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 Peanut/DMR/D-Star/Fusion net on Mondays at 20:00 UTC. D-Star Reflector XRF522D, DMR Talk Group 50210, and Wires-X room 24060. This is an experimental Peanut reflector allowing users of different modes to communicate. Tests have been positive, and I would encourage installation of Peanut if D-Star or DMR reception is flaky. You can get more info at:
Again, HF Net times are UTC between November and March, and BST between April and October.
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 DAISY audio, MP3, or streamed from the website as a member service. $12 US annual membership, $120 US Lifetime membership, DX membership free. Hosting remote base HF stations available to members for transmit and receive. They have voice guide modules and are online 24/7 except for service or weather related outages. The members only website contains a manuals and tutorials section, including a collection of rig tutorials in audio format, usually taught by blind users. (Check the Active Elements recordings pages for highlights.) The Program holds a week-long radio camp and shorter amateur radio and assistive technology conferences, offering hands on training in amateur radio operating skills and assistive technology along with in-seat license classes. The weekly e-letter, which is also available as an MP3 download, is free. Members can request a monthly digest of amateur radio magazines in DAISY format on NLS cartridges. Membership in the Handiham Radio Club is available to all Handiham Program members. The Handiham Radio Club hosts a daily net available worldwide:
The new equipment connection program connects people with equipment to donate with those who have requested equipment. Contact the Program at
Contact the Active Elements Team
please feel free to get in touch with us via our contact page.