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My name is Bobby (Joel) I go by Joel. A new blind ham, got my Tech ticket in Apr of 2016 and upgrated to General in Dec. 2016. I studdied with a Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/merryviking/playlists I took a lot of practice test at https://hamexam.org/exam/12-Technician

I operate a Kenwood TS-2000 with a speach mod. My antennas are a Diamond Tri band 70cm, 2m and 6m. My Elmer (N4DC) and I just hung an off center fed diapole 80-10m. I have a mobile BTech UV25X2 for our car I also use it in the shack for power outages plugged into a battery booster pack with a mag mount antenna on a ammo can. My HT is a Baofeng BF-8HP.  My PC uses NVDA screen reader. It also has the free version of HRD and JJRadio that I use to controle my radio. I also have Kebwood software MCP-2000 to store and write menory channels and to change other functions. If you are or a friend are blind you are welcome to contact me for help.

With a purchas of a Yeasu FT-450D and a Signalink I am playing with the WSJT-X software doing FT8. I know what you think, how is a blind ham doing this? I am not totally blind. I have a vary little vision in one eye. With a 32in. monitor using Windows 10  magnifier at 400%, setup with black background with yellow or white text for high contrast.  and a 4x hand magnifier. I am able to read the software  I also use the free screen reader NVDA. The paid screen reader software, JAWS which I don't use but a lot of blind hams use would cost $800 to $1000. It was a long month my elmer N4DC and I had trying to get me doing digital modes. We tried to use my KenwoodTs-2000 but had something wrong and I gave up and got the yeasu. Which I keep setup just for WSJT-X and HRD. I wish the WSJT-X software were more blind accessable. Their is a couple of places on it it will not let me change the background to black. Which is hard to see when your text is yellow.

 

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