Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This is a free weekly news & information update from the Courage Kenny Handiham Program, 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

  • News in Assistive Technology

  • Interview of the Week

  • Ham Radio In the News

  • Win Some Handiham History Loot

  • Equipment Connection

  • Check into our nets!

  • ...And more!

A note from the coordinator...

It is incredibly difficult to believe that it is the last day of February already. The year is just flying by! That is good because it means we are that much closer to the first Amateur Radio and Assistive Technology Retreat to be held in the Twin Cities this fall. Stay tuned as we release more details over the next several weeks! In the meantime, now is a good time to set aside some funds in your budget that you can save for travel and lodging. While we will have some scholarship funds available, you will need to provide transportation, and at least part of the cost of lodging and food. Also, we will not be providing caregivers like you would find at Radio Camp. If you require the services of a caregiver, it will be your responsibility to bring that person with you and pay for their expenses.

The ARRL has requested expanded HF privileges for Technician class operators. The request includes some phone privileges in the 75, 40, and 15 meter bands along with RTTY and digital mode privileges on the 80, 40, 15, and 10 meter bands. What do you think? While the FCC has not yet requested public comment, here at the Handiham Program, we would love to hear your opinion! You can check out the story from the ARRL at the following link: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-requests-expanded-hf-privileges-for-techni...

In the Handiham Program office, there is never a dull moment! Nancy and I are both involved in some big projects right now. If you read the E-Letter or listen to the podcast each week, you will stay up to date on all the happenings in the Handiham Program! Remember, 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@allina.com.

Answer the Handiham History trivia question correctly to be eligible to win the prize, another mug this week! 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 are some links about shoes that can send Morse code and hams returning from space. There is also another interview from a long-time Handiham Program member along with the usual items found in Handiham World each week.

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@allina.com or by calling me at 612-775-2290.

News in Assistive Technology

Unveiled Morse code shoe sends toe tapping texts at Mobile World Congress 2018

These shoes allow you to toe-tap Morse code messages and receive alerts of incoming messages. Imagine the appeal for amateur radio operators! Check out the video at the following link: https://youtu.be/McmdccSE28Y

Interview of the Week

This week, we feature an interview with Joanne Seaman, KG6POZ. While the interview is included in the podcast, you can read an edited version below.

LM: I want to welcome Joanne Seaman to the Handiham World podcast this week. Tell us a little about how you became interested in amateur radio.

JS: My Uncle Paul was a ham operator, and he wanted my dad to become one. But my dad did not understand the information in the books my uncle sent him. So, while my dad never became a ham, he wanted me to become one. He mentioned it when I was in sixth grade during a visit with my Uncle Paul and Aunt Jo. I asked Uncle Paul if he knew where I could get books in braille about ham radio. He said he did not know but that he was sure there were books available for blind boys and girls who wanted to become hams.

JS: I found out that Hadley School had a course, but I never took the course. I tried it when I was a junior in high school at the Tucson Association for the Blind in Tucson, Arizona, but I did not understand what the instructor was talking about at the time. He was talking about schematics, but I did not understand that. And then I went to high school and college, but I always dreamed of becoming a ham. And then after my father died, I took it up in memory him.

JS: Before that, however, a Handiham Member tried to talk me into becoming a member and going to camp. He told me all about the Program, but I told him I would be 99 years old before I ever passed the test. I thought the test would be really hard. After my dad died, I went to Braille Institute in Los Angeles and studied ham radio with a visually impaired instructor. He was the one who talked me into joining the Handiham Program and going to the California Radio Camp. So I went to Camp Joan Mier in Malibu, California, in 2003, and I passed the Technician test on the first try. I was also awarded an Icom radio for working the hardest.

JS: I went there again in 2004, and I passed the written part of the General. I didn’t want to do the code because I was nervous that I would not be good enough. But in 2005, with Gordon West and John Hoenshell as two of my examiners, I passed and got my General. In 2006, I tried the Extra. My studies had been interrupted because I went to Arizona to visit my sister, and I missed it by two questions. I did not understand some of the questions. In 2007, I tried again for my Extra and got 45 right and five wrong. So I got my Extra.

LM: What do you like about the ham radio hobby?

JS: You get to talk to different countries, you get to know people. You get to talk to people from Australia, England, New Zeeland—you get to learn about different places.

LM: Why don’t you share some final thoughts with us?

JS: My call sign is KG6POZ, and I am really looking forward to having coffee at the next Handiham Radio Camp with some of the campers, because I miss all my friends.

LM: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us today.

Ham Radio in the News

Two Ham Astronauts Return Safely to Earth

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After some six months in space, astronauts Mark Vade Hei, KG5GNP, and Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, returned to Earth. They traveled via a Soyus spacecraft, landing in Kazakhstan yesterday. You can read the entire article at the following link: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-astronauts-return-to-earth-land-...

Win Some Handiham History Loot

Here is your chance to own a piece of Handiham Program history, the last of its kind! This week, we are offering the only remaining Handiham System mug. If you want a chance to win this mug, make sure your membership is current and answer the following question:

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Tony Tretter developed some successful teaching methods for the Handiham Program. In fact, some of his math lectures can still be found in the Members Only section of the website. What was Tony’s call sign? (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@allina.com 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, March 6.

Equipment Connection

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I will continue contacting people who are already on the equipment request list, this week. The people who have been on the list the longest are being contacted first. While we are not soliciting new equipment requests at this time, I will make an announcement when we are ready to open up the list to new requests.

Many thanks to the numerous people who have offered equipment for Handiham Members. If you have equipment that you would like to donate to a Handiham Program member, please email Lucinda at Lucinda.Moody@allina.com or call 1-612-775-2290.

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 your area.

  • 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 get-together.  

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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.

    • If you want to donate to the Handiham Program, please use our donation website.  The instructions are at the following link:

  • As always, while our other services require that you have a current Handiham Program membership, you do not have to be a member to receive the Handiham World E-Letter.

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


Preferred telephone: 1-612-775-2291
Toll-Free telephone: 1-866-HANDIHAM (1-866-426-3442)

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: 612-775-2290.

73, and I hope to hear you on the air soon! 

For Handiham World, this is Lucinda Moody, AB8WF

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