It's time to switch out that old tape cassette player for the new National Library Service Digital Player. We will not be supporting the old tapes with Handiham audio after this year. If all goes well, we may be able to retire the tape system even earlier. New Handiham members are already registering only in the new system.
Before you do anything else, you need the player itself. You must be eligible for National Library services, though. You can find the requirements here:
The signup page is here:
For our members who do not have computers, there is a phone number: toll-free 1-800-424-8567.
If you wish to receive a packet of information by mail yourself or to order the packet for a friend, please visit the NLS form page:
Once you are signed up for NLS and have received your player, it is time to start enjoying Handiham audio digests and audio courses in Technician, General, and Extra, plus Operating Skills lectures from time to time. To get started, please contact our main office to let us know what you want, and then send us a blank NLS cartridge and mailer, both marked with your name or callsign (or both) so that we know who sent it. The cartridge will be filled with your order and returned to you in the reusable mailer. There is no charge for this, as it is a service to Handiham members. Cartridges or mailers marked as property of the U.S. Government or other organizations may not be used for this Handiham service. You must purchase your own blank cartridge and mailer.
Where to purchase cartridges and mailers:
Your local State Services for the Blind may either offer extra cartridges and mailers for sale or be able to refer you to a local source. There are also places that serve the entire country. Be sure to contact your own State Services for the Blind first so that you know what is available in your area. There may be other specialized players available through them at low cost. The standard NLS Digital Player will be provided free to qualified persons.