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Subject: VK2TIP Ian Purdie's Monthly Newsletter - April, 2000
Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2000 12:03:04 +1000
From: "Ian C. Purdie VK2TIP" 
Organization: Home of some of the greatest electronics tutorials on the WWW
To: undisclosed recipients 
References: 1

Hi Gang,

Hullo and once again a warm welcome to the 100+ new subscribers added over the last month.

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1.    Questions, diatribes, and cries for help should be directed toward"Questions-and-diatribes"

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2.     My questions?

Only one question:

Would your prefer to continue to receive this monthly newsletter as either email or would you prefer to receive a one line email
containing a hyper link to a monthly newsletter web page? Simply vote by sending a blank email reply (you can comment if you
wish) using either (a) or (b) below.



Now what's all the news up to the moment?

 3.     Projects in pipeline

 4.     What I'm personally up to.

 5.     Are you a technical Author?

 6.     Updates and further pages in coming month

 7.     QRP Quarterly magazine - absolutely brilliant

 8.     My customary damn lies and "statistics" and milestones

 9.     Feedback

10.    No free downloads - but I recommend you look at these.

11.    No space for a joke this month - oh all right just one I plagiarized

3.    Projects in pipeline

(a)    I'm currently advertising for technical authors (see later). This site is really exploding with visitors and it is nearly a full time job
just keeping on top of everything at the moment. We need hundreds more projects and tutorials, not just amateur radio and
electronics but astronomy and science in general. A frequent request is for science fair projects.

(b)    For obvious economic reasons I have had to introduce advertising throughout my site to try and pay for all this future
expansion. If you know of someone, possibly your employer, with a product or service which relates to my site content and it ought
to be advertised throughout my site then have them look here and click on "view media kit". It will NEVER be this cheap again.


(c)    Soon you will be able to translate all my pages into languages other than English!. Isn't that an exciting development?

4.     What I'm personally up to - if you must know

(a) I went to federal parliament in Canberra (our capital) as part of a small delegation in early March to protest the imposition of GST
(VAT) on our rents in retirement villages. Well all hell broke loose. After the usual media circus outside parliament we entered
parliament for "question time". Our member of parliament (congressman) was thrown out, we were also thrown out.

I was later summoned to our members office where I spoke by phone to the producer's assistant for the "Today" national TV morning
news programme. I arrived back home near midnight that evening to further news that an outside broadcast van would arrive 6 a.m.
next morning at my little residence. It sure did, in the dark a huge van complete with satellite link up etc. and it was raining. So we
did the interviews (waste of time) in the rain.

Another big backlash was the village owners went ballistic over this when they saw their village on national TV and they followed that
up with all the usual threatening correspondence - now we're into trench warfare. Oh well I can certainly say I don't lead a dull boring
life. BTW for the technically inclined the uplink/downlink delay was 3.6 mS and both technicians were licensed amateurs but far too
busy to talk AR and let me look through their huge OB van - pity.

(b) For the archival of all previous newsletters back to the very beginning (some good free stuff! too!) -

5.     Are you a potential technical author - want to become internationally famous?

Due to the explosive growth of my site I really am beginning to feel a need for technical authors (to be adequately compensated) to
make contributions for:

1. viable electronic projects, audio, amateur, uP, DSP etc. etc.
2. electronics tutorials - all topics.
3. general science tutorials

This is a genuine request and further details are provided here - tell a friend or a colleague as well - spread the word:

index.html#vacancies and follow the links to become famous. See your name in lights, well
not exactly that's just a bit of literary licence.

6.     Updates

Not a great deal this month - been too busy

(a)    For ALL amateur radio operators (especially in the USA) read the email I received from Alan Waller K3TKJ of QSL.NET
regarding his inexpensive yet excellent ISP service, I've posted (with permission of course) a copy at:

Alan has done a lot of marvellous things for amateur radio. Check him out. All licensed amateurs can have a free home page on his
server but a voluntary donation is suggested by yours truly. (physician heal thyself?)

Usual disclaimers - nothing in it for me - just pushing all the things I believe in.

7.    A continuing plug for one of the most excellent electronics magazines available.

You haven't invested $US 20.00 in the most excellent QRP-Quarterly magazine yet? I have

Visit QRP Amateur Radio Club, International - URL:

And while on the topic of plugs go and have a look at the magnificent job young Daniel from Queensland has done for amateur radio
public relations. Young Daniel is founder of ARPR Australia -

8.     Damn lies and "statistics"

Again and again there are further dramatic increase in site statistics to another new record monthly high.

For the month of March, HitBox reports to me.

Unique visitors 10,092 (av 326) last month was 8,001 (av 276 per day)
Page views for month 26,761 (av 863) last month was 19,903 (av 690 per day)

9.     Feedback

Don't be shy. Tell me what you think. Without feedback I don't know where to go.

10.    Real COOL but FREE! downloads -

Well nothing this month - I didn't come across anything particularly exciting

11.    Humour (by popular demand)  -

I pinched this from my good friend Eva Rosenberg from The I-Sales HelpDesk

/ /   H U M O R   &   I N S P I R A T I O N   / /

Mr. Perfect

An annoyingly self-righteous man went to the doctor for a check-up.  He said, "I feel terrible. Please examine me and tell me
what's wrong with me."

"Let's begin with a few questions," said the doctor, "Do you drink much?"

"Alcohol?" said the man. "I'm a teetotaller. Never touch a drop."

"How about smoking?" asked the doctor.

"Never," replied the man. "Tobacco is bad and I have strong principles against it."

"Well, uh," asked the doctor, "do you have much of a sex life?"

"Oh, no," said the man. "Sex is sin. I'm in bed by 10:30 every night . . . . always have been."

The doctor paused, looked at the man hard, and asked, "Well, do you have pains in your head?" "Yes," said the man. "I have
terrible pains in my head."

"OK," said the doctor. "That's your trouble. Your halo is on too tight."
The I-Sales HelpDesk is edited by:
Eva Rosenberg


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