I know that a lot of club newsletter editors have a shortage of
interetsing articles to publish.
Over the years, I've written a lot of articles for various publications,
and have decided to write some intended for the use of radio club
newsletters. I've generally tried to avoid things that are
time dependant, such as announcements for particular competitions
and such, though I've also tried to be current.
I expect to get new columns up on a somewhat irregular basis, but
I'll try to put up new material from time to time.
If your publication does not normally pay for articles,
a non-exclusive license is hereby granted for you to include any
of the articles
on this web page in your newsletter, regardless of whether your
newsletter is electronic and/or print, provided that you obey the
You keep the copyright notice intact.
You mention my web page (www.ki7tu.com).
You send me e-mail indicating that you are using the article.
If I am not normally on the distribution list for your
publication (that is, I'm not a member of your club), you send me
a copy of the newsletter in which my article appears. (I prefer
an electronic copy to the e-mail address below, or you may send
me a print copy to the address listed in QRZ.com.)
My e-mail address for such notifications is:
clark "at" ki7tu.com
If your publication does normally pay for articles, please
contact me at the above address, and I'll be happy to rephrase any of
the articles below so that they will be unique to your publication
(and thus become an exclusive version for your publication).
Here are the articles. You can click on "Subject" to
view the article on line (the .HTML version).
To get one of the other versions, you'll probably need to use
the right-mouse-button ("right-click") and have your
browser save it to a file (in Firefox, "Save Link As...",
and in Internet Explorer, "Save Target As...").
Note: There is a flaw in Internet Explorer as it obstinantely
insists on changing the extension on the .odt files to .zip.
OpenOffice Writer can still open them (just be sure to have OpenOffice
open the .zip file and not one of the files contained within it).
Just for the record, I did consider a few other titles for the above
columns, such as "Random Propogations" or
"Random Emissions", but finally settled on simply
"My Humble Opinion..."
One other thought that I'll share: If you're looking for software
to use to put together a newsletter,
I encourage you to look at
Their package has,
to my mind, two big advanatages. First is the price -- it's free.
Secondly, it is very easy to get it to produce a PDF file.
(Just go to the "File" menu and select "Export as PDF".)
The one downside I've found is that if you're working on writing a book,
it won't deal with endnotes in a manner that is consistant with the
Chicago Manual of Style. (Also, the spell checker seems to prefer
British spellings for some words, but you can ignore that.)