The HAM UNIVERSE.COM site accepts material from ALL Amateur Radio Operators and others such as Shortwave and Scanner buffs wanting to submit projects, articles, antenna plans etc, to share with all hams on our site or others interested in ham radio or the radio hobby.
A lot of our antenna projects and other articles were submitted by Hams like you!
If you have a Ham Radio site on the internet with Amateur Radio related articles or projects on it that you have written, but it's buried way down the search results in the search engines and you would like more Hams to see it, just let us know about it!
Just send us the link (url) via email with a short description, and we will take a look for possible addition to Hamuniverse.com.
If the article or project is selected for addition to our site, you will be notified promptly.
We will then get with you to go over all the details.
There is absolutely NO CHARGE TO YOU!
We do all the web work, but you get all the credit!
Here are a few guidelines for submissions.
1. If you want to submit graphics, diagrams or photos of your material via Email,
they must be in the JPEG or GIF format (our first choice) and should be a width of 480 pixels or less if possible. HOWEVER, we can work with 35mm prints 3 x 5 or larger or any size jpeg file. IN SHORT, JUST SEND WHAT YOU HAVE
AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO USE IT.
USE FLASH! USE FLASH! AGAIN, USE FLASH, INDOORS OR OUTSIDE,
AND GET CLOSE UPS ON FACES OR MAIN SUBJECT MATTER.
HAVE THE SUN BEHIND THE CAMERA IF POSSIBLE.
See photo example below taken outdoors without flash.
These people have no faces! USE FLASH!
When to use flash? See how dark the faces are.
REMOVE THOSE CAPS!
On certain occasions you may send material thru regular mail, but the bulk of materials should be sent thru email with your callsign. I repeat, WITH YOUR CALLSIGN.
How else would you get credit as an Amateur radio operator?
Do not send material as an attachment in an email unless we are expecting it,
(DUE TO VIRUS RISK).
IT WILL NOT BE OPENED!!!!!!
Please send an advance email of your intentions with as much detail about your material as possible and I repeat, make sure your call is in the email or regular mail.
2. Please be advised that all graphic material may be edited for sharpness, color , size of files (compressed) or cropped, redrawn, etc, before being published.
Text may be edited for clarity, length, appropriate language for a family site etc.
Choice words, (you know what we mean), will be eliminated!
Submit your material for our website to the email address below.
Please note that we reject very few submissions and try our best to add new material of interest to all hams most of the time! It does not matter what class license you hold!
3. Please provide a description or story to go along with your photo or article submission and provide any special privacy restrictions, otherwise we will post your Call, name etc, to give you proper credit for the submission.
You can see some of the examples on this site and know that we keep our word about the credit to you.
Don't worry if you are not a "writer".
Lots of our antenna projects were built from simple emails alone!
We do try hard on this end!
4. You must be the owner of the material!
We cannot post material from sources that we do not have permission.
5. I prefer that you copy and paste the following text in your email giving us permission to post your submission. Please note that most of our submissions are on a "word of ham's honor" basis but if you feel better, please use the permission text below!
Any posting found belonging to someone other than you will be deleted! You will retain all copyrights to YOUR WORK ONLY!
(Copy the following into an email and forward to us)
I hereby state that I am the owner of the material submitted to N4UJW AND THE HAMUNIVERSE.COM web site and I retain allcopyrights to my work. I hereby grant N4UJW, WEBMASTER OF HAMUNIVERSE.COM, who operates the web site, (HAMUNIVERSE.COM), permission to use this material on www.hamuniverse.com in any fashion deemed appropriate and for the good of Amateur Radio. I understand that I will get full credit for the original article, photos and material on the final web page/s for that article or project and it will be shared with all who view it for the purpose of increasing the interest for Amateur radio operators or others who view it. The material will be supplied free of charge to Hamuniverse.com (N4UJW) from the submitter and likewise, there will be no charge to me for getting the article published on Hamuniverse.com.
SIGNED.................................................................<<<Your name, call sign if applicable and
6. If you have any additional
stipulations or requirements as a condition of your submission, please
state them within the advance email.
Dave has a background in technical writing. This info has been slightly edited.
There is nothing more frustrating in seeing something in an article of interest and not being able to understand it. Professional Journals apart, the writer MUST assume that the poor sap reading it is ignorant. Now, don't get me wrong. By ignorant I mean unknowing, not stupid. This can mean doing some clear drawings or explaining something using different phrases or words so it is.....simple!
It follows, then, that anything technical must explain ALL the necessary bits and not assume that we are all familiar with Kirchoff's Law or Maxwell's wave equations when trying to make a PSU....(what is a PSU?), or simple dipole. Explain it properly.
Remember that the reader
(or the Webmaster/editor) cannot see inside your head, and what's simple
to you might not be for him/them. What he or she sees is exactly what is
in front of them, nothing more, nothing less.
Number the drawings. It's easier to find your way about.
Don't make the text too "friendly" or use what may be unfamiliar phrases.
The reader may not be your nationality and therefore not understand.
Keep the language simple and spell correctly. Someone may want to translate it.
Unless you really are in a rush to get it out before the season is over or you’re going away, write it, draw it & read it. Then put it away and come back to it later and review it. You may see that it is not the article you intended to write or you see spelling errors that you missed before.
Describe what the thing is and does, why it does it and the benefits of construction. Handy little items of Test Equipment are a good example of benefits. The increased range achieved by the new whiz-bang aerial is another. This is a good place to put the first illustration.
Opinion on whether this is the right place for it, or in a separate panel, is divided. But here is a good place to mention anything "special" by way of bits (tripping over several feet of coax or tubing for that new aerial while you await the connectors or other bits is not funny). Here is the place to mention special suppliers (for example, of machined parts). And just because you are the lucky owner of a Hewlett Packard Vector Voltmeter, don’t assume the reader is similarly blessed.
If your new aerial works
and you used a particular type of water pipe as a radome, or ONLY a
certain size of wire, mention it here. The poor suffering reader might get
the wrong stuff because you didn't mention the type of tube (e.g., white
water pipe, not grey or black). wire size, etc. You can even mention the
Basic circuit descriptions and maybe a few references to standard circuits are inserted at this point.
Make the illustrations CLEAR. It's far better to have too many than too few. If each one illustrates a particular item, make sure there's a drawing showing how these bits fit together.
For some reason unknown
to this author, Webmasters seem to prefer GIFs, JPEGs & PDFs as the
format for illustrations. I presume it has something to do with the
transfer to the web page. I do know that Word97 files are OK for text, but
horrible for drawings.
It is no use expecting all readers to have access to exotic test equipment, so make it easy to set up. For example, a decent VSWR meter for setting up an aerial, or an analogue voltmeter for monitoring a change in circuit conditions. If the reader is expected to make adjustments to get the project to work properly, tell him how to make them. Don't leave him "hanging".
It is at this point that
adjustments for a more "personal" project can be put in.
You probably got the idea
from some journal or other source. You DO need to say that you did and
quote the Author, magazine and date. Technical references for some strange
aspect of the project are also useful, (e.g., "Antennas" by Jasic,
2 nd Edition, page xxyy. Do not make the assumption that the
reference you used is right unless it's the original text. For example, if
you look up "Pawsey Stub" in Google or something, you’ll see several
illustrations -- all different. Make sure you get the right one that
works for you and quote its source. This is also a good place to put in
any necessary supplier details.
As you can see in the examples above, the Arial font style is more contrasty and a bit larger for "older" eyes. Keep the number of different fonts to a minimum. One for titles, one for text and a different one for drawings is quite sufficient. These are only guidelines, but help to make for an easy to understand article or project and makes for a better experience for all! 73.....Dave, M0UXB
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