Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of 08 April 2009 This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Center Handiham System <http://handiham.org> . Please do not reply to this message. Use the contact information at the end, or simply email handiham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx This issue is being delivered in plain text, but is available in HTML with graphics and photos. You can get the HTML version online at the following link: You can also listen to the content online: Listen to an MP3 audio stream: <http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u> http://www.handiham.org/audio/handiham.m3u Download the 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! Free software tour: A free, easy to use, file recovery utility Recova screenshotLast week we talked about XMLog. Today we introduce a great freeware file recovery utility called "Recuva". I had been looking for a file recovery utility, and when I mentioned it last week, John, N1IWT, came to the rescue. He writes: I wanted to mention a rather easy file recovery program I've been playing with. When I lost all of my data a few months ago, I had to search a discarded HD. I found a program called Recuva touted by the people who distribute CCleaner. The best part is that it's free and it works. It recovered 1,000 files, some 10 yrs old! One word of warning: Don't allow it to "recover all" until you are used to it. Just do "manual only", otherwise it will recover even scraps. But it will tell you before you open a file whether it is good or bad. Check it out. 73, John N1IWT Thanks, John. I love it when you guys do my research for me! Here is the overview from the Recuva website: Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses! You can find Recuva online: http://www.recuva.com Next week: I might as well tell you about the other utility John mentioned, and which I already use, CCleaner. It sort of does the opposite of Recuva, but more about that next week. Patrick Tice, WA0TDA Handiham Manager wa0tda@xxxxxxxx . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/418%2523commen t-form> to post comments . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/418> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/418> to friend _____ Avery's QTH <http://www.handiham.org/node/212> Avery with hands in front of his face Welcome once again to my humble QTH: With summer just around the bend, the activities will change from indoor to outdoor. Dayton Hamvention will be here soon. It is part indoor and part outdoor. Just about every "name" in Amateur Radio will be there. Many people will be enjoying vacations, so why not take a ham rig with you and do some operating? If nothing else, bring along a dual-band HT. They are small and take up very little space. If you have the car cord, extra battery, spare antennas, and other small accessories, bring them too. Don't forget the instruction book! A recent ARRL Repeater Directory might come in handy too. If you have a laptop computer set up with Echolink or the W4MQ and SKYPE software to run the Handiham remote base you may want to bring that too. Stopping at a rest stop and sitting at a picnic table you might be surprised what stations you can work. Who knows perhaps another amateur is headed the same direction and you can car caravan with them. Chatting back and forth between cars makes the time go faster while driving. It may be a fun thing to see how many different tourist attractions or rest stops from which you can make a contact. With the exception of Field Day, there are not too many contests during the summer months. Most people would rather be out boating, fishing, playing golf, or tennis, doing their gardening, etc. Maybe now would be a good time to check out antennas, replace old ones, and put up new ones. Get all those outdoor antenna projects finished. May and June might be good six meter months. On those really hot days, a person can sit in the shade by the lake with the water lapping on the shore studying the license manual to either receive a new license or up-grade to a higher class license. If there happen to be some rainy days, it is just more study time or time to plan ahead for the next ham radio activity coming up in the autumn. It's not a very good idea to be operating in the middle of a thunder storm when there is lightning all around you. Although the HF bands are not very active in the summer, they have been known to open and if you are there listening when they do, you can have a lot of fun for that short period of time. But that is the key. You have to be listening and all ready to operate should the HF bands open up. The time frame is very short so you have to act on it right away. Even on the canoe trails, where you don't have much room and weight is a consideration should you have to portage, in the boundary waters of Northern Minnesota and Southern Canada, people have been known to take along QRP CW rigs, a lightweight dipole antenna to throw over the trees, and a couple of 6 or 12 volt batteries, with solar cells for charging. After the day of paddling is over and just before sacking out for the night, some 40 or 20 meter CW contacts can be rather fun and at the same time let the folks back home know that everyone is okay. Remember, unless you have cell phones that work off satellite, there are no cell phone towers way out in those wilderness areas. So for now, 73 & DX from K0HLA, Avery You can reach me Monday & Wednesday until 1:30 PM Minneapolis time at: 763-520-0515 or Email me at: avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/417%2523commen t-form> to post comments . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/417> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/417> to friend _____ Vote for SOHO SOHO in orbitAs amateur radio operators, we like to keep a keen watch on the sun - not directly, of course, but with the sophisticated information-gathering technology of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Here is our chance to show support for this technology! The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has reached the final round of NASA's Mission Madness tournament where it is competing against upstart SPB, the Super Pressure Balloon, for the title "NASA's Greatest Mission." We endorse SOHO. Since the observatory was launched more than 13 years ago, it has revolutionized solar physics and the art of space weather forecasting--and the plucky spacecraft is still going strong. Vote now and help propel a Spaceweather and handiham favorite to the championship: http://mission-madness.nasa.gov/ (Story excerpted from http://www.spaceweather.com; image of SOHO from NASA.) . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/416%2523commen t-form> to post comments . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/416> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/416> to friend _____ T-Mobile Phone is blind-friendly, thanks to Google Android Phil, K9HI, found this great article on geek.com: Google Android perfects touchscreen dialing for the blind Check out the entire story at: http://tinyurl.com/dfjgnj . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/403%2523commen t-form> to post comments . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/403> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/403> to friend _____ DAISY Consortium Releases Open Source Multimedia Authoring Tool Daisy.org; Obi open source audio recording tool enables a broader audience to produce accessible, navigable information for people with print disabilities Zurich, Switzerland, March 27, 2009 - The DAISY Consortium announces the release of Obi 1.0, a free, open source audio recording tool for the production of audio books which provide meaningful navigation. The output is fully conformant to the DAISY Standard (officially, the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Specifications for the Digital Talking Book). Obi enables individual users with a minimal amount of training to produce digital content that is accessible to people with print disabilities such as blindness, dyslexia, or cognitive disabilities. Obi is released under the LGPL license and is available for download at http://daisy-trac.cvsdude.com/obi/wiki/downloads. Read more: http://daisy.org/news/attachments/Obi_Release.html . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/401%2523commen t-form> to post comments . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/401> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/401> to friend _____ Tech team support needed At the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association meeting in September, 2007, Lyle, K0LR, talked about software defined radio, then brought WD9DNQ up to demonstrate command & control, in what was then a rudimentary system. We are looking for tech team support to help get WD9DNQ on the air with a newer, better developed system that Lyle has been working on with Steve, WB5KIA. Meet at the Stillwater Public Library on April 9, 2009 in the study space outside the meeting rooms at 6:30 PM. We will have the entire IC-706 station ready to demonstrate. Contact Pat, <mailto:wa0tda@xxxxxxxx> wa0tda@xxxxxxxx, to RSVP. <http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=224+third+street+n+stillwa ter+mn+55082&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=50.244827,78.75&ie=UTF8&s=AARTsJqbZ 07oNqtuK3Efa0B2edylX5G4rQ&view=map&ll=45.066065,-92.805204&spn=0.008594,0.02 1737&z=14&iwloc=addr&iwstate1=sscorrectthiscard&source=embed> View Map . Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/400%2523commen t-form> to post comments . Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/400> version . Send <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/400> to friend _____ Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net happy guy with headset Tonight you will have an opportunity to meet your friends on the Handiham net. Please join us and check in or simply listen in, as you see fit: When: Wednesday evenings at 19:30 hours Minnesota time (7:30 PM) GMT: Thursday morning at 00:30 Z Where: 145.450 MHz N0BVE repeater (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Node 89680 (EchoLink worldwide) IRLP node 9008 (Vancouver BC reflector) WIRES system number 1427 Everyone is welcome. You do not need to be a member, and the net is relaxed, friendly, and informal. By the way, our Net Manager Howard, KE7KNN, reminds us that we need net control stations for the Wednesday evening net and for the Monday through Saturday morning net. If you are in the Twin Cities, all you need is a radio that can get on the 145.45 N0BVE repeater, and if you live outside the RF area, you can still be net control via EchoLink, IRLP, or WIRES. _____ This week at Headquarters: . Website upgrades underway: We are in the process of making some upgrades to the handiham website. The Drupal core that runs the website was updated last weekend with help from Phil, K9HI. We are adding new features, and there will soon be a "Volunteers" section that will allow our volunteers to participate in some easy online training that is now required by Courage Center. No website outages are expected during this upgrade. Thanks to Phil for all his help! . CJ, K0CJ, is back from his snowbird QTH in South Texas and volunteering in the Handiham shop on Mondays. CJ found this great link to an old RCA video that tells about manufacturing vacuum tubes in the 1940's: <http://tinyurl.com/cjx2wl> http://tinyurl.com/cjx2wl . Minnesota Radio Camp application forms are online! The sooner we hear from you, the better -- if you are planning to join us at this summer's session. One of the summer camps that had been held at Courage North in previous years has been canceled, which means that people who could not get into that session may want to apply for the Radio Camp. Incidentally, you can e-mail us with your ideas for projects and topics at the upcoming Minnesota Radio Camp session. The waterfront at Lake George Join us this August at Minnesota Radio Camp! Download the camp application package, which contains information pages and the forms you need to apply for camp. Camp starts on Sunday, August 16, and finishes on Sunday, August 23. It's a week of extraordinary fun, during which you can earn your ham radio license or just get on the air. And it can cost as little as $240 for the week. There are two choices for formats, either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF. * Download Word Forms <http://handiham.org/manuals/forms/mncamp/word/> * Download PDF Forms <http://handiham.org/manuals/forms/mncamp/pdf/> * Not <http://www.handiham.org/node/358> sure? Take a photo tour! Having trouble downloading or have questions about Radio Camp or Handihams? Just email Pat, wa0tda@xxxxxxxx, anytime. * Change in hours this week: we will be short-staffed on Thursday, April 9. The office will be closed starting noon, April 9 until Monday morning, April 13. ARRL informs us that their office will be closed on Friday, April 10. * New in Operating Skills: * It is hard to believe how time flies, but the May, 2009 issue of QST magazine is already out in print. We look forward to producing the audio digest for our blind members soon. Meanwhile, the April QST , CQ, QCWA Journal, and Worldradio digest audio is online for our blind members. * Volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, reads the April "Doctor is in" column from QST for our blind members. * Login to the <http://handiham.org/user> member section of the Handiham website and find the magazine digests in the Library. The QST, CQ, and Worldradio digests have been read by Bob Zeida, N1BLF. * 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. Reminder: Handiham renewals are now 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. * 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 Nancy at: 1-866-426-3442 or email: <mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 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. DONATE USED HAM GEAR 1-866-426-3442 toll-free Help us get new hams on the air. FREE! 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: <mailto:hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 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 Handi-ham System Reach me by email at: <mailto:patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Nancy, Handiham Secretary: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Jerry, N0VOE, Student Coordinator: jerry.kloss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Avery, K0HLA, Educational Coordinator: avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Pat, WA0TDA, Manager, patt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx * Radio Camp email: radiocamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ARRL </p /> <p>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. . By wa0tda <http://www.handiham.org/user/2> at 04/08/2009 - 13:18 . 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