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Patrons

These philanthropic people have made several donations over a period of time. Thank you!

  • Andrew VK6AS
  • Steve VK6SJ

Donors

These generous people have made a donation. Thank you!

  • Dennis VK4JDJ
  • Donald K1DC
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  • Jim WA7KQG
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Make a Donation

Listening to the podcasts here is free, but it costs money to host and produce. If you would like to make a financial donation, you can do so now.

Why Donations?

Making podcasts is not (yet) a full-time activity, mainly because I prefer to eat and have a roof over my head. I've evaluated advertising, but the models I've seen appear too invasive to my liking and I have strong reservations about personal endorsements. It also means that I'd have to create "for broadcast" versions of the podcast, since it's heard across amateur radio transmissions across the globe and advertising isn't permitted on amateur radio.

I contemplated creating stickers, clothing, or other merchandise. For example, I could offer t-shirts or sweaters with callsigns on them and a slogan on the front, like several I made over the years, including "I'm not ignoring you, I'm listening 10 up.", "Ham" and "I survived a pile-up." with a callsign on the back, but I've yet to locate a suitable supplier to warrant the effort.

My creation of a series of eBooks is a partial answer to how to transition to a full-time podcasting activity, but financial stability along that path is a long way off.

I'm self-employed and every hour spent making a podcast is an hour that I cannot bill to a client, so I have to balance the need for food with the urge to produce content.

In all, making a financial donation is one way of helping and every bit helps.

What does this pay for?

Recurring costs associated with this include web hosting, bandwidth charges, telephone calls, travel expenses and batteries. Other costs include audio equipment, time associated with recording and editing interviews and podcasts, research, finding experts, writing and preparing scripts. To give you some idea, a typical 3 minute episode of "Foundations of Amateur Radio" takes a couple of hours to produce, sometimes much longer.

Your donation directly contributes to the costs associated with producing this content.

Do I have to donate to listen to this content?

No, but your donation is appreciated.

What happens with my donation?

After PayPal takes its share, your donation ends up in my account where it pays directly towards the costs of producing this content.

How much money should I donate?

That's entirely up to you. The average donation is $15. Please do not send cash. You can make a once-off payment or using the PayPal monthly payment option make a regular contribution and become a modern day patron.

Can I donate goods?

That depends on what you're expecting in return. An expectation of acknowledgement is fine; expectation of a good review is not. In general I'm happy to discuss this, but please contact me (cq@vk6flab.com) before sending anything other than a donation to avoid disappointment.

Do I get a credit?

If you'd like to be acknowledged as a supporter, please let me know: cq@vk6flab.com.

What is ITmaze and why are they taking my money?

Onno Benschop is a Sole Trader in Western Australia. His trading name is ITmaze. While not engaged in amateur radio, Onno solves interesting and complex technology problems.

Can I help in other ways?

You can. If you want to help financially, you can buy an eBook or gift one to a new amateur. If you want to help with content, you can send suggestions via email. If you want to enrich the amateur community, share your experiences, encourage new entrants, help with local 'nets (like F-troop), participate in local events or set-up portable in a public space.