Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Welcome to Handiham World.
In this edition: 
  • Daylight changes the bands.  Is that good or bad?
  • The week's question answered: Do you take an HT along with you regularly?
  • Check into our daily nets. 
  • Take a dip in the pool: We look at statistics.
  • The Remote Base HF report:  W0ZSW scheduling comes up.
  • May audio is in production and April audio is on line.
  • There's some stuff on our radar screen this week, including a privacy issue the FCC is asking about.  
  • ...And more!

But first, we are really starting to notice the longer hours of daylight here in North America.  How does that affect our on the air activity?
Cartoon sun
It seems like just yesterday it was dark when I woke up in the morning and dark right after our evening meal.  Believe me, I pay attention to this because I have two dogs to walk.  Anyone who has a dog knows that they need to go out when they wake up in the morning, throughout the day at strategically planned times, and finally for an evening stroll.  You tend to notice when it is dark outside because you may need to take a light to see and be seen while walking along the park paths or in the street.  During the winter, when the nights are really long and there are few hours of daylight, you have no choice but to hitch up the dogs and head out into the dark.  Doggies cannot wait extra hours for daylight. 
Anyway, that pretty much assures that I know that there is more than enough night to go around all winter long.  Nights in the winter are primo for great, reliable skywave communication on bands like 160, 80, and 40 meters.