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Subject: VK2TIP Ian Purdie's Monthly Newsletter - February, 2000
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2000 01:21:37 +1100
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 a special welcome to the 100+ new subscribers this month.  We are becoming somewhat popular aren't we?

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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 great commercial hype this month.

2.     My questions?

Last month I asked 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.

This of course elicited the usual handful of replies. Good heavens I send out literally hundreds of these newsletters each month. At the present growth rate we will be into the thousands (true) by the end of the year. But for what purpose if no one reads them (apart from my loyal band who take the time to write back each month and offer constructive suggestions and thanks?.

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

 3.     Projects in pipeline

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

11.    Bookstore not coming yet

12.    O.K., O.K., All right already yet, I've included two jokes by popular demand.

3.    Projects in pipeline

(a)    I wouldn't have thought it was a particularly popular topic, but based upon FAQ, many people are interested in a good old fashioned A.M. Receiver with excellent sensitivity, stability, dynamic range etc., ideally for SWL and A.M. - D.X.. I'll do the project and maybe even a kit. Then again maybe not the last part.

(b)    Susan Millar, a Sydney high school physics teacher now has me engrossed in a Radio Telescope project. Never previously paid any attention to the topic until now. Measure and record radio noise from the "Milky Way". Exciting!

"Now out of date"

see also below ( 6. Updates and further pages in coming month)

4.     What I'm personally up to

Still working on and thanks very much to Alan Waller K3TKJ for his generous support in offering to host the new site (when ready) at minimal cost.

However in a different area I have become committed to making representations / lobbying our government on behalf of permanent residents of Residential Parks in Australia to be exempt from the soon to be introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST or VAT to overseas residents) on our site rental payments.

If you rent a home nearby you are exempt from GST, live in a residential park (no services included) and your rent will go up by 10% from 1st July. I'm going to Canberra as part of a small delegation in early March. I think it all came about as an unintended anomaly because the bureaucrats had never heard of residential parks.

This is all very time consuming.

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

Now you know what I do with my spare time apart from reading and, where necessary, answering 200+ emails a day.

Once again thanks to Toby Deinhardt of Germany for his extensive help and constructive criticism so far. I promise I'll get rid of most <target="_new"> from the new site Tony.

5.     Licensing Tutorial Course

On hold due to time constraints

6.     Updates

(a)    A common question asked by newcomers is one relating to antennas. So Jim Duffy (aka Dr. Megacycle) KK6MC/5 has generously consented to his posting on the topic to be reprinted at:

Check that out. Perhaps one day I may even explain how "Duff" manages to get over 20 years use out of a razor blade. I think that's right!

(b)    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?)

(c)    Having trouble learning Morse Code? Learn Morse Code - 5 wpm in 12 days. Well my good friend Bruce Kizerian KK7QP claims this method "could teach a tree stump morse code". You have to buy it of course.

(d)    With considerable misgivings, angst, some political debate, trepidation and whatever I have reluctantly decided to give you the low down on a new insiders club.

It is called S.O.C. (Second Class Operators Club). A sort of secret society of the greatest "Klutz's" in amateur radio. Nice people though. We're so secret we can't even tell one another what the secret is.

It came about after we heard about the existence of the very long standing "First Class Operators Club"

Membership there apparently is restricted to "by invitation only". Naturally being sort of "bums" we were somewhat miffed by this exclusivity and retaliated (a sort of "gamesmanship" or should that be called "one-upmanship") by forming our own club - drum roll please - Second Class Operators Club.

We even have our own genuine club chaplain (I'll locate him in a minute, just talk among yourselves whilst I cut and paste) here he is:  Fr. John+ WB6MFS  SOC #0. Our club prayer? "God help us!".

To quote someone (who? - now you know why we're SOC) << Final point - and I do apologize for the length of this - ham radio has got to be fun or why bother. >>

We have a club logo even, a motto "second class is always best" - that's probably wrong but, then again I'm SOC member #171 and also the unofficial, self-appointed "Trash master". Yep I contributed the inaugural "trash" to our site.

So, if you are licensed or possibly soon to be licensed (hopefully), you don't take yourself or your hobby unnecessarily seriously and would like to meet some of the greatest people around in the world go to (I'll find it in a minute I promise - yeah under bookmarks!) go to the bottom of the page and follow the SUBSCRIBE instructions

It's totally free-gratis-costs zilch. Only cost will be your sanity.

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

7.    A 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"

A further dramatic increase in site statistics to another new record monthly high. When will it stop? Every month since January, 1999 has been a new record - thank you for your support.

For the month of February, HitBox reports to me.

Unique visitors 8,001 (av 276 per day)
Page views for month 19,903 (av 690 per day)
80.62% are first time visitors with the remaining 19.38% returning up to over 100 times in the month

9.     Feedback

Well tell me what you think. Without feedback I don't know where to go.

10.    Real COOL but FREE! downloads -

Well nothing this month, been busy elsewhere but some very interesting sites I would recommend visiting,
call it a mystery tour

3. - NOT an advertisement, result of an excellent TV documentary. Read it carefully.

11.    Humour (by popular demand)  -

An ageing man lived alone in Ireland. His only son was in Long Kesh Prison, and he didn't know anyone who would spade up his potato garden.

The old man wrote to his son about it, and received this reply, "For Da, for heavens sake, man, don't dig up that garden! Don' you remember, that's where I buried the GUNS!"

At precisely 5 a.m. the following mornin', a dozen British soldiers showed up and dug up the entire garden, but found nary a gun....

Confused, the man wrote to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next.

His son's reply was: "Da'... just plant your potatoes."


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