Contact Me Page
|I welcome emails from anyone desiring information that I can find in the old callbooks. To this end, I don't mind posting my email address publicly. But the explosion in spam has led me to take a few actions to avoid wasting my time with junk. So I've built this page to give you some specific suggestions on contacting me.
I do not use automated filters or any kind of Turing test. I do not use either white lists or black lists. But I do make rapid decisions on whether to open an email based on the name of the sender and the title of the message. Since I (probably) don't know you, and won't recognize your email address, my basis for decision will be the subject you assign for your email. So PLEASE DO NOT use titles that are similar to spam message ("Hi", "I need a favor", "Help me").
Instead, use something specific as the subject. Things that should work are a callsign or something with the words "callbook" or "callsign" in it (like "Old callbook lookup" or "Callsign research request"). The most convenient title for me would be both the callsign you need help with (if you know it) and the nature of the request, e.g., "W3ABC: Callbook Copy Request" if
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|This page last updated on 13 June 2005.|
|you want a copy of a W3ABC listing, or "W3YZ: Callsign Research Request" if you want information on W3YZ in an old callbook. (This means replace W3ABC or W3YZ with the callsign you are asking about.) I know this sounds pretty formal and business-like, but it makes it easier for me to sort and find your message in the incoming flood of spam.
Also, please note that I do not respond to requests that force me to "register" with you or your email provider, or submit to a Turing test (or or some other equivalent "challenge" system), or anything similar. I post my email address publicly so you can contact me, and I don't subject anyone to that treatment. I receive enough requests that I simply can not spend the time registering with everyone. If you are going to send me a question, it is your responsibility to ensure that my response will get back to you, as I will not try a second time. Note that my arrl.net address is an alias, and will often (but not always) show up as the "reply to" address, but not the actual sending address.
Finally, if I haven't responded to your request in a reasonable period of time, feel free to email again. Perhaps your email was lost, or maybe I deleted it (accidentally or deliberately). You might try changing the subject, just in case I misinterpreted your intent.