Simpler user interface to make searching for ICs easier, Been Getting Strange Email?, Huff & Puff Stabilised VFO, Ian Poole's "Radio Receiver Technology", Get your Club Project off the ground! Spread the word..., Spyware and Scumware on your Hard Drive?, Hackers Turn Tables on File-Swapping Firms, What's New at Howstuffworks - How IP Telephony Works, How Ballpoint Pens Work, humour and inspiration - 'Aussie Humour', 'The definitive guide to Aussies' and so much more...



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What's New? - from an IC Master announcement.

IC Master has been updated with a faster, simpler user interface to make searching for ICs easier. In addition, a user request feature lets you specify ICs that you would like to see added to the database. And, in the coming weeks, look for an improved search capability and new data on the very latest ICs.

Click here for IC Master.

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Lately there has been a burst of strange email as well as the usual and new viruses.

Don't believe the "From" field, most of it's been spoofed, so don't abuse your friends, they don't know anything about it.

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Hans Summers told us on G-QRP about the Huff & Puff stabilised VFO.

"You might want to have a look at the Huff & Puff stabilised VFO. An easy circuit which can cancel large amounts of start up and ongoing drift... for as much info as you could want."

On his site Hans says; "The Huff-Puff technique is a method of stabilising the frequency of ordinary L-C VFO's. Most VFO constructors will have experienced great difficulty obtaining a stable frequency, at least without careful attention to temperature compensated capacitors etc. The Huff-Puff approach was pioneered by the late Klaus Spaargaren PA0KSB, and results in a rock-stable VFO effectively locked to a crystal-derived reference frequency. Over the years several magazine articles have appeared describing both the original circuit and subsequent enhancements. Some of the articles are reproduced here, along with details of my own Huff-Puff projects, and an article sent to me by Olivier F5LVG about his Simple Frequency Stabiliser..."

Hans has heaps of downloadable articles.


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While I'm on the subject of G-QRP, one of our most respected members Ian Poole G3YWX, (he also shares my initials) has a marvellous site.

Ian Poole is an experienced author in the field of radio and electronics. He is professionally involved in the electronics industry with a career of over 25 years. He has held an amateur radio licence for over 30 years and has written many articles for the amateur radio and electronics press.

Ian's site contains a new section devoted to "Radio Receiver Technology" including, selectivity, sensitivity, dynamic range, synchronous AM demodulation, FM reception and the relevant parameters, frequency synthesizers that are widely used in radio receivers, basic operation of a frequency synthesizer and phase noise and reciprocal mixing...


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Get your Club Project off the ground! Spread the word...

All I require is a plain vanilla text file (your-file.txt) of your written copy and, gif or jpg files of your schematics and photographs. Don't worry if you think your writing isn't terribly brilliant, that's what I'm for. Most times I need to edit work either for space, clarity or simply making it search engine friendly. Click here for further information.

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With all the bouncing email from web based email addresses I will no longer accept new subscriptions from those type of addresses. This is now becoming an internet standard for opt-in newsletters and the like.

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I am suggesting that everyone should be regularly running AdAware from LavaSoft. It is a free program that locates Spyware and Scumware on your hard drive and removes it.

I removed a lot of stuff previously and guess what? I ran it again a few days ago and I'd picked up more junk! Unbelievable... [see further down next story]

You will be shocked to find how many little programs and registries are sitting on your hard drive tracking your web browsing and collecting personal data. They will even re-direct your links when you do online shopping so that they collect the money. This is especially important to run if you have ever installed Gator, Morpheus, Kazaa, or any other file-sharing program or deal finder.

Do yourself a favour, read the article in this next link, "Beware! Your PC Could Be Bugged..." Then follow the other links!

Beware! Your PC Could Be Bugged

AdAware from LavaSoft

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Following on the heels of the above story.

"For the past several weeks, the pseudonymous programmer, who says he's a male college student and declines to give his real name, has been releasing versions of popular file-swapping programs online with the advertising and user-tracking features stripped out...."

"The 'clean' software movement, which threatens to pinch off the stream of advertising and bundling revenues that supports free software, has put the file-swapping companies in an awkward position. For years, record companies and movie studios have complained that Napster, Kazaa, Morpheus and others were contributing to the theft of their intellectual property".

"Now those same companies, seeking revenue to support their own businesses, are complaining that their intellectual property is being hijacked. In almost every case, the hacked version of their software is even being distributed through their own file-swapping networks".

[VK2TIP says] Yeah, pure poetry in motion... Read all about it, brings tears to mine tired old eyes.

Hackers Turn Tables on File-Swapping Firms

Check out what's on your system. Scroll down to Adware detect.

Check out the AdWare scorecard

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by Ian Poole G3YWX, [see story above]

Book Description
For short wave listeners and radio amateurs, the HF or short wave bands are one of the most interesting areas. Stations from all around the globe can be heard and many interesting contacts can be made. Operating on these frequencies requires many skills if the most is to be made of the time that is available. This book describes the radio spectrum from 1.8 to 30MHz. The book takes the reader through setting up an efficient amateur radio station, which equipment to choose, installation, and the best antenna for your location. It is packed full of vital information including which frequencies to use, how to operate on the bands, and the advantages of each type of transmission. HF Amateur Radio will benefit those new to amateur radio, anyone contemplating exploring the world below 30MHz, and just about any short wave listener or licensed amateur who feels he could get more out of their station.

 HF Amateur Radio  ORDER - U.K. - HF Amateur Radio - Radio Society Of Great Britain


How IP Telephony Works

IP telephony lets you make free long-distance calls using your computer. Learn about the technology behind it and how you can set it up.

How IP Telephony Works

How Ballpoint Pens Work

Before the ballpoint pen, writing was a pretty involved task. Find out how the ballpoint stores and manages its own ink supply to make writing a snap.

How Ballpoint Pens Work

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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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(by ever popular demand) -


What's the difference between Aussies and pigs?

Pigs don't turn into Aussies when they drink.

What's the difference between an Australian and a computer?

You only have to punch information into a computer once.

What do you call a field full of Australians?

A vacant lot.

An Englishman, an Irishman, an Australian and a New Zealander were in a plane, getting ready to make their first parachute jump. The Englishman's exit was spectacular; he leapt out of the plane with the cry "I am doing this for my country....."

The Irishman leapt out immediately afterwards, calling out the same words.

Then the New Zealander ripped the parachute off the Australian, pushed him out of the plane and cried "I'm doing this for my country....."

Most Australians aren't too good at history. For example, they think Gandhi's first name was Goosey Goosey.

How do you define 144 Australians?

Gross stupidity.

The Aussie pilot, when asked for his height and position, replied, "I'm 5'11" and sitting in the front seat".

What do you call an Aussie who scores well in an IQ test?

A cheat.

An Aussie is proof that God has a sense of humour.

What do you call an Aussie with half a brain?


If Santa Claus, a smart Aussie and a dumb blonde were in a room, and you tossed in a hundred dollar note, who would grab it first?

The blonde - the other two don't exist.

How many Aussies does it take to make chocolate chip cookies?

Ten. One to make the batter, and nine to peel the Smarties.

What should you do if an Aussie throws a grenade at you.

Pull the pin and throw it back.

Did you hear about the Aussie who had a brain transplant?

The brain rejected him a week later.

What's the difference between yoghurt and Australians?

At least yoghurt starts with a little culture.

An Englishman wanted to become an Irishman, so he visited a doctor to find out how to go about this.

"Well" said the doctor, "this is a very delicate operation and there is a lot that can go wrong. I will have to remove half your brain".

"That's OK" said the Englishman. "I've always wanted to be Irish and I'm prepared to take the risk". The operation went ahead but the Englishman woke to find a look of horror on the face of the doctor. "I'm so terribly sorry!!" the doctor said. "Instead of removing half the brain, I've taken the whole brain out".

The patient replied, "No worries, mate!!"

Newsflash!! An Australian's library burned down at the weekend and two books were destroyed!

The real tragedy was that he hadn't finished colouring in one of them.

There's a Japanese firm that has developed a camera with a shutter speed so fast it can actually catch an Aussie with his mouth shut.

An Australian is someone who thinks that the three major political parties in Australia are Labour, Liberal and Cocktail.


The definitive guide to Aussies

  1. The bigger the hat, the smaller the farm.

  2. The shorter the nickname, the more they like you.

  3. Whether it's the opening of Parliament, or the launch of a new art gallery, there is no Australian event that cannot be improved by a sausage sizzle.

  4. If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he's probably a media billionaire. Or on the other hand, he may be a wharfie.

  5. There is no food that cannot be improved by the application of tomato sauce.

  6. On the beach, all Australians hide their keys and wallets by placing them inside their sandshoes. No thief has ever worked this out.

  7. Industrial design knows of no article more useful than the plastic milk crate.

  8. All our best heroes are losers.

  9. The alpha male in any group is he who takes the barbecue tongs from the hands of the host and blithely begins turning the snags.

  10. It's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to hold.

  11. A thong is not a piece of scanty swimwear, as in America, but a fine example of Australian footwear. A group of sheilas wearing black rubber thongs may not be as exciting as you had hoped.

  12. It is proper to refer to your best friend as "a total bastard". By contrast, your worst enemy is "a bit of a bastard".

  13. Historians believe the widespread use of the word "mate" can be traced to the harsh conditions on the Australian frontier in the 1890s, and the development of a code of mutual aid, or "mateship". Alternatively, Australians may just be really hopeless with names.

  14. The wise man will choose a partner who is more attractive than mosquitoes.

  15. If it can't be fixed with pantyhose and fencing wire, it's not worth fixing.

  16. The most popular and widely praised family in any street is the one that has the swimming pool.

  17. It's considered better to be down on your luck than up yourself.

  18. The phrase "we've got a great lifestyle" means everyone in the family drinks too much.

  19. If invited to a party, you should take cheap red wine and then spend all night drinking the host's beer. (Don't worry, he'll have catered for it).

  20. If there is any sort of free event or party within a hundred kilometres, you'd be a mug not to go.

  21. The phrase "a simple picnic" is not known. You should take everything you own. If you don't need to make three trips back to the car, you're not trying.

  22. Unless ethnic or a Pom, you are not permitted to sit down in your front yard, or on your front porch. Pottering about, gardening or leaning on the fence is acceptable. Just don't sit. That's what backyards are for.

  23. The tarred road always ends just after the house of the local mayor.

  24. On picnics, the Esky is always too small, creating a food versus grog battle that can only ever be resolved by leaving the salad at home.

  25. When on a country holiday, the neon sign advertising the motel's pool will always be slightly larger than the pool itself.

  26. The men are tough, but the women are tougher.

  27. The chief test of manhood is one's ability to install a beach umbrella in high winds.

  28. Australians love new technology. Years after their introduction, most conversations on mobile phones are principally about the fact that the call is "being made on my mobile".

  29. There comes a time in every Australian's life when he/she realises that the Aerogard is worse than the flies.

  30. And, finally, don't let the tourist books fool you. No-one EVER says "cobber" to anyone ... EVER! It also doesn't have the bit about the true test for immigration to Australia. They give potential new Aussies the following test: Mowing a sloping lawn (at least 20 degree angle) in a pair of thongs holding a VB while watching the cricket. If you can't pass that chances are you will never be able to pass yourself off as a true Aussie.

Of course all stolen in typical true blue "Aussie" fashion from:

[WARNING] - site does contain some explicit material which may cause offence.

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