Courage Center Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of 17 June 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 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! Handiham History: Early history notes from N0SBU <http://www.handiham.org/node/352> N0SBU reaches 1,000 hour volunteer milestone George LaValle, N0SBU, found this early history of the Handiham System and re-typed it for us. He is continuing to examine and sort through hundreds of documents and photos as we work on what we are now calling "The Handiham History Project". You will notice as you read this decades-old text that terms and language innocently used in that era are ones that are now considered passé or even politically incorrect. Rather than change the original text, we are leaving it intact so that you can see how society has changed and so that you can get a flavor of what things were like 40 years ago. You will also notice references to hams whose callsigns have long ago changed, and to those who are now silent keys. Some of the grammar isn't the best, but you will get the idea. Back in those days, money was a problem. Well, I guess some things never change! Now, please enjoy this early history, thanks to N0SBU. Patrick Tice, WA0TDA Handiham Manager The Handi-Ham-System of Minnesota Supported by PICONET a 13 county southeastern Minnesota Civil Defense Net. Expanded By MISCCA the Minnesota Society for Crippled Children and Adults. This program is designed to help handicapped individuals obtain their amateur radio licenses by providing on loan study materials, antennas, novice receivers and transmitters and HELP as needed. HOW IT CAME ABOUT During the Fall of 1966, in a small town in southern Minnesota, a handicapped YL announced her intentions of becoming an amateur radio operator and asked a ham-type handicapped friend how to begin. He told Ned, W0ZSW, whose job for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN took him past the YL's QTH every once in a while. Ned visited her, strung up an antenna and with his transmitter gave her a first glimpse of hamming. Soon he found her a spare Civil Defense receiver to listen to and a tape recorder complete with code lessons and books. In Rochester two other YL?s started learning radio, via the Rochester Amateur Radio Club?s Novice class and using receivers borrowed for them. By the Summer of 1967 there were three new Novice tickets in the area and the search was on for Novice transmitters to go with them. Talking with members of the PICONET group not only produced the three needed transmitters, but also a few spare receivers and transmitters. AND THE IDEA WAS BORN In time of emergency, PICONET did need active stations in more small towns. Why not put this unused equipment to work by placing it with interested handicapped persons in the area and so create the needed stations? TICKETS Cleveland, Minnesota was on the air by the Fall of 1967 in the person of WN0TFC. January 1968 saw the three original Novice tickets replaced with Generals and that winter each of the YL?s did her own ?thing?. One went the traffic handling route, one the DX route, and the third just chewed holes in rags. They were WA0SVD, Helen Swanson, WA0QWE, Charlene Mott, WA0RRA, Edna (Eddy) Thorson. By the Fall of 1968 there were on the air three Handi-ham Generals, one Technician, and eight Novices. Working toward their tickets were five students. One Advanced, five Generals, one Technician, eight Novices, and seven students were in the lineup by the Spring of 1969. THE HANDIHAM SYSTEM In December of 1967 the Handi-Ham System was formed. A net was designed to interest, encourage, and assist the growing number of Novices and students. At 1930 Zulu each Saturday on 3.934 MHZ, a handicapped Ham somewhere in southern Minnesota assumed the mantle of net control and calls the system to order. Regular check-ins include handicapped Hams from Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota, plus a growing group of ?vertical? friends. Novices are checked in before net time and any problems. Ideas and comments are relayed to net members. System business includes phone patches, tape recordings, gossip, and whatever strikes the system?s collective fancy. THE HANDIHAM PROGRAM As more and more handicapped persons received their tickets, the problem arose of where to get help when something goes wrong. Solutions to the problem came with the willingness of the Minnesota Section Phone Net to make known the needs of the handicapped ham to the willing but often unaware hams in his area. As the list of good deeds increased, a plaque was established with space for the name and call letters of the ham who had helped. MONEY PROBLEMS ALSO As word of the program and its results spread, there were far more persons wanting receivers than we had to make available. A white elephant sale was held during summer of 1968 in Rochester. It was successful enough to help defray equipment repair expenses and purchase study materials as well as a few receivers. MISCCA had also become interested enough in the possibilities of our program to support us with close to a thousand dollars worth of equipment. WE ORGANIZE With equipment to keep track of and money to be responsible for, it was soon necessary to formally organize. A 14 member steering committee was set up to meet every other week on the air to discuss problems and make suggestions on general policy. Final decisions were made by a management committee consisting of six members from the steering committee who met together once a month. Recent incorporation as a NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION has transformed the steering committee into a board of directors and the management committee into officers. OUR FUTURE By the Winter of '68 we had spread over most of southern Minnesota and it appeared that our growth had reached its zenith. With the quantity came quality; three more of the Novices became Generals: WA0UWT, Sister Alena, WA0VTZ, Alta Mitchel, and WA0VUA, Scot Suddendorf. THE GOOD FAIRY ARRIVES Then in the Spring of 1969 came news of actual affiliation with MISCCA along with a sizable grant that will help us to set up more new Novice stations, repair equipment, and aid towards covering the dozens of other expenses. As a final touch a radio room is being set up at Camp Courage, MISCCA?s camp for physically handicapped children and adults at Maple Lake, Minnesota. It will be equipped with a Novice station as well as a General Class station with the plans currently including a handicapped ham to operate the stations and help generate interest among the campers all summer. With the help of MISCCA?s grant and personnel we are confident that our program can now be expanded to cover the entire State. WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER If you are interested and are handicapped we offer the loan of a simple receiver to give you the opportunity to ?learn the language? and see what ham radio is like. If you wish to go further, we will find you a tape recorder to use and send code lessons on tape so you can learn that necessary Morse code. We will also send reading materials if you wish to pass the Novice and later the General Class written tests. When you receive your Novice license, an antenna will be put up and you will be loaned a Novice transmitter. We will provide the tools, but it will still be up to you to use them. WHAT WE NEED We need receivers, transmitters, antennas, relays, keyers - anything used in a Novice station. Also needed will be SSB rigs for those who?ll not be able to afford them. We also need ways to do things with fingers that don?t work so well, arms that don?t reach, etc. But most of all we need hams that will climb a tree to put up an antenna or take an hour to explain some of that mysterious theory or just plain encourage a newcomer to a complicated world. And we never refuse money... HAMS EVERYWHERE WE URGE YOU TO START YOUR OWN HANDI-HAM GROUPS. Roll call of handicapped hams in Minnesota: K0AEE, George Sumner, WA0ATI, Irish Olson, WA0ATX, Brian Altman, K0BDD, Al Ward, WA0CJS, Leon Mahowald, W0CQA, Henry Tillman, K0DEF, Dick Johnson, WA0EPX, Don Nelson, W0EQO, Ott Miller, K0EWA, Lowell Yager, K0GKI, Bob Russ, WA0IIB, Bill Beuning, W0IRJ, Jean Heikkila, W0KLG, Bob Nelson, WOKYG, Everett Chaney W0MJJ, Dick Busch, WA0PZY, Adolph Smith, K0TDZ, Jim Schleppergrell, K0TTW, Don Kezer, W0WCD, Jay Williams, K0ZWG, Jim Mowery. HANDI-HAMS 1967 TO SPRING 1969 WA0QWE, Charlene Mott WA0RRA, Edna (EDDY) Thorson WA0SVD, Helen Swanson WN0TFC, Karl Koppelman WN0TZT, Doug Peterson WA0UWT, Sister Alena WN0UWW, Kevin Felstad WN0VBS, Janet Baily WN0VTZ, Alta Mitchel WA0WGR, Woody Anderson WN0WGX, Ken Gochnauer WN0WVR, Sister Berard WN0YAH, Don David Taylor WN0YFJ, Steve Braverman Mary Amdahl, Betty Ellingson, Helen Haynes, Sister Jude, Valerie Jordahl, Leona Kroll, Le Roy Young. You can write to George care of wa0tda@xxxxxxxx if you want to add to the Handiham history. Please put Handiham History in the subject line. Patrick Tice, WA0TDA wa0tda@xxxxxxxx Handiham Manager _____ Avery's QTH: My radical proposal - part 2 <http://www.handiham.org/node/486> Avery with magnifier Welcome once again to my humble QTH: It has been just a few days since last week?s E-letter article came out, and already I have received a "TON" of replies via email and phone calls. The majority seem to think that having to wait before up-grading is a good idea as it gives people a chance to acquire the new skills with actual on the air practice. It appears that the "old timers" seem to like the idea. The "newbies" don't, but then they are the ones who seem to need on-the-air experience the most. As one person said, he had been listening to a person on the air talking about his new upgrade to Extra Class that very same day and then admitted he did not even know what a dipole antenna was. It sort of leaves a person wondering how they passed the test. Along this same line I once heard someone asking how to use an autopatch on one of the local repeaters. He had no idea. When he said he was Extra Class, I just about fell over. Of course we don't use autopatches much anymore, but at the time they were on most local repeaters and used almost every day. At some time in our past the FCC had Class "A", "B", and "C" licenses, and shortly after they changed to what was the Novice, Technician, General, Advanced, and Extra. At that time before going to Extra Class a person had to have been licensed for at least two years before they were even allowed to take the exam. I understand that someone took them to court and the result was that the FCC could not put a two year waiting period on as one of the requirements for the Extra Class. Now for me, I would have to research that and find out what all the details were and if that is really the reason. So, now as you are hearing more of the story again, what do you think about this subject? Amateur radio has always been about experimentation and learning. Is it learning or experimentation to sit down and memorize a bunch of questions and answers, take a written test, and get on the air? Think about this: Most states require first a written multiple-choice driver?s test before a person can get behind the wheel and drive. Then they have to practice driving with a qualified driver until they get good enough to pass the driving part of the exam. The same thing is true with aircraft pilots. First they take a written exam before they get to fly with an instructor. Then they have to have a certain number of hours before they can be certified for different things; there are so many hours for visual flight and a certain number of hours before they can fly on instruments, etc. So, why should Amateur Radio be any different? What do you think? Let's hear from you. So, until next time 73 es DX from K0HLA Avery You can reach me Monday & Wednesday until 1:30 PM at: Avery.finn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or: 763-520-0515 · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/487%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/487> version · Send to friend <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/487> _____ Handiham History: Handiham World 1979 with Rex Kiser, W0GLU Handiham History: Handiham World 1979 with Rex Kiser, W0GLU It was 30 years ago when the Summer, 1979 edition of Handiham World was printed. This photo shows long-time Handiham volunteer and member Rex Kiser, W0GLU, at the Handiham headquarters station in Golden Valley. The station had yet to make the move to its current upstairs location, and this photo shows the old station on the ground floor. The part of the building that now houses W0ZSW was yet to be built. Rex is a silent key now, but he amassed well over 10,000 volunteer hours at Courage Center. Although he is pictured in the ham shack's operating position here, Rex spent most of his volunteer time in the repair shop, where he fixed radios and accessories, adapting them for use by our Handiham members. Ken Williams, W0JKM, who worked closely with Rex over the years, retired from the shop shortly after Rex became a silent key. You can download a PDF copy that does not contain embedded text from the Handiham website. We hope to have the text read for our blind members. Here is the download link: http://www.handiham.org/local/downloads/hhwsum79.pdf · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/490%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/490> version · Send to friend <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/490> _____ Sprint Manager Needed <http://www.handiham.org/node/488> Avery, K0HLA, with code key The FISTS Morse code club is looking for a new Sprint Manager. If you are interested in this position, you should either already be a FISTS member or be willing to join. As you will read in the following letter from Nancy, WZ8C, this is a volunteer position with a serious commitment to bookkeeping and clerical tasks! Here's the letter to FISTS members: Dan, N8IE, is overloaded with family problems and commitments and after managing the Sprints for over 15 years, needs a break. We appreciate everything he has done, and I'm sure you all join me in thanking him for the terrific job he has done over the years! The Sprint Manager has to be able to accept and check logs both electronic (Cabrillo, especially) and handwritten, check the scores, and compile the comments for the "Soapbox" portion of The Keynote. They also have to print out certificates for the top winners in each category and mail them out. FISTS will cover the expenses for postage, etc, but there is no pay for the job, as we are all volunteers. This would be an ideal opportunity for a club to step forward and take on the job, that way it doesn't all fall on one person. If you're interested in being the Sprint Manager (at least until Dan is able and willing to do it again), drop me a note and we can talk about it. If you have specific questions, be sure to ask, I want you to know what it is you're taking on. Good volunteers are hard to find and filling Dan's shoes won't be easy! Please use my nancy@xxxxxxx email address to contact me. Thanks, Nancy WZ8C nancy@xxxxxxx You can find out more about FISTS at: http://www.fists.org/ ______________________________________________________________ FISTS-Updates mailing list Home: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/fists-updates Help: http://mailman.qth.net/mmfaq.htm Post: mailto:FISTS-Updates@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/489%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/489> version · Send to friend <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/489> _____ Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net Wednesday Evening EchoLink Net happy guy with headset 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: · The Friday audio lectures return this week. The Extra Class topic will be classes of amplifier operation. Audio will be posted on Friday. · Bob Zeida, N1BLF, will have audio of the Handiham World Summer 1979 historical edition on Friday, so watch the audio page. The Friday notification email will have a link. If you are a member and are not getting the Friday audio lectures notification, let us know and we will get you on the list. · Pat, WA0TDA, will be in the office Friday for meetings. This may delay the regular Friday mailing just a bit. · 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. Thanks for all your ideas so far! 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 sure? <http://www.handiham.org/node/358> Take a photo tour! Having trouble downloading or have questions about Radio Camp or Handihams? Just email Pat, wa0tda@xxxxxxxx, anytime. · The Handiham website will be updated daily, usually multiple times a day as news breaks. * In Operating Skills: * The July issue of QST digest audio has been completed for our blind members by Bob, N1BLF, and is posted. * Volunteer reader Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, reads the July "Doctor is in" column from QST for our blind members. * Login to the member section of the <http://handiham.org/user> Handiham website and find the magazine digests in the Library. The QST, CQ, and Worldradio digests have been read by Bob Zeida, N1BLF. * Tape deliveries are in the mail for June. Thanks to George, N0SBU, and Avery, K0HLA, and to our readers, Ken Padgitt, W9MJY, and Bob Zeida, N1BLF. Don't forget to return those mailers so we can send July out as soon as it's ready. * 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: hamradio@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 at 06/17/2009 - 19:39 · Login <http://www.handiham.org/user/login?destination=comment/reply/492%2523commen t-form> to post comments · Printer-friendly <http://www.handiham.org/print/492> version · Send to friend <http://www.handiham.org/printmail/492> _____ Courage Center Handiham System 3915 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, MN 55422 E-Mail: hamradio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Toll-Free telephone: 1-866-HANDIHAM (1-866-426-3442) FAX:(763) 520-0577 Be sure to put "Handihams" in the FAX address! We look forward to hearing from you soon.