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Testing blind license applicants

When testing applicants that are vision impaired we use versions of the test that do not include any diagrams. I am a VE and there is a state school for the deaf and blind near us so we have had ...
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Do volunteer exam coordinators provide accommodations for applicants with visual impairments?

Yes, volunteer exam coordinators must provide accommodations for applicants with visual impairments. For the best experience, please contact the test team in advance so they can best prepare for your ...
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Do volunteer exam coordinators provide accommodations for applicants with visual impairments?

Blind operators typically end up being highly skilled CW operators which are highly valued in ham clubs that do contesting and are greatly appreciated and frequently treated as a VIP. But as the ...
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How do blind hams operate?

I'll answer the first part of your question, Ronald. I once witnessed a blind ham (WD8PIC) operate. His solid-state transceiver had a speech synthesizer that audibly spoke the frequency when the ...
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Testing blind license applicants

While a VE has answered definitively above, I'd also add another kind of answer. When I was studying for my license exam, the study site repeatedly pointed out that "if you have trouble with math, ...
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How do blind hams operate?

There are accessories for some radios that provide a speech capability. Here is a link to a web site, HamRadioAndVision, that has some information. https://www.hamradioandvision.com/accessible-...
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Could keying cw with your mouth using a sip-n-puff be as efficient as doing it by hand?

The SNP specs that I can find online say they can differentiate puffs shorter than 0.25 seconds, which should be good for use as a straight key at at least 5 wpm (maybe 3 to 5X slower than skilled ...
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WTB: dual band HT that can adapt to assistive hearing devices

I solved my own problem. The Jabra Enhances Pro R is hamstrung (no pun) in that the internal t-coil is unavailable for communication.
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WTB: dual band HT that can adapt to assistive hearing devices

Welcome back! Yaesu & Icon both sell HT models that feature bluetooth capability, though they may only be able to connect to one aid at a time depending on the model of aids that you have. Another ...
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Could keying cw with your mouth using a sip-n-puff be as efficient as doing it by hand?

SNP keys have been built, and were apparently described in Mars 2004 QST. As I'm not a member of ARRL I can't access it, but the first page of the article can bee seen in the following video: https://...
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Could keying cw with your mouth using a sip-n-puff be as efficient as doing it by hand?

There appear to be MIDI harmonica controller products, as well as keyer software that takes MIDI input. Probably designed from the start to be highly responsive to fast musical rhythms from air ...
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Could keying cw with your mouth using a sip-n-puff be as efficient as doing it by hand?

An SNP isn’t very fast at all*. If you’re okay with your mouth being “in use” perhaps a bite-actuated switch in place of (and configured the same as) a straight key would be better. You could “key” ...
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Testing blind license applicants

I don't like the answer "just pass enough of the rest of the exam so it doesn't matter if you fall this one." That is doing a disservice to our blind friends. The point of the question is just to ...
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