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Handiham 55th Anniversary Special Event Station

On Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 1st, the Handiham Program will celebrate its 55th anniversary. This is a pretty special accomplishment for any organization! We will be celebrating with a special event station sponsored by the Handiham Radio Club, and all currently licensed Handiham Program members and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to participate. The object is to work as many stations as possible during the time period. Participants may use all amateur bands and modes to make contacts, including digital and VOIP modes. Participants may contact any licensed amateur radio operator for the event. The event will start at 1900 UTC on April 29th and run through 1900 UTC on May 1st. Please QSL direct to the Handiham Program. Listen out for CQ Handiham 55!

QSL Information:

To receive a special Handiham card, QSL direct to:

Courage Kenny Handiham Program
3915 Golden Valley Road
Mail Route 78446
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Please include the call sign of the station you contacted. Feel free to also QSL direct to the station you worked.

Handiham Daily Net Returning

Following the loss of a great net control station, Doug, N6NFF, now a silent key, and our previous net manager, Diane, KK6LOE, the Daily Net has been only running on Monday and Friday mornings.  We have good news!  The Net is returning to five days a week! Join us each weekday morning for friendship, to promote the Handiham Program, and to exchange ideas on the many aspects of the amateur radio hobby. We will also have trivia questions to challenge your brain and maybe even increase your knowledge of ham radio.  Plus, we will be getting to know each other by call sign, name, and voice, and, at times, a smile and a laugh.  The daily Handiham Net is returning! 

New Handiham Net Manager, Barry, K9AMO

Handiham Radio Club leadership (Linda Reeder, N7HVF, Tom Behler, KB8TYJ, and John Glass, NU6P) would like to announce the appointment of a new net manager, Barry McMills, K9AMO. We are please to welcome him to this position. Watch for an upcoming introduction from Barry in Handiham World and on this club website.

Handiham 54th Anniversary Special Event QSO Party

Overview:

This Friday, April 30th, the Handiham Program will celebrate its 54th anniversary. That is a pretty special accomplishment for any organization! We will be celebrating with a QSO party sponsored by the Handiham Radio Club, and all currently licensed Handiham Program members and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to participate. The object is to work as many stations as possible during the contest period. Participants may use all amateur bands and modes to make contacts, including digital and VOIP modes. Participants may contact any licensed amateur radio operator for the event. The contest will start at 1900 UTC on April 30th and run through 1900 UTC on May 1st. Logs will be required and may be submitted by mail or email no later than June 1st. The exchange is simply name and state, province, or country, and one point will be given per contact. Please have contacts QSL direct to the Handiham Program. Listen out for CQ Handiham 54!

Photo of Matt, KA0PQW, talking on his HT in front of his cabin at Radio Camp in 2019.

QSL Information:

To receive a special Handiham card, QSL direct to:
Courage Kenny Handiham Program
3915 Golden Valley Road
Mail Route 78446
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Please include the call sign of the station you contacted. Feel free to also QSL direct to the station you worked.

James, KD0AES, SK

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of James, KD0AES. His family reached out to us today to share that he died. James was a life member who loved the Handiham Program and was greatly involved in helping out with the nets. He maintained a positive attitude and felt a sense of purpose in life from helping others. He will be greatly missed.

New Handiham Net Manager

The Handiham Radio Club congratulates Diane Fisher, KK6LOE, on her appointment as Handiham Net Manager. She was appointed during the first radio club meeting on the Zoom platform. We thank her for her willingness to donate her time in service to the Handiham Radio Club and all those who check into the many nets.

Handiham Special Event Station

Sponsored by the Handiham Radio Club

For a special 2020 Handiham QSL card, please QSL direct to:

Courage Kenny Handiham Program
3915 Golden Valley Road
Mail Route 78446
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Please include the call sign of the station you contacted.  Feel free to also QSL direct to the station you worked if desired. 

2020 Handiham Special Event Station

August 7, 5pm CDT (2200 UTC) to August 9, 11pm CDT (August 10, 0400 UTC)

Purpose:

This event provides an opportunity for all Handiham Members to get on the radio, make contacts, and have fun.  This event also allows students who just attended a week of classes in operating skills to practice newly acquired skills.

Suggested information to share if working phone and not on a repeater or Echolink:

CQ CQ CQ Handiham Radio Club special event in honor of the Handiham Program celebrating 53 years of helping people with disabilities participate in the amateur radio hobby. CQ CQ CQ [your call sign]

Exchange:

Signal report, QTH, and your name and call sign.
Advise the contact that there is a special QSL card for this event and instructions are available at Handiham.org.

Log:

Include your call sign and QTH and station description
Date / UTC Time / Call sign / band / mode / signal report

Logs are due no later than August 31st

Prize categories:

VHF/UHF (including Echolink and Repeaters)
• All Band Unlimited (VHF/UHF/HF—including Echolink and Repeaters)

Getting Radio Active in the Handiham Radio Club

We are working on getting this site up and active again for the Handiham Radio Club. Stay tuned for Radio Club information and announcements!

As a reminder, your current club leadership team is:

Club President: Linda Reeder, N7HVF

Club Vice President: Tom Behler, KB8TYJ

Club Secretary: John Glass, NU6P

Remembering a friend I made with a radiogram

Today would have been the 55th birthday of Michelle Mendez, a brilliant lawyer, whose career and life ended prematurely a couple years ago, but what is important for me is the way it all started.

It started when we were both in high school, and I had a radiogram to deliver. That’s a simple, voluntary job hams do. Mostly, you get the job done, and life goes on; This was different, though, because Michelle was so engaging. This happened back in ’79 or ’80, but hard to forget because it was simply so much fun!

Since I would have my own birthday a few days later, I asked Michelle if I could call her an older woman, and she said “Well, you can’t change it.”

I still deliver radiograms, though the process is not quite as easy now. Back younder, when you called someone, they actually answered the phone. The number was always correct, and it always worked.

There have been some received too late, because I know the recipient went SK (ham speak for dying) ages ago, but sad and reflective as those experiences are, they are also an opportunity to recall better times, when the news was better.

I will try to meet the nts of today with the same willingness to help make a day a little brighter if I can, because that is what a radiogram can still do!