. In fact, my first HF contact after I got my ham license was on
75 meters to Spain on half a vertical antenna. I say half a vertical
antenna because I did not have any radials down yet. (Yes, I did impress my
Elmer with that contact!) Fast forward a few years, and with the addition
of 120 40-foot radials, I worked the world using that same vertical
Change can be a good thing! Just like my vertical antenna needed changing
in the form of radials to make it more effective, the Handiham Program
website is in need of some upgrades to increase its effectiveness for our
members. The website, located at https://handiham.org, is undergoing some
serious renovations. Pages are being updated, links are being corrected,
and the site is being mapped in preparation for rolling out the updated
website. The organizational structure will be changing to make it more
accessible. If you have some time, look over the site and send me an email
with changes, thoughts, or suggestions. Your input and feedback is greatly
In the E-Letter this week there are some links to news stories about the
amateur radio response in Puerto Rico. The next link is to a suggestion
about an accessible time and date website. Sister Alverna’s early history
of the Handiham Program is back with Part 5. Finally, there is an article
from the Spring 1982 issue of Handiham World in Down Memory Lane.
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.
* Ham Radio Operators Coming to the Rescue for Puerto Rico*
Communication is key right now as people try to help those affected by
Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but without power, that hasn't been easy.
Check out these news clips about ham radio operators in hurricane ravaged
Puerto Rico and those assisting from outside areas.
* Accessible Time and Date Website*
Shane Buck likes the site www.thetimenow.com for its accessibility. How
about you? What is your go-to site for time and date? Share your
suggestions, and we can include them in a future E-Letter.
* Early Handiham Program History, Part 5*
by Sr. Alverna O’Laughlin
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* Handiham History: Program Gains Momentum *
(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles on the early
history of the Handiham Program.)
February, 1971—The Handiham Program’s Board of Directors searched its
membership to find just the right person to fill the vacant position of
president. We had to find an influential person in the amateur radio
fraternity; an individual with a desire to promote the cause of amateur
radio for persons with disabilities. The person who seemed ideal for the
job was Ward Jensen, W0TLE.
Ward owned and operated a thriving amateur radio business known as
Electronic Center in Minneapolis. He was well-known, loved, and respected
in the world of ham radio. It was nearly impossible to expect a man as busy
as Ward Jensen to serve as the Handiham Program’s president. It was nothing
new, however, for the Handiham Program to ask for big things. Ned
Carman, founder of the Handiham Program, was particularly happy when Ward
accepted, because of their long friendship and admiration for each other.
At this time, Ward had been serving on the Handiham Program Board of
Directors since December of 1969, but he did not really know how his life
would be changed with the new position. He soon found himself devoting all
his spare time to the Program. Wherever he went, he talked about the
Program’s need for volunteers. It wasn’t long before there was a full,
active volunteer staff working on donated equipment that was in need of
repair. Ward became very good at “arm twisting”—some of those who were
talked into volunteering say they haven’t been the same since. Several of
those early volunteers are still with the Program some ten years later.
In the March, 1971 FLYER, then the official newsletter of the Rochester
Amateur Radio Club and the Handiham Program, our new president wrote,
“Today, I believe the Handiham Program is the largest group of actively
participating Radio Amateurs in Minnesota. If I count the latest membership
list correctly, it now stands at better than 100 able-bodied persons and 65
members and students with disabilities, all working and participating
actively in one phase or another toward our objectives. Where else can we
find such a dedicated group? We’ve just gotta go places and do things!”
This is the kind of determination and spirit which continues to be
reflected in Ward’s relationship with the Program.
Officers of the Program worked closely with Ward and provided tremendous
support. Alta Mitchell, WA0VTZ, vice-president (“president of vice” as we
fondly called her); Helen Torbenson, WB9GPG, secretary; and Cecil Davis,
W0AZR, treasurer, were the principal officers and worked with the 14 member
Board of Directors. Finances were never all that abundant, but Cecil always
managed to pay the bills somehow and have a fairly good bank balance at the
end of the year. At the annual meeting in December, 1970, the bank balance
It was about this time that the idea of having a Handiham Program in every
state was actually pursued. Iowa was the first to start a chapter in 1972.
They had 35 members and seven students. The 3900 Club was a good support to
the Iowa Program, but they still found the going to be very difficult.
Finding one-on-one helpers and money were two of their biggest problems.
Camp Sunnyside in Iowa was the site of a complete ham radio station which
was donated by the Handiham Program in Minnesota. Duane Van Vickle, WA0VRJ,
and Maurice Dougel, WA0UVH, worked very hard to make this Program
successful, but there was just not enough help to keep the group going
strong. Other states that showed an interest but did not actually organize
were Wisconsin, Kansas, and North and South Dakota.
Under the direction of Ward Jensen, Radio Station KCCR 750 AM was set up at
Camp Courage. Campers now had their own broadcast station. This provided
them with entertainment and an opportunity for training. The console itself
was donated by Faribault Radio Station KDHL through the efforts of former
president Ott Miller, W0EQO.
(Sr. Alverna’s account of the early years of the Handiham Program will
continue in the next issue of Handiham World.)
* Down memory lane...*
In honor of the celebration of 50 years of the Handiham Program, here is an
article from the Spring 1982 issue of Handiham World.
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* Rockets? Satellites? You’re Kidding! *
During the West Coast Radio Camp visit to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Dr. Norm Chaflin showed an article he had clipped from a magazine. The
article dealt with putting satellites in geostationary orbits to enable the
general populace to enjoy television broadcasts from all parts of the
“…Let us suppose that such a station were built in this orbit. It could be
provided with receiving and transmitting equipment and could act as a
repeater to relay transmissions between any two points on the hemisphere
beneath, using any frequency that will penetrate the ionosphere.”
The article goes on to describe in minute detail the nature of satellites,
their necessary positions, the physics involved in getting them up into
space and in a stationary orbit, and even the required earth station
antennas. In short, the article described precisely what’s being done these
days in the satellite relayed television.
So what’s so special about that? Nothing, nowadays; but the article, titled
“Extra-Terrestrial Relays—Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio
Coverage?” appeared in the October 1945 issue of *Wireless World*! This
visionary writer, Arthur C. Clarke (author of *2001: A Space Odyssey*),
went on to write—
“…Many may consider the solution proposed in this discussion too
far-fetched to be taken very seriously. Such an attitude is unreasonable,
as everything envisioned here is a logical extension of developments in the
last ten years—in particular the perfection of the long range rocket of
which the V2 was the prototype…It will be possible in a few more years to
build radio controlled rockets which can be steered into such orbits beyond
the limits of the atmosphere and left to broadcast scientific information
back to the earth. A little later, manned rockets will be able to make
similar flights with sufficient excess power to break the orbit and return
Editor’s Note: These days, it does not take a lot of equipment to operate
satellites in the ham bands. One simply needs an antenna that can be angled
to follow the position of the satellite, a receiver for the downlink band,
and a transmitter on the uplink band. Check out www.amsat.org for more
*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.
*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.
MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENT LINK
If you want to donate to the Handiham Program, please use our
donation website. The instructions are at the following link:
DONATION LINK <http://www.handiham.org/drupal2/node/8>
How to contact us
There are several ways to contact us.
*Postal Mail: *
*Courage Kenny Handiham Program 3915 Golden Valley Road MR#78446 Golden
Valley, MN 55422*
*E-Mail: **Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx* <Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx>
*Preferred telephone: 1-612-775-2291 Toll-Free telephone: 1-866-HANDIHAM
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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