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Hi Ian,

Again Greetings for the forthcoming seasons in your part of the world.

You are of course receiving this email because you elected to subscribe
to the Ian Purdie's Monthly Newsletter list at your preferred email address
shown above. Read it right through - definitely well worth it. This is
the brief mid-month edition although slightly early.

Your first name is recorded as: Ian. This being your recorded preferred
name. You can change this!


2. My questions?

Have you seriously considered joining our Electronics "Questions and Answers
News Group"?

This is a mutual help group with a very professional air about it. I've
learn't things. Not for absolute newcomers to ask questions BUT an excellent
learning resource for lurkers. Last time I checked we had jumped up to
146 subscribers and growing.


3. Projects in pipeline

Still adding pages as time permits.

Among the new pages is one again I have often been asked about.

This section on antennas will develop into a very huge section over time.


My friend Steve "melt solder" Weber, KD1JV is considering a project for
building a signal generator kit.

As Steve says:

"I was thinking maybe it's time to finally do a Signal Generator. After
messing with analog oscillators, mixers and PLL's, I've come to the conclusion
it's easier just to use a DDS chip, like the 9850. That gives the ability
to produce a signal from near DC to over 50 Mhz in 1 Hz steps, without
a lot of fuss.


Audio to 52 Mhz output, 1 Hz steps min.
8 digit LED display for easy viewing across bench
+10 to -10 dBm adjustable output, not calibrated or metered
(maybe just a light that comes on when the output hits 0 dBm)
ALC ampifier for constant level output over freq range.
Frequency sweep function
Possibly an RS-232 port for external control
Preprogrammed ham band frequencies with outputs to select filters, so
can be used as exciter for a transmitter.

A board only kit would run about $175.00 This might seem expensive, until
you price commercial sig gens - even surplus ones!

Let me know if you'd be interested in a project like this, so I can judge
if it's worth putting the time and money into it :-)"

I think that would be a fantastic project. What do you think? Steve is
considering sharing this project with us.


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

Grand-children Nos. 16 & 17 arrived safely. Not grand-children numbered
15 & 16 respectively as previously quoted - Oh duh!


5. Updates

We've gone to a twice monthly newsletter.


6. Damn lies and "statistics"

Last month, November was roughly a 32% increase on the previous month.
Indications so far are that December may eclipse November by about 50%.


7. Feedback

Use this multi-purpose form


Go there and "tell-a-friend" about that subscription page by email.

8. Real COOL but FREE! downloads -

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the design of DC-DC converters based on SIMPLE SWITCHER® power converter


9. Science News

Intel, at the International Electron Devices meeting in San Francisco,
will release details of the world's smallest and fastest transistor. The
new transistors are.03 microns wide, and a stack of 100,000 would be as
thick as a sheet of paper.
See: http://www.intel.com/research/silicon/


10. Humour (by ever popular demand) -


 1) At lunch time, sit in your parked car with your sunglasses on and point
a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

 2) Page yourself over the intercom. Don't disguise your voice.

 3) Insist that your e mail address is:

 4) Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries
with that.

 5) Encourage your colleagues to join you in a little synchronized chair

 6) Put your garbage can on your desk and label it "IN."

 7) Develop an unnatural fear of staplers.

 8) Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten
over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

 9) In the memo field of all your checks, write 'for xxxxxx favors.'

10) Reply to everything someone says with, "That's what you think."

11) Finish all your sentences with "In accordance with the prophecy."

12) Adjust the tint on your monitor so that the brightness level lights
up the entire work area. Insist to others that you like it that way.

13) Dont use any punctuation

14) As often as possible, skip rather than walk.

15) Ask people what sex they are. Laugh hysterically after they answer.

16) Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."

17) Sing along at the opera.

18) Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don't rhyme.

19) Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Wear
them one day after your boss does. (This is especially effective if your
boss is of the opposite gender.)

20) Send e-mail to the rest of the company to tell them what you're doing.
For example, "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the bathroom, in Stall #3."

21) Put mosquito netting around your cubicle. Play a tape of jungle sounds
all day.

22) Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party
because you're not in the mood.

23) Call the psychic hotline and don't say anything.

24) Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name, Rock Hard.

25) When the money comes out of the ATM, scream "I Won!", "I Won!". "3rd
time this week!!!"

26) When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling
"Run for your lives, they're loose!"

27) Tell your boss, "It's not the voices in my head that bother me, its
the voices in your head that do."

28) Tell your children over dinner, "Due to the economy, we are going to
 have to let one of you go."

29) Every time you see a broom, yell "Honey, your mother is here!"

30) And the final way to keep a healthy level of insanity.... Send this
e-mail to everyone in your address book, even if they sent it to you


have asked you not to send them stuff like this.



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For the handful of keen ones among you this upcoming season, cards from
far off lands can be sent to (I'm sure statistically one person will):

Ian C. Purdie VK2TIP,
138 "Bevington Village",
Sunrise Avenue

That's all folks
72/73's and oink

Ian Purdie Budgewoi N.S.W. Australia - Co-ords S33º14', E151º34'
VK2TIP "I'll give ya the TIP mate" QRP-L #1978. SOC #171 FP#91
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Updated 15th December, 2000