[Hooper] To All Subscribers

AB4RU at aol.com AB4RU at aol.com
Sat Mar 1 15:11:25 EST 2003

All Hooper Researchers,

Bill Fisher is the host for this list and many others. He has never charged 
us any money and I think this is only the second time he has asked for a 
small contribution for his service since the list was started about 5 years 
ago. Please see the note from Bill below and make any donation you can.


Contesting.com & eHam.net Users


I have been hosting the Contesting.com and eHam.net web sites and mailing 
lists on my network since 1996.  In the beginning, my company (Akorn Access) 
provided the hosting for free.  Since we started the eHam.net web site two 
years ago and began to accept advertising, eHam has been able to pay a small 
amount each month toward the hosting costs.  


Today, eHam.net and Contesting.com steadily consume more than a T-1 of 
bandwidth.  Combined, the two sites deliver well over 4 million pages and 
push more than 200 gigabytes of data each month.  The success of both sites 
and all of the mailing lists are demanding more and redundant bandwidth.   
However, we face the question of how to pay for it.  


The cost to host this level of bandwidth most anywhere else would exceed 
$2000 per month.  eHam is currently paying only $250.00 per month, which 
leaves Akorn Access out of pocket for at least $23,700 per year.  


In the past, I have been able to cover these costs because Akorn was doing 
well enough in other areas and the utilization was not as high.  With the 
recent slow down in the economy and our changing Internet access business, 
Akorn is unable to continue this level of support.  


Many potential advertisers are engrained in their print advertising, and 
refuse to acknowledge the Internet as a viable method of promoting their 
products.  We continue to sign up new advertisers, but not at the same rate 
as the bandwidth utilization.  


So, I’m reluctantly forced to turn to the users of both sites for ongoing 


We have an annual subscription program at eHam.net for users to help pay for 
the site operations.  We don’t define the amount of the subscription, but 
rather suggest that each user define for themselves the site’s value, and 
consider their own financial ability to subscribe.    We suggest comparing 
how much time you spend reading QST or CQ magazines with how much time you 
spend reading eHam.net, Contesting.com, or the various mailing lists when 
making your decision.


You can help by subscribing at <A HREF="http://www.eham.net/cart/product/111">http://www.eham.net/cart/product/111</A>.  If you 
are unable to contribute by credit card, you can send a check to eHam.net, 
5095 Hamptons Club Drive, Alpharetta, GA  30004.  



Many thanks & 73


Bill Fisher, W4AN


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