Date   

Date for the diary

G4UDU Phil
 

With the ongoing Covid situation and the cancelation of events, the "Orlando Hamcation" is offering a QSO party plus a Virtual Radio Show.

I have attended the show normally held in February year, with the nice Florida winter weather it makes a good place to go for winter radio/sun - but not this year !

Here are the details from the ARRL Bulletin 

Phil G4UDU




Orlando HamCation Announces QSO Party, Special Edition Virtual Presentations

Orlando HamCation has announced it will sponsor the HamCation QSO Party over the February 13 - 14 weekend (UTC), "to create a fun way for amateurs to celebrate the Orlando HamCation experience over the air." The HamCation QSO Party will be a 12-hour event on HamCation weekend. HamCation 2021 was to host the ARRL National Convention, which now will take place in 2022.

"The QSO party will replicate the camaraderie and social experience of attending HamCation and provide a way to have fun on the radio, since HamCation 2021 will not be held due to COVID-19," the HamCation QSO Party Committee said. The HamCation QSO Party will run from 1500 UTC on February 13 until 0300 UTC on February 14. It will be a CW and SSB operating event on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. Any station may work any other station.

Categories will be High Power (more than 100 W output), Low Power (100 W output or less, but greater than 5 W), and QRP (5 W output or less). All participants will be single operators; there is no multioperator category. The exchange will be your name and state/province/country, and the outside temperature at your location. "We are including temperature at your QTH as a way of highlighting Orlando's mild February weather," the committee said.

Nine HamCation special event stations with 1 × 1 call signs will be on the air with combined suffixes spelling out HamCation (e.g., K4H, W4A, K4M, etc). Each contact will count as one point, and stations may be worked once on each band and mode. Entrants will report their scores on www.3830Scores.com; no logs are required. Final results will be based on the information submitted to the website.

Station guest operators must use their own call signs and submit their scores individually. Plaques and certificates will be awarded.

Virtual HamCation Set

The Orlando HamCation Special Edition online event over the February 13 - 14 weekend will take the place of what would have been the HamCation 2021 in-person show.

The online event will include youth, technology, contesting, and vendor webinar tracks. ARRL will also present two webinars on Saturday, February 13. They are:

  • ARRL Member Forum at 1 PM EST, moderated by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB.

  • Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) presentation at 3 PM EST, moderated by ARRL Director of Emergency Management Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW. The ARES presentation will include panelists from ARRL Section Emergency Coordinators in Florida.

Live, online prize drawings are also scheduled during the HamCation Special Edition online event.





Hamfest

G4UDU Phil
 

This weekend a “Virtual Hamfest - the lecture schedule looks interesting

When looking at the lecture schedule the times are CST that’s 6 hours behind the UK


Re: ATTENTION: Photo request for website

M0XYF Berni
 

Thanks Tony



On 19/01/2021 14:13, G3XQM Tony wrote:
Hi Berni,

Please help yourself to any of the images on the existing website. 

73

Tony


From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> on behalf of M0XYF Berni <msars@...>
Sent: 18 January 2021 19:08
To: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: [Msars] ATTENTION: Photo request for website
 
Hi all.

I've been plugging away at the new website, experimenting and tweaking.
It's going to have a simple, clean fresh look to start with, yet have
the ability to be easily re-themed (made-over) with new templates or
'skins' in the future.

What I find that I'm coming up short on though is high quality images to
make it look interesting and inviting.


I really want to continue to use the website as a shop window for the
club going forward, and try to generate as much interest as possible in
MSARS throughout Sussex and beyond.

That said, I'm pretty sure that you lot will already have a whole bunch
of media sitting around in your filing systems that deserve an outing on
the internet. I'd like you all to have a think and a rummage through
your photo folders and see if you have anything that might be worthy of
inclusion.


Some guidelines for you:

You MUST have outright ownership of the image rights. I don't want any
legal surprises in the future. Please be mindful of showing peoples
faces (or children) too, unless it's your own beautiful boatrace of course.

It must be original and professional. I don't just want some dusty
yellowing Polaroid of your battered old radio balanced on your open sock
drawer.

It should be bright, colourful, hi-res and well framed - or include
something within it that meets those criteria that I can crop out.


I'm looking for a mix of vintage stuff, modern stuff, digital stuff,
construction projects, antennas, event-based stuff etc. etc. The more
varied the better. Outside photos tend to be good, as they're often
bright and cheery, and tend to have less slippers/toothpaste/baby photos
in the background.

Please see what you can do. I don't promise to use any given image, so
don't be offended if I don't publish your most treasured snapshot. All
images will be stored and possibly used in the future if the
theme/colour scheme/story or context calls for it.

Please send your images directly to me at msars@..., and
include a brief description of what they depict, in case I want to
incorporate them in a future article for example.

No time like the present - do it now!  :)

Thanks,

Berni M0XYF







Re: ATTENTION: Photo request for website

G3XQM Tony
 

Hi Berni,

Please help yourself to any of the images on the existing website. 

73

Tony


From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> on behalf of M0XYF Berni <msars@...>
Sent: 18 January 2021 19:08
To: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: [Msars] ATTENTION: Photo request for website
 
Hi all.

I've been plugging away at the new website, experimenting and tweaking.
It's going to have a simple, clean fresh look to start with, yet have
the ability to be easily re-themed (made-over) with new templates or
'skins' in the future.

What I find that I'm coming up short on though is high quality images to
make it look interesting and inviting.


I really want to continue to use the website as a shop window for the
club going forward, and try to generate as much interest as possible in
MSARS throughout Sussex and beyond.

That said, I'm pretty sure that you lot will already have a whole bunch
of media sitting around in your filing systems that deserve an outing on
the internet. I'd like you all to have a think and a rummage through
your photo folders and see if you have anything that might be worthy of
inclusion.


Some guidelines for you:

You MUST have outright ownership of the image rights. I don't want any
legal surprises in the future. Please be mindful of showing peoples
faces (or children) too, unless it's your own beautiful boatrace of course.

It must be original and professional. I don't just want some dusty
yellowing Polaroid of your battered old radio balanced on your open sock
drawer.

It should be bright, colourful, hi-res and well framed - or include
something within it that meets those criteria that I can crop out.


I'm looking for a mix of vintage stuff, modern stuff, digital stuff,
construction projects, antennas, event-based stuff etc. etc. The more
varied the better. Outside photos tend to be good, as they're often
bright and cheery, and tend to have less slippers/toothpaste/baby photos
in the background.

Please see what you can do. I don't promise to use any given image, so
don't be offended if I don't publish your most treasured snapshot. All
images will be stored and possibly used in the future if the
theme/colour scheme/story or context calls for it.

Please send your images directly to me at msars@..., and
include a brief description of what they depict, in case I want to
incorporate them in a future article for example.

No time like the present - do it now!  :)

Thanks,

Berni M0XYF







ATTENTION: Photo request for website

M0XYF Berni
 

Hi all.

I've been plugging away at the new website, experimenting and tweaking. It's going to have a simple, clean fresh look to start with, yet have the ability to be easily re-themed (made-over) with new templates or 'skins' in the future.

What I find that I'm coming up short on though is high quality images to make it look interesting and inviting.


I really want to continue to use the website as a shop window for the club going forward, and try to generate as much interest as possible in MSARS throughout Sussex and beyond.

That said, I'm pretty sure that you lot will already have a whole bunch of media sitting around in your filing systems that deserve an outing on the internet. I'd like you all to have a think and a rummage through your photo folders and see if you have anything that might be worthy of inclusion.


Some guidelines for you:

You MUST have outright ownership of the image rights. I don't want any legal surprises in the future. Please be mindful of showing peoples faces (or children) too, unless it's your own beautiful boatrace of course.

It must be original and professional. I don't just want some dusty yellowing Polaroid of your battered old radio balanced on your open sock drawer.

It should be bright, colourful, hi-res and well framed - or include something within it that meets those criteria that I can crop out.


I'm looking for a mix of vintage stuff, modern stuff, digital stuff, construction projects, antennas, event-based stuff etc. etc. The more varied the better. Outside photos tend to be good, as they're often bright and cheery, and tend to have less slippers/toothpaste/baby photos in the background.

Please see what you can do. I don't promise to use any given image, so don't be offended if I don't publish your most treasured snapshot. All images will be stored and possibly used in the future if the theme/colour scheme/story or context calls for it.

Please send your images directly to me at msars@..., and include a brief description of what they depict, in case I want to incorporate them in a future article for example.

No time like the present - do it now!  :)

Thanks,

Berni M0XYF


Re: I've Got The Retailer Blues

GJ6WRI Steve
 

Hi Dave. Yes, I had spoken to Jonathan. At least with email there is a paper audit that can be followed.  I involved Martin, but he just reminded me that he is semi retired. 
I’ve purchased two transceivers from them in the last 6 months, but they aren’t bothered. Their customer service had been good up to this point, but it seems if something goes amis after they have got the order and your money, then the toys come out. Too busy pretending to be tv presenters to deal with in-house problems. Martin’s email stated they were bound to mess up now and again! If that were me, I’d be looking to address the problem so it didn’t happen again!
73 

Sent from my iPlane🛩

On 14 Jan 2021, at 08:44, M0LDP Dave <m0ldp@...> wrote:

 Wow that's not good.

The odd thing is, I've dealt with them recently and their customer service has been second to none.

Have you spoken to someone there or have you been emailing?

Anyway good luck getting it sorted.

Dave M0LDP

On 13 January 2021 18:43:25 GMT, GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...> wrote:

The Retailer Blues Update.

 

Update, there’s a joke!

They refuse to let me have my radio back which I desperately want. It is mine after all!

Again they say they have refunded me (which I don’t want) and that is a blatant lie.

The matter is now in the hands of the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre.

 

I find it a little strange that the ML&S address doesn’t come up on the Action Fraud system. Wessex House doesn’t exist?

Also, ML&S doesn’t exist on Trust Pilot? You can find them under hamradio though. There seems to be a peak of dissatisfied customers in October and December. Some shocking court history too.

Customer service used to be paramount. Now it seems to be “then go somewhere else”!

 

Anyway, the wallet will come out again tomorrow morning, and ill but another one from a “fresh” retailer.

Watch this space if you are in the market for an Icom 7610. If I end up with two, then I will move one on at a super price! (MSARS members only)

 

73 all. If I can find my webcam, you may see me on tonight’s Zoom!

Steve GJ6WRI

From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> On Behalf Of G3XQM Tony
Sent: 13 January 2021 09:23
To: Msars@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Msars] I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Shocking Steve! Are you going to send the heavy's in? 

 


From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> on behalf of GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:10
To:
Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: [Msars] FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Oops. Bounced back. Maybe I dent from the wrong email account.

 

From: gj6wri@... <gj6wri@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:08
To: 'Msars@groups.io' <
Msars@groups.io>
Subject: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Good afternoon fellow members.

I have been horribly let down and treated by Martin Lynch and Sons, and I would like to ask your opinion of which retailer to go to next.

Basically, I ordered a7 610 for Christmas, and there was a minor delay in shipping, but when they did send it, via UPS, they didn’t send it with the correct paperwork, so after several days, UPS initiated a “Return to sender”. I didn’t even get to see the radio!

They wouldn’t credit me until they got the radio back from UPS and had time to check it? Check what? It hasn’t been out of it’s box (unless the UPS driver is a Ham HI).

Wanting the radio in time for Christmas, I placed and paid for a second radio. This time it did have the paperwork, but arrived with obvious signs of transit damage, but the radio seemed to work fine. Having reported the transit damage, I was informed the radio would be fine, and the damage done would have happened by the guys in the Icom factory.

THEY initiated the return, and now I’m left without a radio for which I have paid. They say they have refunded the money for the radio, but that is a blatant lie, and anyway, I don’t want a refund, I want my radio back please!!!

SO, do any of you have a strong preference of supplier, or is it you pay your money (again) and you take your choice?

Happy New Year to you all & 73

Steve GJ6WRI


--
Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.


Re: I've Got The Retailer Blues

M0LDP Dave
 

Wow that's not good.

The odd thing is, I've dealt with them recently and their customer service has been second to none.

Have you spoken to someone there or have you been emailing?

Anyway good luck getting it sorted.

Dave M0LDP


On 13 January 2021 18:43:25 GMT, GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...> wrote:

The Retailer Blues Update.

 

Update, there’s a joke!

They refuse to let me have my radio back which I desperately want. It is mine after all!

Again they say they have refunded me (which I don’t want) and that is a blatant lie.

The matter is now in the hands of the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre.

 

I find it a little strange that the ML&S address doesn’t come up on the Action Fraud system. Wessex House doesn’t exist?

Also, ML&S doesn’t exist on Trust Pilot? You can find them under hamradio though. There seems to be a peak of dissatisfied customers in October and December. Some shocking court history too.

Customer service used to be paramount. Now it seems to be “then go somewhere else”!

 

Anyway, the wallet will come out again tomorrow morning, and ill but another one from a “fresh” retailer.

Watch this space if you are in the market for an Icom 7610. If I end up with two, then I will move one on at a super price! (MSARS members only)

 

73 all. If I can find my webcam, you may see me on tonight’s Zoom!

Steve GJ6WRI

From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> On Behalf Of G3XQM Tony
Sent: 13 January 2021 09:23
To: Msars@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Msars] I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Shocking Steve! Are you going to send the heavy's in? 

 


From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> on behalf of GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:10
To:
Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: [Msars] FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Oops. Bounced back. Maybe I dent from the wrong email account.

 

From: gj6wri@... <gj6wri@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:08
To: 'Msars@groups.io' <
Msars@groups.io>
Subject: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Good afternoon fellow members.

I have been horribly let down and treated by Martin Lynch and Sons, and I would like to ask your opinion of which retailer to go to next.

Basically, I ordered a7 610 for Christmas, and there was a minor delay in shipping, but when they did send it, via UPS, they didn’t send it with the correct paperwork, so after several days, UPS initiated a “Return to sender”. I didn’t even get to see the radio!

They wouldn’t credit me until they got the radio back from UPS and had time to check it? Check what? It hasn’t been out of it’s box (unless the UPS driver is a Ham HI).

Wanting the radio in time for Christmas, I placed and paid for a second radio. This time it did have the paperwork, but arrived with obvious signs of transit damage, but the radio seemed to work fine. Having reported the transit damage, I was informed the radio would be fine, and the damage done would have happened by the guys in the Icom factory.

THEY initiated the return, and now I’m left without a radio for which I have paid. They say they have refunded the money for the radio, but that is a blatant lie, and anyway, I don’t want a refund, I want my radio back please!!!

SO, do any of you have a strong preference of supplier, or is it you pay your money (again) and you take your choice?

Happy New Year to you all & 73

Steve GJ6WRI


--
Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.


Re: I've Got The Retailer Blues

GJ6WRI Steve
 

The Retailer Blues Update.

 

Update, there’s a joke!

They refuse to let me have my radio back which I desperately want. It is mine after all!

Again they say they have refunded me (which I don’t want) and that is a blatant lie.

The matter is now in the hands of the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre.

 

I find it a little strange that the ML&S address doesn’t come up on the Action Fraud system. Wessex House doesn’t exist?

Also, ML&S doesn’t exist on Trust Pilot? You can find them under hamradio though. There seems to be a peak of dissatisfied customers in October and December. Some shocking court history too.

Customer service used to be paramount. Now it seems to be “then go somewhere else”!

 

Anyway, the wallet will come out again tomorrow morning, and ill but another one from a “fresh” retailer.

Watch this space if you are in the market for an Icom 7610. If I end up with two, then I will move one on at a super price! (MSARS members only)

 

73 all. If I can find my webcam, you may see me on tonight’s Zoom!

Steve GJ6WRI

From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> On Behalf Of G3XQM Tony
Sent: 13 January 2021 09:23
To: Msars@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Msars] I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Shocking Steve! Are you going to send the heavy's in? 

 


From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> on behalf of GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:10
To:
Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: [Msars] FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Oops. Bounced back. Maybe I dent from the wrong email account.

 

From: gj6wri@... <gj6wri@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:08
To: 'Msars@groups.io' <
Msars@groups.io>
Subject: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Good afternoon fellow members.

I have been horribly let down and treated by Martin Lynch and Sons, and I would like to ask your opinion of which retailer to go to next.

Basically, I ordered a7 610 for Christmas, and there was a minor delay in shipping, but when they did send it, via UPS, they didn’t send it with the correct paperwork, so after several days, UPS initiated a “Return to sender”. I didn’t even get to see the radio!

They wouldn’t credit me until they got the radio back from UPS and had time to check it? Check what? It hasn’t been out of it’s box (unless the UPS driver is a Ham HI).

Wanting the radio in time for Christmas, I placed and paid for a second radio. This time it did have the paperwork, but arrived with obvious signs of transit damage, but the radio seemed to work fine. Having reported the transit damage, I was informed the radio would be fine, and the damage done would have happened by the guys in the Icom factory.

THEY initiated the return, and now I’m left without a radio for which I have paid. They say they have refunded the money for the radio, but that is a blatant lie, and anyway, I don’t want a refund, I want my radio back please!!!

SO, do any of you have a strong preference of supplier, or is it you pay your money (again) and you take your choice?

Happy New Year to you all & 73

Steve GJ6WRI


Zoom this evening

M0XYF Berni
 

Yes, Zoom meeting will be running tonight. Here's the link:

13th January @ 8:00PM

MSARS Wednesday Night GB3HY Net

Meeting ID: 880 763 6403

Password: 2NV3ub

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8807636403?pwd=eElPQmJzU0YzRzBLTGJzSGRlR2pxZz09

Copied to members@... as well. That mailing list is incomplete/incorrect as everybody knows (I know my own email address isn't on it!), but guess what? I now have access to edit that list as webmaster. That means that if you are a member of the club and you don't receive emails from members@..., then I can fix it at this end. Yes, you read that correctly. Send me your email address and I will personally check/add it. If you still don't receive email, then it's not the mailing lists' fault.

Once all the basic web re-work is done, I'll sort out something better that doesn't rely on some poor individual manually maintaining a list. If any members don't get this email, then please, if anyone who DOES and who knows who those members are (and has a valid email address for them) then please let me know what it is! I'm not going to re-open the debate on the mailing list though - its days are numbered.

I'll run the Zoom meetings whenever I can, but I'm pretty busy at the moment and can't always find the time. I can't send out reminders each time either I'm afraid.

Phil, it would be great to have access to your unlimited Zoom account, but as you don't have reliable HY reception, it would rely on both of us being on every meeting and the meeting link would vary each time we swapped, so not sure the benefits outweigh the complexities. Any thoughts? The original reason for running the Zoom meetings was to provide access to the HY net for those that didn't have it. Maybe that's become less of a focus now?

Discuss!

73's
Berni M0XYF

On 2021-01-13 14:31, G1TDL Mike wrote:
I think that members need reminding on the evening, including me,
together with the Zoom link.
Needs putting out temporarily to members@... as well for
those who haven’t yet linked to this group.
/\/\ike
The Homestead
Burgess Hill
RH15 0RQ

On 13 Jan 2021, at 12:56, G4UDU Phil <pgodbold@...> wrote:
Are the Zoom meetings going to continue ?
I will be there if its going to be on - I can also start a meeting without time limit if required as I have a Zoom Account
Phil G4UDU


Re: Zoom

G1TDL Mike
 

I think that members need reminding on the evening, including me, together with the Zoom link.
Needs putting out temporarily to members@... as well for those who haven’t yet linked to this group.

/\/\ike
The Homestead
Burgess Hill
RH15 0RQ

On 13 Jan 2021, at 12:56, G4UDU Phil <pgodbold@...> wrote:

Are the Zoom meetings going to continue ?

I will be there if its going to be on - I can also start a meeting without time limit if required as I have a Zoom Account


Phil G4UDU








Zoom

G4UDU Phil
 

Are the Zoom meetings going to continue ?

I will be there if its going to be on - I can also start a meeting without time limit if required as I have a Zoom Account


Phil G4UDU


Re: FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues

G1TDL Mike
 

Hi Steve,
I think that you are lucky enough to be VAT free in Jersey!

/\/\ike G1TDL. 
The Homestead
Burgess Hill
RH15 0RQ

On 13 Jan 2021, at 11:21, GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...> wrote:



Good idea John. I know Ekki personally, and have used him several times before.

 

From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> On Behalf Of G8JBJ John
Sent: 13 January 2021 10:10
To: Msars@groups.io; gj6wri@...
Subject: Re: [Msars] FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Hi Steve,

 

I've used most of the UK retailers, but sad to say I rate WiMo in Germany the best - https://www.wimo.com/en/

The post-Brexit VAT rules might now complicate or preclude. But they are certainly responsive and knowledgeable. And they have stocks!

 

73s.

 

John GM8JBJ


 

John Berry


Mob. 07553 250 919

Email: john.berry@...

Willowburn, Kirkton, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 8QJ

 

 

On Tue, 12 Jan 2021 at 17:10, GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...> wrote:

Oops. Bounced back. Maybe I dent from the wrong email account.

 

From: gj6wri@... <gj6wri@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:08
To: 'Msars@groups.io' <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Good afternoon fellow members.

I have been horribly let down and treated by Martin Lynch and Sons, and I would like to ask your opinion of which retailer to go to next.

Basically, I ordered a7 610 for Christmas, and there was a minor delay in shipping, but when they did send it, via UPS, they didn’t send it with the correct paperwork, so after several days, UPS initiated a “Return to sender”. I didn’t even get to see the radio!

They wouldn’t credit me until they got the radio back from UPS and had time to check it? Check what? It hasn’t been out of it’s box (unless the UPS driver is a Ham HI).

Wanting the radio in time for Christmas, I placed and paid for a second radio. This time it did have the paperwork, but arrived with obvious signs of transit damage, but the radio seemed to work fine. Having reported the transit damage, I was informed the radio would be fine, and the damage done would have happened by the guys in the Icom factory.

THEY initiated the return, and now I’m left without a radio for which I have paid. They say they have refunded the money for the radio, but that is a blatant lie, and anyway, I don’t want a refund, I want my radio back please!!!

SO, do any of you have a strong preference of supplier, or is it you pay your money (again) and you take your choice?

Happy New Year to you all & 73

Steve GJ6WRI


Re: FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues

GJ6WRI Steve
 

Good idea John. I know Ekki personally, and have used him several times before.

 

From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> On Behalf Of G8JBJ John
Sent: 13 January 2021 10:10
To: Msars@groups.io; gj6wri@...
Subject: Re: [Msars] FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Hi Steve,

 

I've used most of the UK retailers, but sad to say I rate WiMo in Germany the best - https://www.wimo.com/en/

The post-Brexit VAT rules might now complicate or preclude. But they are certainly responsive and knowledgeable. And they have stocks!

 

73s.

 

John GM8JBJ


 

John Berry


Mob. 07553 250 919

Email: john.berry@...

Willowburn, Kirkton, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 8QJ

 

 

On Tue, 12 Jan 2021 at 17:10, GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...> wrote:

Oops. Bounced back. Maybe I dent from the wrong email account.

 

From: gj6wri@... <gj6wri@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:08
To: 'Msars@groups.io' <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Good afternoon fellow members.

I have been horribly let down and treated by Martin Lynch and Sons, and I would like to ask your opinion of which retailer to go to next.

Basically, I ordered a7 610 for Christmas, and there was a minor delay in shipping, but when they did send it, via UPS, they didn’t send it with the correct paperwork, so after several days, UPS initiated a “Return to sender”. I didn’t even get to see the radio!

They wouldn’t credit me until they got the radio back from UPS and had time to check it? Check what? It hasn’t been out of it’s box (unless the UPS driver is a Ham HI).

Wanting the radio in time for Christmas, I placed and paid for a second radio. This time it did have the paperwork, but arrived with obvious signs of transit damage, but the radio seemed to work fine. Having reported the transit damage, I was informed the radio would be fine, and the damage done would have happened by the guys in the Icom factory.

THEY initiated the return, and now I’m left without a radio for which I have paid. They say they have refunded the money for the radio, but that is a blatant lie, and anyway, I don’t want a refund, I want my radio back please!!!

SO, do any of you have a strong preference of supplier, or is it you pay your money (again) and you take your choice?

Happy New Year to you all & 73

Steve GJ6WRI


Re: FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues

G8JBJ John
 

Hi Steve,

I've used most of the UK retailers, but sad to say I rate WiMo in Germany the best - https://www.wimo.com/en/

The post-Brexit VAT rules might now complicate or preclude. But they are certainly responsive and knowledgeable. And they have stocks!

73s.

John GM8JBJ


 

John Berry


Mob. 07553 250 919
Willowburn, Kirkton, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 8QJ



On Tue, 12 Jan 2021 at 17:10, GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...> wrote:

Oops. Bounced back. Maybe I dent from the wrong email account.

 

From: gj6wri@... <gj6wri@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:08
To: 'Msars@groups.io' <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Good afternoon fellow members.

I have been horribly let down and treated by Martin Lynch and Sons, and I would like to ask your opinion of which retailer to go to next.

Basically, I ordered a7 610 for Christmas, and there was a minor delay in shipping, but when they did send it, via UPS, they didn’t send it with the correct paperwork, so after several days, UPS initiated a “Return to sender”. I didn’t even get to see the radio!

They wouldn’t credit me until they got the radio back from UPS and had time to check it? Check what? It hasn’t been out of it’s box (unless the UPS driver is a Ham HI).

Wanting the radio in time for Christmas, I placed and paid for a second radio. This time it did have the paperwork, but arrived with obvious signs of transit damage, but the radio seemed to work fine. Having reported the transit damage, I was informed the radio would be fine, and the damage done would have happened by the guys in the Icom factory.

THEY initiated the return, and now I’m left without a radio for which I have paid. They say they have refunded the money for the radio, but that is a blatant lie, and anyway, I don’t want a refund, I want my radio back please!!!

SO, do any of you have a strong preference of supplier, or is it you pay your money (again) and you take your choice?

Happy New Year to you all & 73

Steve GJ6WRI


Re: I've Got The Retailer Blues

G3XQM Tony
 

Shocking Steve! Are you going to send the heavy's in? 


From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> on behalf of GJ6WRI Steve <illflyit@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:10
To: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: [Msars] FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues
 

Oops. Bounced back. Maybe I dent from the wrong email account.

 

From: gj6wri@... <gj6wri@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:08
To: 'Msars@groups.io' <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Good afternoon fellow members.

I have been horribly let down and treated by Martin Lynch and Sons, and I would like to ask your opinion of which retailer to go to next.

Basically, I ordered a7 610 for Christmas, and there was a minor delay in shipping, but when they did send it, via UPS, they didn’t send it with the correct paperwork, so after several days, UPS initiated a “Return to sender”. I didn’t even get to see the radio!

They wouldn’t credit me until they got the radio back from UPS and had time to check it? Check what? It hasn’t been out of it’s box (unless the UPS driver is a Ham HI).

Wanting the radio in time for Christmas, I placed and paid for a second radio. This time it did have the paperwork, but arrived with obvious signs of transit damage, but the radio seemed to work fine. Having reported the transit damage, I was informed the radio would be fine, and the damage done would have happened by the guys in the Icom factory.

THEY initiated the return, and now I’m left without a radio for which I have paid. They say they have refunded the money for the radio, but that is a blatant lie, and anyway, I don’t want a refund, I want my radio back please!!!

SO, do any of you have a strong preference of supplier, or is it you pay your money (again) and you take your choice?

Happy New Year to you all & 73

Steve GJ6WRI


FW: I've Got The Retailer Blues

GJ6WRI Steve
 

Oops. Bounced back. Maybe I dent from the wrong email account.

 

From: gj6wri@... <gj6wri@...>
Sent: 12 January 2021 17:08
To: 'Msars@groups.io' <Msars@groups.io>
Subject: I've Got The Retailer Blues

 

Good afternoon fellow members.

I have been horribly let down and treated by Martin Lynch and Sons, and I would like to ask your opinion of which retailer to go to next.

Basically, I ordered a7 610 for Christmas, and there was a minor delay in shipping, but when they did send it, via UPS, they didn’t send it with the correct paperwork, so after several days, UPS initiated a “Return to sender”. I didn’t even get to see the radio!

They wouldn’t credit me until they got the radio back from UPS and had time to check it? Check what? It hasn’t been out of it’s box (unless the UPS driver is a Ham HI).

Wanting the radio in time for Christmas, I placed and paid for a second radio. This time it did have the paperwork, but arrived with obvious signs of transit damage, but the radio seemed to work fine. Having reported the transit damage, I was informed the radio would be fine, and the damage done would have happened by the guys in the Icom factory.

THEY initiated the return, and now I’m left without a radio for which I have paid. They say they have refunded the money for the radio, but that is a blatant lie, and anyway, I don’t want a refund, I want my radio back please!!!

SO, do any of you have a strong preference of supplier, or is it you pay your money (again) and you take your choice?

Happy New Year to you all & 73

Steve GJ6WRI


Re: Website and Newsletters

G8JBJ John
 

Wise to use YouTube for videos. Only question is if you embed or link with autostart.

John

On Wed, 6 Jan 2021 at 17:49, M0XYF Berni <msars@...> wrote:

Thanks John.

I'm so glad to have everyone's offers of help and support - it's really encouraging to know that I've got people that I can call on when the tedium really starts to bite!

I'll keep all these offers to hand and draw on them when I've come up with a technical routemap.

I want to keep our new core code as clean as possible with as few plugins as necessary to minimise future upgrade path issues, so may well decide to ship videos to Youtube, photo galleries to a separate php-based gallery script etc.

Regards,

Berni


On 06/01/2021 14:59, G8JBJ John wrote:
Hi Berni,

I’m happy to re-write or otherwise adjust any of my content on the current site or newsletters to suit the new.

An example might be to write a text wrapper around a video to enhance the text content and hence SEO.

Also happy to make any of mine more up to date. NB that videos from me are in my YouTube channel.

Regards,

John

On Wed, 6 Jan 2021 at 12:41, M0XYF Berni <msars@...> wrote:

Thank you Steve.

I've received some positive feedback on the new approach so far, and whilst I understand that some members are slightly nervous, it will be more sustainable in the long run. None of the valuable history will be lost and it will all be incorporated.

Once up and running, the new site will enable us to potentially add additional features in the future. My main focus for now though is just to copy all the existing content over, which will be very time consuming and tedious. That could take me a month, and so I'll be avoiding any unnecessary updates to the existing website. Baby steps. I'm not going to fall into the trap of over-promising at this stage. Phase one is simply to replicate and stabilise.

The most exciting part for me is that we will now be able to optimise the website for search engines. I'm hoping to drive much more traffic to the website than ever before, thereby promoting the club to a whole new audience. We definitely need new members and hopefully some younger ones too.

I'm so encouraged that members like yourself are interested in getting involved and creating content. I've read with great interest the many pieces you've submitted in the past, and these would be perfect for generating interest in both existing and prospective new members. Amateur radio really has so many fascinating facets and interrelated topics, and there is a whole torrent of new technology on the horizon. If the government wants to promote STEM subjects to our young people, what better medium than through the existing family of radio amateurs? Us oldies still have plenty to learn too!

I will be more than happy to provide a supportive environment to members interested in website access. It can be as straightforward or as challenging as you like, and it can also be really good fun.

I'm probably going to use Joomla, as it's more powerful, although more work for me to set up. There is a Joomla documentation site here: https://docs.joomla.org/Main_Page for anyone who wants to get a head start on how it all works.

When I have something semi-stable to show members, I'll be sure to let everyone know. The existing website will continue to be available until I make the final switch, and there will be plenty of warning of that. Until then, both sites will be maintained in parallel.

73's

Berni M0XYF


On 06/01/2021 01:24, GJ6WRI Steve wrote:

Good morning Berni.

Thank you for this comprehensive description about the way forward for the club web etc.

Often,  you don’t appreciate how much things have changed until someone knowledgeable drags you in to the 21st Century!

I’d certainly like to know more about how the website is constructed, and how to post items that will hopefully be of interest to members.

Thank you for taking on this mammoth task!

TU 73

Steve GJ6WRI

 

From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> On Behalf Of M0XYF Berni
Sent: 04 January 2021 14:52
To: Msars@groups.io
Subject: [Msars] Website and Newsletters

 

Hello everyone.

It seems my offer of managing the website and newsletters going forward has been accepted, and so things will be changing somewhat in the near future.

I offered to take on the role only if I could streamline the whole process, as it's just too onerous to manually handcraft every webpage and every newsletter. It's just not fair to ask one person to commit to all that effort.

I'm sure we would all like to thank Tony for what has been a marvellous contribution to the club for so many years. I'm not sure many of you realise just how many hundreds of hours he must have spent delivering your digital content over that time. He did look very relieved when I saw him this morning! Well done Tony, and happy webmaster retirement.

 

Change is a constant so they say, and there are now more efficient ways of working. What this means is basically two things:

 

Firstly, a redesign of the website. I'll be utilising either the Joomla or Wordpress platforms to host all the content. Not sure which yet. It depends on what our web host can best support.

It will mean me manually converting many of the articles on the current website over to the new platform. In this regard, I'll probably only copy the 'current' stuff, and just 'wrap' the historical stuff. It means the website will look very different, yet appear to contain the same content, albeit completely re-organised. Please note, that this is absolutely necessary to significantly reduce the amount of effort required to maintain the website in the future. I'm not looking for a new full-time job. I just want to give Tony a break and to do my bit for the club.

Secondly the newsletters will change. Rather than assembling the submissions I receive into monthly newsletters, I will post the individual articles as I receive them. That way you get your news faster, and it's way more manageable for me. I will manually post each newsletter article from any member who wishes to submit one, including the monthly copy from the likes of Ken and Russell. If they send them monthly, they'll be posted monthly. Hopefully we will also enjoy the continued flow of articles from the creative and innovative members who have submitted such interesting features in the past. News will become the focal point of the website, with static content taking more of a back seat.

 

I'll commit to performing this one-time setup and supporting the ongoing posting of news articles to the website for now. However, I would very much encourage you to submit your own articles directly to the website, and I will help and enable you to do that. I will be offering training to whoever needs it. I foresee my future role as simply supporting and extending the platform. The content, as ever, will be down to you!

Please contact me if you would like to have access to the new website and help create the next generation of MSARS online presence. There will be absolutely no expectation or pressure to contribute anything. There will be no possibility of you 'mucking it up'. Everything will be subsequently checked and moderated by me. If you can use Word, you can post an article online. Get to learn Joomla or Wordpress. The training will be available for free, and let's face it - what else are you going to be doing in Lockdown 3.0?

73's

Berni M0XYF

--
John Berry
TimelessTime Ltd
Tel: 07553 250 919
Tel: 01450 367 231

Sent from my Gmail Mobile.

--
John Berry
TimelessTime Ltd
Tel: 07553 250 919
Tel: 01450 367 231

Sent from my Gmail Mobile.


Re: Website and Newsletters

M0XYF Berni
 

Thanks John.

I'm so glad to have everyone's offers of help and support - it's really encouraging to know that I've got people that I can call on when the tedium really starts to bite!

I'll keep all these offers to hand and draw on them when I've come up with a technical routemap.

I want to keep our new core code as clean as possible with as few plugins as necessary to minimise future upgrade path issues, so may well decide to ship videos to Youtube, photo galleries to a separate php-based gallery script etc.

Regards,

Berni


On 06/01/2021 14:59, G8JBJ John wrote:
Hi Berni,

I’m happy to re-write or otherwise adjust any of my content on the current site or newsletters to suit the new.

An example might be to write a text wrapper around a video to enhance the text content and hence SEO.

Also happy to make any of mine more up to date. NB that videos from me are in my YouTube channel.

Regards,

John

On Wed, 6 Jan 2021 at 12:41, M0XYF Berni <msars@...> wrote:

Thank you Steve.

I've received some positive feedback on the new approach so far, and whilst I understand that some members are slightly nervous, it will be more sustainable in the long run. None of the valuable history will be lost and it will all be incorporated.

Once up and running, the new site will enable us to potentially add additional features in the future. My main focus for now though is just to copy all the existing content over, which will be very time consuming and tedious. That could take me a month, and so I'll be avoiding any unnecessary updates to the existing website. Baby steps. I'm not going to fall into the trap of over-promising at this stage. Phase one is simply to replicate and stabilise.

The most exciting part for me is that we will now be able to optimise the website for search engines. I'm hoping to drive much more traffic to the website than ever before, thereby promoting the club to a whole new audience. We definitely need new members and hopefully some younger ones too.

I'm so encouraged that members like yourself are interested in getting involved and creating content. I've read with great interest the many pieces you've submitted in the past, and these would be perfect for generating interest in both existing and prospective new members. Amateur radio really has so many fascinating facets and interrelated topics, and there is a whole torrent of new technology on the horizon. If the government wants to promote STEM subjects to our young people, what better medium than through the existing family of radio amateurs? Us oldies still have plenty to learn too!

I will be more than happy to provide a supportive environment to members interested in website access. It can be as straightforward or as challenging as you like, and it can also be really good fun.

I'm probably going to use Joomla, as it's more powerful, although more work for me to set up. There is a Joomla documentation site here: https://docs.joomla.org/Main_Page for anyone who wants to get a head start on how it all works.

When I have something semi-stable to show members, I'll be sure to let everyone know. The existing website will continue to be available until I make the final switch, and there will be plenty of warning of that. Until then, both sites will be maintained in parallel.

73's

Berni M0XYF


On 06/01/2021 01:24, GJ6WRI Steve wrote:

Good morning Berni.

Thank you for this comprehensive description about the way forward for the club web etc.

Often,  you don’t appreciate how much things have changed until someone knowledgeable drags you in to the 21st Century!

I’d certainly like to know more about how the website is constructed, and how to post items that will hopefully be of interest to members.

Thank you for taking on this mammoth task!

TU 73

Steve GJ6WRI

 

From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> On Behalf Of M0XYF Berni
Sent: 04 January 2021 14:52
To: Msars@groups.io
Subject: [Msars] Website and Newsletters

 

Hello everyone.

It seems my offer of managing the website and newsletters going forward has been accepted, and so things will be changing somewhat in the near future.

I offered to take on the role only if I could streamline the whole process, as it's just too onerous to manually handcraft every webpage and every newsletter. It's just not fair to ask one person to commit to all that effort.

I'm sure we would all like to thank Tony for what has been a marvellous contribution to the club for so many years. I'm not sure many of you realise just how many hundreds of hours he must have spent delivering your digital content over that time. He did look very relieved when I saw him this morning! Well done Tony, and happy webmaster retirement.

 

Change is a constant so they say, and there are now more efficient ways of working. What this means is basically two things:

 

Firstly, a redesign of the website. I'll be utilising either the Joomla or Wordpress platforms to host all the content. Not sure which yet. It depends on what our web host can best support.

It will mean me manually converting many of the articles on the current website over to the new platform. In this regard, I'll probably only copy the 'current' stuff, and just 'wrap' the historical stuff. It means the website will look very different, yet appear to contain the same content, albeit completely re-organised. Please note, that this is absolutely necessary to significantly reduce the amount of effort required to maintain the website in the future. I'm not looking for a new full-time job. I just want to give Tony a break and to do my bit for the club.

Secondly the newsletters will change. Rather than assembling the submissions I receive into monthly newsletters, I will post the individual articles as I receive them. That way you get your news faster, and it's way more manageable for me. I will manually post each newsletter article from any member who wishes to submit one, including the monthly copy from the likes of Ken and Russell. If they send them monthly, they'll be posted monthly. Hopefully we will also enjoy the continued flow of articles from the creative and innovative members who have submitted such interesting features in the past. News will become the focal point of the website, with static content taking more of a back seat.

 

I'll commit to performing this one-time setup and supporting the ongoing posting of news articles to the website for now. However, I would very much encourage you to submit your own articles directly to the website, and I will help and enable you to do that. I will be offering training to whoever needs it. I foresee my future role as simply supporting and extending the platform. The content, as ever, will be down to you!

Please contact me if you would like to have access to the new website and help create the next generation of MSARS online presence. There will be absolutely no expectation or pressure to contribute anything. There will be no possibility of you 'mucking it up'. Everything will be subsequently checked and moderated by me. If you can use Word, you can post an article online. Get to learn Joomla or Wordpress. The training will be available for free, and let's face it - what else are you going to be doing in Lockdown 3.0?

73's

Berni M0XYF

--
John Berry
TimelessTime Ltd
Tel: 07553 250 919
Tel: 01450 367 231

Sent from my Gmail Mobile.


Re: Website and Newsletters

G8JBJ John
 

Hi Berni,

I’m happy to re-write or otherwise adjust any of my content on the current site or newsletters to suit the new.

An example might be to write a text wrapper around a video to enhance the text content and hence SEO.

Also happy to make any of mine more up to date. NB that videos from me are in my YouTube channel.

Regards,

John

On Wed, 6 Jan 2021 at 12:41, M0XYF Berni <msars@...> wrote:

Thank you Steve.

I've received some positive feedback on the new approach so far, and whilst I understand that some members are slightly nervous, it will be more sustainable in the long run. None of the valuable history will be lost and it will all be incorporated.

Once up and running, the new site will enable us to potentially add additional features in the future. My main focus for now though is just to copy all the existing content over, which will be very time consuming and tedious. That could take me a month, and so I'll be avoiding any unnecessary updates to the existing website. Baby steps. I'm not going to fall into the trap of over-promising at this stage. Phase one is simply to replicate and stabilise.

The most exciting part for me is that we will now be able to optimise the website for search engines. I'm hoping to drive much more traffic to the website than ever before, thereby promoting the club to a whole new audience. We definitely need new members and hopefully some younger ones too.

I'm so encouraged that members like yourself are interested in getting involved and creating content. I've read with great interest the many pieces you've submitted in the past, and these would be perfect for generating interest in both existing and prospective new members. Amateur radio really has so many fascinating facets and interrelated topics, and there is a whole torrent of new technology on the horizon. If the government wants to promote STEM subjects to our young people, what better medium than through the existing family of radio amateurs? Us oldies still have plenty to learn too!

I will be more than happy to provide a supportive environment to members interested in website access. It can be as straightforward or as challenging as you like, and it can also be really good fun.

I'm probably going to use Joomla, as it's more powerful, although more work for me to set up. There is a Joomla documentation site here: https://docs.joomla.org/Main_Page for anyone who wants to get a head start on how it all works.

When I have something semi-stable to show members, I'll be sure to let everyone know. The existing website will continue to be available until I make the final switch, and there will be plenty of warning of that. Until then, both sites will be maintained in parallel.

73's

Berni M0XYF


On 06/01/2021 01:24, GJ6WRI Steve wrote:

Good morning Berni.

Thank you for this comprehensive description about the way forward for the club web etc.

Often,  you don’t appreciate how much things have changed until someone knowledgeable drags you in to the 21st Century!

I’d certainly like to know more about how the website is constructed, and how to post items that will hopefully be of interest to members.

Thank you for taking on this mammoth task!

TU 73

Steve GJ6WRI

 

From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> On Behalf Of M0XYF Berni
Sent: 04 January 2021 14:52
To: Msars@groups.io
Subject: [Msars] Website and Newsletters

 

Hello everyone.

It seems my offer of managing the website and newsletters going forward has been accepted, and so things will be changing somewhat in the near future.

I offered to take on the role only if I could streamline the whole process, as it's just too onerous to manually handcraft every webpage and every newsletter. It's just not fair to ask one person to commit to all that effort.

I'm sure we would all like to thank Tony for what has been a marvellous contribution to the club for so many years. I'm not sure many of you realise just how many hundreds of hours he must have spent delivering your digital content over that time. He did look very relieved when I saw him this morning! Well done Tony, and happy webmaster retirement.

 

Change is a constant so they say, and there are now more efficient ways of working. What this means is basically two things:

 

Firstly, a redesign of the website. I'll be utilising either the Joomla or Wordpress platforms to host all the content. Not sure which yet. It depends on what our web host can best support.

It will mean me manually converting many of the articles on the current website over to the new platform. In this regard, I'll probably only copy the 'current' stuff, and just 'wrap' the historical stuff. It means the website will look very different, yet appear to contain the same content, albeit completely re-organised. Please note, that this is absolutely necessary to significantly reduce the amount of effort required to maintain the website in the future. I'm not looking for a new full-time job. I just want to give Tony a break and to do my bit for the club.

Secondly the newsletters will change. Rather than assembling the submissions I receive into monthly newsletters, I will post the individual articles as I receive them. That way you get your news faster, and it's way more manageable for me. I will manually post each newsletter article from any member who wishes to submit one, including the monthly copy from the likes of Ken and Russell. If they send them monthly, they'll be posted monthly. Hopefully we will also enjoy the continued flow of articles from the creative and innovative members who have submitted such interesting features in the past. News will become the focal point of the website, with static content taking more of a back seat.

 

I'll commit to performing this one-time setup and supporting the ongoing posting of news articles to the website for now. However, I would very much encourage you to submit your own articles directly to the website, and I will help and enable you to do that. I will be offering training to whoever needs it. I foresee my future role as simply supporting and extending the platform. The content, as ever, will be down to you!

Please contact me if you would like to have access to the new website and help create the next generation of MSARS online presence. There will be absolutely no expectation or pressure to contribute anything. There will be no possibility of you 'mucking it up'. Everything will be subsequently checked and moderated by me. If you can use Word, you can post an article online. Get to learn Joomla or Wordpress. The training will be available for free, and let's face it - what else are you going to be doing in Lockdown 3.0?

73's

Berni M0XYF

--
John Berry
TimelessTime Ltd
Tel: 07553 250 919
Tel: 01450 367 231

Sent from my Gmail Mobile.


Re: Website and Newsletters

M0XYF Berni
 

Good question.

It would however mean that both sites would need technical support and maintenance going forward (not just content updates) and we'd lose all the benefits of search engine optimisation. I may well adopt a page-specific approach akin to what you suggest for things like the photo gallery (at least in the short term), where an awful lot of manual rework would be required to migrate it. I can employ what is known as a 'wrapper' to make it look like part of the old page is actually part of the new site.

It's surprising when you start digging just how many pages will require minor content updates at some point in the future, and we definitely don't want out of date or duplicated data on the web, even if it did come with a 'health' warning.

Berni M0XYF


On 06/01/2021 13:18, G1TDL Mike wrote:
Can’t the existing site stay in situ and be archived, with a link referenced from the new site?

It would make it still accessible to all members and save transferring all but current information forward to the new one. 

/\/\ikeG1TDL
The Homestead
Burgess Hill
RH15 0RQ

On 6 Jan 2021, at 12:42, M0XYF Berni <msars@...> wrote:



Thank you Steve.

I've received some positive feedback on the new approach so far, and whilst I understand that some members are slightly nervous, it will be more sustainable in the long run. None of the valuable history will be lost and it will all be incorporated.

Once up and running, the new site will enable us to potentially add additional features in the future. My main focus for now though is just to copy all the existing content over, which will be very time consuming and tedious. That could take me a month, and so I'll be avoiding any unnecessary updates to the existing website. Baby steps. I'm not going to fall into the trap of over-promising at this stage. Phase one is simply to replicate and stabilise.

The most exciting part for me is that we will now be able to optimise the website for search engines. I'm hoping to drive much more traffic to the website than ever before, thereby promoting the club to a whole new audience. We definitely need new members and hopefully some younger ones too.

I'm so encouraged that members like yourself are interested in getting involved and creating content. I've read with great interest the many pieces you've submitted in the past, and these would be perfect for generating interest in both existing and prospective new members. Amateur radio really has so many fascinating facets and interrelated topics, and there is a whole torrent of new technology on the horizon. If the government wants to promote STEM subjects to our young people, what better medium than through the existing family of radio amateurs? Us oldies still have plenty to learn too!

I will be more than happy to provide a supportive environment to members interested in website access. It can be as straightforward or as challenging as you like, and it can also be really good fun.

I'm probably going to use Joomla, as it's more powerful, although more work for me to set up. There is a Joomla documentation site here: https://docs.joomla.org/Main_Page for anyone who wants to get a head start on how it all works.

When I have something semi-stable to show members, I'll be sure to let everyone know. The existing website will continue to be available until I make the final switch, and there will be plenty of warning of that. Until then, both sites will be maintained in parallel.

73's

Berni M0XYF


On 06/01/2021 01:24, GJ6WRI Steve wrote:

Good morning Berni.

Thank you for this comprehensive description about the way forward for the club web etc.

Often,  you don’t appreciate how much things have changed until someone knowledgeable drags you in to the 21st Century!

I’d certainly like to know more about how the website is constructed, and how to post items that will hopefully be of interest to members.

Thank you for taking on this mammoth task!

TU 73

Steve GJ6WRI

 

From: Msars@groups.io <Msars@groups.io> On Behalf Of M0XYF Berni
Sent: 04 January 2021 14:52
To: Msars@groups.io
Subject: [Msars] Website and Newsletters

 

Hello everyone.

It seems my offer of managing the website and newsletters going forward has been accepted, and so things will be changing somewhat in the near future.

I offered to take on the role only if I could streamline the whole process, as it's just too onerous to manually handcraft every webpage and every newsletter. It's just not fair to ask one person to commit to all that effort.

I'm sure we would all like to thank Tony for what has been a marvellous contribution to the club for so many years. I'm not sure many of you realise just how many hundreds of hours he must have spent delivering your digital content over that time. He did look very relieved when I saw him this morning! Well done Tony, and happy webmaster retirement.

 

Change is a constant so they say, and there are now more efficient ways of working. What this means is basically two things:

 

Firstly, a redesign of the website. I'll be utilising either the Joomla or Wordpress platforms to host all the content. Not sure which yet. It depends on what our web host can best support.

It will mean me manually converting many of the articles on the current website over to the new platform. In this regard, I'll probably only copy the 'current' stuff, and just 'wrap' the historical stuff. It means the website will look very different, yet appear to contain the same content, albeit completely re-organised. Please note, that this is absolutely necessary to significantly reduce the amount of effort required to maintain the website in the future. I'm not looking for a new full-time job. I just want to give Tony a break and to do my bit for the club.

Secondly the newsletters will change. Rather than assembling the submissions I receive into monthly newsletters, I will post the individual articles as I receive them. That way you get your news faster, and it's way more manageable for me. I will manually post each newsletter article from any member who wishes to submit one, including the monthly copy from the likes of Ken and Russell. If they send them monthly, they'll be posted monthly. Hopefully we will also enjoy the continued flow of articles from the creative and innovative members who have submitted such interesting features in the past. News will become the focal point of the website, with static content taking more of a back seat.

 

I'll commit to performing this one-time setup and supporting the ongoing posting of news articles to the website for now. However, I would very much encourage you to submit your own articles directly to the website, and I will help and enable you to do that. I will be offering training to whoever needs it. I foresee my future role as simply supporting and extending the platform. The content, as ever, will be down to you!

Please contact me if you would like to have access to the new website and help create the next generation of MSARS online presence. There will be absolutely no expectation or pressure to contribute anything. There will be no possibility of you 'mucking it up'. Everything will be subsequently checked and moderated by me. If you can use Word, you can post an article online. Get to learn Joomla or Wordpress. The training will be available for free, and let's face it - what else are you going to be doing in Lockdown 3.0?

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Berni M0XYF

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