[Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Sun Nov 15 13:12:54 CST 2009


Actually, the impression (and it is only that) is that ACB has more hams (or at least active ones) than NFB does. Perhaps they have more time on their hands? At any rate, in this state, there are to my knowledge only 4 hams; three are in our chapter and Ben Prows is also a ham although not on the air at the moment. Although there may be some I'm not aware of, WCB has 2 hams (Tim Schnebeck and Frank Cuta) that are, I think, active and Dan Tonge was a ham; dunno whether he still is or not.

Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: MerriBeth Manning <b-bmanning at comcast.net>
To: "Clark County Chapter, NFB of Washington List" <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
Date: Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 8:59:42
Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea

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> It is kind of funny, growing up in the NFB, I thought most blind adults were, musicans, lawyers, or social services.  Altought come to think about it, there seems to be at lest one or two ham operators in each state chapter I have belonged to, lol.
> Beth
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike Freeman" <k7uij at panix.com>
> To: cccnfbw at nfbnet.org
> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 10:59:04 PM GMT com08:00 US/Canada Pacific
> Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
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> Don:
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> I agree about musicians; being o" is not a bad thing. I was thinking more in terms that many hams regard blind persons as miraculous persons, wondrously gifted in music, who have overcome overwhelming odds to be, well, normal, that is, we wouldn't be regarded as extraordinary were we sighted. I sometimes get the impression that we are regarded almost more as mascots than as real, flesh-and-blood human beings. As fantastic a musician as he was, I think Sparky fell into that category in the eyes of many. All I mean to say is that we must break out of that role.
> 
> Mike
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Don Mitchell" <donmi at comcast.net>
> To: "Clark County Chapter, NFB of Washington List" <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
> Date: Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 18:55:44
> Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
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> > I would enjoy being more involved in the ham club. I ran one of the monthly 
> > ARES nets for more then 10 years. Since they are on Tuesday nights I am no 
> > longer available for that.
> > 
> > I understand your sentiment, Mike, about musicians, but all three of us to 
> > one degree or another are musicians. I will not deny what I am just because 
> > I am blind. Our society needs to give up there stereotypes we don't. We are 
> > human and should be able to express any things that bring us joy and perhaps 
> > joy to others.
> > 
> > Don
> > 
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Les Fitzpatrick" <lesfitz at comcast..net>
> > To: "'Clark County Chapter, NFB of Washington List'" <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
> > Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 4:35 PM
> > Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
> > 
> > 
> > > Hey Mike I like it. I've been trying to go to radio but somehow there's
> > > always something going on but hopefully that will change because I like to
> > > go to radio club.
> > >
> > >
> > > please visit my website http://www.lfitz.ws
> > > Les Fitzpatrick
> > > instructor at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind
> > > President Clark County Chapter National Federation of the Blind
> > > Ham Call K5FPT
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: cccnfbw-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:cccnfbw-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> > > Behalf Of Mike Freeman
> > > Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 4:21 PM
> > > To: cccnfbw at nfbnet.org
> > > Subject: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
> > >
> > > Hi, all.
> > >
> > > It occurs to me that since there three of us in the chapter with amateur
> > > radio licenses (Les, Don and myself), it might be fun and, perhaps,
> > > beneficial for us to make our presence known unobtrusively in the ham 
> > > radio
> > > community around here to inject a modicum of NFB philosophy into the
> > > thinking of the local hams re the disabled. I've started going to the 
> > > Clark
> > > County Amateur Radio Club meetings as regularly as my schedule allows and 
> > > I
> > > would urge Don and Les to do likewise. I've put my hat in the ring for a
> > > CCARC office also. Let's put our thinking-caps on to project an image of 
> > > the
> > > blind as something more than musicians (and I'm not knocking them) to our
> > > fellow hams.
> > >
> > > Just a thought.
> > >
> > > DE Mike K7UIJ
> > >
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