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AD BLOCKERS COULD
TURN MANY FREE WEB SITES OFF!
By Don Butler,
blockers block advertising
that helps to keep a free web site
You are viewing this page on a free web
Ad blockers have been around for
some time now and if you are using one, you just missed out on a
totally free giveaway from a major ham radio equipment supplier to all ham
As a special promotion to all hams, they are giving
away to every licensed ham in the U.S. You would have seen an ad at the
top of this page telling you just how to get your "free
Your use of ad blocking did it's job and blocked the
"information" (advertising), that would have "showed you" how to get
your free "stuff". It could have been money, a new transceiver, antenna,
huge discounts, etc! But you will never know what it was due to the
use of ad blocking! You just lost out due to your choice of using ad
Well, that is
stretching the truth a bit but I just wanted to prove a
There is no ad at the top of this page giving away
anything. However if you WERE using an ad blocker, most likely any
advertising on this page would not have been seen by you or any one using
ad blocking. If Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu or any other mfg was giving a 50% off
on a new whiz bang radio, you would not have known about it due to the use
of ad blocking!
You wanted to block advertising on web sites so
you turned on ad blocking and blocked "information" that could have
been very valuable to you if an actual ad had been blocked such as
giveaways we have had on Hamuniverse.com and other web sites that have
giveaways from time to time and I know that you like "free
stuff" like most of us do.
Advertising is what makes the world go
around. Advertising is everywhere! Radio, TV, billboards, signs, on store
front windows, business cards, on your phone, on product containers, yard
sales signs, in your mail box, on the internet, and even on the cloths you
wear! Check your boxers or your shirt collar, see that little tag
with the brand name. That is advertising! It's all around
Advertisers pay good money to promote there products so you and I can have a choice. Without choices and
good advertising information, there is no need for advertising
information and promotion. What a world that would be to live in. You
and I would have....NO CHOICES!
But since you have choices
from information you learn from ADVERTISING in one form or another in the
past, you made the decision to block those
choices with advertising on the internet using an ad
blocker so you could get the free information you wanted from a web
site and then go about your daily life quickly.
Your choice of
using an ad blocker was YOUR CHOICE and you certainly do have a choice
like everyone. Your choice was to NOT see advertising which is
"information" whether it be good or bad or obtrusive. Without good
information and intelligent choices, what is left?
blockers and specifically "AD BLOCKER PLUS" is the most popular of all of
the ad blockers out there.
We do understand why
you use them. You use ad blockers to help remove all of those very
obtrusive ads that block content in videos, streaming
movies, web pages, ham radio web sites like eham.net, QRZ.com,
ARRL, Contesting.com, news sites like CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC,
ABC, and much of the billions of internet web pages on free web sites that
you visit on a daily basis. Where do you think the money comes from to
operate those sites.....advertising. No advertising, no site!
you have visited the Yahoo home page lately, you can at
times see about 1/3rd of your browser taken up by latest
movie release ads, moving 'ads' crawling their way all around
your screen, and promotional advertising of all kinds. And to top it off,
you can't stop many of them on some sites without using ad
That is what I call VERY OBTRUSIVE advertising! Another
example..You see an article you want to read on a web site, but just when
you get started, a POPUP, covers it up and you either have to read IT, or
now you have to close it so you can continue reading! Sometimes when you
do close it, another popup takes its place! VERY OBTRUSIVE. Don't throw
your computer out the door, it is the web site your viewing that is doing
this to 'GET YOUR ATTENTION'.
Sure, you may have an option of
'Closing' the ad or popup, but you were in a hurry and this stupid POPUP
slowed you down! (You won't see popups on Hamuniverse.com by the way!) I
Advertising on the pages of Hamuniverse.com, with rare
exception, could be seen on the top, sides and bottom of most web
pages like this one. If you care to, look on the right and left side of
this web page. If you see them, and they interest you, go ahead and look
and if you are interested, click on them. You just helped support this
free site! They are usually not in the content within articles unless they
enhance the article for linking to other ham sites with good quality
information or products of interest to most hams. Most are in the form of
text links and non-intrusive.
Conclusion! Yours and mine....
Maybe I have
"proven my point" so far with this short article about using ad blockers
so I won't make this article much longer, but I just wanted you to
know that advertising on Hamuniverse.com is NON INTRUSIVE. It helps to
keep this page and the others here free, without membership "dues",
pay to view, log in, etc. I put literally thousands of hours into
Hamuniverse.com over a years time...all at no charge to you...free
labor...so all I ask of you is to click on the ads if you are interested
and help keep this ham radio information site free!
You may see
many ad banners taking up space on the main content portion of one or 2
pages here on Hamunivese.com before you get to the actual "content" of the
page, and also ads on the sides of pages like this one but it is
these non intrusive ads that keep this site free.
On our main antenna
projects page, we have a "jump to section" near the top of the page center
"content" area that will take you directly to the antenna project
listings BUT, you may miss something that the "jump to section"
misses...much like an ad blocker that is turned on!!!
that the advertising on Hamuniverse.com generates from time to time
gives me, the owner, of this web site a CHOICE and the incentive to
help keep it...
So what am I
Please turn off ad blocking on Hamuniverse.com and other
ham radio web sites
to help keep them FREE also...YOUR
For those of you who still chose
to use ad blockers on Hamuniverse.com,
please donate a small
amount to help us keep it free!
n4ujw at hamuniverse.com
Hamuniverse.com was built by a ham for hams!
I hope you
enjoy it.....for FREE!