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Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 23:42:45 +1100
From: "Ian C. Purdie VK2TIP"
Organization: Home of some of the greatest electronics tutorials on the WWW
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: VK2TIP Ian Purdie's Monthly Newsletter - February, 2000
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1.    Questions, diatribes, and cries for help should be directed toward"Questionsand  diatribes"

I appreciate your participation in receiving my Newsletter so again I will not include any commercial hype this month.

This month I ask you the question:

"Does anyone see any value in a moderated email list, which would be issued weekly and, where electronic related questions can
be asked and hopefully responded to by the next week answered by other list members?". This relies on sufficient numbers participating and having a wide variety of backgrounds.

A typical question asked is: "I would like to be able to build a security tag device like those used in clothes shops and libraries. I
think they use RF with tags that resonate, but I don't really know." - neither do I.

Is such a list, where we can possibly help one another, a valuable resource?"Weekly Email List" - don't forget to include your incisive comments!

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

 3a.   Search engine now installed on site

 3b.    Has this newsletter proved useful to you?

 4.     What I'm personally up to.

 5.     Licensing Tutorial Course

 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.    A few valuable but FREE! downloads - I use and recommend them of course.

11.    Bookstore not coming yet

12.    All right I've included two jokes by popular demand.

3a.   "Now out of date"

3b.    Is this Newsletter particularly useful?

I still don't know - but thanks anyway to the 3 folks who took the time to write to me last time.

4.     What I'm personally up to is now becoming a reality. It has been a 12 hour a day job - I kid you not. I have expanded greatly on what you have ever seen before.

BUT you can still get a sneak preview at:

"Now out of date"

Virtually none of the links work yet but you can try a couple near the top, both left and right hand columns. Please don't write back telling me some links don't work

Some of the new features to come on to the new web site:

(a) project - Square Wave Signal Generator - also loaded on existing site. Tell me what you think.

(b) project - Fixed frequency Signal Generator
(c) project - Simple Regenerative Receiver
(d) project - Real Sophisticated Kits
(e) topic - Guide to easy project building methods
(f) topic - Download FREE Electronic Software
(g) topic - Serious Web design stuff
(h) topic - Learning morse code CW the sensible way
(i) topic - How to solder proficiently
(j) topic - Archival of all previous newsletters back to the beginning - also included on existing site

Now you know what I do with my time, (a) above alone has accounted for 40+ hours over 4 days and will run to about 10 printed pages.

I'm also looking for volunteers to beta test this new site when I've set it up. Can you help? Thanks to Toby Deinhardt of Germany for his extensive help and constructive criticism so far.

5.     Licensing Tutorial Course

On hold due to time constraints

6.     Updates, new pages and further pages in coming month

Site improvements galore for new site but in the interim I have included a new LC Calculator at

If you want to instal it at your site let me know.

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

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"

A increase in site statistics to another new record monthly high. Who would have thought what I would have achieved in just 12 months. - thank you for your support

9.     Feedback

Well tell me what you think.

Without feedback I don't know where to go.

10.    Real COOL but FREE! downloads -

If you use Notepad or something similar I have found this absolutely brilliant free replacement. I'm using it extensively to rewrite the
electronic-project site and I find it stunning. Does html as well as text. Feature loaded and totally free, excellent performance with far
too many features to list here. But get this! - if you buy the Pro version it only costs $USD 19.95 phew! but the FREE version is
called NoteTab Light v4.6a

I've used it for a month and it's a real winner for me.

Usual disclaimers, I have no connection with them except as a very satisfied user.

11.    Humour -  The Top 10 pieces of advice from kids

1.  "Always knock after dad comes."  -- Brian, 3

2.  "Medicine only works if it's cherry flavoured."  --  Elissa, 9

3.  "Good food always comes with a toy."  --  Ryan, 6

4.  "Just because your dog drinks from the toilet, doesn't mean you should."
                -- Juaquim, 7

5.  "Don't dry the dog in the microwave."  -- Brittany, 5

6.  "Never ask dad about his "other" friend."  -- Nippun, 10

7.  "If mommy says no, then you should ask daddy." -- Daniel, 7

8.  "You can't eat soup with a fork."  -- Mel, 4

9.  "Don't pick your nose when you're finger-painting."  --Xiang, 8

10.  "Never ask mom when she's going to go on a diet." --Bob, 11

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