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                                   1991-2000
                                       
 K3FU's maintenance of the Amateur Radio Elmers Resource Directory ending on
 June 1st, 2000.

   The following letter was sent to all current Elmers indicating my
   resignation from maintenance of this 9-year resource. Thanks to all
   the volunteer Elmers, as well as courteous list users, for making this
   service a success. Discussions are currently underway with several
   parties interested in taking it over, so watch this space later this
   summer for redirection to the new site.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
 From pschleck Mon May  8 22:48:48 2000
 Received: (from pschleck@localhost)
         by oasis.novia.net (8.10.1/Novia) id e493mmG21920;
         Mon, 8 May 2000 22:48:48 -0500 (CDT)
 Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 22:48:48 -0500 (CDT)
 Message-Id: <200005090348.e493mmG21920@oasis.novia.net>
 From: pschleck@novia.net (Paul W Schleck K3FU)
 Subject: Amateur Radio Elmers Resource Directory Going Off-Line
 Reply-To: elmers-request@novia.net (Elmers List Administrivia Mailbox)
 Status: OR
 
 The following is an important notice to all "Elmers" in the Amateur
 Radio Elmers Resource Directory:

 http://www.novia.net/~pschleck/elmers/

 Note that you are only receiving this message because your E-mail
 address appears, with your consent, in the above Directory.  As this is
 an appropriate, and rare, update to the Elmers from the Directory
 Maintainer, this is not unsolicited or indiscriminantly-sent junk mail.

 I regret to announce that the Amateur Radio Elmers Resource Directory, a
 list of experts, mentors, and gurus for amateur radio on the Internet,
 will be going QRT as of June 1, 2000 after just over 9 years of service.
 This decision is not being forced upon me by anyone for any particular
 legal or technical reason.  Rather, I've decided to retire from
 maintenance to focus on other personal and professional interests and
 obligations.

 Though substantially automated, the Directory still requires a
 non-trivial amount of time and effort to maintain it, such that updates
 had gone from monthly to approximately quarterly.  If I try to continue
 the Directory, it's clear that updates would likely slip to less than a
 few times a year.  The average turnover rate for individual Elmers (half
 drop out every two years) means that many registering Elmers would
 probably quit or otherwise lose interest before they are even added to
 the Directory.  I feel that this is an unacceptable level of customer
 service for me to provide.

 I also feel that I've taken this project to the limit of my expertise
 and spare time in terms of format, visibility, automation of
 maintenance, effective recruiting, and even good Web design.  It's
 clear that the Internet has changed greatly over the 9 years that the
 Directory has been in existence.  The Directory has evolved from a flat
 text file edited on a VAX running VMS to a well-featured Web site.
 However, in that time, much better amateur radio-related web sites have
 emerged (including QRZ, Ham Radio Online, and ARRL) that make my site
 rather simplistic by comparison.  Also, it's clear that many more
 enhancements would be required to make the Directory more maintainable
 and secure.  One obvious need that the current Directory does not
 address is reasonably shielding the Elmers from having their E-mail
 addresses harvested for junk-mail distribution lists.  I'm sure that
 this is a significant reason why recruiting has dropped off
 significantly in the past two years.

 I want to emphasize that I do believe that using the Internet, the
 Usenet Newsgroups, and the World-Wide Web to bring Elmers and amateurs
 requiring assistance together continues to be worthwhile.  Because of
 this, I would consider a highly-qualified and motivated volunteer to
 take it over immediately.  The Directory consists of a moderate number
 of large text files, scripts, and other configuration files.  It's
 neatly arranged, and can probably be easily transplanted to another
 Unix/Linux environment.  However, very little documentation exists.  The
 ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter and self-teacher
 possessing several years of experience in:

 - Unix/Linux
 - C
 - HTML
 - Perl
 - Procmail
 - Source Code Control System (SCCS) or Revision Control System (RCS)
 - Ispell
 - Gnu Emacs

 (this also implies that you have the above tools installed in your
 environment)

 and have approximately 6-8 hours of spare time per month for
 maintenance.  Because of the likely significant effort to transition
 this project to another maintainer, a sincere interest in maintaining
 the directory for at least another 3 years would also be required.

 Familiarity with news.answers formatting conventions and the auto-faq
 FAQ Management and Posting Package would be a plus.  Concrete proposals
 for enhancing the Directory to be a top-10 amateur-radio-related Web
 site would also be desirable.  I would also consider the Directory being
 incorporated into an existing commercial amateur-radio-related Web site
 as long as the essential non-commercial character of the Directory was
 maintained.

 If you feel that you possess the interest, motivation, and immediate,
 hit-the-ground-running, skill set to do this, please send your resume,
 statement of interest, and any proposals you wish to make regarding
 your plans for future enhancements if selected, in confidence to
 elmers-request@novia.net.  Serious inquiries only, please.

 I would like to thank all of the volunteer Elmers, as well as courteous
 users of the Directory, for making this service a success, as well as an
 enjoyable experience for me over the last 9 years.

 --
 73, Paul W. Schleck, K3FU
 elmers-request@novia.net

 Maintainer, Amateur Radio Elmers Resource Directory
 http://www.novia.net/~pschleck/elmers/

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