In 2000, when I created my first web pages, I used the free hosting service of
Al Waller, K3TKJ, called QSL.net. For the price - free, to amateur radio
operators - it was the quickest and easiest way to go. Unlike other free
web-hosting services, there are no ads places on or over pages hosted on that
site. Al only asks for donations to help maintain the servers and
Internet connections, and I made donations once or twice a year to help him
out. Things went well until the last few months in 2003, when I would
have problems reaching the site to add new pages or make modifications.
I decided that, for my pages, it was time to look for another site to host my
pages. I now use Yahoo! GeoCities for my pages.
As for the "wd9ewk.net" domain name, I use the services of an Arizona
company called Go Daddy
Software. For a very small yearly fee, I get the domain-name with
e-mail redirection services for lots of addresses ending in wd9ewk.net and also
the ability to create "subdomains" (URLs with something other than
www.wd9ewk.net). I can redirect all of these URLs, including the
www.wd9ewk.net URL, to specific HTML pages anywhere on the
Internet. In my case, these URLs redirect visitors to specific pages of
my web site. I could use Go Daddy for web-site hosting, and I could also
use Geocities for the domain-name services, but for now I am happy with what I
All of the web pages on this site were created using either the "vi"
text editor under Linux, or occasionally the "Notepad" program - an
accessory on almost all Microsoft Windows operating systems. I do not use
fancy editor programs for my content, as most of them add extra code to my
pages I do not need, and in turn increase the size of each page. For the
images and graphics on my pages, I use The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) under Linux.
I am not an artist, nor am I a webmaster (professionally), but I survive with
Throughout my pages, I use images of various USA and Canadian vehicle license
plates with my callsigns in them - including the two images at the top of this
page. I started doing this in 2002, when I began designing my own QSL
cards. Especially for portable operating, I could put a license plate
with a callsign and the relevant CQ and ITU zones for my location in the image,
along with other logos and a grid for the contact information, and make a
less-ordinary QSL card. I purchased a CD with those images through the
Plus web site. I could have tried to make my own clean copies of
those license plates, but this was an easy way for me to get what I
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions
or comments about my web pages.