When I started as a Novice Ham back in June of 1992 I wanted a way to keep all
the wonderful articles I came across for possible use some time later.
I soon realized that the old way of doing this, either cutting the pages
out of the magazines or photo copying them, would so over load the file
cabinet I had, which already had numerous electronics & physics articles
in it, that I'd soon need another cabinet.
At the time I was working at NIST, the National Institute of Standards
and Technology, formerly the NBS. NIST it turned out had almost every QST
magazine ever printed so I didn't need my own library of QSTs I just needed
a way to know which magazine had which article.
Times change and I moved on, times changed again and I found a way to
set up this web site on a free server qsl.net. After spending some time
list the articles but also be able to search them.
At that point I uploaded all the data to the web site along with the
Times continue to change & I moved to a different server where space
I found this server much faster so this particular application worked
better. It also allowed me to write PHP & Perl applications if needed.
I could write on-line sign-up forms for the VE sessions & I wrote
membership forms for the Carroll County ARES/RACES group.
Times continue to change and in 2009 - 2010 I found that I had far less time
than before and I'd gotten almost a year behind in putting articles
up on my web site. Thankfully that has changed once again and I am presently
caught up & hope to remain so for the foreseeable future.
Fortunately time never stops and now the ARRL at least has all of
their QST magazines up on their web site and they also have a way to
search for relevant articles. This means that my way of doing things
is no longer needed for ARRL members, including myself. I hope to be
able to keep up with this task from time to time but obviously not
as quickly as I used to.
I know this has been a great help to some of you from time to time,
and I thank you for letting me know. It sure has been a help to me
because my lists are only of the articles I have an interest in & believe
that I may one day want to try something contained therein.
73 de ke3fl,
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May 18, 2010