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FLASH! AGAIN, USE FLASH, INDOORS OR
AND GET CLOSE UPS ON FACES
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How else would you get credit as an Amateur
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know what we mean), will be eliminated!
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does not matter what class license you hold!
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submission and provide any special privacy restrictions, otherwise
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know that we keep our word about the credit to
Don't worry if you are not a "writer".
Lots of our antenna projects were built from simple emails
We do try hard on this end!
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If you want to share it with other hams worldwide, let
guide to Writing Technical Stuff for
Submitted to us by Dave, M0UXB of the U.K.
Dave has a
background in technical writing. This info has been slightly
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
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
Editors note: (There are
many classes and levels of ham radio operators worldwide and no two
have the same knowledge or technical skills as the writer may
have. An antenna in the U.S. is an aerial in the U.K.! Coax shield
and screen are one and the same in many countries but may have
different meanings in others. Be as specific as possible, your
article may be seen around the world! Try to anticipate all
questions and put the answers in the article before they ask you. You will save yourself and
the reader much frustration and time explaining the same
thing over and over in many emails to as many
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
A simple format for your article or
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.
2 Necessary Parts
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
3 How it works
Basic circuit descriptions and maybe a
few references to standard circuits are inserted at this
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
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.
(Editor note: GIF, JPEG, and PDF files are, for
the most part, standards for web presentation and work with the most
popular browsers. Standard "text" formats using regular email
clients work well also. A webmaster's nightmare is having to convert
from one format, to another, to another to get the "item" to display
properly on a web page!
No two different web browsers will
display a web page as it was designed. Internet Explorer is THE most
popular web browser in the world. This is what we design our pages
around. Most web browsers will not have a problem with displaying
all of the content on our pages, BUT, some may place various
portions of the original design in different locations on the page
than as originally designed and some will even "jumble" web pages
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
6 Modifications, add-ons and
It is at this point that adjustments for
a more ‘personal’ project can be put in.
7 References &
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.
Number your pages and identify your
drawings, pictures, etc. Leave plenty of white space in written
documents. If sending the article by electronic means, don’t use an
obscure font. Stick to Bookman, Century schoolbook or another good
seriffed font, even if the final product is Sans Serif.
Editors note: Most of our webpages are displayed in"Arial" font. We
have found that using this particular font displays much better on a
greater percentage of computer monitors. So to help prevent us from
having to convert "your" font, just send it in "Arial" and it will
speed up the process. If you don't know how to change fonts on your
computer, just send them as they are.
a ‘compressed’ font (Times Roman, for example). It’s not what the
font was devised for. Below are some examples of different fonts and
how they display on a web page:
This is an example of Times Roman
font. Size 14
This is an example of Arial
Black font. Size 14
This is an
example of Arial font. Size 14
This is an example of Calibri Style font.
As you can see in the examples above,
the Arial Black font style is more contrasty and a bit larger for
"older" eyes. Keep the number of different fonts to a minimum. One
style for titles, one style 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,
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