[CQ-Contest] Contesting Compendium - help needed

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Thu Jul 2 12:44:25 PDT 2009

Hi John - the best way to do that, and one which I have been 
attempting to pursue, is to contact the authors and see if they have 
the original writer's text in whatever format - Word, WordPerfect, 
TEXX or whatever.  Anything that is capable of being converted into 
ASCII text is usable, because MediaWiki uses its own text-based 
markup language (plus a subset of HTML) to format articles for the 
wiki.  I can do the grunt work if I have the text and any images or 
figures, in any of the usual graphic formats.

In case anyone's wondering, I have checked with ARRL, and been 
advised that the copyright on articles published in NCJ reverts to 
the author after that single use, so authors are free to permit their 
work to be reprinted in the Compendium.

So, the bottom line is, if there's something you think is still 
current and choice, we'll take it in any form we can get.    We would 
like to have the author's explicit permission to display the article, 
rather than just linking to it on another site - the reason for this 
is that we're trying to act as conservators for the good stuff that 
is now scattered all over the net, so that people can have access to 
it even if the original site goes away.

How about it guys - nominate your favorite articles, or write something new.

73, Pete N4ZR
Contesting Compendium Editor and chief bit lackey

  At 06:38 AM 7/2/2009, Pescatore,John wrote:
>Is there some way to get the text from old NCJ articles? I wrote 
>pieces for NCJ in the late 80s like "The Joys of Field Day" and 
>'Contesting for Little Guns." Those could be repurposed for the 
>wiki, but you can't get them from the ARRL index site since that was 
>well before NCJ was ARRLish. I don't have the source files - heck, I 
>probably wrote them in Wordstar or VAXwrite or something like that.
>73 John K3TN
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