Welcome To The Active Elements Amateur Radio Website
This site has been created by radio hams for radio hams. We are striving to ensure it is an informative and useful resource for radio amateurs with disabilities. You might be surprised to discover how accessible amateur radio equipment can be, even for totally blind operators!
Equipment Evaluations for Blind and Disabled Radio Amateurs
We are continually working on extending our range of accessibility reviews and evaluations.
If you’re operating amateur radio equipment and you think your experience is of interest, why not write a review or comment for this site and share it with hams with disability.
Read more about our accessibility reviews…
Recordings for Blind Radio Amateurs
We are increasing our library of MP3 recordings of amateur manuals for the blind and print disabled, and if you have an audio manual not listed on the site, please let us know and we will seek permission to host it.
Read more about recordings…
Operating for Radio Amateurs with Disability
Amateurs with disabilities overcome major challenges every day, and here you can find experiences and practical solutions.
Read more about Operating with disabilities…
Active Elements Blog
We are continually adding content to the Active Elements site, and every article, review, and recording gets automatically added to the Active Elements Blog page.
Read the complete Blog.
Staying in touch
M0AID runs two HF nets each week for amateurs with disability on either 40M or 80m, depending on radio conditions. The nominal frequencies are 7.103 and 3.743, but we move up or down a few kilohertz if the frequency is in use.
Times are UTC in the Winter months and British Summer Time in the Summer.
Wednesday 14:00 and Friday 19:30.
We have a D-Star net on Mondays at 21:00 GMT. Reflector REF004C.
At the foot of this page, you can click the link and receive notification of new articles via email.
We also run a traditional email group. Just send a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Navigating Active Elements with a screen reader
We have placed direct links to every review and demonstration on the Accessible Evaluations page. Each section is marked with a Heading.
The Blog page shows every article submitted to Active Elements, starting with the most recent.
The Search field at the top of every page can be used to search for any text within an article.
Reviews have been placed into categories such as Rig Evaluations. These categories are shown following the text of each article.
If you wish to see all Categories, go to the Blog page, and find the Categories Combo Box.
Useful links for Radio Amateurs with Disability
Active Elements – working to improve accessibility for radio amateurs with disabilities. For accessibility evaluations of amateur equipment and MP3 manuals.
RAIBC The Charity Working for Radio Amateurs with Disabilities. For the loan of amateur radio equipment in the UK, and recordings of monthly magazines and training handbooks.
Hampod for high tech stand-alone talking accessories.
G0MDO Software for White Stick Log and White Stick Rotor.
Ham Radio and Vision for practical information and advice on all aspects of amateur radio for the low vision amateur.
I Can Work This Thing For amateur radio equipment manuals and quick guides.
Courage Kenny Handiham Program For Technician, General, and Extra Class audio lecture courses. Downloadable in MP3 or streamed from the website as a member service. $12 US annual membership, DX membership free.
Hosting two internet remote base HF stations, Kenwood TS-480 and Icom IC-7200 radios, available to members for transmit and receive. Both are equipped with voice guide modules and are on line 24/7.
A “manuals” section is maintained on the website and a collection of rig tutorials in audio format is being built, usually taught by blind users who have the radios about which they teach. (Check the Active Elements recordings pages for details)
A residential radio camp session is offered once each year in the summertime in Minnesota.
A free weekly e-letter, which is also available as a free MP3 download, and a monthly digest of amateur radio magazines in Daisy format for members.
A Handiham Radio Club, which hosts a daily net available worldwide: http://www.handiham.org/drupal2/nets
A limited equipment placement program that finds homes for used equipment with members.
Contact the Active Elements Team
please feel free to get in touch with us via our contact page.