Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, March 7, 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

  • iPhone Accessibility

  • Ham Radio In the News

  • Win Some Handiham History Loot

  • Equipment Connection

  • Member Updates

  • Check into our nets!

  • ...And more!

A note from the coordinator...

It has been a sad week as the Handiham Program experienced an unexpected loss of a valuable volunteer. Robb Morin, KD0OJE, died last Saturday. Robb and his wife, Lynne, KA1AAM, volunteered at Radio Camp several times over the years, and both the campers and volunteers alike appreciated his help. He touched many lives, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Many thanks for all the comments that have come in so far both in support of and against the ARRL proposal for 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. I will post the comments in the E-Letter in the next couple weeks, so send in your thoughts if you have not already done so. The Handiham Program 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...

Don’t forget the time change early this Sunday! Actually, I just set my clocks ahead before I go to bed on Saturday night.

In the Handiham Program office, there is always plenty to keep us busy. Even though I will be out of the office next week, the E-Letter will be published as usual. It might even be published a little earlier on Wednesday than usual! Nancy will be in the office, so if you need anything you can reach her and ask her to pass your message on to me. You can also email me directly. 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 is a focus on assistive technology with several articles and links to videos on more recent devices, along with the usual content.

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

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Victor Reader Trek

I was privileged to see the Victor Reader Trek in action last Saturday. The device combines a DAISY book player with a GPS unit. You can learn more in the following video: https://youtu.be/fNNWnHCfKUg

iPhone Accessibility

This week, we are including some information on the accessibility of the iPhone, including the iPhone X, a model that replaced the home button with gestures.

iPhone Accessibility iPhone X

This Hadley Institute video describes how to use the VoiceOver gestures on the iPhone X. It discusses how to interact with Siri and activate accessibility shortcuts. It also covers the gestures for accessing Control Center, Notification Center, the App Switcher, and how to close any open application. You can access the video at the following link: https://youtu.be/q5ltMjfvNm8

iFocus Beginning VoiceOver Gestures - Apple Accessibility

This is another Hadley Institute video on how to use the Apple Accessibility Features on the iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch. This video walks you through how to quickly get up and running on your new device. Using just a few simple gestures, you will soon be moving through your device like a pro. You can check it out at the following link: https://youtu.be/tHv4R8S3OIg

Ham Radio in the News

Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, is “Amateur of the Year,” as Hamvention® Announces Award Winners

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Valerie, NV9L, known by many as one of the Co-Hosts of Ham Nation, is a fan of DXing and contesting. She has participated in several DXpeditions over her years as a ham. Additionally, she is known for several YouTube how-to videos for the amateur radio community. Last year, she deployed to Puerto Rico as a part of the American Red Cross disaster response to Hurricane Maria, living out the amateur radio mission to serve during emergencies. Please join us in congratulating her for winning this prestigious award! You can read the entire article at the following link: http://www.arrl.org/news/valerie-hotzfeld-nv9l-is-amateur-of-the-year-as...

Win Some Handiham History Loot

Here is your chance to own a piece of Handiham Program history! We are offering one of two remaining 40th Anniversary Handiham mugs. These mugs 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 mug, make sure your membership is current and answer the following question:

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Over the years, many clubs have supported the efforts of the Handiham Program through volunteering, help with equipment, and donations, among other things. What was the name of the very first radio club that worked with the fledgling Handiham Program? (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. 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 13.

Equipment Connection

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Equipment connections are beginning to take place! As a reminder, there is some fine print that you will need to be aware of when these connections happen.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health (“CKRI”), provides a way to connect Handiham members in need of radio equipment with people who want to donate used equipment; however, CKRI makes no warranty whatsoever regarding the equipment. No warranties, promises, and/or representations of any kind, express or implied, are given as to the equipment.

CKRI shall not be liable for any loss or damage of whatever nature (direct, indirect, consequential, or other) whether arising in contract or tort or otherwise, which may arise as a result of your use of contact information (or failure to use) contact information provided by CKRI. CKRI only provides contact information upon request where an individual has used ham radio equipment to share that matches a request and both individuals have agreed to the exchange of contact information. The outcome of the contact between the individuals is not with the control of CKRI, and we cannot take responsibility for any aspect of the communications or transactions. The provision of contact information is not to be taken as an endorsement or representation of any kind by CKRI.

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.

Member Updates:

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Congratulations are in order for member and volunteer Matt Arthur, KA0PQW, on the release of his new CD titled, “On the Edge, at the Bottom.”

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 (five hours ahead starting next week).

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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