VK1OD.net closure

 

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has required me to take a new call sign as a result of a change of my residential address.

As I will no longer use VK1OD on air, I will not masquerade under that identity on the Internet.

At the time of closing, there were 584 pages indexed, and 540,000 page fetches per annum.

The main thing that is lost is the search engine rankings on the existing high level domain (VK1OD.net).

That takes many years to acquire, years of people selecting vk1od.net from search results... and of course, if it is not highly ranked, then it doesn't come up in search results often. Site ranking (eg Google's PageRank algorithm) is also influenced by the number and activity of links from other sites. At the time of closure, new articles were indexed within about 3 days of posting instead of several months for a low ranked site.

So, there is no point mounting the site under a new HLD as it will be little used, almost all site traffic is due to search engine referrals.

Additionally, there is substantial work in edits to remove the VK1OD dependency / references, and the effort is not worthwhile given the direction of ham radio.

To those who have learned over the years from some of the 580 or so original works, those you have found the design tools or projects useful, and those who just enjoyed a read, I thank you for your interest.

All works remain subject to copyright.

A word of warning: in time there may well be sites offering unauthorised copies of articles from VK1OD.net. Be aware that these may be a honeypot to lure the naive and trusting, and they may seek to overtly or covertly obtain personal information or infect your computer with viruses. Fraudulent replacements for online calculators that were published on VK1OD.net are high risk.

I will NEVER republish VK1OD.net, sites representing themselves as VK1OD.net or archives etc are UNAUTHORISED, potentially dangerous and I take no responsibility for the content or any harm that may result from their use. Use them entirely at your own risk.

 

Owen Duffy
12 December 2013

PS: have reorganised my other website owenduffy.net, and it will now carry a blog mostly focussed on electronics hobbies, but not so much on ham radio.