Get the Google Toolbar for free, Logosol Servo & Stepper Motion Control, Electronic Engineer's Master, On The Subject Of Parts Etc. - Parts Express, Write a site review for Alexa, Upgrading to Second Class Operators, Ultra Cheap PDF Program. WHAT'S NEW AT HOWSTUFFWORKS - How Lightning Works , How GPS Receivers Work. HUMOUR AND INSPIRATION - "proper posting to this list", "an actual letter sent to a Bank in the United States" and so much more...



Hello Folks,

Welcome to the mid March newsletter.

[STOP PRESS]: I have just been advised after mailing out the newsletter notices that our good friend and fellow subscriber, Dr, Vince Bello passed away a few days ago March, 15th.

Vince was a good friend, confidant and stalwart supporter to me. To Ann, our deepest sympathy.

O.K. let's get right into it...


Most people know I'm a "googlephile", Google consistently delivers the highest quality content relative to your search terms and I'm really amazed people actually use other search engines. this is "FREE" has nothing to do with me but is a toolbar I find very useful.

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"Single and multi-axis motion control boards, intelligent drives and PWM servo amplifiers for brushless, brush-commutated and stepper motors".

As Joe recently told our Electronics Questions & Answers List:
"I have worked with a number of motion control systems and have recently come across a gem. Logosol has the best C API I have ever seen in the motion control industry. Their online documentation, code examples, and dll's and lib's are free and easily implemented".

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"Electronic Engineers Master is the world's largest catalog of electronic components, equipment and services. Search the worlds largest database of electronics manufacturers and products. Request catalogs, check manufacturers stock, search by keyword..."

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PARTS EXPRESS also have an excellent resource index. Pay them a visit!

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Please be anonymously famous! Review me at Alexa!

Alexa places me at an average traffic ranking: 282,514. This is quite phenomenal considering the size of the www and the millions of other high profile sites around.

Join the conversation! Write a review of my site and share your thoughts. Please be sure to focus your comments on the web site content, functionality or service. Read Alexa's review guidelines for more information. You can also look at some example customer reviews before you write your own.

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The year 2002 edition of this famous Handbook is now available from Amazon. Also on offer is a special deal of buying two books at a reduced price. Buy it with The ARRL Antenna Book (19th Ed./Bk&CD-ROM) today!

See:  A.R.R.L. 2002 Handbook from Amazon - scroll down that link for details of the deal with the Antenna Book.


Some lost soul naively asked how he might upgrade himself to our "second Class Operators Group". Here was John's response to this request - "� 2002, J. McAulay, WA6QPL SOC 263?"

"Upgrading" to SOC? Can't be done. That would be like upgrading to brown eyes or curly hair. Second Class Operators are born, not made. It isn't something you can study for. You either are, or you aren't. Recognition of this status, however, ahh... that's what membership really confers.

When there's a big pileup, and things finally calm down enough for you to hear that guy in Uzbekistan so clearly, but you are so excited you send the call of the last station he worked, and the VE3 comes back to you like a ton of bricks, sending "I KNOW U?"... that's second class.

When a visitor to your shack looks curiously at your coax switch with the knob pointed toward "TWO METERS" while you work someone in Eastern Europe, and you have to confess you labeled it wrong in 1967 and just never bothered changing it... that's second class.

When you finish cleaning up that old Marine-Band radio to use on 160 meters and try a few test transmissions, and the antenna loads a little funny because you changed the wrong crystal, and the Coast Guard is on the telephone asking you to please get the heck off 2182... that's second class.

These sorts of things can't be learned. They just don't happen to ordinary people. They are reserved for those of us who are truly second class.

We need to stick together.

� John WA6QPL SOC 263?

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I'm very grateful to Tony for alerting me to this cheap program for creating nice looking PDF files. If you need/want to convert files to PDF (see later for the printable version of this page) then this is "really cheap". No connection, just a satisfied user.

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ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs 2002
New! for 2002 - ARRL
Short-Range Wireless Communication
Fundamentals of RF System Design (With CD-ROM)
Basic Electronics
Bureau Of Naval Personnel U S. Navy
another popular seller
RF Circuit Design
Chris Bowick

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How Lightning Works

Like many natural phenomena, lightning is not always what it seems. Go behind the mystery and learn what's really going on when lightning strikes. Knock out your antenna system?

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How GPS Receivers Work

A GPS receiver uses signals from satellites to pinpoint its exact location. Find out how the Global Positioning System works and what to look for when buying a GPS receiver.

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(by ever popular demand) -


Question: How many internet mail list subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: - 1,331

1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail list that the light bulb has been changed,

14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently,

7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs,

27 to point out spelling and grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs,

53 to flame the spell checkers,

156 to write to the list administrator complaining about the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list,

41 to correct spelling in the spelling and grammar flames,

109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take this email exchange to alt.light.bulb,

203 to demand that cross posting to:

about changing light bulbs be stopped,

111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts **are** relevant to this mail list,

306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique, and what brands are faulty,

27 to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs,

14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and to post corrected URLs,

3 to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to this list which makes light bulbs relevant to this list,

33 to concatenate all posts to date, then quote them including all headers and footers, and then add "Me Too.",

12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy,

19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three",

4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ,

1 to propose new alt.change.light.bulb newsgroup,

47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion was meant for, leave it here.

The responsible party? - Rob, KC0BOM.


> Below is an actual letter sent to a Bank in the United States. The Bank Manager thought it amusing enough to "allegedly" have it published in the New York Times.

Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavoured to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations some three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire salary, an arrangement which, I admit, has only been in place for eight years.

You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account by $50.00 by way of penalty for the inconvenience I caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. You have set me on the path of fiscal righteousness. No more will our relationship be blighted by these unpleasant incidents, for I am restructuring my affairs in 2002, taking as my model the procedures, attitudes and conduct of your very bank.

I can think of no greater compliment and I know you will be excited and proud to hear it. To this end, please be advised of the following changes:

I have noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, ever-changing, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become. From now on I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person.

My mortgage and loan repayments will, therefore and hereafter, no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your branch whom you must nominate. You will be aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.

Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.

Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof. In due course I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required to access my account balance on your phone bank service.

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Let me level the playing field even further by introducing you to my new telephone system, which you will notice, is very much like yours.

My Authorized Contact at your bank, the only person with whom I will have any dealings, may call me at any time and will be answered by an automated voice service: Press buttons as follows:

1. To make an appointment to see me.

2. To query a missing payment.

3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

4. To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.

5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.

7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated at a later date to the Authorized Contact.

8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.

9. To make a general complaint or inquiry. The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

While this may on occasion involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call. This month I've chosen a refrain from "The Best of Woodie Guthrie":

"Oh, the banks are made of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are filled with silver,
That the miners sweated for."

On a more serious note, we come to the matter of cost. As your bank has often pointed out, the ongoing drive for greater efficiency comes at a cost which you have always been quick to pass on to me. Let me repay your kindness by passing some costs back.

First, there is a matter of advertising material you send me. This I will read for a fee of $20 per page.

Inquiries from the Authorized Contact will be billed at $5 per minute of my time spent in response. Any debits to my account, as, for example, in the matter of the penalty for the dishonored check, will be passed back to you. My new phone service runs at 75 cents a minute. You will be well advised to keep your inquiries brief and to the point.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

May I wish you a happy, if ever-so-slightly less prosperous, New Year?

Your Humble Client,

Yes, it is probably pure urban legend.

Source: - RLemmel - FPQRP

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