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User talk archives[edit]

BTW how does one create a User talk archive? Doug butler (talk) 21:51, 18 June 2012 (UTC)
There are lots of ways it can be done, some of them automatic, but I've had no success with the automatic ones, (and anyway, being the control freak that I am, I actually prefer to have control over what's happening.)
So I do it manually. And there are several ways you can do that, too.
Probably/possibly the easiest/best way to do it, (certainly a better way to do it than what I do, but I only discovered this method in the last year - had I discovered it earlier, I would probably use it), is the two step process:
1) Use "move page" to rename your talk page (e.g. move "User talk:Doug butler" to "User talk:Doug butler/Archive 1")
2) "User talk:Doug butler" will then become a redirect to "User talk:Doug butler/Archive 1". Edit "User talk:Doug butler" - remove the redirect and replace it with the stuff (copied from "User talk:Doug butler/Archive 1") that you like having on the top of your talk page.
Then, next time you want to archive, move "User talk:Doug butler" to "User talk:Doug butler/Archive 2"
Hope that helps. Cheers, Pdfpdf (talk) 13:38, 19 June 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. That seems to have worked. Doug butler (talk) 15:00, 19 June 2012 (UTC)

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List of Australian AM broadcasting stations.[edit]

Dear Doug,

I refer back to our conversations in October 2017 re the above site. I've only just now noticed that the site has been up and running since November. At this stage, I've only had a quick glance but it looks good. I will look at it properly when I can.

One thing I did notice is that there is no reference to 2CM - - I believe that reference should be added. I concede that 2CM is little known although it's a real hobby horse of Bruce Carty's. I actually set up the 2CM Wiki page for Bruce on account of his limited computer knowledge. By the way, were you able to get a copy of Bruce's book? If so, did you find it of use? Although I seem to keep talking abut Bruce, I consider him more an acquaintance than a friend. I emailed him with a long list of suggestions after I purchased an early edition of his book. That was the first time we had had anything to do with one another. Apart from one phone call, our correspondence has been purely by email.

Please send any reply to my talk page.

Regards, Albert Isaacs (talk) 23:38, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

Dear Doug,

Good to hear from you. According to Carty, 2CM commenced in 1921 on 214 KHz, before moving to shortwave on 21-2-1924. I really do think it deserves a place, particularly as there can be a link to a Wiki page.

I know exactly what you mean about throwing old annuals such of WRTH. I threw out a few old WRTHs myself, along with a lot of other stuff that I now regret. That being said, I do still have 1980 and 1983 copies. Nevertheless, I always find that one of the best ways of buying old books is through the AbeBooks website. I googled in WTRH 1974 - 1980 on AbeBooks and this is what I came up with: As you can see the price range is absolutely ridiculous: from US$17.60 plus US$9.36 postage for a 1979 copy, to US$231.97 plus US$11.79 postage for 1975.

In answer to the next obvious question: yes, I've tried a couple of times to see whether there were any copies of Carty available on AbeBooks, firstly when we were first in contact, and then again earlier today. No luck either time.

Regards, Albert Isaacs (talk) 02:13, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

Dear Doug,

I'm interested in the broadcasting side of radio but don't pretend to know much about the technicalities. Even so, you make a good point - would the fact that there would have been very few other stations to interfere, make the difference. Anyway, I'm only copying Carty's statistics.

Do the WRTH's on AbeBooks interest? I find it intriguing that most of the booksellers with copies of WRTH are German. Were there a lot of German radio hams?

Regards Albert Isaacs (talk) 04:47, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

G'day again Doug,

Of course you're obviously correct in that the main users of WRTH would be DXers. Regarding the probable large number in Germany, your theory about the Iron Curtain could well be correct. Then again, is it possible for this to go back to the Third Reich? Would there have been enough Germans opposed to Hitler to want to know what the outside world was saying about Germany, and the War? Perhaps it's a combination of these two historical facts.

I've had another very quick look at your site and notice that there's no mention of the ABC's two experimental stations started in 1975; namely 2JJ Sydney and 3ZZ Melbourne. Do you wish to add these? Alternatively, I can add something, particularly re the former. I happen to have a copy of Joan Dugdale's 1979 book Radio Power: Access Radio 3ZZ. Despite what I've just said, I'd prefer it if you made the additions as you're obviously more familiar with the format of the table that you've set up. I can give you some info re 3ZZ if you need it. (Incidentally, way back when, I made a number of programs for 3ZZ.)

When I clicked onto your talk page, I couldn't help noticing that you've just been asked to become a new page reviewer for Wikipedia. Whether or not you accept this, it's certainly a great honour to have been asked!

Regards, Albert Isaacs (talk) 22:56, 26 n2017 (UTC)

G'day again Doug,

I've paused from listening to a 3 hour montage of Michael Palin programs to answer your note. It's on my favourite on-line radio station, BBC Radio Four Extra, the station that rebroadcasts all the old BBC radio dramas, comedies, quizzes, etc.

All right, I'll add something but it'll either be later today or tomorrow. Both these stations were commenced under instructions from the Whitlam government. Of course, 2JJ was an experimental pop music station and still exists as JJJ FM; 3ZZ only lasted a little over two years and was Australia's very first community radio station, albeit run by the ABC with studios in Hardware Lane, Melbourne. It was closed by the Fraser government because of the station's left-wing bias. (I won't say "perceived bias" because the bias was certainly there.) The 3ZZZ Wikipedia page includes a brief history of 3ZZZ's predecessor 3ZZ.

I agree with what you say about being a new page reviewer. Apart from the reasons cited by you (all correct), it'd probably take up a lot of time.

Regards, Albert Isaacs (talk) 23:54, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

Dear Doug,

Have a look at what I've added re 2JJ & 3ZZ and see if you want to make any changes. I've also made modifications to the section on 3YB Mobile. Is there a reason why the other mobile stations, 2XT & 9MI, haven't been included? Also, I think you should list all the WWII Australian military stations - although the 19 such stations were all operated overseas, they had an Aussie call sign with a "9" prefix and were completely controlled and operated by Australian army/navy authorities. If you haven't got a full list of them, I can give it to you.

Re 3ZZ: there is an unofficial story as to how the ZZ call sign was selected - it's said that the station was named after it's two founders within the ABC, George Zangalis and Richard Zoeller.

Regards, Albert Isaacs (talk) 06:16, 27 December 2017 (UTC)

G'day again Doug,

Of course I realise that I can make the changes but, frankly, because they're a bit complicated, especially within the format that you've devised, I'd be happier to leave it up to you.

I give a number of lectures on various diverse subjects at a number of U3As and historical societies. My PowerPoints are complete including all my notes. My PowerPoint "History of Broadcasting in Australia" includes a section on mobile stations, and my PowerPoint "Railways at War", includes a list of all "9" military stations. (I've just checked and 2XT was on the MW band, but 9MI is outside your area as it was SW.) If you're comfortable with giving me your email address, I'd like to send you the full "History of Broadcasting" PowerPoint, along with the relevant slide re military stations. You may find other things of interest, particularly in the former.

When you add the military stations, please use the following as the reference: Major Jim Gordon, Museum Manager, Royal Australian Signals Museum.

On a different subject, you appear to have listed two RPH stations but, of course, there is one in every capital city.

I do hope that you're comfortable with me handing most of this over to you - I really think that it's the best way. That being said, I've made some alterations to the 3SR listing to reflect that although the original 3SR is now 3SRR FM, the 3SR call sign still exists for a 3UZ relay.

Regards, Albert Isaacs (talk) 23:26, 27 December 2017 (UTC)

Dear Doug,

Did you get the email I sent to you yesterday? If you didn't I not surprised because the address you gave me was a Wikipedia "no reply" address. However, it didn't bounce back to me. In your email to me you said" I have it enabled" and I thought that that meant I may have been able to use this "no reply" address. Anyway, I've included my email at the foot of this message but, obviously, my attachment (the main reason for sending the email) cannot be included.

I am intrigued as to how you got my email address. Is this allied to the fact that Wikipedia asked me to update my email address. I didn't even realise that they had an old address for me.

Dear Doug,

Because of the general address, please confirm that you get this email.

Attached is my History of Broadcasting PowerPoint, with a few relevant slides from Broadcasting and the Australian Military added to the base. Slide 23 deals with 2XT. However, I will add the info on 2XT and also on 2MK, which I note is also missing. However, I will leave it up to you to include the military stations in whatever format you think is best.

Dear Doug,

Yes, it certainly is THE Terry Dear! How are you going with Carty's book?

Now, I'll get back to compiling the new Major Network page.

Regards, Albert Isaacs (talk) 23:58, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

Re RPH: I really, really think that they should be added, particularly as you’ve already listed two.

Regards, ALBERT.

Dear Doug,

Thanks for the explanation as to how I got an email from you. I'm pleased that privacy wasn't invaded for either you or me.

I clicked onto "email this user" but there isn't a facility for sending the attachment. I assume that you still want it - where do we go from here?

Regards, Albert Isaacs (talk) 23:30, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

Dear Doug,

Re 9AJ Bosley Field: I've just done a Google search and found a few interesting sites which should give you some information - You would realise from the list I sent you that the 9AJ call sign was also used at Wewak, so I'll know you'll be careful not to mix the two up.

I mentioned Maj Jim Gordon to you as my source for military radio stations. I also put Bruce Carty in touch with Jim, and Bruce's book has a very comprehensive list of "9" military stations including opening and closing dates and, in some cases, wavelengths. Have you been able to get a copy of the book yet? If not, perhaps I could email Bruce on your behalf and see if he knows of copies for sale.

On another subject but still Wikipedia/broadcasting related: I'm about to start a new Wiki page for the Major Broadcasting Network.

Regards, Albert Isaacs (talk) 22:39, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

Dear Doug,

Me again!

Interesting that you've made the WWII stations a separate section - probably the best way to go. Good'onya! I've added a few frequencies and opening/closing dates to stations already on your list and I've attributed Jim Gordon and Bruce Carty. At some stage (not now), I'll more stations to your list.

Regards Albert Isaacs (talk) 05:26, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

New Page Reviewing[edit]

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Jan Hendrik Scheltema[edit]

Dear Doug, Thanks for starting an entry on Jan Hendrik Scheltema. Great indeed! Good to see you are experienced on Wiki prodesses, as I am still trying to work it out. Your presence gives me confidence that where I screw up someone may amend it. I wrote an article on JHS that was published in a hard copy ethnic Melbourne based monthly ( I am in the A.C.T), where I expressed surprise that so little is known about him here, such as : 'not even an entry on Wikipedia' and that much information seems made up. And bingo!: There you are, starting one! On the issue of his alleged colour-blindness: Yes I have references to that late 20th century. But what is required is a 'contemporary' and authoritative source and I have not found any of those. It beats me how a career painter who produced work in colours that really reflected the Aussie landscape (that was different from where he hailed form) could have been colourblind. I have asked the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to obtain a scan of all pages of his letters he sent to his family from 1888-1899.(Via NLA I tried to get them under inter-library loan but that library in The Hague did not let them go.) They are likely to contain info and dimensions to the JHS story, which we do not as yet have in Australia. The letters were deposited in the late 1990's, by his grand-nephew, with an Introduction about his life and some kind of manuscript title. In Dutch of course. I have offered to NGV to translate them to English. It seems they're working on it. But if they do turn out to be about 300 pages (the quote is 300 Euro and they scan for 1E a page) ,'ll take a while to do. If so this is a long term project. I already have a big file on him. I did have telephone and e-mail contact with an OS relative of JHS, which was so far not too useful. Cheers Peter Reynders

Hi Peter!
Glad to be of some assistance. When I see a redlinked name on one of the Surname pages on my Watchlist, before deleting it I usually do a quick Internet search to see if it's someone having a game or something more interesting, in which case I usually see what I can do to make a "stub" article, which turns the redlink blue and means there's a process involved before it can be deleted.
I'm pleased that you're getting stuck into it.
To see what a decent article looks like, check out Tom Roberts. It's not rated as "Good Article" but it's better than anything I've ever done. You'll learn more from that (open with Edit to see the code involved) than any other way, at least when you're getting started.
And feel free to register yourself as a Wikipedia User: it costs nothing and has some advantages, particularly if you feel inclined to add articles or improve others; you get taken more seriously. Also you get notified if work you've done gets reverted, or someone edits a page you're interested in. Use your real name or a clever alias. It's up to you. Doug butler (talk) 06:08, 1 January 2018 (UTC)