New welcome file

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From: Jim Eshleman (lujce@hooch.CC.Lehigh.EDU)
Date: Tue Jun 27 1995 - 14:10:15 EDT


Gang,

  The QRP-L welcome file (the file you're sent when you first subscribe) has
been updated, and is appended for your reading pleasure. Please save a copy
for future reference.

/jim

                Welcome to the Internet QRP mailing list!

CONTENTS:

        1. Introduction
        2. The Essentials
        3. Common List Server Commands
        4. QRP-L Unique List Server Commands
        5. FTP Archive
        6. WWW HyperMail Archive
        7. QRP-L History

1. INTRODUCTION

    The QRP mailing list is open for discussion of any subjects relating to
    low-power amateur radio operation. Example topics: portable operation,
    equipment design and construction, solar and battery power, QRPp,
    contesting, kit building, ....

2. THE ESSENTIALS

    * COMMANDS TO THE LIST SERVER

      Must be sent to listserv@Lehigh.EDU in the BODY of the mail message,
      not in the Subject: of the message.

    * POSTING TO THE LIST

      Messages you wish to have distributed to the list must be sent to
      qrp-l@Lehigh.EDU.

    * OTHER STUFF

      A copy of this file is available in QRP-L/WELCOME.TXT. Hopefully an
      up-to-date Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file will soon be available
      to supplement or replace this file. Watch for an announcement on the
      list.

      Please keep your mailing address up to date. If your e-mail address is
      to be changed please unsubscribe and resubscribe from the new address.
      If your mail bounces for 'no such user' or 'no such machine', you will
      be removed from the list. Please try to subscribe from a system that
      doesn't send periodic 'I couldn't deliver the mail for 1 hour/3 hours/
      1 day/etc.' messages as it makes it that much more difficult to manage
      the list.

      Please do *not* send subscribe/unsubscribe requests to the entire list.
      If you are having problems, send email to:

            Jim Eshleman <lujce@Lehigh.EDU>
      or
            Chuck Adams <adams@sgi.com>

3. COMMON LIST SERVER COMMANDS

    Remember, all these commands must be sent to listserv@Lehigh.EDU in the
    BODY of the mail message, NOT in the Subject: of the message.

    * GETTING ON THE LIST

          SUBSCRIBE QRP-L your_name your_call

      where "your_name" is your real name, and "your_call" is your callsign,
      if any. For example:

          SUBSCRIBE QRP-L John Doe K5FJZ

    * GETTING OFF THE LIST

          UNSUBSCRIBE QRP-L

    * SUBSCRIBING TO THE DAILY DIGEST

      If you'd rather receive one e-mail a day containing all the postings
      with a table of contents at the beginning, use this command after you
      have subscribed to the list. Warning: The daily digests are large.
      You also use this command to start receiving digests again after having
      postponed your subscription.

          SET QRP-L MAIL DIGEST

    * POSTPONING YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

      If you're going on vacation, or you just want to stop receiving QRP-L
      for awhile but still want to remain a member of the group, use this
      command. You'll still appear on the recipients list, but will receive
      no mail.

          SET QRP-L MAIL POSTPONE

    * RECEIVING INDIVIDUAL POSTINGS

      Use this command to start receiving individual postings after having
      subscribed to the digest or postponed your subscription. This is the
      default set when you first subscribe to QRP-L.

          SET QRP-L MAIL ACK

    * GETTING A LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS

      Use this command to receive a list of all QRP-L subscribers. The list
      includes each subscribers name, e-mail address, and call.

          RECIPIENTS QRP-L

    * OBTAINING A FILE INDEX

      To receive a list of all QRP-L related files available via the list
      server, use this command. Note that all the files are also available
      via the anonymous FTP server at ftp.Lehigh.EDU.

          INDEX QRP-L -ALL

    * RETRIEVING A FILE

      Use this command to retrieve a file via the list server. If the file
      is a binary file it will be UUEncoded before being sent.

          GET QRP-L/subdirectory filename

      For example, to retrieve the daily archive (all the list messages) from
      April 6, 1993 use the following command:

          GET QRP-L/ARCHIVES-OLD/1993 930406

    * SEARCHING THE ARCHIVES

      You can search the list archives (files) for a "regular expression"
      pattern. If you don't know what that means, you can just specify a
      word. All files in the specified archive (directory) are searched.
      While the search is case insensitive, the server seems to have trouble
      at times with uppercase letters in the pattern, so please use all lower
      case characters. The output returned to you just shows the lines in
      each file that matched the pattern. You then have to GET the file(s)
      you want. Send a HELP SEARCH command for more information.
      For example:

          SEARCH QRP-L/ARCHIVES "^subject:&administrivia"
      
      returns the following output:

          Matches for pattern ^subject:&administrivia ...

          --- Archive: Archives (path: qrp-l/Archives)

>>> File 950522:
          Subject: Administrivia
          <<< End of matches in file 950522

>>> File 950525:
          Subject: Administrivia: Digests
          Subject: Administrivia: lost mail
          Subject: Re: Administrivia: lost mail
          <<< End of matches in file 950525

>>> File 950601:
          Subject: Administrivia: Digest format
          <<< End of matches in file 950601

    * OTHER LIST SERVER COMMANDS

      For more information on all the available list server commands, try
      sending the following:

          HELP
          HELP TOPICS

      and for more detailed information on a specific command, like GET:

          HELP GET

4. QRP-L UNIQUE LIST SERVER COMMANDS

    * RECIPIENTS SORTED BY CALL AREA

      This command runs Smitty's qrp_call program, which returns a report of
      QRP-L subscribers sorted by call within call area.

          RUN QRP-L X QRP_CALL

      A PC version of the program is available in QRP-L/TOOLS/QRP_CALL.ZIP.
      It uses the output of the list servers RECIPIENTS QRP-L command as input.

    * GREAT CIRCLE DISTANCE

      You can compute the great circle distance between a pair of Lat/Long
      locations. For example:

          RUN QRP-L X GC 40.2231N75.1758W 33.0276N96.5963W

      returns:

          Bearing is 254 Degrees for 1129 Nautical Miles = 1299 Miles = 2090 Km

    * LOOKUP A CALL IN THE FCC DATABASE

          RUN QRP-L X FCC_CALL callsign

      where "callsign" is the call you wish to lookup.

    * GREAT CIRCLE DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO CALLS

          RUN QRP-L X CALLS2DIST callsign1 callsign2

      For example:

          RUN QRP-L X CALLS2DIST K3WW K5FO

      returns:

          K3WW ZIP = 18944
          K5FO QTH = ADAMS, CHARLES N
                       830 WAITE DR COPPER CANYON
                       LEWISVILLE TX 75067

          K3WW Lat/Long = 40 22 19 N 75 17 35 W
          K5FO Lat/Long = 33 02 46 N 96 59 38 W

          Output from "gc 40.2231N75.1758W 33.0276N96.5963W":

          Bearing is 254 Degrees for 1129 Nautical Miles = 1299 Miles = 2090 Km

5. FTP ARCHIVE

    The anonymous FTP archive at ftp.Lehigh.EDU in pub/listserv/qrp-l mirrors
    the files available from the list server. Or use a WWW browser:

          ftp://ftp.lehigh.edu/pub/listserv/qrp-l

    Note that files are compressed, i.e. end with .Z, but if you ftp without
    the .Z extension, the file will automatically be uncompressed.

6. WWW HYPERMAIL ARCHIVE

    You can read the postings to the list via the URL:

          http://www.lehigh.edu/lists/Archives/qrp-l

7. QRP-L HISTORY

    This list was started by Chuck Adams,K5FO,(adams@sgi.com) by an
    announcement on the rec.radio.amateur.misc USENET group in early 1993.
    Bruce Walker, WT1M, maintained the mailing lists and FTP area from then
    through August 1994 on a system at Thinking Machines Inc, Think.COM.
    Then it was moved to qrp-l@netcom.com until May 14th, 1995. Thanks to
    Mike Ardai, N1IST, for all his hard work during the time that QRP-L was
    on netcom.com.

    Chuck is still the keeper of the non-electronic archives, including copies
    of some schematics, etc. Contact him directly or watch this list for more
    info.

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