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Subject: VK2TIP Ian Purdie's Monthly Newsletter - AUGUST, 2000
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 17:37:10 +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,

You are of course receiving this email because you elected to subscribe to the Ian Purdie's Monthly Newsletter list.

PLEASE: If you change email addresses please try and let me know. Each month I get about 3 - 5 undeliverable. Thanks to those who do notify me.

I hope you had a look at the new tutorial site because I have since added newer pages, improved the navigation etc.


Yep I'm running three little competitions this month. The prizes of Philips mouse mats (nice)  were, not surprisingly, donated by Philips electronic components. I understand some come equipped with a calculator? - more later down throughout the page - meanwhile back to normal.

Please also note: I do NOT sell or rent the email addresses belonging to my subscribers: I respect your privacy!. To unsubscribe from this newsletter, please see the end of this newsletter  - would you do THAT? - I put the jokes in at the end honest!..

I certainly appreciate your participation in receiving my Newsletter. If you appreciate it then you can either give me a rating or review these newsletters

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2.     My questions?

This month I have one important question, please help out:

Any of my readers work for National, Motorola, Intersil? I need direct contacts into their data / applications notes departments. Must be someone somewhere because Motorola and HP proxy my sites every week. Same applies to any other semiconductor or IC manufacturer. Know someone, who know's someone? Usually seems to work.

BTW Thanks to Philips for their very generous donation of updated data books, that will translate later into more tutorials and projects.

Any of the readers have links from their site to mine? Sensible reason for this question. Please write to me.

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? - still

 6.     Updates and further pages in coming month

 7.     QRP Quarterly magazine - absolutely brilliant - I'm amazed

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

 9.     Feedback

10.    Free downloads - I recommend you look at these.

11.    I'm told in no uncertain terms - no joke - I unsubscribe. Okay can't argue with that logic so here's some goodies.

3.    Projects in pipeline

There are now 80 pages on the new site, a few incomplete and some messed up totally, - don't even ask. Expect literally 100's more over the next twelve months.

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

(a)   Obviously see 3 above, but I'm still up to my ears in "parish pump" politics with a HUGE win under my belt on behalf of all people who enjoy recreational style living in manufactured homes parks. The Director-General's new guidelines include five of my seven suggested amendments. I'm stoked.

Park management's across the State may "take a contract" out on me <g>

(b)    When I fix it (thanks for the notes) - 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?

This was a genuine request with a few enquiries but no follow ups from me sorry about that - 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

Flashing lights etc.

(a) Competition No. 1 for the mouse mats. Please review my new site and get back to me with your opinions. The three I judge the best and constructive (not necessarily flattering) win a Philips "mouse mat".

(b) Competition No. 2 - This relates to a new page  where I review and give a worked example of Neil Heckt's "Filter Design Software", in this case a crystal ladder filter. Check out it out at: and if you like it go to Neil's site (details on the page), download the program for evaluation (2.2 Meg) and write back and let me know. First three names out of a box win a "mouse mat", possibly even a calculator one.

(c) Competition No. 3 - Because I'm having difficulty keeping up with email questions, especially from electronics professionals, I have set up an electronics discussion group for those people professionally engaged in the industry one way or another. If  you do / did work in electronics or have an electronics background the go to and follow the sign up process with E-groups, then send us all a test email.

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 - cheaper if you live in the USA?

Because today I received the July, 2000 quarter issue. Contained articles ranging  from a crafty cheap loop antenna, hints on surface mount projects, a story on the folded dipole with heaps of technical info and pictures of lots of boofheads like me. All told 72 action packed pages.

Told you to subscribe. 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 -

Young Daniel has told me other things by email but I've lost them, no doubt he'll rip back.

8.     Damn lies and "statistics"

I've made a total mess of the stats for the "old" site but judging by other indicators, still climbing.

9.     Feedback

(a) Don't be shy. Be one of the three people who tell me what they think, be polite.

(b) Be courageous - tell two friends about this newsletter. Test your cut and paste skills."My-friend-said-SUBSCRIBE"

10.    Real COOL but FREE! downloads -

Well nothing much this month because I'm saving them up - I did come across a few particularly exciting ones. Be patient.

11.    Humour (by popular demand)  -

No. 1:

And, lo, it came to pass that the trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called Amazon Dot Com. And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why doth thou travel far from town to town with thy goods, when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?" And Dot
replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And Dot said, "There will be a lot of banging in the

And Abraham replied, "It is my most fervent wish that this be so." And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had, at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.

But his success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secret himself inside Abraham's drum and was accused of insider trading.

And the young did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS for short.

And, lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums, that no one noticed that the real richeswere going to the drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum company in the land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would only work if you bought Brother William's drumsticks.

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others." And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or as it came to be known, "eBay," he said, "We need a name of a service that reflects what we are." And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."

"Whoopee!" said Abraham.

"No, YAHOO!" said Dot Com
No. 2


There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define great, he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them
scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!"

He now works for Microsoft writing error messages.


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